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From Insider insights and Xbox success, to Google's carrier problem, Nokia's birthday, AOL's acquisition, and Verizon's new/old Windows Phones, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
Microsoft has confirmed that with Windows 10 Mobile, it will be moving to the same OS update model as the PC, with far more regular updates delivered direct from the company itself, not the carriers.
Several European carriers are reportedly planning to block online ads at a network level from later this year, in a move intended to convince Google to share its ad revenues with mobile operators.
After Vodafone began the trend earlier this month, EE has now started to roll out LTE-A technology, marketed as 4G+. This will allow users on compatible handsets to reach higher speeds online.
The UK government has proposed a 'national roaming' plan, to allow mobile users to switch to rival networks in areas with limited coverage, but leading carriers have dismissed the idea as unworkable.
The UK government is considering a proposal that could force carriers to allow users of rival networks to use their signal, as part of plans to improve nationwide mobile coverage.
The FCC is pressuring carriers to adopt a policy that lets users unlock their mobile device once their contracts expire. The FCC's Chairman says he wants this plan in place by the end of the year.
Sources at three of the U.K.'s major networks reveal that pre-orders for the colourful iPhone 5c have been disappointing, with one indicating that demand has been "60-70% less" than had been expected.
The European Commission plans to push forward with new legislation that would force operators to reduce roaming charges by two-thirds, and regulation to encourage carriers to abolish them entirely.
Phones4U, one of Uk's biggest phone retailers has just announced they will be launching their own Virtual Network in March. They will be using EE's network but will only support 2G/3G in the beginning
As the UK's communications regulator criticises mobile operators for 'stifling innovation' in blocking access to VoIP services, Skype plans to lean more heavily on carriers to open up their networks.
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