Best Place To Buy An iPhone 5s: UK Mobile Networks & Tariffs Compared

June 8th, 2014

The iPhone 5s is available to buy from five UK networks: EE, O2, Tesco, Three and Vodafone. We compare prices on each of the five networks to find the UK’s cheapest deal for the iPhone 5s.

iPhone 5SApple’s iPhone 5s is currently the most popular smartphone available in the UK. The iPhone 5s has a thin and lightweight design and contains the latest hardware from Apple including a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a 64-bit A7 processor and an 8 megapixel Apple iSight camera.

In the UK, the iPhone 5s is currently available to buy from five different networks. Combined, there’s nearly a hundred tariff options across the five networks with varying amounts of minutes, texts and data. In this article, we’ve compared the price of the iPhone across the UK’s major networks. We’ll highlight the UK’s cheapest deals, the tariffs to go for and the tariffs to avoid.

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O2 Pay As You Go ‘Big Bundles’ Reviewed: 3G & 4G Packages From £10/month

June 7th, 2014

O2′s Big Bundles on Pay As You Go start at £10/month for 100 minutes, 1000 texts and 500MB of 3G internet. 4G is available on bundles from £15/month.

O2O2 has updated their range of Pay As You Go tariffs. Their newest Pay As You Go tariff is based around a line-up of monthly “Big Bundle” plans. With the new monthly bundles, your Pay As You Go credit is converted into a set allowance of calls, texts and internet. The entry-level bundle costs £10/month for which you’ll get 100 minutes, 1000 text messages and 500MB of 3G internet. Higher-priced bundles are available at £15 and £20 per month with the allowances doubling for each tariff upgrade. 4G is also available on the Big Bundles of £15/month and more.

In this article, we review the O2 Big Bundles tariff. We’ll discuss the pros & cons of the tariff and we’ll compare it to rival offerings such as giffgaff’s monthly goodybags.

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Google Opinion Rewards: Earn Free Play Store Credit & Paid Android Apps

June 5th, 2014

Google’s Opinion Rewards gives UK-based Android users free Play Store credit in exchange for answering short surveys on their phone.

Android LogoIf you have an Android-based smartphone (e.g. a Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8), you can earn free Play Store credit in exchange for answering surveys through the Google Opinion Rewards app. It’s often possible to earn a couple of pounds every month – enough to get yourself some paid applications for free (and occasionally, also other types of content such as movies and music).

In this article, we review the Opinion Rewards app. We’ll show you how to earn Play Store credit and how you’re able to obtain paid apps for free.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto G & Moto G 4G: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

June 2nd, 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 G 4GIf you’re looking for a great value and affordable smartphone, my current recommendation is to get a Moto G. It has fantastic specifications at an even better price point (even more so if you buy the Moto G 4G which was released at the end of June 2014).

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 S5 retailing for more than £500, 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 in the UK for both the Moto G (original) and the Moto G 4G.

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Lycamobile offering “unlimited” 4G data for £12/month

May 8th, 2014

Lycamobile has launched a £12/month bundle with 4G internet, unlimited data, 500 minutes and unlimited text messages. Read our review of their new Pay As You Go offering.

LycamobileLycamobile is a low-cost mobile network normally better known for providing low cost international calls. The virtual network operator, which uses coverage from O2, has just added 4G internet to their Pay As You Go plans. For £12/month, it’s now possible to get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. Subject to 4G coverage and a compatible 4G handset, you’ll get super-fast 4G internet for the first 10GB of usage per month.

The new offer is one of the lowest price 4G deals currently available in the UK. In this article, we review the £12/month 4G deal available from Lycamobile.

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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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