Mobile Internet: How Much Data is 500MB or 1GB? Download Limits Explained

April 2nd, 2014

Mobile phone contracts often have a limit on how much you can download. In the real world, what can you actually do with 500MB or 1GB?

Smartphones Consume DataWhen using a smartphone, you’ll need to have a suitable tariff with a large enough data allowance.

Almost all of the functionality on a modern smartphone requires data to work. Data is consumed when browsing the internet, sending instant messages, reading e-mails, watching YouTube videos, updating Facebook and Twitter and calling friends over Skype. Every activity consumes data at a different rate.

In the UK, there’s a wide range of tariffs with varying download limits. Most contracts give you around 1GB of data per month but there’s a large variation depending on the network you choose. On lower-cost tariffs, you’ll often get 500MB per month. If you’re willing to pay more, you might get an allowance of up to 20GB per month. There’s also a network offering all-you-can-eat data.

In this article, we explain the real-world meaning of mobile download limits. We’ll ask what 500MB and 1GB of data actually correspond to in real life. We’ll also outline figures for average data consumption and we’ll explain how to measure your current data usage. Finally, we’ll provide a few tips on how to choose the right data allowance.

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Compare Galaxy S5 Price and Tariffs: EE vs O2 vs Three vs Vodafone

March 28th, 2014

The Galaxy S5 is now available for pre-order in the UK. We compare prices from the UK’s largest mobile networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Samsung Galaxy S5Earlier today, Samsung opened the pre-orders for their latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S5. With a larger 5.1-inch display, dust-proof and water-proof capabilities and a perforated back cover for a modern and glam look, the new smartphone is likely to continue the ongoing popularity of Samsung’s Galaxy S series. Other new upgrades include a 16-megapixel camera with faster auto-focus, a heart rate monitor for tracking your exercise and a new fingerprint scanner for securing the data on your handset.

You’re now able to place a pre-order for the Galaxy S5. It’s likely to ship around April 10th when it will go on general release around the UK. In this article, we compare Galaxy S5 prices across the UK’s networks. Find out which network offers the best deal and discover the special offers currently available on the handset.

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Cheapest HTC One M8: Comparison of Deals on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone

March 27th, 2014

The HTC One M8 is a premium Android smartphone. We compare prices at EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to find the cheapest deal available in the UK.

HTC One M8HTC has announced the latest version of their flagship Android smartphone: the HTC One M8. With a more refined design compared to last year’s model, the new handset features 90% metal casing ensuring it looks great and feels good in your hand. The handset also has a larger 5-inch display (full HD resolution) and new Duo Camera functionality which allows you to re-focus photos after they’re taken.

The HTC One M8 is now available to buy from four UK networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. In this article, we compare prices across the four networks. Find out which network offers the cheapest deal and discover the special offers currently available for the handset.

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Vodafone Sure Signal: Better Mobile Coverage In Basements & Rural Areas

March 27th, 2014

If you’re struggling to pick up a decent mobile signal, Vodafone’s Sure Signal promises more reliable coverage within your home. It’s perfect for basement flats and for anyone living in the countryside.

Vodafone Sure SignalDepending on where you live, it can sometimes be a nightmare to pick up reliable signal on your phone. Poor mobile coverage leads to phone calls being dropped, text messages being delayed and battery life being worse. For people living in certain places (e.g. a basement flat, a house with thick walls or a location in the countryside far from the nearest mast), poor signal often makes it difficult to find a reliable service on any of the mobile networks.

For customers on Vodafone, it’s possible to improve your mobile coverage at home using the Sure Signal box. The £100 box creates a 3G signal spanning 30 meters from where it’s plugged in to the wall. It works with all 3G handsets on Vodafone (you’ll need to be either a Pay Monthly or Pay As You Go customer). You also need to have a home broadband connection for the Sure Signal box to connect to Vodafone’s network.

In this article, we review the Vodafone Sure Signal.

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O2′s Pay & Go Go Go Reviewed: 3G & 4G Bundles, Double Allowances After 3 Months

March 24th, 2014

O2′s Pay & Go Go Go tariff starts at £10/month with 3G internet. 4G is available from £15/month. Allowances double after 3 months on the tariff.

Important Information: As of the 29th May 2014, the Pay & Go Go Go tariff is no longer available to new customers on O2. It’s been replaced with a newer tariff known as Big Bundles. You can read a full review of the Big Bundles tariff via this link. This article on Pay & Go Go Go remains online for older customers already on the tariff.

O2If you’re joining O2 as a Pay As You Go customer, you’ll normally be placed on their Pay & Go Go Go tariff. The Pay As You Go tariff is based upon converting your airtime credit into one month rolling bundles. The one-month bundle will come with a certain amount of inclusive calls, texts and internet at a lower combined cost than standard Pay As You Go. The tariff is best suited for people who regularly use their phone. Any remaining allowances unused after a month will expire with the bundle.

The Pay & Go Go Go tariff is available at a choice of three price points. The cheapest tariff at £10/month comes with 75 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of internet on O2′s 3G network. The £15/month tariff comes with double the amount of data as well as access to faster 4G networks. For £15/month, you’ll get 75 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of internet. Finally, the £20/month tariff is designed for people who call from their phone regularly. You’ll get 250 minutes, 2500 texts and 1GB of data (no 4G, only on 3G).

Pay & Go Go Go has loyalty bonuses

Allowances double after your first three months on the tariff.

As a unique twist, O2 has a scheme to reward the loyalty of customers on the Pay & Go Go Go tariff. Calling and texting allowances automatically double after your first three months on the tariff. After nine months, you’ll be upgraded further to unlimited texts. You can join the Pay & Go Go Go tariff by purchasing a new O2 Pay & Go handset. Alternatively, order a free SIM card which will slot into your existing unlocked smartphone. Finally, if you’re already a customer on O2, you can switch to the tariff by sending O2 a short text message.

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Three’s 321: The UK’s Cheapest PAYG Tariff at 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB

March 21st, 2014

Three is currently offering the UK’s cheapest Pay As You Go tariff. Calls cost 3p/minute, texts cost 2p each and data costs 1p/MB.

Three 321 Pay As You GoThree has revamped their Pay As You Go offering. Their latest tariff, which is called 321, has the lowest rates we’ve ever seen on a UK Pay As You Go tariff. Calls are charged at 3p per minute, texts at 2p each and web browsing at 1p per megabyte. You’ll also get a free data allowance of 150MB whenever you top-up. The free data lasts for a maximum of 30 days.

The 321 tariff is ideal for light users: there’s no standing charge and you’ll only pay based on what you actually use. The bonus free data allowance can also be handy for anyone with a smartphone: you’ll be able to use instant messaging apps (e.g. WhatsApp) and browse the web occasionally without paying a penny.

In this article, we review the 321 tariff. We’ll look at pricing and how 321 compares to rival offerings from networks such as giffgaff. We’ll also look at the pros & cons of the tariff and how to keep your phone number when switching to the tariff.

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ASDA Mobile Review: A Low Cost Mobile Network, Now Running On EE

March 20th, 2014

ASDA has recently re-launched their low-cost “ASDA Mobile” network. It’s now running on EE rather than Vodafone.

ASDA Mobile

For the past seven years, ASDA has offered a mobile service running on Vodafone’s network. Although customers received an ASDA branded-product, the underlying service was actually provided on Vodafone’s network (the technical term for this is a MVNO arrangement). The contract between ASDA and Vodafone ends on the 30th April 2014.

Going forward, ASDA has launched a new network using EE’s 2G & 3G coverage. This replaces the mobile coverage previously offered by Vodafone. The new ASDA Mobile has slightly lower rates: it costs 8p/minute to make a phone call and 4p to send a text message. Data costs 5p/MB. Monthly bundles are also available for frequent mobile users: £10/month buys 250 minutes, 2000 texts and 250MB of data.

In this article, we review the new ASDA Mobile. We’ll learn more about ASDA’s mobile bundles and the prices being charged on their new service. We’ll also investigate how ASDA Mobile compares to rival networks. Customers of the old ASDA Mobile (using Vodafone coverage) will need to migrate before the 30th April.

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OVIVO Mobile Shuts Down: Getting A PAC Code & Restoring Service

March 20th, 2014

OVIVO Mobile, the ad-supported network, closed down on the 19th of March. Find out how to keep your phone number & how to restore your mobile phone service.

OVIVO MobileIn a sudden announcement yesterday evening, OVIVO Mobile, announced the closure of their mobile phone service. In a message posted on their website, they wrote:

We are very sad to announce that for reasons beyond our control, OVIVO Mobile is closing down on the evening of Wednesday 19th March 2014.

As of March 19th, coverage has been cut from OVIVO Mobile customers. This means anyone with an OVIVO Mobile SIM card won’t be able to make or receive phone calls. SMS and mobile internet access has also been disabled. OVIVO customers will need to follow the instructions below to restore their mobile service.

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Mobile By Sainsbury’s: Pay As You Go Network with Double Nectar Points

March 20th, 2014

Mobile By Sainsbury’s is a low-cost Pay As You Go offering running on the Vodafone network. Bundle customers receive double Nectar points on their shopping at Sainsbury’s.

Mobile By SainsburysSainsbury’s has launched their own low-cost mobile network: Mobile By Sainsbury’s. Following in the footsteps of Tesco and ASDA, the UK’s third-largest retailer is working with Vodafone to provide the coverage for their service.

For light users, Mobile By Sainsbury’s offers competitive rates for calling and texting. You’ll pay just 8p per minute and 4p per text on the Basic price plan. For more frequent users and for owners of a smartphone, there’s a range of bundle packages. Bundles start at £10/month for 300 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB of internet. Bundle customers also receive double Nectar points on their shopping at Sainsbury’s and on fuel purchases from a Sainsbury’s petrol station.

In this article, we review Mobile By Sainsbury’s. We’ll look at the price plans, the handsets and the network. We’ll also look at how Mobile By Sainsbury’s compares against rivals.

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Giffgaff Announces The UK’s Cheapest 4G Pay As You Go Tariff: 2GB internet from £12/month

March 13th, 2014

giffgaff has announced the cheapest 4G offerings on Pay As You Go. A 4G-ready goodybag with 2GB of data is available from £12/month.

Giffgaff Logogiffgaff, the low-cost people-powered network, has announced their new line-up of 4G Pay As You Go tariffs.

Starting from £10/month, the 4G-ready goodybags will provide faster mobile internet. Compared to 3G, you can expect download speeds around 4-5 times faster. You might also benefit from a more reliable connection as giffgaff is using O2′s 800MHz spectrum. This provides better indoor coverage compared to the 2100MHz spectrum used for 3G.

Existing giffgaff members and members joining giffgaff before the launch of 4G will receive 1GB of 4G internet, 500 minutes and unlimited texts for £10/month. For £12/month, you’ll be able to upgrade to 2GB of internet (though with only 250 minutes per month).

In this article, we review giffgaff’s 4G goodybags. We’ll also compare them against 4G Pay As You Go offerings from EE and O2.

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