Giffgaff Review: The UK’s Low Cost, People Powered Mobile Network

August 5th, 2014

giffgaff is a low-cost mobile network running on O2. Their goodybag bundles start at £5/month. Members can earn cash or free credit by participating in the network.

Giffgaff LogoIn the UK, giffgaff is a low-cost mobile network and a fully-owned subsidiary of O2. Founded almost five years ago in November 2009, giffgaff uses the same underlying network as its parent company, O2. Customers on giffgaff get the same level of coverage as they would on O2 with the added benefit of substantially lower prices.

Most giffgaff members choose to buy one of their goodybag bundles. A giffgaff goodybag is a monthly package that includes a set amount of calls, texts and internet. The most popular goodybag is currently the £10/month offering: this comes with 500 minutes, unlimited text messages and 1GB of internet. For heavy smartphone users, unlimited data is available on the £12 goodybag. Data-only goodybags are also available for users of a tablet. Occasional mobile users can Pay As You Go at 10p per minute, 6p per text and 20p/day for accessing mobile internet (up to 20MB of data).

Giffgaff Payback

giffgaff members are rewarded through cash or free credit (see Payback scheme).

Being a no-frills network with much lower prices, giffgaff does things differently to its parent company O2. First of all, customer support is an online-only affair: you can’t get support in a high street store or by picking up the telephone and calling customer services. Secondly, you won’t have access to Priority Moments or other O2 customer exclusives. They aren’t available to customers on giffgaff.

What giffgaff has is a scheme that rewards members who contribute to the network. You can earn cash or Pay As You Go credit by recommending giffgaff to your friends. You can also earn money by posting in the online community. You can earn a maximum of £18 per referral and up to £360/year via the community. With members helping to shape the giffgaff network, giffgaff brands itself as “the mobile network run by you”.

At the end of 2012, giffgaff had 800,000 subscribers. As of 2014, they are now understood to have more than one million subscribers.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto E Smartphone: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

August 1st, 2014

The Moto E is one of the best budget Android phones available today. Prices start at £85 SIM-free, £79 on Pay As You Go or £7.50/month on a Pay Monthly contract.

Moto E

If you’re looking for a great value smartphone at a fraction of the cost of the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, the Moto E from Motorola should certainly rank amongst your top choices.

Starting from only £84.95 SIM-free and unlocked, the Moto E manages to distill the modern smartphone back to its basics. There’s no fancy bells or whistles on this low-cost device: gone is the eye tracking, the fingerprint security and the heart rate monitor found on flagship handsets. All you’re left with is a good value smartphone that manages all the basics quickly and efficiently.

Amongst the key features, the Moto E has a 4.3-inch display at qHD resolution (960×540 pixels). With 256 pixels per inch, the screen is much sharper than on many rival devices within the same price range. There’s Gorilla Glass protection and a water-resistant splash guard to protect your phone during everyday use.  The handset also includes a long-lasting 1980mAh battery, the latest version of Android (Android 4.4 Kit Kat with more than a million downloadable apps via Google Play) and a micro-SD card slot for your photos, music and videos.

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4GEE Extra: Is “Double Speed 4G” Really Worthwhile?

July 29th, 2014

If you’re joining EE, you now have a choice between two types of contract: the standard 4GEE and the faster double-speed “4GEE Extra”.

Double Speed 4GEECustomers joining EE now have a choice between two types of contract. There’s the normal 4GEE offering which gives download speeds of around 15Mbit/s (around 4 times faster than using 3G). There’s also the newer and more premium “4GEE Extra” which has double-speed 4G with typical download speeds of around 30Mbit/s (around 8 times faster than 3G). Customers on 4GEE Extra will also benefit from inclusive EU roaming (call & text from Europe at no extra charge).

On the regular plans with normal 4G, prices start from £14.99/month for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. On the more premium 4GEE Extra, you’re looking to pay at least £22.99/month for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of mobile internet.

Is double-speed 4G a worthwhile upgrade? How much difference does it actually make in everyday usage? Is normal 4G already fast enough? In this article, we’ll answer your questions about 4GEE Extra and double speed 4G internet.

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

July 11th, 2014

With Three’s all-you-can-eat data, you get unlimited 4G internet and no download limits.

ThreeIn the UK, Three is fairly unique in having ‘all you can eat’ data without any download limits. All-you-can-eat data is available on a range of plans including Pay Monthly, SIM Only and Pay As You Go tariffs. You get access to Three’s ultrafast 4G network included with your plan (a 4G handset is required for this service) and there’s up to 4GB of tethering included every month (excludes Pay As You Go plans). There’s also the ability to use your phone abroad in 16 other countries at no extra charge.

In this article, we review Three’s all-you-can-eat data. We’ll look at the pros and cons of the service and review the range of tariffs offering unlimited data. We’ll also compare all-you-can-eat data to rival offerings from other mobile networks (e.g. giffgaff’s unlimited internet on their 3G goodybags).

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Best SIM Cards For Using Your Smartphone in Europe

July 1st, 2014

With the right SIM card, your smartphone can roam in Europe for as little as £1/day. We review the best SIM cards for travelling in Europe.

You can use your smartphone in Europe for as little as £1/day.

Smartphones can be a great asset when you’re travelling abroad. It’s incredibly useful to be able to pull out a smartphone and to use Google Maps to find the directions to your hotel. Likewise, having the ability to access online reviews can help you to get the most out of your trip. You can find a lesser-known attraction that’s off the beaten tourist trail and you can find the restaurant that the locals can’t stop talking about.

As well as providing you with access to online information, smartphones are also a great tool for staying in touch with friends and family. Whether you’re calling home to say you arrived safely or sharing photos with friends on Facebook and Twitter, there are many ways to stay in touch when using your smartphone abroad.

For anyone travelling to Europe later this summer, there’s some good news. As of July 1st 2014, the costs of using your smartphone in Europe have dropped substantially. Calls will now cost a maximum of 18.8p per minute and text messages shouldn’t cost more than 5.9p each. For data, costs vary widely depending on your operator. With the right tariff, you can use your smartphone abroad for as little as £1/day. This article looks at the best SIM cards for using your smartphone in Europe.

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Three’s Feel At Home: No Roaming Charges in the USA, Italy & 14 Other Countries

July 1st, 2014

Three has scrapped international roaming charges in sixteen countries. They include the USA, Italy, France, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

ThreeIt’s normally a hugely expensive affair to use your smartphone abroad. Hefty roaming charges for using your mobile can quickly add up to hundred of pounds. This can be a fairly substantial addition to the cost of your family holiday. At present, many people turn off their smartphones to avoid roaming charges.

Three has launched a new roaming package known as Feel At Home. For customers travelling to 16 selected countries, roaming charges have now been scrapped entirely. You can now use UK allowances including the data that comes with your plan (e.g. all-you-can-eat data). You can also call and text home without paying a penny extra. It’s great for sharing your holiday photos (e.g. Instagram and Facebook), finding your way around using Google Maps and staying in touch with your friends at home.

Feel At Home can be used in sixteen countries including Australia, France, Italy, the Republic of Ireland and the United States of America. You’ll need to have a SIM card from Three (this could be a Pay Monthly deal, a SIM only plan or a Pay As You Go SIM card with the All-in-One bundle). If your handset isn’t normally on Three, you can pick up a SIM card to benefit from the offer.

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

June 11th, 2014

How to get a free mobile SIM card: Pay As You Go offerings compared from 17 UK mobile networks.

Pay As You Go SIM CardWhether you’re a smartphone fanatic or someone who only uses their phone for emergencies, there’s some great deals to be had on Pay As You Go.

The best Pay As You Go tariffs offer super-low calling rates even rivalling those on a Pay Monthly tariff. To take advantage of the offers currently available, simply order a free SIM card below and slot it in the back of your existing mobile phone. There are no credit checks and no need to set up a direct debit: simply top-up your phone when you need extra money.

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O2 Pay As You Go ‘Big Bundles’ Reviewed: 3G & 4G Packages From £10/month

June 7th, 2014

O2′s Big Bundles on Pay As You Go start at £10/month for 100 minutes, 1000 texts and 500MB of 3G internet. 4G is available on bundles from £15/month.

O2O2 has updated their range of Pay As You Go tariffs. Their newest Pay As You Go tariff is based around a line-up of monthly “Big Bundle” plans. With the new monthly bundles, your Pay As You Go credit is converted into a set allowance of calls, texts and internet. The entry-level bundle costs £10/month for which you’ll get 100 minutes, 1000 text messages and 500MB of 3G internet. Higher-priced bundles are available at £15 and £20 per month with the allowances doubling for each tariff upgrade. 4G is also available on the Big Bundles of £15/month and more.

In this article, we review the O2 Big Bundles tariff. We’ll discuss the pros & cons of the tariff and we’ll compare it to rival offerings such as giffgaff’s monthly goodybags.

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Google Opinion Rewards: Earn Free Play Store Credit & Paid Android Apps

June 5th, 2014

Google’s Opinion Rewards gives UK-based Android users free Play Store credit in exchange for answering short surveys on their phone.

Android LogoIf you have an Android-based smartphone (e.g. a Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8), you can earn free Play Store credit in exchange for answering surveys through the Google Opinion Rewards app. It’s often possible to earn a couple of pounds every month – enough to get yourself some paid applications for free (and occasionally, also other types of content such as movies and music).

In this article, we review the Opinion Rewards app. We’ll show you how to earn Play Store credit and how you’re able to obtain paid apps for free.

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Lycamobile offering “unlimited” 4G data for £12/month

May 8th, 2014

Lycamobile has launched a £12/month bundle with 4G internet, unlimited data, 500 minutes and unlimited text messages. Read our review of their new Pay As You Go offering.

LycamobileLycamobile is a low-cost mobile network normally better known for providing low cost international calls. The virtual network operator, which uses coverage from O2, has just added 4G internet to their Pay As You Go plans. For £12/month, it’s now possible to get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. Subject to 4G coverage and a compatible 4G handset, you’ll get super-fast 4G internet for the first 10GB of usage per month.

The new offer is one of the lowest price 4G deals currently available in the UK. In this article, we review the £12/month 4G deal available from Lycamobile.

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