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UK’s Cheapest Galaxy S6 Edge: EE, O2, Three & Vodafone Compared

March 26th, 2015

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge will launch in the UK on April 10th. We compare the best value deals on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edgeAlong with the normal Galaxy S6, Samsung is also launching a new super-premium version of their flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S6 Edge is an enhanced version of the normal Galaxy S6 (the Quad HD Super AMOLED display now gently curves away on both sides of the handset). The curved-edge display greatly enhances the glass and metal design making the Galaxy S6 Edge an eye-catching smartphone that’s bound to turn heads. The Galaxy S6 Edge also has 64GB of storage as standard (the normal Galaxy S6 has only 32GB).

In the UK, the Galaxy S6 Edge is available from April 10th, 2015. You can get it on Pay Monthly contracts from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Between them, the four mobile networks are offering the Galaxy S6 Edge on nearly fifty different tariffs at a range of price points.

In this article, we list all the available tariffs for the Galaxy S6 Edge in the UK. We’ll also compare across all of the tariffs to find the best value deal with varying amounts of data.

Looking for the normal Galaxy S6? See our Galaxy S6 price comparison article.

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UK’s Cheapest Samsung Galaxy S6: Deals on EE, O2, Three & Vodafone

March 24th, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 launches in the UK on April 10th. We compare Galaxy S6 tariffs on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Galaxy S6Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S6, is now available to buy from networks in the UK. With a premium design constructed from glass and aluminium and with cutting-edge specifications such as Quad HD display and octa-core processor, the Galaxy S6 is set to be one of the bestselling smartphones available this year.

In the UK, the Galaxy S6 ships on April 10th, 2015. The handset is available on a Pay Monthly contract from the UK’s four major networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. In total, the four networks are offering the Galaxy S6 on fifty different tariffs at a range of price points.

In this article, we list all the available tariffs for the Galaxy S6 in the UK. We’ll also find the best value deals with different amounts of data.

Looking for the Galaxy S6 Edge? See our Galaxy S6 Edge price comparison article.

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How to unlock your iPhone from EE, O2, Tesco, Three and Vodafone

March 18th, 2015

You’ll probably need to unlock your iPhone before you’re able to use it on other mobile networks. This article shows you how to unlock an iPhone from networks in the UK.

iPhone 6If your iPhone was purchased in the UK, it’ll normally be locked to your mobile network operator. If you’d like to use the iPhone on another mobile network (either in the UK or abroad), you’ll first need to unlock the iPhone from your network. If you don’t unlock your iPhone before using it on other networks, you’ll receive an error message saying “SIM Not Valid”.

Benefits of unlocking your iPhone include the ability to access cheaper tariffs in the UK (you can grab a SIM only contract for a lower monthly bill). You can also use the iPhone abroad with a different SIM card when travelling (this will drastically reduce your mobile roaming rates). Finally, unlocking your iPhone allows you to pass it on and boosts the resale value on eBay and other websites.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of unlocking an iPhone. We’ll show you to how to check whether your iPhone actually needs to be unlocked. We’ll also show you how to find your iPhone’s IMEI number and how to request an unlock from your network (including the costs and the timeframe for unlocking). We’ll also discuss SIM-free iPhones from a third-party retailer such as the Carphone Warehouse.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto E 4G (2nd Generation): The UK’s Cheapest Deals

March 10th, 2015

The second-generation Moto E 4G is available in the UK from £100 SIM-free and unlocked. We compare the best SIM-free deals, the cost on Pay As You Go networks and on Pay Monthly contracts.

Moto E Second GenerationIf you’re looking for a great value smartphone that’s only a fraction of the cost of the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, the Moto E 4G should rank amongst your top choices.

Starting from only £100 SIM-free and unlocked, the Moto E 4G is an affordable Android smartphone. It runs on the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop. It has a 4.5-inch display at qHD resolution (960×540 pixels). There’s also a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and there’s an 8 megapixel camera for taking photos and recording videos. Other features include a built-in MP3 player, a FM radio tuner and free GPS navigation. There’s 8GB of internal storage with a slot for micro-SD cards of up to 32GB for additional photos, videos and music.

For an even cheaper alternative, the first-generation Moto E is also available to buy from £74 SIM-free and unlocked. It’s a 3G-only handset with many of the same features though it has a smaller display, a lower-resolution camera and only half as much storage for your apps.

In this article, we review the cheapest ways of buying a Moto E 4G and Moto E in the UK. We’ll compare the price of buying the handsets SIM-free and unlocked. We’ll also compare prices on a Pay As You Go tariff and on a Pay Monthly contract.

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

March 4th, 2015

Find out the type of SIM card required by your new smartphone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

SIM cardIf you’re getting a new smartphone, you’ll also need to get the right size of SIM card to fit in your new phone. You’ll also need to choose the right size of SIM card when ordering a SIM Only contract or a Pay As You Go SIM card.

Depending on the model of your smartphone, there are three sizes of SIM card that could potentially be appropriate for your phone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

In this article, we look at the differences between the three types of SIM card. We’ll find out the size of SIM card required by different handsets and we’ll look at how you can order a SIM card of the right size. Finally, we’ll discuss how you’re able to change the size of your existing SIM card (i.e. switching your current SIM card to a Micro SIM or Nano SIM).

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Mobile Internet: How Many Gigabytes Do You Need? Download Limits Explained

March 1st, 2015

In the UK, almost all mobile phone plans have a monthly limit on how much you can download. In this article, find out what you’re able to do with a gigabyte of data. Also, discover the right data plan for your usage every month.

SmartphonesAfter choosing a new smartphone, the next thing you’ll need to do is to choose an appropriate tariff on which to use the handset.

In the old days, choosing a mobile phone tariff was simple. You simply needed to know how many minutes and how many texts you wanted every month. In the new world of high-tech 4G smartphones, choosing a tariff is now much more complicated. Instead of minutes and texts, it’s now all about the data. You’ll need to work how many gigabytes you want per month (on average, that’s about 2GB per month but it depends very much on how you use the handset).

On today’s smartphones, almost all of the functionality requires data to work. You’ll need data when browsing the internet, when sending messages on WhatsApp and when reading your e-mail. You’ll also need data when using applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Skype and YouTube. Unfortunately, different apps and activities all consume data at substantially different rates. This can make it a little bit tricky to work out how much data you’ll actually need every month.

In this article, we’ll explain the real-world meaning of monthly download limits. We’ll show you what a gigabyte of mobile data actually means in reality: how many web pages you’ll be able to access, how many messages you’ll be able to send and how many apps you’ll be able to download. We’ll also help you to find the best value data plans available for your handset. Finally, we’ll show you how to measure your current data consumption and how to make your monthly allowance go a lot further.

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

February 17th, 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 available.

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 handset. This requires taking out another 24 month contract. You’ll be able to upgrade to the latest handset such as the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy S5. Expect to pay around £40/month on the new contract. Typically, there will also be an upfront charge for the handset.

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

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O2’s Big Bundles Reviewed: Pay As You Go Packages from £10/month

February 11th, 2015

O2 currently offers “Big Bundle” packages from £10/month on Pay As You Go. 4G internet is available on Big Bundles from £15/month.

O2 Big BundlesCustomers on O2 Pay As You Go can buy a monthly “Big Bundles” package for a one-month allowance of calls, texts and internet. The Big Bundle packages start from £10/month: you convert £10 of your normal Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance of 100 minutes, 100 texts and 500MB of 3G internet. 4G internet is available on higher priced bundles from £15/month: there’s faster downloads and a larger allowance of either 1GB or 2GB of mobile internet.

In this article, we review the O2 Big Bundles tariff. We’ll look at O2’s range of 3G and 4G bundles. We’ll also compare the Big Bundles offering to key alternatives such as giffgaff’s goodybags, EE’s Everything Packs and Vodafone’s Freedom Freebees. We’ll also discuss how to buy a Big Bundle and how you can join O2 as a new customer on the Big Bundles tariff.

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

February 10th, 2015

The iPhone 6 is currently the most popular smartphone available in the UK. We compare the cost of the iPhone 6 on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. We’ll also find the UK’s cheapest available iPhone 6 tariff.

iPhone 6 ColoursThe iPhone 6 is Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone. With a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, it has a super-sharp screen that 38% larger than the 4.0-inch display on the iPhone 5s. The handset has a beautifully-thin design constructed from glass, aluminium and steel. There’s also a 64-bit Apple A8 processor for superior performance and there’s an 8 megapixel iSight camera which takes great quality photos.

The iPhone 6 is primarily available on four mobile networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Between them, the four networks have more than sixty tariff combinations only for the 16GB version of the iPhone 6. Each tariff comes with varying amounts of calls, texts and internet. They also differ substantially in price: some tariffs will charge you more upfront whereas other tariffs will charge you more every month.

In this article, we’ll help you find the best available iPhone 6 deal in the UK. Below, we’ve compared all of the UK’s iPhone 6 tariffs in one easy-to-read table. We’ve also highlighted the best available deals, the tariffs to go for and the tariffs to avoid.

Looking for the iPhone 6 Plus? See our iPhone 6 Plus price comparison table.

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

February 3rd, 2015

Coverage should be your top consideration when choosing a new mobile network. Find out how to choose the mobile phone network offering the best coverage in your area.

Mobile phone coverage is provided by mastsIf you’re choosing a new mobile phone network, the level and the quality of coverage should be the most important thing to consider. You’ll need to have good mobile coverage in order to get a satisfactory experience when using your phone. Poor coverage can lead to missed phone calls, text messages being delayed and web pages failing to load. It can also affect your mobile phone’s battery life (poor mobile coverage will very quickly drain the battery life from your smartphone).

With the UK having more than 20 mobile networks, it seems rather daunting to choose the network with the best coverage. In this guide, we outline the basics of how to check and how to compare mobile coverage in the UK. We’ll discuss the UK’s system of virtual network operators: understanding this will save you vast amounts of time when comparing the coverage across networks. We’ll also discuss how to assess the quality of coverage offered on each network: the key things you should be looking out for and the factors that’ll make a difference to your mobile phone experience.

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