Three have dropped prices on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini on the following tariffs:
Ultimate 500 – was £28pcm, now only £23 per month. A saving of £120!!
- 500 minutes
- 5000 texts
- All you can eat data
- 24 month contract
The One Plan – was £32pcm, now only £26 per month. A saving of £144!!
- 2000 minutes
- 5000 Three-to-Three minutes
- 5000 texts
- 24 month contract
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is packed with features including a Large 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED display, Fast 1.0 GHz dual core processor and a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
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The Nokia 6700 Classic is not a super slick smartphone, but it’s high quality, 5-megapixel camera and brilliant screen help make this phone a front-runner in the mid-range market.
A refreshed version of this handset is now available at the Three Store on the popular Text 300 plan at £10 per month giving you: 300 minutes (anytime, any network) 5000 texts and 500MB internet.
Three have announcesd the Huawei E586 MiFi, a new high speed Mobile Wi-Fi device which will be the first mobile Wi-Fi device in the UK to feature next generation HSPA+ mobile broadband technology.
The new MiFi will allow customers to experience significant speeds compared to the existing MiFi product. Expected to be 40% faster, those figures will increase even further as Three ramps up its upgrade programme and rolls out the HSPA+ 21.1Mbps standard across its high-speed 3G network.
Most the features that Three MiFi customers have come to love are still there, however there are some great new improvements. Not only will this new MiFi be a lot faster, but it will speed up the time that it takes to pair up to new gadgets, by enabling users to see their Wi-Fi username and password at the touch of a button.
Fast, secure Wi-Fi for iPads, laptops or handheld games consoles at the touch of a button.
An OLED screen displaying key information like the amount of data used, speed of the current connection and length of browsing time, and a new look dashboard for viewing SMS and changing settings. In addition a new feature allows users to see their Wi-Fi user name and password on screen at the touch of a button for fast pairing with new gadgets.
• Charging cradle
• 21.1 Mbps technical standard Download (HSDPA )
• 5.76 Mbps technical standard Uplink (HSUPA)
• Internal Memory slot for micro SD card that supports up to 32GB
• Approximately 4.5 hours battery life
The Huawei MiFi will be available in store and online from September.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to get an iPhone, Three are currently offering a refreshed version of the Apple iPhone 4 16GB in white.
Whilst the “refreshed” (or refurbished) phones aren’t new, you do get them for a pretty exceptional price and on the ever popular One Plan at £30 per month with an upfront cost of just £69 for the handset. This will give you:
- 2000 minutes (anytime, any network)
- 5000 texts
- All-you-can-eat Data
- 5000 Three-to-Three minutes
A “refreshed” iPhone is Three’s term for a refurbished iPhone. According to Three, refreshed iPhones
“Have passed both cosmetic standards as well as functional standards by Apple, however some devices ‘may’ have minor marks from use”.
All of the accessories (headphones, charger, etc) which come with a refreshed iPhone are new. The refreshed iPhone is packaged in a Three box and comes with a 12 month warranty from Three.
Three have reduced the price of the Samsung Galaxy Europa on PAYG tariff. This handset is now available for an amazing £49.99, reduced from £89.99.
For less than £50, the Samsung Galaxy Europa has most of the features you expect to find in a smartphone; capacitive touchscreen, access to Android market for plenty of apps, a 2-megapixel shooter, GPS for maps, and an accelerometer for tilting fun.
The Samsung Galaxy Europa has proved to be one of the most popular handsets available to the PAYG range of smartphones, and at this price will prove to be even more popular.
Three have made steps to allow more users to access their content after striking up a partnership with Nokia. Under the terms of the deal, Three will launch their own branded section in the Nokia OVI store which will allow users of the network to easily download applications.
Three have confirmed that a variety of applications will be released to the store, although the majority will look to concentrate on entertainment and gaming. One of the more interesting features appears to be the Three Likes section, which will highlight the top forty applications for Nokia C7, N8 and E7 as recommended by Three.
All users of Three will be able to access the store, with users paying for the applications either through their contract or through their credit balance.
Charlotte Spencer, Threes Director of Products and Services was quick to praise the deal, saying:
This unique OVI Store partnership is another example of how Three is enhancing the customer experience and is leading the smartphone revolution. By recommending apps that are relevant to our customers and allowing the, to pay through the monthly phone bill, customers will have a better, easier and faster experience on the UK’s biggest 3G network.
Meanwhile Nokia appeared equally as satisfied, with Managing Director Conor Pierce commenting:
We are extremely pleased to be able to provide operators an easy and flexible way in which to both differentiate themselves in the marketplace as well as providing a unique and targeted offering to their consumers. We are delighted to be supporting Three with this concept through the OVI Store.
The announcement arrives just days after Vodafone struck a deal with Android to launch their own operator branded market. With that, there could be several other networks and manufacturers following suit in the upcoming months.
Another model is set to hit the Android Market as Sony prepare to make their latest release. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is poised to hit the shelves soon, with the manufacturer appearing to release a cut-down version of its other smartphone, the Xperia Arc.
The Arc was renowned for its large 4.2 screen yet Sony have made cutbacks on this area of the handset, releasing the Ray with a screen display of just 3.3 inches. However, users will not suffer in terms of resolution, with this remaining at the 480 x 852 pixels that was seen on the Arc.
In terms of technicalities, the Ray is powered by a 1GHz processor that combines with 512MB of RAM. It includes 4GB of microSD memory, while Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and 3.5G support also come as part of the handset.
The camera on the phone is particularly impressive though, with the 8.1 megapixels being combined with a 720p HD recording system. The smartphone also holds a secondary VGA resolution camera on the front which is intended for video calling. Just like many of its competitors, the camera will also allow geo-tagging and autofocus as well as the usual standard features. Other features include an FM radio, a media player, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation and of course, it runs on the now famous Android system.
The phone is not expected to be in stock until 2011 Q3.
There has been a huge surprise in a recent phone survey which named the Samsung Galaxy S2 as the current most popular smartphone in the UK.
Despite huge sales of the Apple iPhone 4, a survey from uSwitch has shown that the Galaxy S2 has in fact beaten the Apple phone and currently sits top in the UK based on popularity.
The chart also highlighted how popular HTC has become, with the manufacturer incredibly occupying six of the top ten positions. However, they still failed to climb into the top two, with Samsung and Apple both leading the race. The full list reads as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Apple iPhone 4
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Desire
- BlackBerry Curve 8520
- Samsung Galaxy S
- HTC Wildfire
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Wildfire S
- HTC Desire HD
Ernest Doku from uSwitch followed up the results by saying:
“Samsung can’t rest on its laurels though. The influx of feature-rich phones like the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D, both introducing a unique glasses-free 3D viewing experience, could seriously shake things up this summer.”
He also went on to say that the iPhone 5 could completely change the situation once it is released later this year.