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SIM Only Deals: The UK’s Best Value SIM Cards For Your Smartphone

June 20th, 2017

You can often save hundreds of pounds per year by getting a low-cost SIM card for your mobile phone. We compare the UK’s best value smartphone SIM-only deals.

SIM card for SIM Only tariffA great way to save money on your mobile phone bill is to change your tariff to a SIM-only deal. Compared to a normal mobile contract, you can normally save hundreds of pounds per year whilst keeping the same phone number as before. You’ll also get lots of flexibility with the choice of either a 12-month or 1-month contract.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the UK’s best value smartphone SIM-only deals. We’ll compare SIM-only deals from 12 different mobile networks: from the big names like EE and O2, to lower-cost virtual network operators such as ASDA Mobile, giffgaff and iD Mobile.

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Roam Like Home: Free European Roaming Offers & Fair Usage Limits

June 10th, 2017

All UK mobile networks need to provide roaming in Europe at no extra cost from June 2017. Compare the fair usage policies & the availability of 4G roaming.

From the 15th June 2017, it’s all change with regards to using your smartphone in Europe. Changes to EU law mean all UK mobile networks now need to provide roaming in Europe at no extra cost. Customers with a UK bundle allowance can use this when they’re travelling abroad, and customers on Pay As You Go can benefit from their normal Pay As You Go rates.

The legislation is known as “Roam Like at Home” and has been implemented in a slightly different way across UK mobile networks. In this article, we’ll compare the “Roam Like at Home” offering on UK mobile networks including the download speeds available and any fair usage limits that apply. We’ll also look at the availability of roaming in certain countries that are sometimes excluded from the offer (namely Switzerland, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Monaco).

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Sky Mobile Review: Swap & SIM Only Contracts With Data Rollover & O2 Coverage

June 8th, 2017

Sky Mobile offers unique features such as ‘Swap’ Pay Monthly plans and the ability to roll over unused data into a piggybank.

Sky LogoIn the UK, Sky Mobile is the mobile network from Sky, a company which is best known for its satellite TV service. Offering 4G coverage from the O2 network, Sky Mobile is available to everyone regardless of whether they’re a Sky TV customer.

A unique feature of Sky Mobile is the Swap24 and Swap12 plans which allow you to upgrade your handset after either 24 or 12 months. Other features include the “data piggybank” for saving unused data and unlimited calling & texting for Sky TV customers. Plans start from £5/month for 500MB of 4G data.

In this article, we’ll review the Sky Mobile service including Sky’s SIM-only deals and Swap Pay Monthly contracts. We’ll also look at the features of Sky Mobile including Roll, Save, Sync and Mix. We’ll then compare Sky Mobile to other networks, look at the handsets available and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll discuss how to keep your existing phone number when moving to join Sky Mobile.

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Capped Contracts: Better Spend Control on Pay Monthly Mobile Contracts

May 31st, 2017

Getting a capped contract for your mobile phone will give you greater control over spending and out-of-allowance charges.

Typically, one disadvantage of choosing a Pay Monthly contract is you’re also liable to pay for additional charges outside of your inclusive allowance. For instance, additional charges might appear on your phone bill when you use up your allowances or when you call non-inclusive numbers such as 084, 087, 09 and international numbers. It can also result from telephone voting in reality TV shows and from text-to-enter TV competitions. For many parents, the possibility of “bill shock” is also a key concern when giving a Pay Monthly mobile phone contract to their children.

To eliminate the risk of surprise out-of-allowance charges, some people instead choose to get a Pay As You Go bundle. With Pay As You Go, it’s only possible to spend the credit on your account. This means it isn’t possible to accidentally run up a huge bill by surprise. The disadvantage, however, is that Pay As You Go can sometimes be relatively expensive and there’s also additional work required in topping up your accounts each month.

To give you the best of both worlds, a number of mobile networks now offer “capped Pay Monthly contracts”. This will give you all of the usual benefits of a Pay Monthly contract including great value usage and the ability to pay automatically by Direct Debit. At the same time, you’ll also get predictable bills every month with no chance of “bill shock” or surprising large out-of-allowance charges.

In this article, we’ll review capped mobile contracts and their availability in the UK.

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

May 26th, 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 G5 Plus and Moto G4.

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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Free Pay As You Go SIM Cards: Listed, Reviewed & Networks Compared

May 17th, 2017

Get a free SIM card for your mobile phone: Pay As You Go offerings compared from 18 UK networks.

Pay As You Go SIM CardWhether you’re a smartphone fanatic or someone who only uses their phone on an occasional basis, there are some great deals to be had when you order a free Pay As You Go SIM card in the UK.

The best Pay As You Go SIM cards offer super-low rates that can even rival Pay Monthly SIM cards in terms of value for money. To take advantage of the best offers currently available, simply order a free SIM card below and slot it inside your mobile phone. There are no credit checks or upfront fees. There’s also no need to set up a direct debit: simply top-up your SIM card when you need credit to pay for your airtime.

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The UK’s Cheapest Mobile Network For International Phone Calls

May 12th, 2017

Several UK mobile networks provide a low-cost SIM card for making international phone calls. We compare international calling rates and find the best mobile network for calling different countries.

EarthIf you’re in the UK making international phone calls, having the right SIM card can save you significant amounts of money.

With a normal UK SIM card, you’ll sometimes need to pay up to £1.50/minute for calling another country. In contrast, a specialist low-cost SIM card for international calling can bring this down to just a couple of pennies per minute (sometimes to as little as 1p/minute).

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of international calling from the UK to 79 other countries. We’ll look at opt-in deals from the major mobile networks including EE, O2 and Vodafone. We’ll also look at the specialist mobile networks for international calling: giffgaff, Lebara Mobile, Lycamobile and Tello.

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Lebara Mobile Review: Cheap International Calls & Pay As You Go Bundles

May 10th, 2017

Lebara Mobile is a specialist provider of low-cost international phone calls from the UK.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile is a specialist provider of low-cost international phone calls. Using 2G and 3G coverage from Vodafone, customers of Lebara Mobile can call abroad from only 1p/minute. Lebara also sells ‘All In One’ and ‘UK Plan’ bundles giving customers a set allowance to be used over a 30-day period.

In this article, we’ll review Lebara Mobile’s UK offering. We’ll start by looking at their rates and bundles, before comparing them to rival mobile networks like giffgaff and Lycamobile. We’ll also look at the level of coverage you can expect on Lebara Mobile and at how you can keep your current phone number when moving to the network.

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

May 5th, 2017

ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles and 4G coverage from EE.

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. Regular mobile users can even more with a 30-day bundle from £5/month. Bundles include the popular £10 option with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1.5GB of internet (boosted to 3.5GB until the 27th June 2017).

The coverage on ASDA Mobile is provided by EE, with there being 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. Customers can join ASDA Mobile by ordering a free SIM card on the ASDA Mobile website. This 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 the plans 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 to keep your existing phone number.

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Tethering on UK Networks: Which Mobile Networks Allow You To Tether?

May 3rd, 2017

In the UK, only certain mobile networks allow you to tether. Find out the tethering policy for each UK network.

Personal Hotspot on iPhoneTethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device. It’s often used as a convenient way to get your laptop or tablet connected to the internet on-the-go.

Almost all smartphones today have the functionality for you to tether to another device or to enable a personal hotspot. This includes the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones. However, there is a limitation in that only certain mobile networks will allow you to tether (it’ll sometimes be restricted in your mobile network’s terms and conditions). For this reason, it’s important to find out the tethering policy for your mobile network.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the tethering policy on each UK mobile network. We’ll also highlight some of the best value deals currently available with support for tethering.

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