This Week’s Chitter Chatter – 4G, New Handset from EE and Nokia’s Return (?)

EE’s plans to provide a 4G network across the UK are on track with more than 87% of the UK population now able to benefit from that coverage. This means that around 55 million people in the UK have access to 4G with 9.3 million customers signed up to EE’s 4G network, a figure which EE hope to expand to 14 million customers by the end of 2015. As well as the regular 4G service, EE also offer a 4GEE Extra service which is double the speed of their usual 4G. The double speed 4G is currently available to around two thirds of the UK population with 50% of new EE customers choosing the 4GEE Extra option.

EE-Harrier-&-Harrier-MiniAnd whilst we’re on the subject of EE, they’ve just unveiled two new great value handsets called the Harrier and Harrier Mini. Both new handsets are bigger than the existing Kestrel handset which came with 4.5-inch screen. First up is the Harrier, which has an impressive 5.2-inch 1080p resolution display and some decent specs including a 13-megapixel camera, an octa-core processor and a solid 2500mAh battery. The Harrier will run on Android Lollipop, will be 4G compatible and will come with EE’s new Wife-Calling. As you would expect, the Harrier Mini will have a smaller 4.7-inch screen, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear. We expect both phones to be available soon.

One way to use those 2 rather smart new EE handsets is to download music and finding new artists to download just got a little easy with Instagram’s new music account called @music. The idea behind the dedicated music account is to share music lyrics, videos and photos and information on the artists behind the music and the influencers in the industry. @music aims to offer a unique angle on the music world showcasing new unsigned talent and looking at how lyrics and songs are constructed and focusing on fans and the many people behind the scenes in the industry. It’s sure to be an interesting follow for anyone who is passionate about music.

And finally, get misty-eyed about the glory days of Nokia and harbour a secret wish for them to return to the smartphone world? When Microsoft acquired Nokia, part of the deal was that Nokia could no longer make their own smartphones. However that could change in 2016 when Nokia’s licensing agreement with Microsoft finishes. There were rumours that Nokia were keen to start making their very own smartphones once again but that’s recently been quashed by the company.  Things might change but our advice for Nokia devotees out there is not to hold your breath.