Giffgaff increasing Pay As You Go prices from the 23rd March 2016

March 8th, 2016

From March 2016, giffgaff is increasing their Pay As You Go prices to 15p/minute, 5p/text and 5p/MB. Additional minutes are also being removed from the £5 Hokey Cokey goodybag.

Giffgaff Run By YouThrough a post on their online community forums, giffgaff has announced an upcoming increase to their Pay As You Go pricing.

From the 23rd March 2016, giffgaff’s current pricing (10p/minute, 6p/text and 20p/day for 20MB of internet) will be replaced with a new “simplified” tariff. Calls will cost 15p/minute, text messages will cost 5p each and accessing the mobile internet will cost 5p/MB. The impact will mainly be felt by light users who make occasional phone calls and by customers who occasionally use mobile data on their smartphone.

From the 23rd March, additional minutes will also be removed for all customers buying the £5 Hokey Cokey goodybag. At present, customers can earn additional minutes of calling for every minute they pick up an incoming phone call. After the changes, this will instead become a flat monthly allowance of 125 minutes, 500 texts and 100MB of data.

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

March 1st, 2016

Coverage should be your top consideration when choosing a new mobile network. Find out how to choose the mobile phone network offering the best coverage in your area.

Mobile phone coverage is provided by mastsIf you’re choosing a new mobile phone network, the level and quality of coverage should be the most important thing to consider. You’ll need to have good mobile coverage to get a satisfactory experience when using your phone. Poor coverage can mean missed phone calls, text messages being delayed and web pages failing to load. Coverage will also affect the battery life of your handset (weak coverage will very quickly drain the battery life from your phone).

On the face of it, it can seem daunting to choose the network with the best coverage. This is because the UK has more than 20 mobile networks to choose from. In reality, things are much simpler than this, as many mobile networks share the same underlying coverage provider.

In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to know about mobile phone coverage in the UK. We’ll show 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 find the network with the best coverage. Finally, we’ll discuss the factors that can influence quality of coverage and what you can do to make sure you get the best coverage on your phone.

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The UK’s Best Value Galaxy S7 Edge: Major UK Mobile Networks Compared

February 25th, 2016

Samsung’s new super-premium smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Edge, is now available for pre-order on six UK networks. We compare the best value deals on EE, iD Mobile, O2, Three, Virgin and Vodafone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeOn March 11th, Samsung is due to release the Galaxy S7 Edge. An even more premium version of their flagship Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Edge has a larger 5.5-inch screen. This makes it similar in size to Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus. The S7 Edge also has a curved-edge display which it gives it an ‘infinity pool’ look.

At launch, the Galaxy S7 Edge will be available to buy on EE, iD Mobile, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone. In total, the six networks are offering the handset on a choice of more than ninty different tariffs.

In this article, we’ll compare the available contracts for a Galaxy S7 Edge here in the UK. We’ll discuss the six mobile networks you can choose a deal from, and we’ll find the best value deal available on each network.

Looking for the Galaxy S7? You can see our Galaxy S7 price comparison here.

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The UK’s Cheapest Galaxy S7: Deals Compared From Major UK Networks

February 23rd, 2016

The Galaxy S7 is now available for pre-order on five of the UK’s major mobile networks. We compare the best value deals on EE, iD Mobile, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Samsung Galaxy S7Earlier this week at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced their latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S7. Due to be released in the UK on March 11th, the Galaxy S7 has a premium glass-and-metal design. It also has the latest cutting-edge hardware along with micro-SD support, IP68 waterproof protection and the latest version of Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system.

At present, the Galaxy S7 is available to buy from EE, iD Mobile, O2, Three and Vodafone. In total, the five networks are offering the Galaxy S7 on a choice of more than eighty different tariffs.

In this article, we’ll list and compare the Galaxy S7 tariffs currently available in the UK. We’ll go on to find the best value deals available on each network.

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Cancelling Your Mobile Contract Early: Termination Fees & Alternatives

February 17th, 2016

If you’d like to cancel a mobile contract early, you’ll normally need to pay an early termination fee. Find out the early exit fee on each UK network.

ContractIn the UK, Pay Monthly contracts for your mobile phone will normally come with a 24-month commitment. During these 24 months, you’re tied into a contract with your mobile network provider. If you’d like to cancel the contract during this time, you’ll need to pay something called an ‘early termination fee’ (also known as an ‘early exit fee’). Typically, the early exit fee will be equivalent to paying off the remainder of your contract. In some cases, however, you’ll be able to get a small discount on it.

In this article, we’ll look at the costs of cancelling your mobile contract early. We’ll look at the fees charged by each mobile network and at the range of discounts available on your early termination fee. We’ll also look at some possible alternatives to cancelling your contract early, which can be substantially cheaper than paying an early termination fee.

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Tethering on UK Networks: Which Mobile Networks Allow You To Tether?

February 16th, 2016

In the UK, only certain mobile networks allow you to tether. Find out the tethering policy for each UK network.

Personal Hotspot on iPhoneTethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device. It’s often used as a convenient way to get your laptop or tablet connected to the internet on-the-go.

Almost all smartphones today will give you the option to tether another device or to enable a personal hotspot. This includes iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices. However, there is a limitation in that only certain mobile networks allow you to tether (it’ll sometimes be restricted in your mobile network’s terms and conditions). For this reason, it’s important to find out the tethering policy for your mobile network.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the tethering policy on each UK network. We’ll also highlight some of the best value deals currently available with support for tethering.

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Best SIM Cards for Using Your Smartphone in the USA

February 5th, 2016

If you’re travelling to the United States, having the right SIM card can save you a lot of money. We review the best value SIM cards for using your smartphone in the US.

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Each year, almost 4 million Brits visit the USA. Whether you’re travelling to New York to do a bit of shopping, touring California to enjoy the beautiful scenery or visiting Florida to enjoy the theme parks with your family, you’ll probably want to use your phone when you’re there.

Having a smartphone in America can make it a lot easier to stay in touch with friends and family who are back in the UK. It can also be useful for navigating around (e.g. finding nearby restaurants and attractions with Google Maps).

The good news is it’s really easy to take a UK smartphone and to use it in the US. You can either roam on your UK SIM card or you can buy a US SIM card upon your arrival in the States. In this article, we’ll review and compare the best SIM cards for using your smartphone in the US. We’ll also look at the cost of using different SIM cards and the network compatibility with your UK handset.

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Mobile Networks Using Coverage From O2 & The Best Value Deals

February 2nd, 2016

You don’t need to be an O2 customer to get coverage from O2. Find out which other mobile networks piggyback on the O2 signal & the best deals currently available with O2 coverage.

O2 Coverage Map 2016

O2 has 99% population coverage. You can also access O2 coverage from giffgaff, Lycamobile and Tesco Mobile.

In the UK, there are only four “real” mobile networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. All other mobile networks piggyback on one of the four coverage providers. This means you can still get fantastic nationwide coverage using a lesser-known mobile network which charges less than the big four.

For anyone wanting coverage from O2, there’s currently a choice of four different mobile networks. The first choice is getting a SIM card directly from O2. The prices will tend to be higher than on average but you’ll get all the bells and whistles like O2 Priority Moments. For a lower-cost alternative, you can instead get a SIM card from giffgaff, Lycamobile or Tesco Mobile. You’ll get exactly the same coverage, including high-speed 4G internet, but often at a much lower price compared to on O2. The drawback is you won’t have access to O2 customer exclusives like the Priority Moments app.

In this article, we’ll find out which mobile networks are using coverage from O2. We’ll then go on to compare the best value SIM cards giving you coverage from O2.

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Mobile Networks Using Coverage From EE & The Best Value SIM Cards

January 27th, 2016

EE claims to have the UK’s “biggest mobile network” with 99% coverage. Find out which mobile networks piggyback on EE and how to get coverage from EE at only a fraction of the price.

EE Coverage Map

EE has 99% population coverage. 11 other mobile networks also share their coverage.

In the UK, there are only four “real” mobile networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. All other mobile networks piggyback on one of the four coverage providers, so you’re still getting a signal from one of the four main networks – only you’re seeing a service that’s been branded by another company.

In the UK, EE claims to be the “biggest mobile network” with 99% population coverage across the UK. Formed in 2010 from the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, EE also pioneered 4G internet in the UK.

Today, you can get a Pay Monthly contract or Pay As You Go service directly from EE. Their tariffs start from £9.99/month and you’ll have access to EE’s 4G network as well as 3G and 2G.

For a better value alternative, you can also consider the 11 other companies using coverage from EE. Here, you’ll continue to have 99% population coverage from EE but you’ll potentially get it for a much lower cost. The drawback, however, is you might not always have access to the fastest 4G download speeds (you may only have access to 2G and 3G).

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

January 26th, 2016

ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles for calling, texting and browsing. ASDA Mobile runs on the 2G & 3G networks from EE.

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 users, ASDA Mobile also has a range of 30-day bundles from £5/month.

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 from their website. The SIM card will slot inside your existing unlocked smartphone and will give you lower calling rates at the same time as giving you coverage from EE.

In this article, we take an in-depth look at the ASDA Mobile service. We’ll look at the price plans on ASDA Mobile and how they compare to rival mobile networks. We’ll also look at how to use your existing handset on ASDA Mobile, the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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