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Vodafone call charges could rise by as much as 90%

Millions of Vodafone customers will see the cost of making calls rise by as much as 90% after the mobile network operator announced it was "simplifying" prices. From Thursday 1 August, 2013, Vodafone will switch from charging by the second to charging by the minute, meaning that, for example, the cost of a call that lasts 62 seconds, which currently cost 26p, will increase by 92% to 52p.

Full story: Guardian

Wimbledon soars on social media

This year's Wimbledon was a winner when it came to social media, with the two-week tennis championships being tweeted about 6.6million times on Twitter - more than twice as many times as last year's tournament, according to analysis by technology company IBM. Andy Murray's victorious "Can't believe what's just happened!!!!" tweet was retweeted more than 77,000 times in just over an hour, according to a blog post by Twitter.

Full story: BBC News

Over 40% of EU web users would switch for faster speeds

According to the E-Communications Household Survey, an annual, EU-wide survey of how Europeans use the internet conducted by the European Commission, 45% of European internet users are willing to upgrade their broadband package or switch broadband provider to get higher speeds, with 40% of respondents finding it difficult to access online apps and content due to insufficient speed or download capacity.

Full story: The Next Web

Superfast broadband arrives in Norfolk

Yesterday was a good news day for the denizens of Norfolk, apart from the sad departure of Norwich City Football Club legend Grant Holt. Not only is the world premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa now set to be held in Norfolk, the government's superfast broadband programme has begun providing households in the county with fibre optic connections.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active UK release date revealed?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the dust, shock and water-resistant version of Samsung's flagship smartphone, could go on sale in the UK next Monday or even on this Friday, according to Expansys. A spokesperson for the online electronics retailer said: "As always, this could change, but it's the latest and best info we have about this device."

Full story: Know Your Mobile

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