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iPhone app proves users are willing to pay

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UK's first official paid-for news application has been downloaded almost 70,000 times in its first month.Are people willing to pay for a news app on their iPhone? In the UK, news organisations have been sceptical, and offered their applications for free, among them Sky News, whose app launched in May and has just passed 1m downloads.

iPhone apps from the Financial Times, the Telegraph and the Independent are all free, with the Indy saying its application has been downloaded 59,000 times since its launch last August.

However, figures released today prove that iPhone users are willing to pay for the Guardian app: it has been downloaded almost 70,000 times in its first month, and is currently at number 26 in Apple's UK App Store chart.

Although it costs £2.39, it has been downloaded exactly 68,979 times since its launch on 14 December. It was originally only available in the UK, Ireland and the US, but now launched in most European countries, as well as Australia, Canada and the US.

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Smart Phone Applications Help Dieters Lose Weight

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Lose It! allows users to set goals and establish a daily caloric budget. It also includes a food journal to help users stay on track through diet and exercise programs. It also provides them with a food and exercise database for planning. Lose It! will be available for free during the first six months of its release this month, according to the Web site. It has received positive reviews from users.
Check out this comment: "I love the interface of this-simple, clean, and attractive,'' a user writes on the forum. "I was happy that they responded to my comment and added yoga and Pilates to their exercise list. Really good calorie-counting app!''

Calorie Counter provides users with a guide for calorie and nutrition information, a barcode scanner for nutrition labels, a food diary to record calories burned, a weight chart and a journal to record progress, according to the Web site. The application also comes with a ready-made support group on the site.

Here is what one user has to say: "Hello everyone, I'm new and I was wondering if anyone knew [how] we can edit our activity because I really messed up and I can't reset it at all. Other than that, this app is awesome.''

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No iPhone? Have an iPod touch and MiFi

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3 is to sell its MiFi Wi-Fi mobile hotspot gizmo bundled with an iPod touch, to let you Skype your mates wherever you are. Is this the cheapest “iPhone” ever?

A bunch of new iPhone vendors have popped out into the open recently, including Orange, Vodafone, and even Tesco, so Three’s obviously keen to get in on the action. It’s not selling the iPhone, but the next best thing: an iPod touch bundled with MiFi mobile Wi-Fi so you can get online with it wherever there’s 3G and dial your friends over Skype.

Naturally there are some downsides to this mashup: the MiFi needs to be charged, you get no GPS, and it’s only the 8GB iPod touch, not the 64GB. But hey, if you’re planning on getting MiFi anyway (and you should be), think of it as a free iPod touch instead.

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Broadband and iPhone boost Carphone performance

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Carphone Warehouse raised its full-year earnings forecast yesterday after an unexpectedly strong 88 per cent rise in half-year profits to £75 million.

Britain’s second-biggest broadband provider attributed the strong performance to a rising number of broadband customers and strong demand for the Apple iPhone and other smart phones.

Excluding its July acquisition of Tiscali, which takes the company’s total of broadband customers to 4.1 million, it added 124,000 new customers in the six months to September 30.

Carphone plans to demerge TalkTalk, the broadband provider, and Best Buy, its retail division, which is 50 per cent owned by Best Buy Electricals, of the US, by March. The company hopes that they will create better value as separate companies.

The company has already signed up a new chief executive for the demerged TalkTalk, according to Charles Dunstone, Carphone chief executive. The new chief executive, who is currently an executive at another company, will be named next year.

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Tesco to sell Apple iPhone: Price war on way

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Tesco have been confirmed as the next company in Apple’s move to open up its UK distribution channel by giving them the right to sell the Apple iPhone, and have it ready in the Tesco Mobile shops, which are in association with O2, before the Christmas rush in December.

This will shock Vodafone and Orange, who have also secured a deal with Apple at prices similar to O2’s, and possibly start a ‘price war’ between the two companies with the Christmas retail race already under way.

With Tesco now worming its way into the UK mobile phone market, we could potentially see a number of different tariffs available for the iPhone, having to choose from none other than 4 different deals from 4 different companies. That is all depending on if they all choose 1 tariff per phone, which is doubtful.

Tesco is also hoping to double the number of Tesco Mobile outlets by the end of 2010 to 200 stores, which is another indiction of the share of the market that Tesco want to dominate.

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iPhone Set For Big UK Sales As Supermarket Signs Up

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In something of an unprecedented move for iPhone, for the first time Apple's device will soon be available for sale in the world's third largest global retailer. The UK's biggest supermarket chain Tesco has won the right to sell iPhones in its stores before Christmas.

It's a big get for the chain. Tesco's own mobile network joins the iPhone club before European heavyweights such as Vodafone and T Mobile have even signed up, with Vodafone expected to fall in line after Christmas. Tesco Mobile becomes the third network to offer the iPhone in the UK, behind O2, who previously held exclusive rights to the device, and recent convert Orange.

The Tesco deal promises to deliver the iPhone right into the hands of the mass-market. The supermarket has something of a reputation for being a "loss leader," selling products below cost in order to secure market share. This could make iPhone the first smartphone to really penetrate the mainstream. Sales are naturally expected to receive a big boost post launch, with the App Store welcoming reams of potential new customers just in time for the holidays.

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