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Samsung Galaxy S III priced and headed for five UK carriers

While those of us in the US patiently wait for Samsung to tell us which carriers will get their new Galaxy S III, those in the UK have a date - and generally don't have to worry about carriers, thanks to an inter-operable HSPA+ cellular infrastructure. (Not that we're bitter or anything.) But for those Brits that still want to get a nice juicy subsidy with their Galaxy S III, we've got good news: according to UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, no less than five of the UK's biggest carriers will be offering the phone with various incentives and monthly deals.

Vodafone begins registration for Galaxy S III updates

While the rest of us bear with Samsung's incessant teasing before its May 3rd announcement of "the next Galaxy", UK carrier Vodafone has jumped the gun a bit. They're already setting up for the release of what is almost certainly the Galaxy S III with a generic update registration page. The small banner uses the same font and galactic style as Samsung's own preview website, but doesn't mention a date. That's probably because it'll be a while after the press event itself that we actually see the phone released to retail.

Huawei Ascend G300 coming to Vodafone for just £100

What can you get for a hundred quid? If you're a Vodafone customer or intend to switch, you can get a pretty respectable Gingerbread phone. The Huawei Ascend G300 will launch on the UK carrier on April 13th for £100, or starting at £15.50 a month when bought in conjunction with a data contract . While nowhere near as powerful as some of the latest high-end phones, it's got a set of features that puts it squarely in the mid-range for a price that was previously reserved for small and generally weak smartphones.

HTC One X and One S set for pre-order on Vodafone and Three UK

HTC's One series is inching closer, though it seems like it's a lot closer for those across the pond. Customers of British telcos Vodafone and Three can now reserve their very own HTC One X or One S. Both companies are now taking pre-orders for both phones, so whether you want the crazy-powerful One X or the svelte One S, you're covered. Three says that the HTC devices will be available next Wednesday, April 4th, but Vodafone is somewhat mum - we'd expect the phones to be available on both carriers at the same time.

Galaxy Nexus arrives in Germany and on Vodafone UK, Verizon twiddles its thumbs

Good news, folks: there's one more place you can get the Galaxy Nexus that isn't America. Engadget reports that retailers across Germany have jumped the gun and started selling the Galaxy Nexus early. Availability is still a little shaky - it looks like some outlets are offering the unlocked GSM version and some aren't, though Media Mart is reportedly a reliable place to find it.

Verizon and Rogers don’t use Carrier IQ, Vodafone and O2 “don’t collect info”

The media storm over Carrier IQ's implicit privacy and security violations continues. Yesterday we contacted Verizon Wireless about the intrusive logging software, and a representative told Android Community that the company does not use Carrier IQ software in any of its products. Canadian carrier Rogers joins them today, also stating that Carrier IQ is not present on any of its devices. A company spokesperson confirmed on Twitter that none of the phones or tablets in their lineup use the software.

Galaxy S II GPS errors recognized by Vodafone

Those of you with a Galaxy S II on Vodafone's network may have been experiencing some GPS connection issues after your OTA update to 2.3.3. This doesn't strike me as too surprising, as Samsung Androids have had a brief history of GPS bugs. Whats been happening on these plagued Galaxy S II's is the GPS either takes too long to home in on your location or simply never does. Unlike some carriers Vodafone definitely took these complaints seriously.

Vodafone launches carrier billing for Android Market shoppers

Vodafone Europe has announced it will be offering direct operator billing as an option on Android devices, allowing users to charge apps from the Android Market directly to their phone bill. Available initially in the UK and Germany, Vodafone expects it to have a positive effect on app sales, where users may have previously avoided paid-software over the hassles of adding a credit card to their account. Initially, Vodafone says, carrier billing will only be available to those who purchased their Android device through the company's retail or online stores. The implication, however, seems to be that at some point that will be updated so that anyone slotting in a Vodafone SIM to their device will be able to charge apps to that account. Further roll-outs across Vodafone are expected in future, and we're guessing other European carriers will follow suit. Several US carriers already offer operator billing for Android.
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