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BT Mobile Review: 4G SIM Cards With A Discount For BT Broadband Households

September 29th, 2015

BT Mobile is a 4G mobile network with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 4G internet for only £5/month (includes a £5/month discount for BT Broadband households).

BTIn the UK, BT Mobile is a low-cost mobile network with 4G connectivity from only £5/month. Making use of coverage from EE, the service covers 99% of the UK population. A discount of £5/month is offered on all tariffs to customers living in a household with a BT Broadband connection.

In this article, we review the BT Mobile network. We’ll look at BT’s range of 4G price plans and how they compare to rival deals offered on other mobile networks. We’ll then look at the handsets you can use on BT Mobile and at the level of coverage you can expect on the network. Finally, we’ll discuss how you can keep your existing phone number when changing over to BT Mobile.

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FreedomPop Review: The UK Network With Free Minutes, Texts & Internet

September 23rd, 2015

FreedomPop is a new UK network promising a free mobile service with no monthly charges. Customers get 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of internet every month.

FreedomPop LogoFreedomPop is a new mobile network which has just launched in the UK today. Their headline offer is a free service with 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of mobile internet. The company has been offering a service in the USA for 4 years and is now launching in the UK as their first international market.

In this article, we review the FreedomPop service in the UK. We’ll look at the FreedomPop price plans and how the FreedomPop service compares to other networks. We’ll also discuss the coverage you’re able to get on FreedomPop.

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

September 22nd, 2015

If you’re changing smartphone, you may also need to change the size of your SIM card. Newer devices typically require a Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

If you’ve recently got your hands on 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 need to first make sure it’s of the right size. In some cases, it will be necessary to replace your current SIM card with a Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

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

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

September 15th, 2015

The iPhone 6s Plus is Apple’s large-screen smartphone. We compare the cheapest available iPhone 6s Plus deals on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

iPhone 6s Plus in GoldAlong with the normal iPhone 6s, Apple will also introduce the iPhone 6s Plus later this month. Like the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus adds 3D Touch pressure-sensitive technology. It also has a 12-megapixel camera and the new A9 processor from Apple.

Compared to the iPhone 6s, key differences on the iPhone 6s Plus are a larger 5.5-inch screen at Full HD resolution and OIS (optical image stabilisation) for clearer and sharper photos in low-light conditions.

At present, the iPhone 6s Plus is available to buy from four UK networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Across the four networks, the handset is offered on nearly 40 different tariffs.

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of the iPhone 6s Plus on different networks in the UK. By using the comparison tables below, you can find the most appropriate tariff for your usage.

Looking for the normal iPhone 6s? Typically, it’s about £120 cheaper over 24 months. See our iPhone 6s price comparison.

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

September 15th, 2015

The iPhone 6s is due to launch in the UK on September 25th. We compare the cost of the iPhone 6s on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. We’ll also find the UK’s cheapest available iPhone 6s deal.

iPhone 6s ColoursLater this month, Apple will release their next-generation smartphone: the iPhone 6s. Building on last year’s popular iPhone 6, the iPhone 6s has a new interaction mode known as 3D Touch. Many of the internals have also been upgraded: there’s now a 12 megapixel iSight camera and an Apple A9 processor which is 70% faster. The design has also seen an upgrade: the handset is now constructed from Series 7000 aluminium.

In the UK, the iPhone 6s is currently available to buy on four networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Between them, they offer the handset on a choice of nearly 50 different tariffs. In this article, we’ll compare the cost of the iPhone 6s on each of the four networks here in the UK. Hopefully, this can help you to find the most suitable deal for your usage.

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Three’s 321: The UK’s Cheapest PAYG Tariff at 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB

September 9th, 2015

Three currently has the cheapest Pay As You Go tariff in the UK at 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. Regular users can save even more with an All-in-One bundle from £10/month.

Three 321 Pay As You GoIn the UK, Three has the cheapest Pay As You Go tariff currently available. On their 321 SIM card, calls are 3p per minute, texts are 2p each and mobile internet is 1p per megabyte. There’s also 150MB of free mobile internet every time you top-up your SIM card.

A notable feature of the tariff is the low rates you’re able to access without buying a monthly bundle. It’s the ideal option for light and occasional users: there’s no standing charge and you only pay for the airtime you actually use. Your credit also doesn’t expire but you’ll need to keep the SIM card active by using it once every 6 months. For regular users, an All-in-One bundle can offer even better value. It also allows you to benefit from the Feel At Home offer.

In this article, we’ll review the Pay As You Go service from Three. We’ll look at how the service compares to that on rival networks including EE, giffgaff, O2 and Vodafone. We’ll also look at coverage on the network and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to Three.

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

September 2nd, 2015

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

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 smartphone. This requires taking out another 24 month contract. You can upgrade to the latest handset such as an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6. However, you’ll pay for the privilege: often about £40/month on your new contract. Typically, there’s also an upfront charge to buy your new handset.

The second option is switching over to a SIM Only deal. This is a much better option if you’re happy to keep your current smartphone. You’ll pick up a new low-cost SIM card that slots into your handset and gives you much lower rates. As the SIM card is on an airtime-only contract, it’ll be much cheaper than a standard Pay Monthly contract. You can normally expect to save around £15 to £20 per month with a SIM only deal. Over one year, the savings can easily add up to more than £200.

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Compare Pay As You Go Networks: Prices & Coverage

August 12th, 2015

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

Top UpIf you’re looking for a Pay As You Go mobile network in the UK, you’re spoilt for choice with almost 20 networks to choose from. Indeed, the UK is one of the most competitive marketplaces in the world for mobile telecoms. There are lots of great deals to be had on the market: just order a free SIM card and you can start taking advantage of lower rates for calling and browsing.

When choosing a Pay As You Go mobile network, there are two primary considerations you need to think about. Firstly, the price: you’ll want to get the best deal without paying more than you need to. Secondly, there’s the coverage: you’ll want a mobile network that gives you good and reliable signal.

The table below is intended to help you with navigating the UK’s mobile market. For each Pay As You Go network, we’ve listed the charges for accessing the internet, for making a phone call and for sending a text message. We’ve also listed the coverage provider for each mobile network and provided a link to where you can check the network coverage. You can use the table in conjunction with our other guides when choosing a new network.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto G (3rd Generation): The UK’s Cheapest Deals

July 31st, 2015

The third-generation Moto G smartphone is now available to buy in the UK. In this article, we compare the best value deals on SIM-free, Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly contracts.

Moto G 3rd Generation

If you’re looking for a good-value, affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a Moto G. The Moto G has some fantastic specifications at only a third of the price of an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6.

The latest Moto G smartphone (the 3rd Generation edition) was released at the end of July 2015. It has IPX7 waterproof protection and some other top specifications including a 13-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, a 720p high-definition display, 4G connectivity and the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The most notable feature about the Moto G smartphone is its incredibly low price compared to other devices. The Moto G (3rd Generation) starts from only £140 unlocked and without a contract. In contrast, the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 typically cost around £500 SIM-free and unlocked. For the average user, this makes the Moto G totally unrivalled in terms of value for money.

In this article, we 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 Pay Monthly contracts.

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Lebara Mobile Review: Low Cost International Calling & ‘UK Plus’ Bundles

July 24th, 2015

In the UK, Lebara Mobile is a specialist provider of low-cost international phone calls (from 1p/minute). They also offer ‘UK Plus’ bundles for your smartphone.

Lebara MobileLebara Mobile is a specialist provider of low-cost SIM cards for international calling. Whereas the mainstream mobile networks can sometimes charge you up to £1.50/minute for calling another country, the rates on Lebara Mobile start from only 1p/minute. Lebara also has a range of UK Plus bundles with inclusive UK calls, texts and internet.

In this article, we review the Lebara Mobile service. We’ll look at the prices on Lebara and we’ll see how they compare to those on rival networks (EE, giffgaff, O2, Lycamobile and Vodafone). We’ll also look at how to use an existing handset on Lebara, the level of coverage to expect and how to keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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