Broadband, TV and mobile news from August 2014

Broadband, TV and mobile phone news from August 2014

  • More pubs choose BT Sport over Sky Sports - is your local one of them?

    According to BT, more bars and clubs now have BT Sport than Sky Sports. With the new Premier League season underway, we look at how to tune in at… More »

  • EE on top in mobile network reliability tests - but who was worst?

    EE continues to fill its trophy cabinet with performance-related silverware, but which network received the wooden spoon in the latest tests by mobile analytics firm RootMetrics? More »

  • The world’s first smartphone, the IBM Simon, marks its 20th birthday

    The smartphone turned 20 at the weekend, but the first model was a world away from the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 - would you want to carry… More »

  • iPhone 6 to have stronger screen and better USB charger

    According to reports, the new iPhone will sport a shatterproof sapphire glass screen and come with a new reversible USB charger that can be plugged in either way up. More »

  • Mobile network EE introduces queue jumping charge - would you pay?

    EE, the UK’s largest mobile network, has introduced a customer service queue jumping – unsurprisingly, its customers aren’t impressed… More »

  • Watch Sky Sports free tomorrow on Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV

    It’s only a 24-hour taster to tempt you into upgrading to a Sky Sports TV package, but it still means you can watch Arsenal play Crystal Palace tomorrow without… More »

  • BT Sport signs Ian Wright and Robbie Savage for new football season

    With the new Barclays Premier League season about to kick off, BT Sport has added another two well-known former players to its ever-expanding line-up of pundits and commentators... More »

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone due for release ahead of iPhone 6

    The first Samsung smartphone to ditch plastic for a more ‘expensive’ feel will hit shops just before the new iPhone. But is the Samsung Galaxy Alpha going to be… More »

  • Suspicious Brits reject mobile phone calls from unknown numbers

    Half of the people in the UK with a mobile phone admit they’d ignore a call from a number they didn’t recognise - especially if the number starts with… More »

  • Ofcom names and shames mobile networks with worst rural service

    Communications regulator finds EE’s the best network to be on when you want to make calls from a rural location, while Vodafone is best avoided if you live in… More »

  • Sky Sports 5 arrives on Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and BT TV

    It doesn’t matter which of the providers you’re with, from today, you’ll be able to get Sky Sports 5 added onto your existing sports TV package at no additional… More »

  • Fibre broadband comes to Yorkshire village with population under 400

    Brantingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, quite possibly has faster internet speeds than any other village of its size in the UK, after fibre optic broadband was installed… More »

  • Microsoft announces new super cheap phone aimed at first-time buyers

    Microsoft keeps a toe in the cheap mobile phone market with the release of the Nokia 130 - but is a phone without internet capabilities going to sell? More »

  • Watch 7 Sky Sports channels for 7 days with new NOW TV weekly pass

    Would you like to get an occasional dose of the top sporting action without committing to a costly annual subscription? NOW TV could about to offer you the solution… More »

  • New Sky Sports On Demand service to cover every Premier League team

    Fans of Premier League clubs are no doubt already pretty happy about the new footy season starting, but Sky Sports is about to put a cherry on your footballing… More »

  • EE customers use Wi-Fi and home broadband less after getting 4G

    When you upgrade to superfast 4G mobile, you’re less likely to rely on Wi-Fi hotspots and will probably use your broadband less than when the internet on your phone… More »

  • Superfast fibre broadband reaches 1 million homes and businesses

    The current plan’s to cover 95% of the UK within the next three years, but the government’s aim is to eventually bring faster broadband to every home and business… More »

  • Why is WhatsApp a success? Flirting teens.

    New research from Deloitte attributes the success of apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat to teens using them to flirt with each other. More »

  • New £15-a-month TalkTalk TV Boost brings Brazilian channels to UK

    TalkTalk says its new Brazilian TV Boost offers the best entertainment, sports and 24-hour news coverage from Brazil, and you can get it without having to make a long-term… More »

  • Sleep vs technology: Which do you think takes up more of your time?

    We may be online more than ever, but TV‘s still our favourite technology, using up more of our spare time than broadband and mobile phones combined, according to new… More »