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1pMobile Review: Flexible Pay As You Go for 1p/min, 1p/text & 1p/MB

April 25th, 2017

1pMobile is a new mobile network claiming to have the UK’s “cheapest and most flexible” Pay As You Go tariff.

In the UK, the cost of using your mobile phone on Pay As You Go has been dropping for a number of years. This has been fuelled by low-cost providers such as ASDA Mobile and giffgaff who have brought down the cost of using your phone on Pay As You Go.

The latest offering in this area comes from 1pMobile: a relatively new Pay As You Go network that launched in September 2016. The network promises “greater flexibility” than existing Pay As You Go deals and offers an eye-catching tariff of 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. Customers need to top-up their phone at least once every 120 days as a requirement of using the service.

1pMobile has been launched by a company called Telecommunications Management Limited, the sister company of Utility Warehouse and a part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group.

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Compare Pay As You Go Networks: Prices & Coverage

April 23rd, 2017

Looking for the cheapest Pay As You Go tariff in the UK? Our interactive comparison table allows you to compare Pay As You Go networks by price and by coverage.

Top Up LogoIf you’re looking for a Pay As You Go network in the UK, you’re spoilt for choice with nearly 20 different mobile networks to choose from.

With the UK having one of most competitive marketplaces in the world for mobile communication, it’s never been easier to switch networks to take advantage of a cheaper deal. Just order a free Pay As You Go SIM card and insert it into an unlocked smartphone to take advantage of lower rates.

When choosing a new Pay As You Go mobile network, there are two primary considerations you need to think about. Firstly, there’s the price: you’ll want to make sure you’re not paying more than you need to. Secondly, there’s the coverage: you’ll want a mobile network that gives you fast and reliable coverage.

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Unshackled’s 29 Month Plan: Lower Monthly Payments With Guaranteed 24 Month Trade-In

April 11th, 2017

Unshackled is offering a 29-month plan on the iPhone, with a guaranteed trade-in value after 24 months.

Unshackled is a UK website allowing you to buy your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements. Rather than having a single 24-month contract for both your handset and airtime, the website instead makes it easy for you to buy an unbundled deal. Here, you’ll have a separate agreement for your handset and airtime, allowing you to save money overall. You can also change your handset independently from your mobile network and tariff.

Unshackled’s latest innovation is something called the “29 month plan”, which works in a very similar way to the “personal contract plans” often used when buying a new car. The 29 month plan gives lower monthly payments, and promises a guaranteed trade-in value after 24 months (subject to fair wear and tear). Customers can take advantage of this to trade-in their iPhone for a newer model after 24 months. Alternatively, you can continue paying for a further 5 months if you’d like to keep the handset.

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ASDA Mobile Launches 4G From EE With 2GB/Month Extra Free Data

April 7th, 2017

ASDA Mobile is now offering 4G internet, with 2GB of extra free data on all Pay As You Go bundles.

In the UK, ASDA Mobile has just launched their 4G service following the recent renewal of their contract to provide a service on EE. The launch of 4G internet gives ASDA Mobile customers a download speed up to five times faster than 3G. They’ll get 97% population coverage on EE’s 4G network, and an extra 2GB per month of free data on all Pay As You Go bundles until the 27th June.

In this article, we’ll review the new 4G service from ASDA Mobile. We’ll look at the 4G bundles available on ASDA, what you’ll need to use it on your phone and the level of coverage you can expect. We’ll also look at how to keep your existing phone number if you’re switching to ASDA Mobile to take advantage of the new service.

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Best Place To Buy A Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus, G4 & G Play: UK’s Cheapest Deals

March 31st, 2017

The fifth-generation Moto G5 is available to buy from £149 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for the Moto G5, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play.

If you’re looking for an affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a handset from the Moto G family. With a solid design and fantastic specifications, the Moto G handsets are priced at just a fraction of the cost of an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8.

Motorola’s latest-generation handsets in the Moto G family are the newly-released Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Constructed from high-grade aluminium, the new handsets have a premium design along with full-HD displays and a 64-bit octa-core processor. Of the two devices, the Moto G5 Plus is slightly better specced with a Dual Autofocus Pixel camera and a more powerful Snapdragon 617 processor. The Moto G5 Plus also benefits from a larger screen and additional storage.

For a lower-cost alternative, last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are still available to buy. They have a plastic design unlike the newer Moto G5 handsets, but you’re able to customise the look of your handset with more than 80 colour combinations. The lower-cost Moto G4 Play is also available from £120 unlocked with lower specifications.

In this article, we’ll look at the best value deals for buying a Moto G smartphone in the UK. We’ll start by looking at the best deals for an unlocked Moto G5 and Moto G4. We’ll then go on to compare the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a Pay Monthly contract.

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Pay As You Go Inactivity: Time For PAYG Credit Expiry & SIM Card Cancellation

March 13th, 2017

If your Pay As You Go SIM card isn’t used for a certain amount of time, your credit can expire and your account can be closed.

Top Up LogoPay As You Go mobile phone tariffs are often ideal for people who only use their phone occasionally. Unlike Pay Monthly contracts, there are no regular monthly charges and you only need to pay for what you actually use.

One thing to investigate closely when choosing a Pay As You Go mobile network is the credit expiry and SIM card cancellation policy. On most mainstream mobile networks, your credit will not expire as long as you make a chargeable activity at least once every six months (e.g. an outgoing phone call, text message or use of mobile internet). However, some smaller mobile networks have a much stricter policy and your credit can expire just 90 days from top-up. Your SIM card could also be cancelled automatically if you haven’t used it for as little as 84 days.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the credit expiry and SIM card cancellation policy of UK Pay As You Go mobile networks.

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BT Mobile Family SIM Review: Money Off & Combined Bill For Multiple SIMs

March 8th, 2017

With the BT Mobile Family SIM offer, families can make an additional saving on their BT Mobile plans.

BT Mobile Family SIMIf multiple members of your family want a SIM card from BT Mobile, BT’s Family SIM offer can save you up to 45% on the normal monthly price. The Family SIM discount is available when multiple SIM cards are added to one combined Family plan. Each person continues to have their own individual allowance and additional SIM cards have only a 30-day contract.

In this article, we’ll review the Family SIM offer from BT Mobile. We’ll look at the Family SIMs available including the 2GB, 6GB and 15GB Family plans. We’ll also look at the features of the SIM card, and at how you can manage your BT Family SIM accounts. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage you can expect on BT Mobile and how to keep your existing phone number when moving to BT Mobile.

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Dell XPS 13 & XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

March 1st, 2017

Dell’s XPS 13 is a powerful and portable Windows 10 laptop. Find out how the different models compare and where to find the UK’s cheapest XPS 13 deals.

At present, my laptop of choice is the Dell XPS 13. Smaller and more powerful than a MacBook Pro, key to the laptop is what Dell calls an InfinityEdge display. This is a virtually borderless 13.3-inch screen that allows the laptop to fit in to what was traditionally a 12-inch form factor.

There are two versions of the XPS 13 available to buy in the UK. The regular XPS 13 9360 is Dell’s mainstream laptop with a traditional form factor. Starting from around £1,099, it’s about £350 cheaper than Apple’s latest MacBook Pro. For ultimate portability, Dell also offers the XPS 13 2-in-1 9365. This has a 360° hinge so can easily transform between laptop and tablet form factors, making it a great choice for on-the-go entertainment. It starts from about £1,349 with a touchscreen as standard.

In this article, we’ll compare the two different versions of the XPS 13 laptop. We’ll also compare the UK’s cheapest available deals for both the XPS 13 9360 and the XPS 13 2-in-1 9365.

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Your Smartphone SIM Type: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM?

February 24th, 2017

Find out which size of SIM card is required by your new smartphone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

SIM cardIf you’re getting a new smartphone, you’ll need to make sure you have a SIM card of the right size to fit in your phone. If you’re changing mobile networks (e.g. to a SIM-only deal or Pay As You Go SIM), you’ll also need to make sure you order a SIM card of the right size.

Depending on the model of smartphone you buy, there are three sizes of SIM card that can potentially be used in your phone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM.

In this article, we’ll look at the differences between the three types of SIM card. We’ll list the required SIM card size for different handsets and we’ll discuss how you can order a SIM card of the right size. Finally, we’ll look at how to change the size of your SIM card (e.g. into Micro SIM or Nano SIM).

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How to replace your SIM Card with a Micro SIM or Nano SIM Card

February 17th, 2017

Newer handsets typically require a Micro SIM or Nano SIM. Therefore, if you’re changing handsets, you may also need to change the size of your SIM card at the same time.

If you’ve recently upgraded to a new smartphone, there’s a good chance it’ll require a Micro SIM or Nano SIM. Before you’re able to use your SIM card in the new handset, you’ll first need to make sure it’s of the right size. If not, you can replace your current SIM card with either a smaller Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

In this article, we’ll explain how you can change your current SIM card for a Micro SIM or Nano SIM. We’ll discuss the process on each UK mobile network and also how much you can expect it to cost. We’ll then discuss the option of manually cutting down your SIM card, and how to use a smaller SIM card in an old handset.

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