The Voicemail

For 2013's last episode, James and Stefan spent the entire podcast answering questions instead of talking about the week's mobile news. Will Windows Phone market share hit double digits? Is Windows Phone the third ecosystem or is it Chinese Android? What was the most important thing that happened this year? Will smart watches be big in 2014? What's there to look forward to over the course of the next 12 months? All that and much more.

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Google's launched two new "Google Play Edition" devices, rumors are stirring around of a LG G2 Mini, Galaxy Note 3 sales hit 10 million units, Qualcomm's announced their first 64-bit smartphone chip, Nokia is (kind of, but not really) going Android, and Microsoft can't make an ad to save their lives. All that plus listener questions on this week's episode of The Voicemail.

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James is blown away that Three UK now has free roaming in the USA. Galaxy S5 rumors are starting to heat up. Nokia successfully got an HTC phone off the market due to patents. Phones are tablets are soon going to have a new kind of USB connector. And finally, Stefan offers up his initial impressions on the Galaxy Gear.

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On this week's episode, James details the hell that Vodafone and HTC made him go through in order to replace his One, Stefan announces that he's sold his Note II and replaced it with something that might shock you, CyanogenMod leaves the Play Store, LG asks the public to stop talking smack about them, and Microsoft produces yet another terrible video mocking Google.

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On this week's episode: Stefan shares his preliminary thoughts on the Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra, James makes fun of the Instagram Windows Phone launch, some guy from Nintendo reveals the company is working on an Android tablet, and an LG smartphone survives a knife attack.

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On this week's episode, James and Stefan talk about Motorola's new budget smartphone, the Moto G, IDC's data that says big screen phones are becoming mainstream, CyanogenMod now being super easy to install, the pros and cons of 4G LTE, and finally, Stefan admits that he's mistakingly trolled LG for the better part of half a decade.

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In a break from our usual programming, James goes completely off-piste (and non-mobile) and calls up one of his video gamer friends in New York to talk about the burning issue on every gamer's lips this winter: which next generation console should I get? 

There's hardly any mobile phone chat here whatsoever; in fact this episode isn't even Voicemail canon, so if you want to skip it, please do. We will not be offended (and Stefan and James will be back later in the week with Episode 074 as per). 

But if you're still here and you're interested, then it might be good to know that all of this kicked off last week James made his purchasing intentions clear in a blog post on his website. The subsequent Facebook commentery (still ongoing) is what prompted this 30 minute nattter about where and why certain people are falling on this particular issue and it's a good listen if you're still on the fence.

Why not tune in and find out what the fuss is about? 

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Stefan has finally come back from his holiday, and James is eager to pelt him with questions about the three big pieces of news that he's missed. That means the Nokia event in Abu Dhabi, the new iPads from Apple, and of course the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. But don't think this is a show about "old" news, James also shares his experiences with Lenovo's newest tablets and his trip through Google's mansion in North London.

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The final week of Stefan's 2013 record absence and James is joined by none other than the amazing, the astounding, the nothing-short-of-legendary, Rafe Blandford

Why should you care about who he is? Rafe is one third of the 361 Degrees Podcast and also editor-in-chief and co-founder of the All About websites; with his main base of operations these days over at All About Windows Phone

So to celebrate this momentous occasion, the geeky duo select an astonishing amount of news items to discuss, everything from Nokia actually making a profit through to LG phones that fit around your buttocks. Yes, that's right - your buttocks

All this and more, on this week's episode of The Voicemail. 

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Two major things happened this week: Apple said HELLO to a whole bunch of non-iPhone related hardware and Nokia said GOODBYE with a swansong of Windows [Phone] 8 devices large and small larger. 

Both events were excellent in their own right, but to find out what our fearless podcasters think, you're going to have to have put Episode 71 of The Voicemail in your ears pretty darn sharpish. 

Regular listeners will know that Stefan is currently on leave, so this week James is joined by the biggest thing to come out of Austria since Schwarzenegger, the only and only Michael Hell (who's definitely not a Bond villain).  

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