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UK’s Cheapest iPhone 8: SIM-Free & Contract Deals Compared

September 20th, 2017

Apple’s iPhone 8 is 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 8 is Apple’s latest smartphone. Defining a “new generation of the iPhone”, the iPhone 8 has an all-glass design and is engineered to be both water and dust resistant. With a 4.7-inch True Tone display, the iPhone 8 also comes with an improved 12-megapixel camera, an Apple A11 Bionic processor and support for wireless charging.

In the UK, the iPhone 8 is available to buy either on a SIM-free & unlocked basis or or a 24-month contract. Mobile networks offering the iPhone 8 on contract include BT Mobile, EE, giffgaff, iD Mobile, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone.

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of buying an iPhone 8, both on a SIM-free basis and on a 24-month contract. We’ll also compare the features available when you use the iPhone 8 on each UK mobile network.

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Best Place To Buy A Moto G5, Moto G5S & Moto G5S Plus: UK’s Cheapest Deals

September 18th, 2017

The fifth-generation Moto G5 is available to buy from £149 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for the Moto G5, Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus.

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 priced at just a fraction of the cost of an iPhone 8 or Galaxy S8.

There are four handsets to choose from in the latest generation of the Moto G family. They are the Moto G5, Moto G5S, Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5 Plus. Constructed from high-grade aluminium, the handsets have a premium design along with full-HD displays and a 64-bit octa-core processor.

On the top-of-the-range device, the Moto G5S Plus, you’ll also get dual-camera technology with two 13-megapixel sensors, a larger 5.5-inch display and a powerful Snapdragon 617 processor.

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 G5, Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. We’ll then go on to compare the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a Pay Monthly contract.

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BT Mobile vs EE vs Plusnet Mobile: BT’s 3 Brands Using EE Coverage

September 15th, 2017

BT Mobile, EE and Plusnet Mobile are three brands from the BT Group using 4G coverage from EE. Find out how the three mobile networks compare.

In 2016, BT acquired the EE mobile network and incorporated it into the wider BT Group. Alongside BT Mobile, the BT Group now also offers a mobile service through the EE and Plusnet Mobile brands. All three brands offer coverage from EE’s high-speed 4G network, but differ in some of the features they offer and also in their target audience.

In general, the EE brand is targeted towards power mobile users. EE offers the widest selection of devices along with the biggest data allowances and fastest download speeds available. Customers using the EE network also get extras like wi-fi calling, 4G calling and access to Apple Music.

BT Mobile is targeted towards more families and households. They’ve got a smaller selection of handsets compared to EE but there are some additional features like family discounts, monthly spend caps and access to BT Wi-Fi hotspots.

Finally, Plusnet Mobile is the more affordable ‘value’ brand in the portfolio. Calling themselves a ‘simple and honest mobile’ service, they offer plans from just £5/month on a 30-day contract. While Plusnet Mobile doesn’t come with all the additional benefits of EE and BT Mobile, they provide highly-affordable prices and the ultimate flexibility.

In this article, we’ll be reviewing EE, BT Mobile and Plusnet Mobile to see how the three mobile networks stack up against each other.

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VOXI Review: Vodafone’s Under-25 Network With Unlimited Social & Messaging

September 2nd, 2017

VOXI is Vodafone’s mobile network for under-25s with 30-day rolling plans and “endless social data”.

In the UK, Vodafone is about to launch a new youth-orientated mobile network known as VOXI. Available exclusively to under-25s, VOXI provides 30-day rolling plans from £10/month. All of the plans come with unlimited data for selected social media and messaging applications which will not count towards your normal monthly download allowance.

In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the 30-day plans and the “endless social data”. We’ll also look at the age requirement to be 25-or-under before discussing Pay As You Go rates, handset compatibility and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll discuss how you can keep your current phone number when moving from another mobile network to VOXI.

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Find Out Your International Phone Number: Receive Calls From Abroad

August 29th, 2017

Find out your international phone number so you can receive phone calls and texts from abroad.

If you’d like to receive a phone call from someone in another country, you’ll need to convert your UK phone number into an international phone number. The easiest way to do this is to replace the zero at the start of your phone number with +44.

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Cheapest Pay As You Go Bundles: Best Prepaid Plans For Your Mobile

August 28th, 2017

With a Pay As You Go bundle, you convert your credit into a one-month allowance of calls, texts and mobile internet. We compare the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.

In the UK, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Pay As You Go deals. With more than 80 Pay As You Go bundles across 12 different mobile networks, the strongest prepaid deals can now rival those found on a Pay Monthly contract.

To get the best value from your Pay As You Go tariff, you’ll normally need to convert your credit into a 30-day bundle.

Buying a bundle is a little bit like paying for your airtime in bulk. Rather than paying on a per-minute, per-text and per-megabyte basis, you just buy a 30-day bundle to cover all of your usage. If you’re a regular mobile user, this should save you money compared to traditional Pay As You Go. You’ll also keep full control over how much you spend, with no need to sign any contracts or to undergo a credit check.

In the UK, there’s a wide range of Pay As You Go bundles available to choose from. In this article, we’ll compare the best value Pay As You Go bundles currently available on the market.

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Three Pay As You Go Review: 321 Rates & All-in-One Bundles From £10

August 23rd, 2017

Three offers Pay As You Go rates of 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB with optional All-in-One bundles from £10/month.

In the UK, customers on Three Pay As You Go can use their handset for just 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. Alternatively, customers who use their handset fairly regularly can buy a 30-day All-in-One bundle (e.g. £10/month for 3000 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB of internet). Allowances can be used in the UK and in 60 other destinations through the Feel At Home offer.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s Pay As You Go service. We’ll start by looking at their pricing, including both on the basic 321 tariff and on the 30-day bundles. We’ll then compare Three to rival Pay As You Go mobile networks, before looking at handset availability, coverage and how you can keep your existing phone number.

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Free Pay As You Go SIM Cards: Listed, Reviewed & Networks Compared

August 23rd, 2017

Get a free SIM card for your mobile phone: Pay As You Go offerings compared from 18 UK networks.

Pay As You Go SIM CardWhether you’re a smartphone fanatic or someone who only uses their phone occasionally, there are some great deals to be had when you order a free Pay As You Go SIM card in the UK.

The best Pay As You Go SIM cards offer super-low rates that can even rival Pay Monthly SIM cards in terms of value for money. To take advantage of the best offers currently available, simply order a free SIM card below and slot it inside your mobile phone. There are no credit checks or upfront fees. There’s also no need to set up a direct debit: simply top-up your SIM card when you need credit to pay for your airtime.

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Lebara SIM Only: 30 Day Plans From £5/Month With First Month Free

August 19th, 2017

Lebara Mobile has 30-day SIM-only plans from £5/month with the first month’s usage free.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile has recently launched a range of new SIM-only plans from £5/month. The new plans work on a 30-day rolling basis and include an allowance of UK minutes, international minutes, UK data and UK texts. Exclusively, readers of this website can currently get their first month’s usage free, followed by an introductory discount on the full price for the first 3 months.

In this article, we’ll review Lebara Mobile’s new SIM-only offering. We’ll start by looking at their line-up of SIM-only plans and how you can benefit from the exclusive “first month’s free” offer. We’ll then discuss how you can use a Lebara SIM card inside your current smartphone, the level of coverage to expect and how to keep your phone number when moving to Lebara Mobile.

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Best Places To Buy A Moto E4 & Moto E4 Plus: The UK’s Cheapest Deals

August 17th, 2017

The Moto E4 is available to buy in the UK from £120 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus deals.

If you’re looking for a well-priced, affordable Android smartphone, Motorola’s new Moto E4 handsets are a great choice. With a metallic design, fingerprint security and a quad-core processor, the handsets cram a lot of features into a very affordable budget.

This year, there are two handsets to choose from in the Moto E family. The standard Moto E4 has a 5.0-inch screen and starts from £120 SIM-free and unlocked. Meanwhile, the larger Moto E4 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and almost double the battery capacity at 5,000mAh. This has led reviewers like Android Police to state the Moto E4 Plus is “dangerously close to the perfect budget phone”, with the handset currently selling for about £150 unlocked.

In this article, we’ll look at the best value deals for buying a Moto E smartphone in the UK. We’ll start by looking at the best deals for buying an unlocked Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. We’ll then go on to compare the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a 24-month Pay Monthly contract.

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