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EE’s Shared Plans: Share Your 4G Data With Other Smartphones & Tablets

October 23rd, 2014

EE’s Shared Plans allow you to have up to five devices on one combined plan. Share your 4G data allowance with other smartphones and tablets and get one combined bill for all of the usage.

EE Shared PlansCustomers on EE with more than one device can sometimes save money by signing up to a Shared EE Plan. By bringing multiple devices onto one combined plan, you’ll be able to share your data allowance across the multiple devices. You’ll also get one combined bill for all of the usage.

Shared 4G plans start from £7/month for a data-only SIM card (perfect for tablets and mobile broadband) and £12/month for a smartphone SIM card (complete with unlimited calls and unlimited texts).

You can order a shared 4G plan when buying any Pay Monthly handset from EE’s website (during the checkout, tick the box under ‘Add a 4G SIM to your existing device’). You can also buy one of the recommended sharing bundles listed on EE’s website.

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Vodafone 4G Entertainment: Free Netflix, Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile TV

October 17th, 2014

Vodafone’s 4G price plans have a free ‘Entertainment Pack’ included in the offering. Choose from a free subscription to Netflix, Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile TV.

Vodafone 4G Entertainment ServicesCustomers choosing a 4G price plan from Vodafone can choose a free entertainment pack to go with their tariff. On 24 month contracts with a new 4G handset, choose from either a 6 month subscription to Netflix (perfect for watching movies and TV shows online) or up to 24 months of Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV. The offer is also available on 12 month SIM only contracts: you can get up to 12 months 4G Entertainment included on your plan.

In this article, we review Vodafone’s 4G Entertainment packages. We’ll look at the Entertainment included on each tariff and we’ll compare your three options of Netflix, Spotify Premium and Sky Sports Mobile TV. We’ll also look at how you’re able to use each of the packages: data consumption, handset compatibility and limitations associated with your usage.

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T-Mobile Smart Packs: Pay As You Go Bundles With 1GB Data From £10/month

October 16th, 2014

T-Mobile’s Smart Pack bundles start from £10/month on Pay As You Go with 100 minutes, 400 texts and 1GB of 3G internet.

T-MobileCustomers on T-Mobile Pay As You Go can buy a one-month Smart Pack using their Pay As You Go credit. By converting some of your Pay As You Go airtime into a one-month Smart Pack, you’ll get a great value bundle of calls, texts and internet. The allowances will last for up for 30 days with any unused allowances expiring with the bundle. Mobile internet is limited to 2G and 3G speeds (upgrade to an EE Everything Pack if you’d like faster 4G internet).

The Smart Pack bundles start from £10 and each last for 30 days. With the £10 Smart Pack, you’ll get 100 minutes, 400 texts and a generous 1GB of 3G internet (enough for most smartphone users). For heavy users, £15 and £25 Smart Packs are also available. These higher-priced Smart Packs come with more minutes, texts and internet. However, in general, EE’s Everything Packs will provide better value and will also give you 4G connectivity.

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EE’s Broadband Data Boost: 10GB of 4G Data When You Take EE Broadband

October 3rd, 2014

Customers choosing a Pay Monthly contract from EE can get a free upgrade to 10GB of data per month when they also sign up for EE’s home or fibre broadband.

EEIf you’re currently signing up for EE Pay Monthly, you can receive a free upgrade to 10GB of data per month when you also sign up for EE’s home broadband service. The Broadband Data Boost offer is available to customers who are either taking a 24-month mobile contract or a SIM only contract from £22.99/month. The free data boost will last for the minimum term of your contract providing you keep the broadband service active (that’s 24 months of boosted data for most Pay Monthly users). The offer is only available to new EE customers who take a mobile phone contract at the same time as home broadband.

In this article, we review the Broadband Data Boost offer from EE. We’ll look at the mobile tariffs on which you’re able to get the offer. We’ll also look at EE’s line-up of compatible broadband tariffs. Finally, we’ll look at EE’s coverage for mobiles and for home broadband and we’ll discuss how you’re able to keep your current phone number when taking advantage of the deal.

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Your Mobile Phone Contract & Annual ‘Retail Price Index’ (RPI) Price Changes

September 30th, 2014

Some UK mobile networks will increase the price of your contract by RPI every year. Other networks instead promise a fixed monthly price throughout your whole contract. We look at the major UK networks and compare their policies on annual price rises.

In the UK, some mobile networks raise the price of Pay Monthly contracts for existing customers every year. Mid-contract price rises on EE and O2 are carried out every spring in line with RPI (the Retail Prices Index, a measure of inflation). In contrast, other networks have instead promised to keep a fixed monthly price throughout the length of your contract. Networks such as Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone won’t impose a mid-contract price rise.

Mobile Network Will prices increase during my contract?
EE Yes, prices rise by RPI (a fixed price option is available).
O2 Yes, prices rise by RPI (only the airtime plan increases on Refresh).
Tesco Mobile No, prices are fixed.
Three No, prices are fixed.
Vodafone No, prices are fixed.

In this article, we take an in-depth look at mid-contract price rises on UK mobile networks. We’ll explain the meaning of RPI inflation and we’ll discover how each individual network is able to change their prices mid-contract. We’ll also look at how you can minimise the effect of mid-contract price rises and how much difference they’re expected to actually make.

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What Should I Do With An Old iPhone? Your Options Explained

September 25th, 2014

If you’ve changed smartphone or upgraded to a new handset, it’s worth having a think about what to do with your old iPhone. In this article, we explain the key options including getting a SIM only contract or selling your old iPhone.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5cEarlier this month, Apple released two new smartphones: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. With a larger display measuring 4.7-inches on the normal iPhone 6 and 5.5-inches on the iPhone 6 Plus, more than 10 million users have already upgraded (the iPhone 5 had a 4-inch display whilst even earlier handsets had a 3.5-inch display).

If you’ve recently upgraded to one of the new iPhones, you may be wondering what to do with your old handset. Your options will broadly fit into two categories. The first option is keeping the your old iPhone (or giving it to friends or family) whilst changing over to a super-cheap SIM only deal. The second option is getting rid of the phone (either by selling it or recycling it). This article will explore the two options.

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The UK’s Best Value Smartphone SIM Only Tariffs with Internet

September 23rd, 2014

If you already have a smartphone, you can save £200/year by switching over to a SIM only deal. We compare across the UK networks to find the best value SIM card.

SIM card for SIM Only tariffNowadays, many of us already have a smartphone that we’re happy to keep. When your 24-month contract comes to an end, there are normally two options you’re able to choose from.

The first option is buying a new handset. This requires taking out another 24 month contract. You’ll be able to upgrade to the latest handset such as the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy S5. You can expect to pay around £35/month. Typically, there will also be an upfront charge for the handset.

The second option is switching over to a SIM Only deal. This is a great choice if you’re happy with your current smartphone: you simply pick up a new low-cost SIM card which slots into your handset and gives you much lower rates. As the SIM card is an “airtime only” contract, it’s much cheaper than normal Pay Monthly. You can normally expect to save between £15 and £20 ever month. Over a year, the savings can add up to more than £200.

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The UK’s Cheapest iPhone 6 Plus: EE, O2, Three & Vodafone Compared

September 17th, 2014

The iPhone 6 Plus is available to buy from four UK networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. In this article, we’ll list and compare the UK’s best value deals for the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 Plus (left) side-by-side with the normal iPhone 6 (right).

The iPhone 6 Plus is a larger version of Apple’s latest flagship smartphone: the Apple iPhone 6. With a 5.5-inch Retina HD display, the iPhone 6 Plus is substantially larger than both the normal iPhone 6 and previous models of the iPhone. Part way between a smartphone and a tablet, the iPhone 6 Plus will compete directly against rival phablets such as the Galaxy Note 4.

Like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus has an 8 megapixel iSight camera, Apple’s 64-bit A8 processor and NFC connectivity for making payments on your phone. There’s also been a couple of significant upgrades from the normal iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus gains optical image stabilisation on its 8 megapixel camera. This gives clearer and sharper photos in low-light conditions. There’s also a substantially larger battery within the device (you can get up to 24 hours talk time from a single charge compared to 14 hours on the normal iPhone 6).

At launch, the iPhone 6 Plus will be available on four UK networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Between them, they have the handset on almost 80 different tariffs. With varying amounts of minutes, texts and data, it can sometimes be difficult to find the best deal. This article will try and make it easy for you to find the best deal: we’ve compared all the tariffs from each UK network in one easy-to-read table. We’ve also highlighted the best value deals for light, medium and high users.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto G 5-Inch & Moto G 4G: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

September 16th, 2014

The Moto G is one of the best value Android phones currently available. It has many of the specifications normally reserved for higher-end smartphones and starts from only £125 SIM-free and unlocked.

Moto G 5-inchIf you’re looking for a great value and affordable smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a handset from the Moto G family. The Moto G 5-inch and Moto G 4G have fantastic specifications at an even better price point.

Both handsets have a HD display (720p resolution) and a quad-core processor which should easily keep pace with the latest Android apps. There’s a high-resolution 8 megapixel camera (5 megapixels on the 4G version) with a LED flash for taking photos indoors. Finally, both handsets in the Moto G family run on the latest version of Android: Android 4.4 Kit Kat. You’ll have full access to the Google Play store with more than 1 million applications available for download.

What’s particularly notable about the Moto G handsets is the incredibly low cost compared to rival devices. The Moto G 5-inch starts from £145 SIM-free and unlocked. Meanwhile, the Moto G with 4G connectivity starts from £129 on Pay As You Go. With the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 normally retailing for more than £500, the Moto G handsets are totally unrivalled in terms of value for money.

In this article, we’ll look at the three different ways of buying a Moto G: either SIM-free and unlocked, on a Pay As You Go tariff or on a Pay Monthly contract. We’ll find and review the cheapest deals in the UK for both the Moto G 5-inch and the Moto G 4G. We’ll also look at the first-generation original Moto G from 2013.

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The UK’s Cheapest iPhone 6: EE, O2, Three & Vodafone Tariffs Compared

September 13th, 2014

In the UK, the iPhone 6 is available on four networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. In this article, we’ll compare the prices on each network and find the UK’s cheapest deal for buying a new iPhone 6.

Apple_iPhone_6The iPhone 6 is Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone: it’s currently available for pre-order and will be released in the UK on September 19th.

Compared to last year’s iPhone 5s, the new iPhone 6 has a larger display. The 4.7-inch Retina HD display is 38% bigger than on last year’s model. The larger screen should give you a better multimedia experience (for instance, when you’re browsing the web or watching videos on your phone).

The iPhone 6 also has a brand new design, Apple’s A8 processor for even faster performance and NFC connectivity for payments on your phone. Apple have also upgraded the 8 megapixel iSight camera. There’s a brand new sensor and faster auto-focus so your images should look clearer and better than ever before.

At launch, the Apple iPhone 6 will be available on four networks in the UK: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Combined, the four mobile networks offer the iPhone on nearly 80 different tariffs. Each tariff comes with varying amounts of calls, texts and internet. This article will try and help you to find the best deal: we’ve compared the tariffs from each network in one easy-to-read table. We’ve also highlighted the UK’s best deals, the tariffs to go for and the tariffs to avoid.

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