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EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging customers

EE and Virgin Media have been fined a total of £13.3 million for overcharging almost 500,000 mobile and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early. An investigation by Ofcom found that around 400,000 EE customers ended up overpaying up to £4.3 million, while almost 82,000 Virgin Media customers were overcharged just under £2.8 million. The regulat...
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Vodafone Paging Network Closure

Vodafone closes down their paging network. Vodafone have announced that they will be closing their wide-area national paging network by 31st March 2018. This means that any Vodafone Paging customers who have not made alternative arrangements will lose their paging service on this date. Vodafone will shut down its pager network by the end of the after reaching an impasse with competition watchd...
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Stop using the Vodafone service center number for your alarm systems!

Stop using the Vodafone service center number for your alarm systems and other monitoring! Stop using the Vodafone TAP gateway access number +447785499993 for your alarm TAP to Text (SMS) messaging. Its unreliable and is not a dedicated managed TAP gateway! Its time you switched to OpenTAP, established since 2012-2018 and its the UK's only official TAP gateway which has been approved by Texeco...
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Are you still using the Vodafone access number for TAP to SMS (Mobile Text) Messaging?

STOP and Switch to OpenTAP now! The Vodafone TAP gateway access number isn't even a managed service and completely unreliable.  If you call Vodafone and ask them for help, they will not help you as their TAP access number is an old legacy pager gateway. Its neither managed nor maintained for the alarm monitoring, its just been used as such for many years. OpenTAP has been established since 201...
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SMS over PSTN Phone Lines (Endorsed by Texecom Ltd)

        Vodafone the last man standing? SMS over PSTN phone lines has been used in varying industries for many years, and was often sold as an additional service by alarm companies, allowing the user to be notified of alarm conditions, and open/close events. For many years there were two main players operating the service in the UK, O2 and Vodafone. In 2012 th...
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EE 4G UK – details on coverage, phones, prices, speeds for the 4GEE network

EE has launched the UK's first 4G mobile network, called 4GEE, allowing for on average five times faster mobile network browsing speeds than 3G. Where can you get 4G in the UK? The 4G network is now live in the following 62 places in the UK Amersham, Aylesbury, Barnsley, Belfast, Berkhamstead, Billericay, Bingley, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Brentwood, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsfo...
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Year in Review 2012: Verizon accelerates copper-to-fiber transition

The news: Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is emphatic that it is not going to expand its FiOS FTTH footprint outside of cities that already have the service, choosing instead to focus on expanding the fiber optic service in its existing markets. At the same time, the telco is migrating its copper network to fiber in areas that are near a current FiOS deployment. Following Hurricane Sandy, ...
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Problems with TAP SMS over PSTN

Problem: Having only just realized that the O2 sms gateway is not reliable [when I first realised I should have had alerts, I thought my SD2 dialler had died], I have contacted O2 who are looking into the service, and they maintain that it should be running at the time of writing [November 2011] but advise me that it will cease operation around April 2012. I have discovered a long list of TAP ...
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TFS EMEA Technical Support Services TIB072INT12 SMS and G2 v1.51 Update

Date of issue: 16 January 2012 Purpose: This Customer Advice Note (CAN 039) provides information relating to the SMS functionality from Galaxy control panels using PSTN landlines and information regarding an update to the G2 Control Panel. Problem: The following email extract has been sent to us by BSIA (British Security Industry Association), who have received information regarding the O2 net...
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