The UK’s Best Value Smartphone SIM Only Tariffs with Internet

March 6th, 2014

If you already own a smartphone, you can save £200/year by switching to a SIM only deal. We compare across the UK networks to find the cheapest deal.

SIM card for SIM Only tariffNowadays, a large number of us already have a smartphone. When your contract comes to an end, there are normally two options to choose from:

The first option is taking out a new contract: you’re able to upgrade to the latest handset such as the iPhone 5s or Galaxy S4. In order to get a new smartphone, you’ll need to sign a 24-month contract. You’re likely to pay around £35/month and there could also be an upfront charge for the handset.

The second option is switching to a SIM Only deal. This is a great choice for anyone who is happy with their current smartphone. You simply pick up a new low-cost SIM card which then slots into the back of your existing handset. The SIM card is “airtime only” – as such it’s normally much cheaper than a standard mobile contract. You can expect to save between £15 and £20/month. Over a year, the savings can add up to more than £200.

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The People’s Operator: The Ethical Mobile Network Giving Back To Charity

February 28th, 2014

The People’s Operator claims to be an “ethical mobile network provider”. They’ll donate 10% of your phone bill to charity. However, is it really the best way of giving to charity?

The People's Operator - LogoThe People’s Operator is a UK-based mobile network with the stated aim of providing an “ethical” mobile service. Running on top of EE’s 2G and 3G networks, the company provides a SIM card that slots into your existing unlocked handset. From your total monthly expenditure, The People’s Operator will give 10% of your phone bill to charity. You can choose from a long list of registered charities and causes.  The People’s Operator will also give 25% of its profits to charity.

In this article, we’ll review The People’s Operator network. We’ll look at their commitment to give to charitable causes and we’ll compare their prices against rival networks. We’ll also look at compatible handsets and at the level of coverage offered by the network. Finally, we’ll look at how you can keep your old phone number when changing to The People’s Operator.

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Mobile Internet in 2014: How Many Gigabytes Of Data Do You Need?

February 24th, 2014

In the last few years, web pages and apps have ballooned in size. In 2014, how many gigabytes of data do you actually need?

Median Average - Mobile Webpage SizeOne of the most common questions I’m asked by readers of the blog is how much data they need when choosing a new smartphone tariff. Many people get bamboozled by the large choice of data allowances: you can now choose a tariff with everything from 100MB to 50GB of data. There’s also a couple of unlimited data deals from Three, giffgaff and T-Mobile.

With the introduction of 4G, things have intensified in the area of mobile download allowances. Whereas 500MB per month used to be a standard data offering, 4G mobile tariffs are now widely differentiated in the amount of included mobile data. On their 4G plans, EE offers between 500MB and 50GB of data. O2 offers between 1GB and 8GB per month whereas Vodafone offers between 3GB and 9GB. On the three networks, calling and texting is now free and unlimited on most 4G Pay Monthly tariffs. Three is the sole network offering all-you-can-eat data with 4G on most of their price plans.

With download allowances becoming the next big battleground, I wanted to revisit the topic and to look at how much data is required in 2014. In the summer of 2010, Ken’s Tech Tips produced the first version of our mobile data guide. Back then, we looked at the meaning of 500MB and 1GB allowances. We gave a rough estimate of how many web pages you were able to view using your allowance. Although the guide has been updated several times, it’s now time for a radical overhaul. In this article, I’ll discuss my most recent findings. It’s a little bit technical but hopefully it’ll give some background on how our data estimates are calculated.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto G Smartphone: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

February 20th, 2014

The Moto G is one of the best value Android phones currently available. Starting from only £100, it has many of the specifications normally reserved for higher-end smartphones.

Moto GIf you’re looking for a great value and affordable smartphone, my current recommendation is to get a Moto G. Released in November of last year, the Moto G has fantastic specifications at an even better price.

Featuring a 4.5-inch HD display (720p resolution) and a quad-core processor which should keep pace with the latest Android apps, the Moto G provides almost everything an average smartphone user would ever need. It has a 5 megapixel camera and also runs on the latest version of Android (Android 4.4 Kit Kat). Through the Google Play store, you’re able to access more than 800,000 apps.

What’s particularly notable about the Moto G is its incredibly low cost: it’s available on Pay As You Go from only £100. With the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 retailing for more than £400, the Moto G is a more affordable device and presents much better value for money.

In this article, we’ll look at the 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 cheapest deals available here in the UK.

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4GEE Extra: Is “Double Speed 4G” Really Worthwhile?

February 14th, 2014

If you’re joining EE’s 4G service, you’ll have to decide between their two tariff types: standard 4GEE or the faster double-speed “4GEE Extra”.

4GEE Extra: Double Speed 4GEE has separated their 4G Pay Monthly plans into two separate tiers: standard 4GEE plans (offering a download speed of around 15Mbit/s) and the newer and more premium “4GEE Extra” plans (with double-speed 4G and download speeds of around 30Mbit/s).

On the more basic 4GEE plans, prices start at £18.99/month for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. For the more premium 4GEE Extra packages, you’re looking to pay at least £26.99/month for unlimited calling, unlimited texting and 4GB of mobile internet.

Is double-speed 4G a worthwhile upgrade? How much difference does it actually make in everyday usage? This article tries to answer your questions about 4GEE Extra.

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[Closed] OVIVO’s Freedom 0 Plan: 300 Minutes, 300 Texts & 500MB Internet At No Monthly Cost

February 11th, 2014

OVIVO Mobile’s ad-supported “Freedom 0″ plan includes 300 minutes, 300 text messages & 500MB of data at no monthly cost.

Important Information: As of March 19th 2014, OVIVO Mobile has shut down their service. This blog post will remain online for archival purposes only. Customers on OVIVO should request their PAC Code from the OVIVO Mobile website. This will allow you to transfer service to another mobile network.

OVIVO Mobile

OVIVO Mobile, the ad-supported mobile network, has just updated their Freedom 0 plan. For no monthly cost, customers will now receive 300 minutes, 300 text messages and 500MB of data. Previously, customers only received 250 minutes per month.

The service is funded primarily through advertising which is shown when browsing the internet on your smartphone. When using a 3G data connection, pre-roll advertisements are occasionally shown on the screen before the web page is loaded.

The “Freedom 0″ tariff is available to all new & existing customers on OVIVO’s mobile service. Newly joining customers will need to order a SIM card through the OVIVO website. There’s a sign-up fee of £20 per SIM of which £15 is returned in the form of credit. You’ll also need to provide an unlocked handset to use with the service.

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PAC Codes: How to transfer your mobile number when switching networks

February 7th, 2014

How to transfer your existing phone number to a new mobile network: a step-by-step guide to using a PAC code.

If you’re changing mobile phone network, it’s not necessary to also change your phone number. Indeed, you’ll probably want to keep your existing phone number. By bringing your phone number to a new mobile network, you’ll eliminate the hassle of having to let everyone know a new number. You can also be sure not to miss any vital calls or incoming text messages.

In the UK, it’s a straightforward process to transfer your phone number between networks. It’s done by making use of a PAC Code. It’s free to transfer your phone number and the whole process should take no more than one working day.

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Vodafone Passport: Cheaper Calls When Abroad in Europe, Australia & New Zealand

January 8th, 2014

The Vodafone Passport scheme offers discounted calling & texting when roaming in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Vodafone PassportCustomers on Vodafone Pay As You Go can opt in to the Vodafone Passport scheme to benefit from cheaper calls when travelling abroad. Currently available in 38 European countries as well as Australia and New Zealand, Passport allows you to use your UK calling allowances with only an extra 75p connection charge for every call. Text messages can also be sent to the UK for 8p per message. The offer is best combined with Vodafone’s Freedom package.

The Vodafone Passport offer can be utilised by customers on other networks providing they order a free Vodafone Pay As You SIM card. Before going abroad, remember to enable the Passport offer to benefit from lower rates.

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Three’s Feel At Home: No Roaming Charges in the USA, Italy & 9 Other Countries

January 8th, 2014

Three has scrapped international roaming charges in eleven countries. They include the USA, Italy, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

ThreeIt’s normally a hugely expensive affair to use your smartphone abroad. Hefty roaming charges for using your mobile can quickly add up to hundred of pounds. This can be a fairly substantial addition to the cost of your family holiday. At present, many people turn off their smartphones to avoid roaming charges.

Three has launched a new roaming package known as Feel At Home. For customers travelling to 11 selected countries, roaming charges have been scrapped. You can now use UK allowances including the data that comes with your plan (e.g. all-you-can-eat data). You can also call and text home without paying a penny extra. It’s great for sharing your holiday photos (e.g. Instagram and Facebook), finding your way around using Google Maps and staying in touch with your friends at home.

Feel At Home can be used in eleven countries including Australia, Italy, the Republic of Ireland and United States of America. You’ll need to have a SIM card from Three (this could be a SIM only plan or Pay As You Go SIM card with an All-in-One bundle). If your handset isn’t normally on Three, you can pick up a SIM card to benefit from the offer.

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Your Smartphone SIM Type: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM?

January 3rd, 2014

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 need to have a SIM card that fits in your device. You’ll also need to pick the right size of SIM card when ordering a SIM Only contract or a Pay As You Go SIM card. Depending on the smartphone you have, there are three sizes of SIM card that could be appropriate for your handset: 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 also how you can order a SIM card of the appropriate size for your phone. Finally, we’ll look at changing the size of your existing SIM card (e.g. switching to a Micro SIM or Nano SIM).

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