The People’s Operator: Review of UK’s Ethical Network With Charity Donations

December 15th, 2015

The People’s Operator brands itself as an “ethical mobile network”. They’ll donate 10% of your phone bill to charity and have also pledged to donate 25% of their future company profits.

The Peoples Operator Logo 2015The People’s Operator is a UK-based mobile network which brands itself as an “ethical” network provider.

Currently running on EE’s 2G and 3G networks, TPO has both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go offerings. The company is due to change their network coverage provider to Three in Q1 2016. When this happens, customers will lose access to the EE network. Customers will need to transfer to a new service on Three where they’ll get 3G and 4G coverage from the Three network.

A unique selling point of The People’s Operator is their offer to donate 10% of your monthly phone bill to charity. The company also plans to give 25% of its future profits to charity. In 2014, a total of £22,000 was donated to charity whilst the company made an annual loss of £2.3 million. As of September 2015, The People’s Operator has 50,000 subscribers in the UK.

In this article, we review The People’s Operator network. We’ll look at their price plans and tariffs. We’ll also look at their commitment to give to charitable causes. Finally, we’ll discuss the level of coverage you can expect on the network and how you can keep an old phone number when switching to The People’s Operator.

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

December 1st, 2015

Find out which size of SIM card is 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 have the right size of SIM card to fit in the new phone. You’ll also need to choose the right SIM card when ordering a SIM-only contract or 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: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

In this article, we’ll 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 how to order a SIM card of the appropriate size for your phone. 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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Talkmobile Review: The Low Cost 3G-Only Network From Vodafone

November 26th, 2015

Talkmobile is a low-cost network that’s fully owned by Vodafone (it was previously a part of the Carphone Warehouse until 2015). It offers a 3G-only service from £5/month.

TalkMobileTalkmobile is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone offering a 3G-only service from £5/month. Previously a part of the Carphone Warehouse, Talkmobile was adopted by Vodafone in 2015 (the Carphone Warehouse now sells their own-brand contracts through iD Mobile).

Today, Talkmobile is mainly focused on Pay Monthly SIM cards. However, they also offer Pay Monthly smartphones and Pay As You Go SIM cards. New customers are able to join Talkmobile on any of these tariffs. Existing customers can also upgrade to one of the new plans.

In this article, we review the Talkmobile service. We’ll look at the price plans available on Talkmobile and how they compare to rival offerings from other networks. We’ll also look at the coverage on Talkmobile and how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.

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LIFE Mobile Review: A Low Cost 3G-Only Network With Coverage From EE

November 24th, 2015

LIFE Mobile is a low-cost network with 3G coverage from EE. Their SIM-only deals start from £4.95/month and include a ‘Smart Cap’ feature for better control over your spending.

LIFE MobileLIFE Mobile is a sub-brand of EE with SIM cards available from just £5/month on a 30-day contract. The network offers 99% population coverage with a 2G and 3G service from EE. The key selling points are highly-competitive pricing and the ‘Smart Cap’ feature which limits your out-of-allowance charges.

In this article, we review the LIFE Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available on LIFE Mobile and how their SIM-only deals compare to other networks. We’ll then discuss how to use your handset on LIFE Mobile, the level of coverage to expect and how to keep your current phone number.

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

November 18th, 2015

The third-generation Moto G smartphone is a popular mid-range device, available from £130. 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 and is less than a third of the price of an iPhone 6s or Galaxy S6.

The latest version of the Moto G smartphone (the 3rd Generation version) was released in July 2015. It has IPX7 waterproof protection and other top specifications including a 13-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, a 720p high-definition display, 4G connectivity and Android 5.1 Lollipop with a forthcoming upgrade to Marshmallow.

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 SIM-free and unlocked. It’s even cheaper on Pay As You Go, where prices start from £130. In contrast, the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6 cost more than £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’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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Mobile By Sainsbury’s Closure: What To Do Next & Alternative Deals

November 17th, 2015

Mobile by Sainsbury’s will close on the 15th January 2016. We outline the best alternatives, how to transfer your phone number elsewhere and how to get a refund for unused credit.

Mobile By Sainsburys LogoIn a message posted to their website, Mobile By Sainsbury’s has announced that their service will be closing on the 15th January 2016. Customers should transfer their phone number to another network before the service closes on the 15th January. Remaining credit should also be used up (otherwise, you’re able to claim a refund for unused credit).

In this article, we’ll highlight some of the possible options for customers who are caught up in the Mobile by Sainsbury’s closure. We’ll discuss some of the best alternative networks and how you can keep your current phone number when moving to another network. We’ll also discuss the process of getting a refund for unused credit.

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Giffgaff Phone Store: Buy Unlocked Smartphones With A ‘Pay Monthly’ Option

November 13th, 2015

The giffgaff phone store has become one of the best places to buy a new unlocked smartphone. You can either pay today or you can pay monthly by spreading the cost of your handset over 24 months.

Giffgaff Phone Store

giffgaff sells a large variety of unlocked smartphones on their website.

This month, the giffgaff phone store will see its second birthday. In the two years since it originally launched, giffgaff has become one of the best places to buy an unlocked smartphone online. There’s competitive pricing compared to other online retailers and there’s also the option of paying on a monthly basis.

In this article, we review the giffgaff phone store. We’ll start by looking at the handsets available on giffgaff before talking about financing and how it compares to a contract. Finally, we’ll discuss a couple of other elements of the giffgaff handset offering: delivery of your phone, inclusive warranties and returning your handset.

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EE offering 100GB of free 4G data with Pay As You Go ‘Christmas SIM’

November 10th, 2015

EE is offering 100GB of free 4G data on their special edition Christmas Pay As You Go SIM card.

Important Information: The Christmas SIM with 100GB of free 4G data is no longer available to order. If you’re currently looking for a Pay As You Go SIM card, see our guide to the latest Pay As You Go SIM card offers. The article here will remain as a reference to customers who have already ordered the Christmas SIM card.

EE Christmas SIM WebsiteFor a limited time, EE is offering a free Pay As You Go SIM card with 100GB per month of free 4G data.

The free data allowance, which lasts for two months, can be used for almost anything you like: from browsing the web to downloading apps and games, from watching videos to streaming music on your smartphone. You can also tether the data onto other devices like on to your tablet PC or laptop computer. This can all be done without the need to worry, due to the massive 100GB free data allowance.

To take advantage of the Christmas SIM card offer, you’ll need to order the SIM card through a special page on EE’s website. The SIM card is available for order until the 29th December 2015. When the SIM card arrives, you’ll need to top up by £10 to activate the free data. You’ll also need to text CHRISTMAS100 to 150.

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EE Complete: 50GB of 4G+ Data And An Early Upgrade After 12 Months

November 4th, 2015

EE has just launched the new ‘EE Complete’ tariff. Designed for power users, it starts from a mammoth £79.99 per month. Customers get 50GB of 4G+ data and an early upgrade 12 months in.

EEEE has just added a new group of tariff known as EE Complete to their Pay Monthly line-up. Designed for super-heavy users, the new plans don’t come cheap starting at a massive £79.99 per month.

Customers choosing an EE Complete tariff get 50GB of 4G+ data every month. There’s also unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. For people who regularly like to change their smartphone, there’s the option of an early upgrade after 12 months. There’s also the ability to share your data with other devices along with the inclusive picture messages, international phone calls and minutes for calling an 084 or 087 number.

In this article, we review the new EE Complete tariff. We’ll compare it to the EE Regular and EE Extra plans, and we’ll ask whether the EE Complete tariffs offer good value for money. Finally, we’ll look at the best alternatives to EE Complete.

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

November 3rd, 2015

The Galaxy S6 has recently seen major price cuts here in the UK. We compare the best value deals on EE, giffgaff, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone.

Galaxy S6Samsung’s Galaxy S6 has recently seen some major price cuts on the networks in the UK. Currently one of the UK’s bestselling smartphones, the Galaxy S6 has a premium design made from glass and aluminium. It also has some cutting-edge specifications such as a Quad HD display, making it a popular choice amongst power users and enthusiasts.

The Galaxy S6 is currently available from EE, giffgaff, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone. In total, the six networks offer the Galaxy S6 on more than seventy different tariffs.

In this article, we’ll compare and list the Galaxy S6 tariffs available in the UK. We’ll go on to find the best value deals available on each network with different amounts of data.

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