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Unshackled Review: Unlocked Smartphones With Financing & Separate SIM

December 4th, 2016

Unshackled is a new website allowing you to buy your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements.

Unshackled.comIn the UK, Unshackled.com offers a new way of buying your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements. Founded by the executive team previously behind Phones4u, an unlocked smartphone can be purchased from Unshackled either outright or on a 24-month payment plan. A SIM-only deal can then be purchased separately, with a choice of 16 mobile networks currently available on the website.

In this article, we’ll review the Unshackled.com website. We’ll start by looking at the handsets available and at the multiple ways you’re able to pay for your phone (e.g. outright or on a 24-month plan). We’ll then look at the SIM cards available from Unshackled and at what you can expect with regards to delivery and warranty.

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Sky Mobile Review: SIM Only Deals With Data Roll-Over & Sky TV Sync

December 2nd, 2016

Sky Mobile offers SIM-only deals with 4G coverage from O2 and has the ability for you to roll over unused data into a piggybank.

Sky LogoIn the UK, Sky Mobile is a new mobile network from Sky, the company which is best known for its satellite TV and home broadband service. Offering 4G coverage from the O2 network, a unique feature of Sky Mobile is the “data piggybank” that allows you to save up unused data.

At present, Sky Mobile offers a choice of three SIM-only deals. The SIM cards start from £10/month for 1GB of data, with calls and texts being charged for on a pay-as-you-use basis (free for Sky TV customers, or 10p/minute and 10p/text for everyone else).

In this article, we’ll review the Sky Mobile service including their SIM-only deals and their data piggybank feature. We’ll also look at the benefits available to Sky TV customers, at future plans for Sky Mobile and at the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll also discuss how to keep your existing phone number when moving to Sky Mobile.

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

November 23rd, 2016

The fourth-generation Moto G4 is now available to buy from £89 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 G4. It has some fantastic specifications, including a 5.5-inch full HD display, and is a fraction of the price of an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7.

Motorola’s two mid-range handsets are the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Both handsets have a 5.5-inch full HD display and a 64-bit octa-core processor. 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 (whereas 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 extra storage and RAM.

For a lower-cost alternative, the Moto G4 Play is available from £89 unlocked (the handset is sometimes referred to simply as the Moto G Play). It has a 5.0-inch HD display, a 64-bit quad-core processor and a 8 megapixel camera. All three handsets have 4G connectivity and run on the Android 6.0 operating system from Google.

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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How To Check & Compare UK Mobile Coverage: Networks & MVNOs

November 23rd, 2016

Coverage should be your top consideration when choosing a new mobile network. Find out how to compare coverage and discover which mobile network has the best coverage in your area.

Mobile phone coverage is provided by mastsIf you’re choosing a new mobile network, the level and quality of coverage should be the first thing you consider.

If your mobile network has poor coverage, potential problems can include missed phone calls, delayed text messages and web pages failing to load. It can also result in substantially poorer battery life as your handset needs to work harder to maintain a connection.

At first glance, it seems daunting to choose the mobile network offering the best coverage in your area. This is because there are more than 20 mobile networks to choose from in the UK. In reality, things are actually much simpler as all of the 20+ mobile networks use one of four underlying coverage providers.

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about mobile coverage in the UK. We’ll start by showing you how to check and compare coverage on different networks. We’ll also discuss the UK’s system of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs): understanding this will make it much easier to compare coverage on different networks. Finally, we’ll discuss the factors that can influence your coverage and we’ll present some apps & accessories for improving your coverage.

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Plusnet Mobile Review: Low-Cost 4G With Smart Caps & Mates Rates

November 15th, 2016

Plusnet Mobile, previously known as LIFE Mobile, is a low-cost 4G network with SIM-only plans from £5/month.

Plusnet Logo ProudIn the UK, Plusnet Mobile offers SIM-only plans from £5/month, with high-speed 3G and 4G coverage from the EE network. Key features include ‘Smart Cap’ which limits out-of-allowance charges and ‘Mates Rates’ which will double your data allowance if you have Plusnet Home Broadband.

Plusnet Mobile is the replacement for LIFE Mobile so existing customers on LIFE Mobile will see their service transitioning to Plusnet. An upgrade to one of the new Plusnet Mobile plans is required to access 4G coverage.

In this article, we’ll review the Plusnet Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available on Plusnet Mobile and how they compare to offerings from other mobile networks. We’ll then discuss how to use your handset on Plusnet Mobile, the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your current phone number.

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ASDA Mobile £10 Mega Christmas Bundle: Unlimited Calls & 20GB Data

November 8th, 2016

ASDA Mobile is currently offering unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB data for £10/month.

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ASDA’s Mega Christmas Bundle is available until the 31st December 2016.

As a special promotion, ASDA Mobile is offering a £10 Christmas bundle on Pay As You Go with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a massive 20GB of internet.

The 30-day Mega Christmas Bundle is available to all ASDA Mobile customers and to anyone who orders a free SIM card from ASDA Mobile before the 31st December 2016.

In this article, we’ll review ASDA’s Mega Christmas Bundle. We’ll discuss how you can take advantage of the offer and we’ll compare it to rival bundles available on other networks. We’ll also look at the coverage available on ASDA Mobile and at how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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ASDA Mobile Review: Low Cost Pay As You Go With Coverage From EE

November 8th, 2016

ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles. It provides 2G & 3G coverage from the EE network.

ASDA LogoIn the UK, ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive rates for calling, texting and browsing. For occasional mobile users, ASDA Mobile charges just 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB. For regular users, 30-day bundles are available from £5/month, including a £10 Christmas Bundle with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 20GB of data.

The coverage on ASDA Mobile is provided by EE: there’s 99% population coverage from EE’s 2G and 3G networks. Customers can join ASDA Mobile by ordering a free SIM card on their website. The SIM card will slot inside your existing unlocked smartphone, saving you money whilst at the same time giving you coverage from EE.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the ASDA Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans on ASDA Mobile and how they compare to those available on other networks. We’ll then look at how you can use your handset on ASDA Mobile, at the level of coverage you can expect and at how you can keep your existing phone number.

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Three Essential and Advanced Price Plans: Review & Comparison

November 4th, 2016

Three offers lower-cost Essential price plans without Feel At Home roaming or a personal hotspot allowance. Find out how it compares to Three’s Advanced price plans.

ThreeThree has split their Pay Monthly line-up into two types of price plan. There’s now the lower-cost Essential price plans which come without Feel At Home roaming and without a personal hotspot allowance.

For a more fully-featured offering, Advanced price plans remain on sale with inclusive roaming in 42 countries and the ability to tether at no extra charge. Advanced price plans also include free calls to customer service, and larger data allowances are available including all-you-can-eat data.

In this article, we’ll review the new Essential price plans and we’ll see how they compare to Advanced price plans. We’ll also discuss the range of add-ons available for Three’s Essential price plans (for instance, in case you wanted to use personal hotspot).

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All-You-Can-Eat Data Reviewed: Unlimited 4G Internet from Three

November 1st, 2016

Three offers all-you-can-eat data in the UK with unlimited downloads, 4G internet, Feel At Home and 30GB of personal hotspot.

ThreeIn the UK, Three is fairly unique as a mobile network in offering all-you-can-eat data with no limits on how much you can download.

With all-you-can-eat data, you can use your smartphone worry-free for as much browsing, streaming and downloading as you like. You’ll also get access to 4G internet and inclusive roaming in 42 countries. There’s also a separate allowance of 30GB for tethering or portable hotspot each month.

In this article, we’ll review all-you-can-eat data: the unlimited internet offering from Three. We’ll start by looking at the features of the tariff before comparing the data plans on which you’re able to get all-you-can-eat data. Finally, we’ll look at coverage, international roaming and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to Three.

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Where To Find Free Wi-Fi From BT, O2, The Cloud & Virgin Media

October 28th, 2016

In the UK, there are four main providers of free public wi-fi: BT Wi-Fi, O2 Wi-Fi, The Cloud and Virgin Media Wi-Fi. Find out how to get access to each of these services.

WiFi LogoIt’s now fairly straightforward finding free wi-fi when you’re out-and-about here in the UK. Whether you’re in a high-street coffee store, supermarket or bank, there are four main providers of free wi-fi internet you’re likely to come across: BT Wi-Fi, O2 Wi-Fi, The Cloud and Virgin Media Wi-Fi.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the main public wi-fi providers in the UK. We’ll discuss the level of service available on each provider and how you might qualify for their free wi-fi internet. We’ll also show you to how to find nearby hotspots.

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