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Owners most likely to get mobile phone stolen in Northampton

Northampton, London and Leeds are the three UK areas where mobile phone owners are most likely to have their device stolen, according to a new report by Protect Your Bubble, an insurance company.

Owners are most likely to have their phone stolen in Northampton Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

The survey covered the 30 largest towns and cities in the UK, and found that Dudley in the West Midlands was the safest place for mobile phone owners with less than 5% of the claims received by the insurance company being for theft.

According to the data gathered by Protect Your Bubble, users in their early twenties are the most likely to be victims of theft.

Northampton among top three cities for mobile phone theft

Northampton has been named in the top three cities where people are most likely to have their mobile phone stolen, according to Protect Your Bubble.

Dudley in the West Midlands was found to be the safest place for mobile phone owners with less than 5% of the claims the insurance company received being for theft.

250,000 cases of stolen mobile phones are reported each year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

People in their early 20s are said to be the most likely victims of mobile phone theft.

There are more than a quarter of a million reported cases of stolen mobile phones every year according to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit.

Stephen Ebbett, director of Protect Your Bubble, said: "Everyday we cart around hundreds, or even thousands of pounds' worth of high-tech gear, such as smartphones, tablets, cameras and e-readers. This makes many of us prime targets for thieves."

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EE to 'double 4G mobile speeds' across ten cities

Mobile provider EE plans to double the speed and capacity of its 4G network.

Average speeds on the network currently range between 8Mbps and 12Mbps but this is to be given a boost to more than 20Mbps.

The service is expected to enable users to surf the web much more quickly on mobile phones.

EE plan to double 4G mobile speeds across ten cities. Credit: Jan Haas/DPA/Press Association Images

The increased 4G capability is due to roll out to ten existing 4G cities by summer – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The company says that trials in Cardiff are have already seen speeds reach 80Mbps plus.

Once switched on, the improvements will be automatically available in those cities within existing plans to new and current 4GEE customers on all 4G smartphones, tablets and dongles.

£4,000 worth of mobile phones stolen in Kidderminster

Three people have been arrested after more than £4,000 worth of mobile phones were stolen from a shop in Kidderminster.

It happened at the O2 store in the High Street between 5pm and 5:20pm yesterday (March 20).

Three men went into the shop and began tearing phones from off the displays, aggressively warning staff to keep away. They left on foot carrying 16 phones worth £4,285, including Blackberries and various Samsung Galaxy models,

A vehicle was stopped by police on the A456 at Hagley shortly afterwards and three men in their early 20s from the Middlesex area were arrested on suspicion of robbery and theft.

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Text messaging is 20-years-old today

Old mobile phones Credit: ITV Central

Text messaging is 20 years old today.

Two-thirds of the world's population now text.

It all began in Europe and not in America, like many people think.

The idea emerged from a project that was set up to build a telephone network that different countries could use to communicate.

It worked by transporting messages on the signalling paths that were needed to organise telephony during periods when those control channels were quiet.

Mobile phone used to have very small screens Credit: ITV Central

When they were first used, it was a lot like twitter. They could only be 160 characters or shorter.

It's only since 1996 that SMS took off, when pay-as you-go sim cards became available. Young teenagers could get a mobile phone, before that, only adults had mobile phone as you had to be over 18 to get a phone contract.

Now 4 billion people around the world use text to communicate.