Best Place To Buy A Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus & Moto G6 Play: UK’s Cheapest Deals

The Moto G is available to buy from £149 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6 Play and Moto G5S.

If you’re looking for an affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a handset from the Moto G family. With a solid design and fantastic specifications, the Moto G handsets are powerful, yet budget-friendly. Priced at just a fraction of the cost of an iPhone XS or Galaxy S9, you can buy a Moto G handset from as little as £149 unlocked.

There are three handsets to choose from in the latest generation of the Moto G family. They are the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus and the Moto G6 Play. The handsets have impressive edge-to-edge screens, TurboPower charging and 64-bit octa-core processors. On the top-range handset, the Moto G6 Plus, you’ll also get an intelligent camera with Dual Autofocus Pixel and lots of other clever features.

For a cheaper alternative to the Moto G6, it’s also still possible to buy last year’s Moto G5S. You’ll get a slightly smaller screen, but this will come in a more compact aluminium form factor.

In this article, we’ll look at the best value deals for buying a Moto G smartphone in the UK. We’ll start by looking at the best deals for an unlocked Moto G handset. We’ll then continue on to compare the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a Pay Monthly contract.

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

You’ll normally need to undergo a credit check when taking out a mobile phone contract in the UK. Find out what this involves and discover alternative ‘no credit check’ deals.

If you’re taking out a Pay Monthly mobile phone contract or SIM-only deal in the UK, you’ll normally need to undergo and pass a credit check. The most stringent checks are on 24-month contracts, where you get a new handset included with your plan.

Because of the credit check requirement, it isn’t always possible for everyone to get a mobile phone contract. At a minimum, you need to be over 18 and need a UK credit history to be approved for a mobile phone contract. Beyond that, different mobile networks 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 when you take out a mobile phone contract in the UK. We’ll discuss the information you’ll likely be asked to provide and how to check your credit record for errors and mistakes. We’ll also discuss “no credit check” alternatives such as buying your handset SIM-free and getting a Pay As You Go bundle.

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Mobile Networks Using Three Coverage & Cheaper Piggyback SIM Cards

In the UK, mobile networks like iD Mobile, SMARTY and Superdrug Mobile piggyback on network coverage from Three.

The UK has four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Alongside them, there’s a system of “virtual network operators” that piggyback on coverage from one of the big four. They’ll give you the exact same coverage you’d get on one of the four big networks, but sometimes with lower prices or other benefits like an unused data discount.

At the time of writing, there are seven other mobile networks that piggyback on Three for 3G and 4G coverage. The biggest ones are iD Mobile (from the Carphone Warehouse), SMARTY (a low-cost sub-brand of Three) and Superdrug Mobile. They’ll each give you 99% population coverage from Three’s 3G & 4G network but with different benefits like data rollover on iD Mobile and an unused data discount on SMARTY.

In this article, we’ll look at the UK mobile networks using coverage from Three. We’ll compare some of the best value SIM cards, and will look at the different features available on each network.

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4G Calling & 4G Super-Voice: UK Network & Handset Compatibility

4G Calling (aka 4G Super-Voice or VoLTE) gives you higher-quality phone calls and better indoor phone call coverage.

When 4G technology was first launched in the UK, it was designed only to carry mobile data. So whilst you could use a 4G connection to browse the web with super-fast download speeds, you couldn’t make regular mobile phone calls on a 4G connection. Because of this, most 4G mobile phones today will still fall back to either a 2G or 3G connection when you make or receive a call.

4G Calling (also known in the UK as 4G Super-Voice or VoLTE) is a new technology that allows you to make and receive phone calls over a 4G connection. It means your mobile phone is no longer required to fallback to either 2G or 3G every time you need to make or receive a call. This gives you a more reliable phone call experience, along with other benefits such as higher-quality HD Voice phone calls, better indoor coverage with lower-frequency spectrum, and faster download speeds whilst you’re on a call.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about 4G Calling in the UK. We’ll discuss how the service works and how you’re able to use it on different UK mobile networks. We’ll also discuss the limitations of the technology and possible alternative solutions.

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Wi-Fi Calling: UK Mobile Network & Handset Compatibility

Wi-Fi Calling allows you to make and receive phone calls even when a mobile signal isn’t available.

In the UK, seven mobile networks currently offer Wi-Fi Calling support. The technology allows you to stay connected in places where a regular mobile signal isn’t available. You’ll be able to make and receive phone calls over wi-fi in the normal way, using your regular phone number and regular price plan.

To benefit from Wi-Fi Calling, you’ll need to have a compatible handset and price plan. At the time of writing, Wi-Fi Calling is available to customers on BT Mobile, EE, iD Mobile, O2, Sky Mobile, Three and Vodafone. However, individual networks have limitations on which price plans they support (e.g. only making it available to Pay Monthly customers) and handset compatibility may also vary (especially on Android-based smartphones).

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Wi-Fi Calling in the UK. We’ll start by discussing how the service works, before looking at how Wi-Fi Calling is implemented on different mobile networks. Finally, we’ll look at the limitations of the technology and alternative solutions if you’re not able to benefit from Wi-Fi Calling.

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Mobile Networks Using Coverage From Vodafone & Piggyback SIM Cards

Mobile networks like VOXI and Lebara Mobile piggyback on Vodafone’s coverage in the UK.

In the UK, Vodafone offers 98% population coverage, with about 97% of the UK population covered by Vodafone 4G.

Aside from being a customer of Vodafone directly, you can also access the exact same coverage through a mobile network that piggybacks on Vodafone. At present, you can choose from either VOXI or Lebara Mobile who’ll sometimes offer you lower prices if you’re under-30 or if you’re calling abroad.

In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from Vodafone. We’ll then compare the best value SIM cards with Vodafone coverage, ranging in price from £5/month up to £20/month and more.

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UK’s Cheapest iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max: SIM-Free & Contracts Compared

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are available to buy either on a SIM-free & unlocked basis or on a 24-month contract. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are Apple’s latest generation of flagship iPhone device. With a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, the iPhone XS is the smaller of the two. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS Max has an even larger 6.5-inch screen. The latest iPhones have a stainless steel construction, and have support for technologies like wireless charging and Face ID.

In the UK, there are two ways of buying an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max:

  • SIM-Free & Unlocked. The simplest, and often cheapest way of buying an iPhone XS is to buy it SIM-free from an electronics retailer. There’s an upfront fee starting from £999 but you can save lots of money in the long-run with a low-cost SIM-only deal or Pay As You Go SIM card.
  • Pay Monthly contract. You can get the iPhone XS on a 24-month contract. This will save you some money upfront but you’ll typically pay a lot more over the long-run (typically around £50 to £80 per month).

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of buying an iPhone XS, both on a SIM-free basis and on a 24-month contract. We’ll also compare the features available on different UK mobile networks when you choose to buy an iPhone XS on contract from them.

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Mobile Networks Using O2 Coverage & Cheaper ‘O2 Piggyback’ SIM Cards

Mobile networks like giffgaff, Lycamobile, Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile piggyback on O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

The UK has four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Each of the coverage providers maintain a network of mobile phone masts, licensing spectrum from the government and operating the physical towers. Alongside them, there’s a group of virtual network operators like giffgaff and Sky Mobile that “piggyback” on coverage from one of the four coverage providers.

At present, there are 6 other mobile networks that ‘piggyback’ on coverage from O2. If you’re a customer of one of these mobile networks, you’ll have access to the exact same coverage as customers on O2. This includes O2’s 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G (but not Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling as these are O2-specific services).

In this article, we’ll review the mobile networks piggybacking on O2 coverage, which will often give you larger allowances for a lower monthly price. We’ll compare the best value SIM cards at a range of price points, from £5/month up to more than £20/month.

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Mobile Networks Using Coverage From EE & Cheaper ‘Piggyback’ SIMs

In the UK, 13 other mobile networks piggyback on coverage from EE. You can therefore get EE coverage from other networks at a fraction of the price.

In the UK, there are only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Around them, there’s an ecosystem of “virtual network operators”: mobile networks that piggyback on coverage from one of the four big providers.

At the time of writing, 13 other mobile networks piggyback on coverage from EE. As a customer of one of those 13 mobile networks, you’ll get access to the same underlying coverage that’s available to customers on EE (although sometimes without access to the fastest 4G speeds).

This means on mobile networks like ASDA Mobile, BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and Virgin Mobile, you can get access to the same 99% population coverage available on EE. This is often available with a larger data allowance and at a much lower cost (e.g. with Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly plans, starting from as little as £5/month).

In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from EE. We’ll also compare some of the best value SIM cards using coverage from EE, allowing you to access EE coverage at a lower price elsewhere.

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

ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles and 4G coverage from EE.

In 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. Meanwhile, regular mobile users can save even more with a 30-day bundle from £5/month. Bundles include the popular £10 option with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet.

The coverage on ASDA Mobile is provided by EE, with there being 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. Customers can join ASDA Mobile by ordering a free SIM card on the ASDA Mobile website. This SIM card will slot inside your existing unlocked smartphone, saving you money whilst at the same time giving you coverage from EE.

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

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