BT Mobile Review: 4G SIM Cards & Handsets With Coverage From EE

February 11th, 2017

BT Mobile provides a 4G mobile service using coverage from EE. Customers living in a BT Broadband household get a £5/month discount.

BT

In the UK, BT Mobile offers a 4G mobile service with 99% population coverage from EE. Customers living in a BT Broadband household receive a £5/month discount, making the entry-level tariff just £5/month. Customers also receive unlimited BT Wi-Fi and a monthly spend cap on their plan.

In this article, we’ll review the BT Mobile network. We’ll start by looking at BT’s mobile price plans including SIM Only, Family SIM and Pay Monthly with a new handset. We’ll then look at the key features of BT Mobile including BT Wi-Fi, monthly spend caps and BT Sport. Finally, we’ll compare BT Mobile to rival networks, we’ll look at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

Continue Reading »

How To Use Up Your Remaining Pay As You Go Credit

February 10th, 2017

Find out how to use up your remaining Pay As You Go credit when moving to another network.

In the UK, it isn’t possible to get a refund for unused Pay As You Go credit, nor is it possible to transfer your credit to another network. This can be an issue if you’re changing to another mobile network and if you have some leftover credit on your old Pay As You Go account.

For this reason, we typically recommend trying to use up your remaining Pay As You Go credit before moving your phone number to another mobile network. Alternatively, you could donate your credit to charity or you could keep your old SIM card as a backup.

Order Free Pay As You Go SIM Card » Transfer Your Phone Number »

In this article, we’ll explore the four things you can do with remaining Pay As You Go credit.

Continue Reading »

Three 321 Pay As You Go Review: 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB Rates

February 8th, 2017

Three charges 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB on Pay As You Go, with optional All in One bundles available from £10/month.

Three 321 Pay As You GoIn the UK, Three charges just 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB on Pay As You Go. With there also being 150MB of free data each time you top-up, this makes Three one of the best value mobile networks for Pay As You Go usage.

Three’s 321 tariff is particularly suited for light and occasional mobile users as the top-up doesn’t expire providing your SIM card remains active. For regular mobile users, optional All in One bundles are available from £10/month and roaming at no extra charge through the Feel At Home offer is also available.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s 321 Pay As You Go tariff. We’ll start by looking at the features of the tariff and how it compares to Pay As You Go offerings on other mobile networks. We’ll also look at handset availability, at the level of coverage you can expect and how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to Three.

Continue Reading »

Three’s Data Reward SIM Card: 200MB of Free Data Every Month

February 1st, 2017

Three’s Data Reward Pay As You Go SIM card gives you 200MB of free data every month. There’s no need to top-up to get your free allowance.

In the UK, Three’s Data Reward SIM card gives you 200MB of free internet every month on Pay As You Go. Also known as the “internet with legs” tariff, you’ll get free allowances every month without the need to top-up your SIM card.

Outside of the inclusive 200MB per month, you’ll pay Three’s standard rates for Pay As You Go usage (3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB). You can also benefit from inclusive roaming in 42 countries as part of Three’s Feel At Home offer.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s Data Reward SIM card. We’ll start by looking at the free allowances and at the cost of additional usage. We’ll then compare the SIM card to alternatives, look at supported devices and the level of coverage you can expect.

Continue Reading »

Tello UK Review: Flexible Plans With Low UK & International Rates

January 31st, 2017

Tello is a low-cost mobile network with flexible plans and competitive rates for UK & international calling.

Tello

In the UK, Tello is a low-cost mobile network specialising in flexible 30-day plans and low-cost UK and international phone calls. The network, which uses 3G & 4G coverage from Three, allows you to build custom 30-day plans from only £3/month. For out-of-plan usage, Tello will then charge just 3p/minute, 3p/text and 1p/MB for usage in the UK. International phone calls start from 1p/minute.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Tello UK mobile network. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available and at how the prices on Tello compare to other UK mobile networks. We’ll also look at the coverage on Tello, how you can join as a new customer and how you can keep an existing phone number.

Continue Reading »

FreedomPop Review: The UK Network With Free Minutes, Texts & Internet

January 26th, 2017

FreedomPop is a UK mobile network promising a free mobile service with no monthly charges. Customers receive 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of internet per month.

FreedomPop LogoIn the UK, FreedomPop advertises itself as a “100% free mobile phone service”. Customers using FreedomPop get 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of internet per month. However, phone calls are different in that they’re made over the internet using the FreedomPop application. Basic features like usage alerts and voicemail also come with an additional monthly charge.

In this article, we’ll review the FreedomPop mobile network in the UK. We’ll look at available price plans and paid-for extras, as well as key catches that could cause you to pay more. We’ll then look at the alternatives to FreedomPop, at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

Continue Reading »

Buying Your Mobile Phone & SIM Card Separately: Best Unbundled Deal Providers

January 19th, 2017

Rather than getting a 24-month contract, a better alternative is now buying your mobile phone separately from the tariff. This saves money, increases flexibility and gives greater transparency.

One of the topics we’ve frequently talked about on this blog is the disadvantages of getting a 24-month contract. From being locked in to the same provider and having the same handset for two years, to having little flexibility on when and how you change these two things, better alternatives now exist to getting a 24-month contract.

For most people, there are now substantial benefits to making an unbundled purchase (or in other words, buying your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements). Not only can you save money by side-stepping the hidden APRs on a 24-month contract, you also gain extra flexibility on changing your handset and mobile network, and get greater transparency about how much each one really costs.

In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements (this is sometimes known as an ‘unbundled deal’). We’ll then compare the best ways of getting an unbundled deal, including from retailers like Unshackled, directly from the mobile network and by doing-it-yourself.

Continue Reading »

Mobile Phone Credit Checks: How They Work & ‘No Credit Check’ Deals

January 17th, 2017

When taking out a mobile phone contract in the UK, you’ll normally need to undergo a credit check. Find out what this involves and discover alternative “no credit check” deals.

Apple iPhone 7In the UK, you’ll normally need to undergo a credit check when applying for a Pay Monthly mobile phone contract. This includes both on 24-month contracts and on SIM-only deals, with the most stringent credit checks being on 24-month contracts with a new handset.

Because of the credit check requirement, it won’t always be possible for everyone to get a mobile phone contract. At minimum, you’ll need to be over 18 and you’ll need a UK credit history to get a mobile phone contract. Beyond that, each mobile network will have their own internal credit criteria against which your application for a mobile phone contract will be judged.

In this article, we’ll explain the credit check process for getting a mobile phone contract in the UK. We’ll discuss the information you’ll likely be asked to provide and also how to check your credit record for errors and mistakes. Finally, we’ll discuss “no credit check” alternatives such as buying your handset SIM-free and getting a Pay As You Go bundle.

Continue Reading »

Best SIM Cards for Using Your Smartphone in the USA

January 13th, 2017

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.

USA Flag

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.

Continue Reading »

Best Place To Buy A Honor 6X, Honor 8 & Honor 5C: UK’s Cheapest Deals

January 8th, 2017

Honor is Huawei’s line-up of smartphones for “digital natives”. In the UK, their devices start from £135 unlocked. We compare the best value retailers for buying a Honor smartphone.

honor-logoIn the UK, Honor is a low-cost sub-brand of the smartphone manufacturer Huawei. The brand eschews traditional marketing and sell their products online, focussing on competitively-priced Android smartphones for “digital natives”.

At present, numerous smartphones are available to buy from Honor including the Honor 6X, Honor 8 and Honor 5C.

The Honor 6X is the newest of the three, having been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017. Being Honor’s mid-range handset, the device retails for around £224 unlocked. It’s notable for having impressive specifications that wouldn’t look out of place on a smartphone costing three times as much. These include dual-camera technology, a 5.5-inch full-HD display, an octa-core processor, 32GB of storage and a fingerprint sensor.

Honor also sells their flagship Honor 8 smartphone for about £290 unlocked, with a better camera that includes laser auto-focus, a faster octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. For a lower-cost alternative to the Honor 6X, the entry-level Honor 5C is also available from £135. This has a single-lens camera along with reduced storage and memory but is still a highly-capable handset given its price.

In this article, we compare the cheapest ways of buying a Honor 6X, Honor 8 and Honor 5C in the UK.

Continue Reading »

« Prev - Next »