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

December 13th, 2016

EE’s wi-fi calling service allows you to make and receive phone calls even when a mobile signal isn’t available.

EECustomers on EE Pay Monthly can benefit from more reliable calling and texting by taking advantage of EE’s wi-fi calling service. Providing you have a compatible smartphone, this allows you to make and receive phone calls using only a wi-fi internet connection. This is great news for anyone who has patchy network coverage at their home or workplace (e.g if you’re living in a rural area or basement flat). It also makes it possible to stay connected in new places: for instance, making phone calls from a London Underground station.

In this article, we review EE’s Wi-Fi Calling service. We’ll start by discussing how the service works, before looking at requirements like supported handsets and tariffs. We’ll then look at the drawbacks of the service and at alternative services for improving your coverage on other mobile networks.

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Traffic Management & Throttling on UK Mobile Networks

December 13th, 2016

In the UK, some mobile networks place an artificial limit on your download speed. They may also slow down or stop you from accessing certain services.

Traffic LightWhen choosing a mobile network, it’s worth being aware that different networks have different ways of managing traffic on their network. On some mobile networks, there may an artificial limit on the maximum download speed available. On others, certain types of traffic may be prioritised over others and some types of traffic (e.g. P2P or VPN) could be slowed down or blocked.

In this article, we’ll compare the traffic management policy on major UK mobile networks.

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iD Mobile Pay As You Go Review: 4G Bundles From £5/month

December 8th, 2016

iD Mobile is now offering Pay As You Go deals, starting at £5/month with 4G coverage from Three.

iD Mobile Logo GreeniD Mobile, the own-brand mobile network from the Carphone Warehouse, has recently launched a new Pay As You Go service with 4G coverage from the Three network.

The new Pay As You Go service has bundles from £5/month, and also offers a pay-as-you-use tariff of 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB (this is identical to Three’s 321 tariff). There’s no need to undergo a credit check for the service and recurring bundles are available for hassle-free usage.

In this article, we’ll review iD Mobile’s Pay As You Go service. We’ll start by looking at their price plans and tariffs, comparing them to what’s available on rival mobile networks. We’ll then look at iD Mobile’s inactivity policy, at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number on the service.

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Unshackled Review: Unlocked Smartphones With Financing & Separate SIM

December 4th, 2016

Unshackled is a new website allowing you to buy your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements.

Unshackled.comIn the UK, Unshackled.com offers a new way of buying your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements. Founded by the executive team previously behind Phones4u, an unlocked smartphone can be purchased from Unshackled either outright or on a 24-month payment plan. A SIM-only deal can then be purchased separately, with a choice of 16 mobile networks currently available on the website.

In this article, we’ll review the Unshackled.com website. We’ll start by looking at the handsets available and at the multiple ways you’re able to pay for your phone (e.g. outright or on a 24-month plan). We’ll then look at the SIM cards available from Unshackled and at what you can expect with regards to delivery and warranty.

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Sky Mobile Review: SIM Only Deals With Data Roll-Over & Sky TV Sync

December 2nd, 2016

Sky Mobile offers SIM-only deals with 4G coverage from O2 and has the ability for you to roll over unused data into a piggybank.

Sky LogoIn the UK, Sky Mobile is a new mobile network from Sky, the company which is best known for its satellite TV and home broadband service. Offering 4G coverage from the O2 network, a unique feature of Sky Mobile is the “data piggybank” that allows you to save up unused data.

At present, Sky Mobile offers a choice of three SIM-only deals. The SIM cards start from £10/month for 1GB of data, with calls and texts being charged for on a pay-as-you-use basis (free for Sky TV customers, or 10p/minute and 10p/text for everyone else).

In this article, we’ll review the Sky Mobile service including their SIM-only deals and their data piggybank feature. We’ll also look at the benefits available to Sky TV customers, at future plans for Sky Mobile and at the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll also discuss how to keep your existing phone number when moving to Sky Mobile.

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

November 23rd, 2016

Coverage should be your top consideration when choosing a new mobile network. Find out how to compare coverage and discover which mobile network has the best coverage in your area.

Mobile phone coverage is provided by mastsIf you’re choosing a new mobile network, the level and quality of coverage should be the first thing you consider.

If your mobile network has poor coverage, potential problems can include missed phone calls, delayed text messages and web pages failing to load. It can also result in substantially poorer battery life as your handset needs to work harder to maintain a connection.

At first glance, it seems daunting to choose the mobile network offering the best coverage in your area. This is because there are more than 20 mobile networks to choose from in the UK. In reality, things are actually much simpler as all of the 20+ mobile networks use one of four underlying coverage providers.

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about mobile coverage in the UK. We’ll start by showing you how to check and compare coverage on different networks. We’ll also discuss the UK’s system of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs): understanding this will make it much easier to compare coverage on different networks. Finally, we’ll discuss the factors that can influence your coverage and we’ll present some apps & accessories for improving your coverage.

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Plusnet Mobile Review: Low-Cost 4G With Smart Caps & Mates Rates

November 15th, 2016

Plusnet Mobile, previously known as LIFE Mobile, is a low-cost 4G network with SIM-only plans from £5/month.

Plusnet Logo ProudIn the UK, Plusnet Mobile offers SIM-only plans from £5/month, with high-speed 3G and 4G coverage from the EE network. Key features include ‘Smart Cap’ which limits out-of-allowance charges and ‘Mates Rates’ which will double your data allowance if you have Plusnet Home Broadband.

Plusnet Mobile is the replacement for LIFE Mobile so existing customers on LIFE Mobile will see their service transitioning to Plusnet. An upgrade to one of the new Plusnet Mobile plans is required to access 4G coverage.

In this article, we’ll review the Plusnet Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available on Plusnet Mobile and how they compare to offerings from other mobile networks. We’ll then discuss how to use your handset on Plusnet Mobile, the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your current phone number.

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ASDA Mobile £10 Mega Christmas Bundle: Unlimited Calls & 20GB Data

November 8th, 2016

In the run-up to Christmas 2016, ASDA Mobile offered unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB data for £10/month.

Important Information: ASDA Mobile’s £10 Mega Christmas Bundle finished on the 31st December 2016. Customers who already have a Mega Christmas Bundle can continue using it until the bundle expires. If you’re looking for an alternative offer, 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 previously purchased a Mega Christmas Bundle.
ASDA Mobile Order SIM Card Christmas 2016

ASDA’s Mega Christmas Bundle is available until the 31st December 2016.

As a special promotion, ASDA Mobile is offering a £10 Christmas bundle on Pay As You Go with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a massive 20GB of internet.

The 30-day Mega Christmas Bundle is available to all ASDA Mobile customers and to anyone who orders a free SIM card from ASDA Mobile before the 31st December 2016.

In this article, we’ll review ASDA’s Mega Christmas Bundle. We’ll discuss how you can take advantage of the offer and we’ll compare it to rival bundles available on other networks. We’ll also look at the coverage available on ASDA Mobile and at how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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

November 8th, 2016

ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles. It provides 2G & 3G coverage from the EE network.

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. For regular mobile users, 30-day bundles are available from £5/month, including the popular £10 bundle with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1.5GB of data.

The coverage on ASDA Mobile is provided by EE: there’s 99% population coverage from EE’s 2G and 3G networks. Customers can join ASDA Mobile by ordering a free SIM card on their website. The 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 those 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 you can keep your existing phone number.

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Three Essential and Advanced Price Plans: Review & Comparison

November 4th, 2016

Three offers lower-cost Essential price plans without Feel At Home roaming or a personal hotspot allowance. Find out how it compares to Three’s Advanced price plans.

ThreeThree has split their Pay Monthly line-up into two types of price plan. There’s now the lower-cost Essential price plans which come without Feel At Home roaming and without a personal hotspot allowance.

For a more fully-featured offering, Advanced price plans remain on sale with inclusive roaming in 42 countries and the ability to tether at no extra charge. Advanced price plans also include free calls to customer service, and larger data allowances are available including all-you-can-eat data.

In this article, we’ll review the new Essential price plans and we’ll see how they compare to Advanced price plans. We’ll also discuss the range of add-ons available for Three’s Essential price plans (for instance, in case you wanted to use personal hotspot).

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