Android News U.K. Roundup – 03/11/13 – Google Nexus 5, Pink Galaxy Note 3, 4G Price Wars and More!



EE Launches Double-Speed Tariffs and More

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The UK's largest 4G network has been making some changes this week. Now, you can sign-up to 4GEE Extra tariffs which can allow for speeds up to 150 Mbps as well as international roaming on 3G, free of charge if you sign up before 31st of January 2014. These tariffs start at £27 and of course go up and up depending on how much data you're looking for. These tariffs are separate from the normal 4G tariffs and are for those looking for more data and faster speeds. 4G has also been turned on in the following cities:  Benfleet, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Grays, Harlow, Hatfield, Kenilworth, Rayleigh, Southport and Worksop. Bringing the total up to 131 Cities bathed in 4G LTE.

HTC One Max Now Available; Will Set You Back Nearly £600 SIM-Free




The gigantic HTC One not only features a crazy 5.9-inch display but, it also comes with a massive price tag as well. Coming in at nearly £600 no matter where you buy it unlocked, the One Max is one of the most expensive handsets out there right now. Which is a little bizarre considering it carries the same internals of the HTC One, a Snapdragon 600 at 1.7 Ghz. Meanwhile, devices like the Note 3 and the Xperia Z Ultra are packing Snapdragon 800s clocking in at 2.3 Ghz with 2GB of RAM or in the case of the Galaxy Note 3, 3GB of RAM. We suppose BoomSound speakers are the reason it's so costly? Who knows.

Virgin Media Launches SmartCall, WiFi Calling on The Cheap




Virgin Media might not be the most prestigious of phone networks but, nobody can deny that they offer good value for money. Last year, they launched a WiFi calling option and finally, it's making it's way mobile. Android users can now call over WiFi networks and have the talk time taken out of their home phone's minutes. Maybe it's too little, too late in this day and age but, for those on a Virgin Media bundle, this is a nice option to have.

Vodafone Extends 4GB Data Offer

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Now that O2 and Vodafone have launched their 4G networks, the price wars are on and EE have hit back pretty hard offering 4G tariffs for lower than ever before. However, Vodafone is hoping to tempt customers with some more data. Their offer off including 4GB of extra data, free of charge for the lifetime of the contract – much like O2's same offer – is being extended until the end of January 2014. Right now though, Vodafone is struggling to keep up with EE's coverage and you might want to check it's going to available in your area in the near future before you take Vodafone up on their offer.

EE Brings "Cash on Tap" to More Android Smartphones

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Mobile Payments are pretty unheard in the UK but, EE customers on Android might have had an experience or two with the new NFC-based payments. EE's "Cash on Tap" service that allows for payments up to £20 wirelessly at 230,000 outlets across the UK is being expanded to a handful of new Android devices. Those rocking a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3 and S4 Mini, or a Sony Xperia Z1 can now get in on the action. You can find out more from EE.

Pink Galaxy Note 3 Heading to Phones 4U




The Galaxy Note 3 is a great device – as we discovered in our review – but for those looking for a little more Pink in their life, Phones 4U have you covered. The High Street store will soon be stocking a very girly version of the Galaxy Note 3. We're not going to judge if you buy this sort of thing for yourself but, let's just say that you might get a few looks while out on the street.

Google Nexus 5 Hits the UK, Available From the Play Store and the High Street

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The Nexus 5 is very real and now very available – if you're lucky and quick. On the Play Store, things are looking like a week or two at most but, it's pretty cheap at £300 for 16GB, especially when you consider the specs this thing is packing. You can pick it up from Carphone Warehouse for £295 as well but, just don't buy it from a carrier store. My UK order has already shipped – yours might have, too! Let us know in the comments below!