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

March 23rd, 2016

giffgaff is a low-cost mobile network running on O2. Their goodybags start from £5/month with 4G included at no extra charge. 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 six 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 offering. This includes 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet. 4G is provided to all members at no extra charge.

Occasional users can Pay As You Go at 15p per minute, 5p per text and 5p per megabyte for accessing the mobile internet. giffgaff also has competitive rates for calling abroad.

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Talkmobile’s Happy Hour on Pay As You Go: 10p for phone calls up to an hour

March 18th, 2016

Talkmobile is currently offering a Pay As You Go SIM card where you’ll pay a flat rate of 10p for phone calls of up to one hour.

Talkmobile Happy Hour

Talkmobile, a low-cost sub-brand of the Vodafone network, is currently offering a Pay As You Go SIM card where you can talk for up to one hour for a flat rate of just 10p per call. The tariff, which is known as Talkmobile Happy Hour, also has competitive rates for texting and browsing (4p/text and 2p/MB).

In this article, we’ll review the Talkmobile Happy Hour SIM card. We’ll look at the costs of using a Talkmobile SIM card and how they compare to other Pay As You Go networks such as giffgaff and Three. We’ll also look at the level of coverage available on Talkmobile and how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.

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Topping Up on Pay As You Go: Minimum Top-Up & Available Top-Up Methods

March 13th, 2016

Find out the minimum top-up on each UK network and the available methods for topping up your handset.

Top UpIn the UK, when you get a Pay As You Go SIM card, the top-up policy might differ depending on your mobile network. For instance, while most mobile networks allow you to top-up £5 each time, some mobile networks will require you to top-up a minimum of £10. On different mobile networks, the available methods for topping up your phone can also differ: for instance, only some mobile networks will allow you to top-up at a cashpoint.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the top-up policy on Pay As You Go networks in the UK. We’ll look at the minimum top-up amount on each UK network and we’ll discuss the available methods for actually topping up your handset. You can use this article in conjunction with our guide to the best value Pay As You Go SIM cards. You may also find it useful to see our price comparison of Pay As You Go networks and our in-depth guide to Pay As You Go inactivity and credit expiry.

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Unlocked Smartphones: Policies By Network, How To Unlock & Where To Buy

March 11th, 2016

Everything you need to know about mobile unlocking. Find out which networks lock, how to unlock your handset and where to buy a new unlocked smartphone.

LockedIn the UK, many mobile networks will lock your smartphone to their network so you won’t be able to use the handset on another network. The process of removing these restrictions is known as ‘mobile unlocking’.

In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of unlocking of your smartphone: how it will allow you to access cheaper tariffs both in the UK and abroad and how it allows you to make better second-hand usage of the smartphone. We’ll also look at the handset locking policies of different UK networks, how to unlock an existing smartphone and where to buy a new unlocked handset.

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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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