Ben Woods

With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you.

Latest Posts

Vodafone to remove branding with Android 2.2

Vodafone has reversed its decision to bring the much-maligned Vodafone 360 services and branding update to the HTC Desire.The branding update, which added a number of irremovable apps to the homescreen as well as a new Vodafone 'splash' screen, started rolling out on 3 August but unhappy customers' comments quickly flooded the operator's own support forum.

August 11, 2010 by Ben Woods


TalkTalk announces price hike

TalkTalk announced on its website last week that it will be raising the price of its monthly line rental and calls for residential customers as of 1 October.The new rates mean that monthly line rental will increase by 55p, from £11.

August 11, 2010 by Ben Woods


CWU secures O2 employees two-year pay deal

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has secured a two-year pay deal for employees of O2 UK, a subsidiary of the Spanish-owned Telefonica network.The deal, which the CWU is recommending that its members accept, equates to a 2.

August 10, 2010 by Ben Woods


Nokia: Ovi at 1.7m daily downloads, no Android plans

Nokia's head of sales and marketing, Niklas Savander, took part in a Q&A session on Twitter last Thursday to face consumer comments and questions directly.During the hour-long session Savander's account (NiklasatNokia) received around 400 questions and tweeted more than 50 replies concerning the company's strategy going forward.

August 9, 2010 by Ben Woods


Vodafone pulls Desire 360 update

Vodafone has informed ZDNet UK that it has 'temporarily suspended' the HTC Desire update that brought new desktop shortcuts, branding and Vodafone 360 apps to the handset.A company spokesperson said that the decision to suspend the software update was based on a "small number of customer reports around the performance of the service on their device".

August 5, 2010 by Ben Woods


Motorola and Verizon working on TV tablet

Motorola and Verizon are working together to produce a tablet device that will offer digital TV services, according to online reports published this week.The device is said to sport a 10-inch touchscreen display and could run Google's increasingly popular Android operating system, according to a Financial Times report on Tuesday.

August 5, 2010 by Ben Woods


BlackBerry Torch 9800 launched

Research In Motion (RIM) officially unveiled the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone on Tuesday.The newest BlackBerry device, known as the Torch 9800, is the first handset from Canadian smartphone manufacturer to run the BlackBerry 6 operating system.

August 3, 2010 by Ben Woods


White iPhone 4 officially delayed until 'later this year'

Apple has today issued an update on the status of the white iPhone 4, informing that it will not be available until later in the year.The statement was sent out via email and says that "White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year.

July 26, 2010 by Ben Woods

1 Comment

HP Slate 500 found buried on HP website, PalmPad trademark also requested

HP looks set to be launching a tablet device running Windows 7 Premium under the moniker of the Slate 500 and in related news has also applied for a trademark of the name PalmPad.The company announced the Slate earlier in the year and it was the focus of several public outings (including Steve Ballmer at CES 2010) and promotional videos but has since been quiet about its tablet plans.

July 21, 2010 by Ben Woods