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Tesco Mobile Xtras: £3/month off your bill for viewing adverts on your phone

July 20th, 2016

Tesco Mobile offers an Xtras application which gives you a £3/month discount for viewing adverts on your Android smartphone.

Tesco Mobile Xtras Logo With BadgeTesco Mobile has launched a new Xtras application for customers using Tesco Mobile Pay Monthly and SIM-only. For customers with a compatible Android smartphone, it gives you a £3 monthly discount on your bill for viewing adverts on your smartphone. You’ll also get 200MB of additional data which is supposed to cover data usage by the application.

Unfortunately, we believe the Xtras application is fairly intrusive and it will typically show you adverts about 60 times per day. It’s also worth considering the privacy implications. For instance, your GPS location will be shared with the app and will be used to show you geographically-targeted adverts.

In this article, we’ll review the Tesco Mobile Xtras application. We’ll also look at the tariffs and smartphones you’re able to use it with, and whether you can find an alternative deal with less hassle on other mobile networks.

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Three now offering Essential and Advanced Price Plans: Review & Comparison

July 19th, 2016

Three is now offering ‘Essential’ and ‘Advanced’ price plans on a Pay Monthly contract. The lower-cost Essential plans come without Feel At Home roaming, personal hotspot and free calls to customer service.

ThreeThree has launched a new range of ‘Essential’ price plans. Described as a low-cost no-frills tariff, Three says the new Essential contracts are designed for customers who aren’t “always on holiday, using their phone as a hotspot or constantly calling customer services”. Their existing line-up of tariffs with inclusive Feel At Home roaming, personal hotspot and calls to customer service has now been renamed to an ‘Advanced’ price plan.

In this article, we’ll review the new Essential price plans and we’ll see how it compares to the Advanced price plans currently offered by Three. We’ll also discuss the range of add-ons available for Three’s Essential price plans.

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Tesco Mobile Rocket Packs: PAYG Bundles with 4G Internet from £5/month

July 13th, 2016

Tesco Mobile offers Rocket Packs on Pay As You Go where you can convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance.

Tesco Mobile Rocket Packs

Tesco Mobile has just launched a range of new one-month bundles on Pay As You Go. Called Rocket Packs, the new bundles allow you to convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance of calls, texts and internet.

Rocket Packs are available to buy from £5/month and include 4G internet at no extra charge. The most popular Rocket Pack is the £10/month pack which gives you 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB of internet.

In this article, we review the new Rocket Packs from Tesco Mobile. We’ll look at the Rocket Packs available and how they compare to bundles on other networks. We’ll also look at the handsets and the level of coverage available on Tesco Pay As You Go. Finally, we’ll look at how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to Tesco Mobile.

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Cheapest Pay As You Go Bundles: The Best Prepaid Plans For Your Mobile

July 12th, 2016

With a bundle, you can convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance of calls, texts and mobile internet. We compare the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.

Pay As You Go SmartphonesIn the UK, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Pay As You Go deals. There are more than 60 bundles you’re able to choose from across nearly 20 different Pay As You Go networks. With strong competition in the Pay As You Go arena, the best value deals now rival those found on a Pay Monthly contract.

To get the best value from your Pay As You Go tariff, you’ll normally need to convert your credit into a 30-day bundle. When you buy a Pay As You Go bundle, it’s a little bit like paying for your airtime in bulk. Instead of paying for your usage on a per-minute, per-text and per-megabyte basis, you just buy a 30-day bundle to cover all of your usage. If you’re a regular mobile user or if you’re a smartphone owner, this will normally save you money compared to using traditional Pay As You Go.

In the UK, there’s a wide range of Pay As You Go bundles available to choose from. In this article, we’ll compare the best value Pay As You Go bundles available to buy in the UK.

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iD Mobile Review: The Low Cost Network From The Carphone Warehouse

July 6th, 2016

iD Mobile from the Carphone Warehouse is an own-brand 4G network using coverage from Three. We review iD Mobile and their GoTo, TakeAway and ShockProof price plans.

iD Mobile Logo Green

In the UK, iD Mobile is the own-brand mobile network from the Carphone Warehouse. Offering Pay Monthly and SIM Only deals with 4G coverage, the network makes use of coverage from Three.

There are four types of tariff on the iD Mobile network: GoTo, ShockProof, TakeAway and DataOnly. Each type of tariff has its own unique selling point. For instance, GoTo tariffs feature data rollover and ShockProof tariffs come with a cap on extra charges. TakeAway tariffs come with free international roaming in 29 countries, while DataOnly is designed for tablets and mobile broadband.

In this article, we’ll review the iD Mobile network. We’ll start by looking at their price plans and tariffs, and at how you can join iD Mobile with either a new handset or SIM card. We’ll then look at the level of coverage you can expect on iD Mobile and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles: Pay As You Go From £10/month

July 5th, 2016

Vodafone offers a choice of Big Value Bundles from £10/month on Pay As You Go.

vodafoneOn Vodafone Pay As You Go, the most popular tariff is currently the Big Value Bundles which start from £10 per month. Previously known as Vodafone Freedom Freebees, a Big Value Bundle will turn your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day allowance of calls, texts and internet.

Vodafone’s entry-level £10/month bundle comes with 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 4G internet. Higher-priced bundles are available for £15, £20 and £30 per month. These include additional minutes and a larger allowance of data. The Big Value Bundles are in direct competition with ASDA Mobile’s 30-day bundles, giffgaff’s goodybags, EE’s Everything Packs and O2’s Big Bundles.

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Pay As You Go service. We’ll look at their Big Value Bundles and also at alternative tariffs such as their ‘Freebie’ offers and top-up deals. We’ll then compare the Big Value Bundles to rival offerings on other mobile networks and we’ll look at the Pay As You Go rewards you’re able to earn. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage you can expect on Vodafone and how to keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto G4 & Moto G4 Plus: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

June 29th, 2016

The fourth-generation Moto G4 is now available to buy from £159 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for SIM-free, Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly.

Moto G4 DesignIf you’re looking for an affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a Moto G. It has some fantastic specifications, including a 5.5-inch full-HD display, at only a fraction of the cost of an iPhone 6s or Galaxy S7.

The two newest smartphones to join the Moto G family are the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Released in June 2016, both handsets have a 5.5-inch full HD display and a 64-bit octa-core processor. They also both feature 4G connectivity and the latest version of Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow (more than 1.5 million apps are available for the handset).

Out of the two devices, the Moto G4 Plus is slightly more premium. It has a higher-resolution 16 megapixel camera with phase-detection and laser auto-focus (the Moto G4 only has a 13 megapixel camera). The Moto G4 Plus also features a fingerprint sensor and gives you the option of having more storage and RAM.

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 G. We’ll then go on to find the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a Pay Monthly contract.

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Tello UK Review: Flexible Pay As You Go With Low UK & International Rates

June 28th, 2016

Tello is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with flexible plans and competitive rates for UK & international calling.

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In the UK, Tello is a low-cost Pay As You Go mobile network specialising in flexible 30-day plans and low-cost UK and international phone calls. The network, which uses 3G & 4G coverage from Three, charges just 3p/minute, 3p/text and 1p/MB on Pay As You Go. There are also 30-day bundles from £3/month and international phone calls from 1p/minute.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Tello UK mobile network. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available and at how the prices on Tello compare to other UK mobile networks. We’ll also look at the coverage on Tello, how you can join as a new customer and how you can keep an existing phone number.

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Three Feel At Home: Free Roaming in 18 Countries Including Spain, US & Italy

June 14th, 2016

Three has scrapped international roaming charges in 18 countries including Spain, the USA, Italy, France, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

ThreeIn the UK, Three offers a mobile roaming package known as Feel At Home. For customers travelling to 18 selected countries, the charges for using your mobile phone abroad have been removed. This means you’re able to use your normal UK allowances including your minutes, texts and mobile internet at no additional charge.

This makes Feel At Home a great package for anyone who wants to continue using their smartphone when abroad. You’ll be able to use all your normal smartphone applications including social media, instant messaging and maps. You’ll also be able to stay in touch with friends and family without the need to worry about how much phone calls will cost.

The Feel At Home offer is available to all customers on Three, including those with a Pay Monthly handset, a SIM-only deal, a Pay As You Go SIM card or a mobile broadband package. If you aren’t currently a customer of Three, you can pick up a Pay As You Go SIM card to take advantage of the offer.

In this article, we review the Feel At Home offer, including the countries it’s available in and the limitations of the offer. We’ll also look at the level of coverage you can expect in each country and at how customers of another network can benefit from the offer. Finally, we’ll look at alternative roaming offers that are also available on the market.

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Virgin Mobile Freestyle Contracts: Upgrade Your Phone Or Handset At Any Time

June 7th, 2016

Virgin Mobile offers Pay Monthly handsets on the Freestyle tariff. It gives you flexibility to change your phone or airtime tariff at any point.

Virgin MediaVirgin Mobile currently offers all of their Pay Monthly handsets on the Freestyle tariff. Unlike traditional mobile phone contracts, Freestyle is split into two parts: one part for the phone and another part for the airtime.

An advantage of the Freestyle set-up is you’ll be able to upgrade your phone at any time. You’ll also have full flexibility to change your airtime tariff, for instance if you wanted more allowances or if you wanted to cut your monthly phone bill.

In this article, we’ll review the Freestyle tariff from Virgin Mobile. We’ll look at how much it would cost to get a new smartphone from Virgin Mobile, and how it compares to alternative tariffs from other mobile networks. We’ll also look at the level of coverage you can expect on Virgin Mobile and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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