Vodafone Basics SIM Only Review: Unlimited Calls From £6/month

‘Vodafone Basics’ SIM-only plans offer unlimited UK minutes & a data allowance from £6/month.

Vodafone has launched a new family of low-cost SIM-only plans. Named Vodafone Basics, the no-frills plans promise to “include only the things you use every day”.

You can get a Vodafone Basics plan from just £6/month on a 12-month contract with unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and an allowance of UK data included. For instance, the £6 plan comes with 500MB of data, rising up to the £10/month plan which currently includes 5GB of data.

Being a cheaper and lower-cost alternative to Vodafone’s normal SIM-only plans, there are a number of disadvantages and limitations. For instance, the Basics plan doesn’t allow you to use your mobile phone outside the UK. International and premium-rate calls along with picture messages and video calls are also barred on the service.

In this article, we’ll review the Vodafone Basics tariff in more detail. We’ll start by looking at the plans available, along with the features and how this compares to regular SIM-only plans. We’ll then compare it to other mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep an existing phone number.

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Understanding UK Phone Numbers & The Costs To Call From Your Mobile

By understanding the UK’s telephone numbering scheme, you can work out how much a phone call will cost you.

Phone CallIn the UK, it’s normally possible to work out the cost of a phone call and whether it’s included in your allowance simply by looking at the phone number.

The most important thing to look at is the telephone number prefix (or the first few digits at the start of the phone number). The telephone number prefix dictates the cost of your call, and whether it’s included within your plan.

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How to unlock your Samsung Galaxy Smartphone from a UK Mobile Network

If you’d like to use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone on a different mobile network, you might need to unlock it. Find out how to unlock a Samsung Galaxy from networks in the UK.

Galaxy S to Galaxy S5If your Samsung Galaxy smartphone was purchased from a mobile network in the UK, there’s a good chance it’ll be locked to the mobile network you bought it from.

Before you can use your handset on another network, you’ll first need to go through the process of unlocking it. This is often necessary to take advantage of a cheaper SIM-only deal or to use a different SIM card when travelling abroad. It could also allow you to give your old smartphone to friends or family, regardless of which mobile network they’re on.

In this article, we’ll take you through the process of unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. We’ll start by showing you how to find out if your handset is locked and how to find the IMEI number on your handset. We’ll then discuss how you can unlock your Galaxy smartphone from each of the UK’s major mobile networks, including how much you can expect it to cost.

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How to unlock your iPhone from EE, O2, Tesco, Three and Vodafone

You may need to unlock your iPhone before you’re able to use it on other networks. Find out how to unlock an iPhone from UK mobile networks.

iPhone 6If your iPhone was purchased in the UK, there’s a good chance it’ll locked to your mobile network operator. Before you’re able to use a SIM card from a different mobile network (either in the UK or abroad), you may therefore first need to unlock your iPhone. If you don’t unlock your iPhone before attempting to use it on another network, you’ll receive an error message on your phone stating “SIM Not Valid”.

A major benefit of unlocking your iPhone is the ability to access cheaper tariffs in the UK. You can also use your iPhone abroad with a different SIM card whilst travelling, drastically reducing how much you pay for roaming. Finally, unlocking your iPhone will allow you to pass it on to others (e.g. a family member or for sale on websites like eBay).

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of unlocking an iPhone. We’ll show you to how to check whether your iPhone needs to be unlocked. We’ll also show you how to find your iPhone’s IMEI number and how to request an unlock from your network (including the costs and the timeframe for unlocking). We’ll also discuss SIM-free iPhones, some of which may be locked if you purchased it prior to July 2017.

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EE Max vs EE Essential: EE’s Pay Monthly Plans Compared

EE offers two types of Pay Monthly plan: EE Max and EE Essential. Find out how the two tariff types compare.

EEIf you’re looking for a Pay Monthly handset from EE, there are now two types of tariff you’re able to choose from.

EE’s flagship 4G tariff is known as EE Max. Starting from £30/month, EE Max gives you the fastest download speeds available and a data allowance of up to 60GB per month. Customers with an EE Max tariff can access 4G+ coverage on compatible handsets in Greater London and a number of other major UK cities. Customers also get inclusive roaming in Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the USA as well as access to BT Sport for the duration of their contract.

If you’re looking for a lower-cost alternative, EE’s cheaper alternative is known as EE Essential. With EE Essential, you’ll get a data allowance of up to 30GB per month and access to EE’s double-speed 4G network. You’ll also get inclusive roaming in Europe, but at slower-than-UK speeds, and a 3-month free trial of the BT Sport app.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the EE Max and EE Essential tariffs, comparing the features available on each one.

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Three Feel At Home: Free Roaming in 71 Destinations Inc. Europe, US & Australia

Three has scrapped international roaming charges in 71 destinations including in most of Europe, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Singapore and more.

ThreeThree offers a mobile roaming package known as Feel At Home for its UK-based customers. Asking customers to ‘Go Roam’, the charges for using your mobile phone abroad in 71 destinations have been removed on eligible Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go plans. This means you’re able to use your normal UK allowances including your minutes, texts and mobile internet at no additional charge.

The offer makes Feel At Home a great package for anyone who wants to continue using their smartphone when abroad. You’ll be able to continue using your normal smartphone applications including social media, instant messaging and maps. You’ll also be able to stay in touch with friends and family without the need to worry about how much your phone calls will cost.

The full Feel At Home offer is available to customers on both Pay Monthly Advanced plans and Pay As You Go. It’s also available on mobile broadband tariffs for your mi-fi or tablet. If you aren’t currently a customer of Three, you can pick up a Pay As You Go SIM card to take advantage of the offer. Customers with a Pay Monthly Essential price plan have access to a cut-down version of the offer known as ‘Feel At Home In Europe’.

In this article, we review the Feel At Home offer, including the countries it’s available in and the limitations of the deal. We’ll also look at the level of coverage you can expect in each country and at how customers of other mobile networks can benefit from the offer. Finally, we’ll discuss alternative roaming offers that are also available from other providers on the market.

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Best SIM Cards for Using Your Smartphone in the USA

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.

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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 mobile phone whilst 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 or attractions with Google Maps).

The good news is it’s now 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 compare the cost of using different SIM cards and will discuss network compatibility with your UK handset.

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

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 on an occasional basis, 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 Mobile Review: Cheap International Calls & Pay As You Go Bundles

Lebara Mobile offers low-cost international phone calls with optional 30-day bundles and coverage from Vodafone.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile is a specialist provider of low-cost international phone calls. Offering 99% population coverage from Vodafone, customers can call abroad paying either Pay As You Go rates or by buying a Lebara 30-day bundle.

On Pay As You Go, Lebara’s international rates start from 1p/minute: just a fraction of what major mobile networks will typically charge. Frequent mobile users can buy a 30-day bundle from £10/month with up to 500 international minutes included.

In this article, we’ll review Lebara Mobile in the UK. We’ll start by looking at the rates available on Lebara Mobile along with the 30-day ‘All in One’ and ‘UK Plan’ bundles. We’ll then compare Lebara Mobile to rival networks, before looking at handset compatibility, the level of coverage available and how to keep your existing phone number.

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Best Pay As You Go SIM Card For Light Users

If you don’t use your mobile phone very often, it’s best to choose a low-cost Pay As You Go tariff with no regular monthly subscription.

If you only use your mobile phone from time to time (e.g. for trips or emergencies), it’s normally best to choose a fairly cheap Pay As You Go SIM card with no regular monthly charges. When choosing a network, it’s important to look at a number of factors including minimum usage requirements, coverage and how you can top-up your SIM card.

In this article, we’ll discuss our top things to look out for when choosing a Pay As You Go SIM card as a light mobile phone user. We’ll also review a selection of recommended networks, that we think are particularly well suited for light mobile users.

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