Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

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Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the iOS bug which will fix itself, the approximate price of the Sony Xperia Z and another look at the forthcoming BlackBerry Z10 phone.

1. Sony Xperia Z Priced in Thailand

If you’re looking forward to the official release of the Sony Xperia Z, the company’s possible first 5-inch, 1080p resolution smartphone, then you’ll be keen to know how much you’re going to have to set aside to buy one. According to an advert found in Thailand, the Xperia Z will cost the equivalent of £400 and is expected to launch later this year.

2. New BlackBerry Z10 Images Leaked

The launch of BlackBerry 10 is less than a month away and another leak has seen the touchscreen phone sized up against the iPhone 4S. The picture shows not one by two Z10 phones alongside Apple’s previous iPhone, and it’s considerably larger, plus the source of the photo says the build quality is good, the OS is quick to start up and the new app store works in a similar way to Google Play.

3. iOS Do Not Disturb Bug to Fix Itself

Apple has decided not to fix the Do Not Disturb bug which has plagued iOS 6 users since New Year, and has issued a statement saying the problem will fix itself after 7 January. The feature has failed to turn itself off at the set time, meaning many will have missed calls and messages until they realised, and Apple suggests users control, it manually until next week. No explanation as to why it has broken was provided.

4. Huawei Ascend P1 Reaches America

Remember the Ascend P1? It was announced at CES 2012 and now, on the eve of CES 2013, Huawei has started to sell the device through Amazon in the U.S. It’s priced at $450 SIM-free, or about £275, and still has the same 4.3-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Better late than never, eh Huawei?

5. Vodafone Introduces Nearly New Scheme

To encourage people who have a limited budget to make the switch to a smartphone, Vodafone has launched Nearly New, a scheme which offers pre-owned phones at a lower price. Currently, the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S III have been confirmed, and they’ll be available as both pay as you go and on a contract. The prices are less, but not dramatically so, and Vodafone says the plans will be available next week in its retail stores and online.

6. T-Mobile USA Launches new BlackBerry Curve

Despite all the attention on BlackBerry 10, RIM still has to find a way to shift all those old BlackBerry Curve phones it has lying around. It has managed to convince T-Mobile USA to take the old Curve 9310 and rebrand it as the 9315, and then sell it for $50 with a two-year contract. The phone is just like every other Curve – QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch screen, basic camera – and will be on sale at the end of January. Which is also when BlackBerry 10 will be launched.

7. First Steve Jobs Biopic Due Soon

The first of this year’s films about Steve Jobs will make its cinematic debut in April, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The film is entitled jOBS and stars Ashton Kutcher as the titular character, and charts key moments from the Apple co-founder’s life. It’s not clear whether it will get an international release at this time.

8. Apple Earnings Call Set for 23 January

Interested to know how many iPhone 5 devices Apple has sold? We’ll find out on 23 January, when the company will hold its first earnings call of 2013, plus more news on how the new iPad Mini has performed over the crucial Christmas period. Many analysts are predicting this will be the strongest financial quarter Apple has ever reported.

9. Ofcom to Examine Mobile Phone Contracts

UK communications regulator Ofcom is considering a change to its rules regarding mobile phone contracts, after receiving more than 1,600 complaints between September 2011 and May 2012. The examination will look at changing whether customers can leave their contracts if a network decides to increase prices during the term.

10. Samsung ATIV Odyssey Leaked Again

A new budget Windows Phone 8 device is set to hit the U.S. network Verizon soon – the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. The phone has a 4-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera and a 1.5GHz processor, and is likely to be available at no cost on a two-year contract. Releasing a free phone is an important step for Windows Phone 8′s continued adoption in the U.S.

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