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1pMobile Review: Flexible Pay As You Go for 1p/min, 1p/text & 1p/MB

October 9th, 2017

1p Mobile claims to offer the UK’s “cheapest and most flexible” Pay As You Go tariff.

In the UK, the cost of using your mobile phone on Pay As You Go has been falling rapidly for a number of years. This has been fuelled by low-cost providers such as ASDA Mobile and giffgaff who have brought down the cost of using your phone on Pay As You Go.

One of the latest offerings in the Pay As You Go arena is 1p Mobile: a relatively new Pay As You Go network that launched in September 2016. The network promises “greater flexibility” compared to other Pay As You Go deals and offers an eye-catching tariff of 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. They also offer Data Boost bundles from £4/month. An important requirement of using 1pMobile is that customers are required to top-up their phone at least once every 120 days.

1pMobile has been launched by a company called Telecommunications Management Limited, the sister company of Utility Warehouse and a part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group.

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BenQ WiT Review: Curved LED Desk Lamp For Working & Reading

October 9th, 2017

The BenQ WiT is a curved LED lamp designed to illuminate your desk so you can work and read in the evening.

On this website, it’s not very typical for us to be reviewing desk lamps or other everyday household gadgets. Typically, our thing is more mobile phones and tablets along with the mobile networks and tariffs behind them.

However, as we approach the Christmas giving period, we also wanted to have a look at some other gadgets that can enhance your digital life and that can solve some everyday problems.

As someone who spends a lot of time working at a computer, getting the right lighting environment has been a constant challenge for me. During the summer, I’m fairly lucky to get lots of natural light around my working environment. However, as the days get shorter and as we approach the winter, the amount of natural lighting has drastically reduced. Therefore, when BenQ offered me the opportunity to try out their new high-tech desk lamp, I jumped at the opportunity to see whether it could help me out.

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All-You-Can-Eat Data Reviewed: Unlimited 4G Internet from Three

October 4th, 2017

Three offers all-you-can-eat data in the UK with unlimited downloads, 4G internet, Feel At Home and 30GB of personal hotspot.

Three

In the UK, Three is fairly unique as a mobile network in offering all-you-can-eat data with no limits on how much you can download.

With all-you-can-eat data, you can use your smartphone worry-free for as much browsing, streaming and downloading as you like. You’ll get access to 4G internet and inclusive roaming in 60 destinations, including in most of Europe, the USA and Australia. There’s also a separate 30GB allowance for tethering or portable hotspot each month.

In this article, we’ll review all-you-can-eat data: the unlimited internet offering from Three. We’ll start by looking at the features of the tariff and how it compares to other offers from Three such as Go Binge. We’ll then compare the all-you-can-eat data plans available before looking at coverage, international roaming and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to Three.

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PAC Codes: How to transfer your mobile number when switching networks

September 28th, 2017

How to transfer your mobile phone number from one network to another: a step-by-step guide to using a PAC Code.

  • BT Mobile
  • EE
  • giffgaff
  • iD Mobile
  • O2
  • Sky Mobile
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Three
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Vodafone

In the UK, it’s a straightforward process to transfer your phone number from one mobile network to another. This means you can change mobile networks whilst keeping your current phone number, ensuring you won’t miss any incoming messages or phone calls.

To move your phone number from one network to another, you’ll use something called a PAC Code (or Porting Authorisation Code). It’s always free to transfer your phone number between mobile networks and the process should only take one working day.

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UK’s Cheapest Apple Watch Series 3: With GPS and GPS + 4G Connectivity

September 23rd, 2017

The Apple Watch Series 3 is Apple’s first smartwatch to have 4G connectivity. Compare the options for buying it in the UK.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is Apple’s first smartwatch to have 4G mobile connectivity. Unlike previous Apple watches which only had Bluetooth connectivity, the 4G connectivity on the Series 3 Apple Watch means you can stay connected even without having your smartphone nearby. This is useful, for instance, when you’re out exercising: you’ll be able to make and receive phone calls without having to bring your smartphone with you.

In the UK, the Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G connectivity is available exclusively to customers on EE. To use an Apple Watch on 4G, your iPhone will also need to be on the EE mobile network.

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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, VOXI is Vodafone’s new youth-orientated mobile network. Available exclusively to under-25s, VOXI offers 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 25-or-under age requirement before discussing Pay As You Go rates, handset compatibility and the level of coverage to 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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