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

May 7th, 2015

O2 currently offers “Big Bundle” packages from £10/month on Pay As You Go with 4G internet included.

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 250 minutes, 1000 texts and 500MB of 4G internet. On higher-priced bundles from £15/month, there’s more minutes, texts and internet included.

In this article, we review the O2 Big Bundles tariff. We’ll compare the Big Bundles offering to key alternatives such as giffgaff’s goodybags, EE’s Everything Packs and Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles. 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 Best SIM Cards for Using Your Smartphone in Spain

May 6th, 2015

Planning to visit Spain on your holidays? Find out the best value Pay As You Go SIM card for your smartphone.

Spanish FlagSpain is one of the top destinations for British holidaymakers every year. Some 12 million Brits visit each year with key destinations including the Canary Islands, Catalonia and Andalusia.

Whether you’re planning a trip to historical Barcelona or the beaches of Fuerteventura, you’ll need to have a suitable SIM card for your smartphone if you want to access maps, social networks and e-mail. You’ll also want a suitable SIM card for staying in touch with your friends in the UK.

In this article, we investigate the costs of using your smartphone in Spain. We’ll compare the costs of using a UK-based SIM card to the costs of using a local SIM card from Spanish networks. We’ll then help you to find the best value deal regardless of how long your trip to Spain is.

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TalkTalk’s All-in SIM Card: Unlimited Data & Unlimited Minutes for £12/month

April 28th, 2015

For £12/month, TalkTalk is currently offering unlimited data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts on their All-in SIM card. The SIM card is available to new and existing TalkTalk broadband customers.

TalkTalkTalkTalk has just launched their latest SIM card for customers with a smartphone. For £12/month, you can now get a SIM card with unlimited 3G data, unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts. The SIM card is designed to slot into your existing unlocked smartphone and is on a 30-day rolling contract for greater flexibility. The offer is only available to customers who have TalkTalk broadband at their home.

In this article, we review the new £12 All-in SIM card from TalkTalk Mobile. We’ll look at how the SIM card offering compares to rival networks. We’ll also look at fair usage policies, the download speeds on TalkTalk and the level of coverage to expect. Finally, we’ll discuss how to keep an existing mobile number when moving your handset to TalkTalk.

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

April 24th, 2015

giffgaff is a low-cost mobile network running on O2. Their goodybags start from £5/month on 3G and £12/month on 4G. Members earn cash or free credit by participating in the network.

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

Most giffgaff members choose to buy one of their goodybag bundles. A giffgaff goodybag is a monthly bundle that includes a set amount of calls, texts and internet. The most popular goodybag at present is the £10/month 3G offering. This includes 1GB of internet, 500 minutes and unlimited texts. For £12/month, you can upgrade to the same package with 4G internet or you can triple the amount of data to 3GB per month at 3G speeds.

Occasional users can Pay As You Go at 10p per minute, 6p per text and 20p/day for accessing the internet (this includes up to 20MB of mobile data). giffgaff also has competitive rates for calling abroad.

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EE’s Wi-Fi Calling Reviewed: Make & Receive Phone Calls Over Wi-Fi

April 15th, 2015

EE has launched their Wi-Fi Calling service for Pay Monthly customers who have an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. It allows you to make and receive phone calls even where a mobile signal isn’t normally available.

EECustomers on EE with a Pay Monthly contract can now take advantage of their Wi-Fi Calling service. Providing you have a handset that’s compatible with the service, you can make and receive phone calls using only a wi-fi internet connection. It’s great news for anyone who has patchy network coverage at their home (e.g if you’re living in a rural area or in a basement flat). It also makes it possible to call from new places: for instance, when you’re on the London Underground in a station or a platform.

Wi-Fi Calling is currently available on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL. There’s no need for any additional applications but you’ll need to enable the service on your handset. Typically, you’ll also need to buy your handset directly from EE. The Wi-Fi Calling service can only be used when you’re in the UK.

In this article, we review EE’s Wi-Fi Calling service. We’ll discuss how the service works on your phone and we’ll look at the list of compatible handsets on which you’re able to use it. We’ll also look at the drawbacks and limitations and at alternative services you can use on another network.

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

April 14th, 2015

How to get a free SIM card for your phone: Pay As You Go offerings compared from 16 UK mobile 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 Pay As You Go SIM card in the UK.

The best Pay As You Go SIM cards offer super-low calling rates which can often rival those on a Pay Monthly tariff. If you’d like to take advantage of the best offers currently available, simply order a free SIM card below and slot it inside your existing mobile phone. There are no credit checks or upfront payments. There’s also no need to set up a direct debit for the account: simply top-up your SIM card when you need extra credit.

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

April 14th, 2015

The People’s Operator brands itself as an “ethical mobile network provider”. They’ll donate 10% of your phone bill to charity and have 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. Running on top of EE’s 2G and 3G networks, the company provides both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go SIM cards. Its unique selling point is an offer to donate 10% of your monthly phone bill to charity. The company also plans to give 25% of its future profits to charity. As of May 2015, The People’s Operator has 30,000 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 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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4GEE Extra: Are Double Speed 4G and 4G+ Worth The Upgrade?

April 6th, 2015

Customers joining EE now have a choice between two types of contract: normal 4G and the faster ‘4GEE Extra’. Customers with 4GEE Extra get double-speed 4G internet (4G+ is also rolling out to customers in London).

Double Speed 4GEEIf you’re joining EE on a Pay Monthly contract, you now have two types of tariff to choose from.

The basic 4G offering starts from £16.99/month and gives you download speeds of around 15Mbit/s (around 4 times faster than 3G). Meanwhile, the newer and more premium ‘4GEE Extra’ starts from £18.49/month. Customers on 4GEE Extra get even faster download speeds: around 30Mbit/s (8 times faster than normal 3G). Customers with 4GEE Extra also get inclusive EU roaming (you can call & text from Europe at no extra charge), free calls to 080 numbers and an early upgrade 3 months before your contract ends.

For customers living in London with a compatible LTE-Advanced smartphone, EE is currently rolling out their 4G+ service. 4G+ offers download speeds of around 90Mbit/s (this is 24 times faster than 3G) and is only available to customers who have a ‘4GEE Extra’ tariff. EE is currently aiming to have 4G+ coverage across most of London by the end of June 2015.

Is it worth upgrading to 4GEE Extra? How much difference does double-speed 4G actually make in everyday usage? Is 4G+ and LTE Advanced a worthwhile upgrade for your phone? In this article, we answer your questions about 4GEE Extra, double speed 4G internet and EE’s 4G+ service.

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BT Mobile: 4G SIM Cards with £5/month Discount for BT Broadband Customers

April 1st, 2015

BT has launched their 4G mobile service to consumers in the UK. Customers with BT Broadband get a £5/month discount with price plans starting from £5/month for 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 4G internet.

BTBT, the UK’s telecoms giant, has just launched their new 4G mobile service to consumers in the UK.

The new service, BT Mobile, offers a choice of low-cost SIM only contracts for anyone who wants to keep their current smartphone. Coverage on BT Mobile is provided by EE with 4G price plans starting at £5/month for customers who have a BT Broadband connection.

In this article, we review the BT Mobile service. We’ll look at their range of 4G price plans and we’ll compare them to rival offerings from other networks. We’ll also look at how you can use your existing smartphone on BT Mobile and how you can determine the level of coverage to expect. Finally, we’ll look at how to keep your existing phone number when switching to BT Mobile.

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Best SIM Cards For Using Your Smartphone in Europe

March 31st, 2015

With the right SIM card, you can use your smartphone in Europe for as little as £10 for 30 days. We review the best value SIM cards for travelling in Europe.

You can use your smartphone abroad in Europe for as little as £10 for 30 days.

Smartphones can be a great asset when you’re travelling abroad. It’s incredibly useful to be able to pull out your 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 from your trip. You can find a lesser-known attraction that’s off the beaten tourist trail or 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 whether you’re sharing photos with friends on Facebook and Instagram, there are numerous ways to stay in touch when using your smartphone abroad.

The good news is for anyone travelling to a European country, the costs of using your smartphone abroad have dropped substantially. Calls now cost a maximum of 18.8p per minute and text messages shouldn’t cost more than 5.9p each. For accessing the internet, costs can still vary widely depending on your network. With the right tariff, you’ll be able to use your smartphone for as little as £10 for 30 days or £1.99/day. In this article, we look at the best SIM cards for using your smartphone in Europe.

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