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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Best Places To Buy A Moto G 5-Inch (3G & 4G): The UK’s Cheapest Deals

March 31st, 2015

The second-generation Moto G smartphone is now available in the UK in both 3G and 4G versions. It starts from £138 SIM-free and unlocked. We compare the UK’s best value deals on SIM-free, Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly contracts.

Motorola_Moto_G_4G_(2015)If you’re looking for a great value, affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a Moto G. The Moto G has some fantastic specifications at only a quarter of the price of the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S6.

The second-generation Moto G smartphone has a 5-inch display at HD resolution (720p). It also has a quad-core processor which should easily keep pace with the latest apps and games. There’s a high-resolution 8 megapixel camera for taking photos and recording videos and there’s the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop. Customers buying a Moto G get full access to the Google Play store with more than 1 million apps and games available for download.

The most notable feature about the Moto G handsets is their incredibly low price compared to rival devices. For the second-generation Moto G 5-inch, prices starts from only £138 SIM-free and unlocked (from £150 if you’d like the version with 4G connectivity). For the first-generation version of the phone, prices start from £115 on Pay As You Go. With the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 normally retailing for around £600 unlocked, the Moto G handsets are totally unrivalled in terms of value for money.

In this article, we’ll look at three different ways of buying a Moto G: either SIM-free and unlocked, on a Pay As You Go tariff or on a Pay Monthly contract. We’ll find and review the UK’s cheapest deals for the second-generation handset (both 3G and 4G versions). We’ll also look at the first-generation Moto G 4G from 2014.

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

March 26th, 2015

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is now available to buy in the UK. We compare the best value deals on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edgeAlong with the normal Galaxy S6, Samsung has also launched 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 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.

The Galaxy S6 is currently 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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