Lycamobile Review: Cheap International Calls & Pay As You Go Bundles

Lycamobile offers low-cost international calls from 1p/minute and coverage from the O2 network.

In the UK, Lycamobile is a specialist mobile network offering SIM cards designed for low-cost international calling. Using coverage from O2 as their network coverage provider, customers on Lycamobile can call other countries from 1p/minute.

In this article, we’ll review the Lycamobile service and compare it to the cost of international calling on other UK mobile networks. We’ll also look at bundle availability and how long your can expect your credit to last for. Finally, we’ll also look at coverage on Lycamobile and how you can move your phone number to the network.

Stop Press: Lebara Mobile is an alternative to Lycamobile offering cheaper rates to many countries and coverage from Vodafone. Lebara also offers some competitive bundles with international calls included (e.g. 1000 UK minutes, 100 international minutes and 2GB of data for £10/month).

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The UK’s Cheapest Mobile Network For International Phone Calls

Several UK networks provide a low-cost SIM card for international calling. We compare international rates and find the best mobile network for calling different countries.

If you’re in the UK and often make international phone calls, having the right SIM card can save you significant amounts of money.

On a normal UK SIM card, you’ll typically need to pay about £1.50/minute for calling another country. In contrast, a specialist low-cost SIM card for international calling can bring this down to just a couple of pennies per minute (sometimes even to as little as 1p/minute).

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of international calling from the UK to 96 other countries. We’ll look at opt-in deals from the major mobile networks including EE, O2 and Vodafone. We’ll also look at the specialist mobile networks for international calling: giffgaff, Lebara Mobile and Lycamobile.

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

The fifth-generation Moto G5 is available to buy from £119 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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O2’s Big Bundles Reviewed: Pay As You Go Packages from £10/month

O2 offers Big Bundle packages from £10/month on Pay As You Go. The bundles come with a one-month allowance of 4G internet, minutes and texts.

In the UK, customers on O2 Pay As You Go can convert their Pay As You Go credit into a Big Bundle package. The Big Bundle will give you a one-month allowance of calls, texts and mobile internet, with bundles ranging in price from £10 to £30 per month.

The most popular Big Bundle package costs £10/month and includes 250 minutes, 1000 texts and 2GB of 4G internet.

In this article, we’ll review O2’s Big Bundles tariff. We’ll look at the bundles available on O2 and how they compare to the bundles available on other mobile networks. We’ll also look at the level of coverage you can expect on O2 and how to keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.

Stop Press: giffgaff is a low-cost sub-brand of O2, offering larger allowances for a lower monthly price (e.g. unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data for £10/month). If you’re a customer of O2 Pay As You Go, you can save money whilst getting the exact same coverage by switching to giffgaff.

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Unlocked Smartphones: Policies By Network, How To Unlock & Where To Buy

Everything you need to know about mobile unlocking. Find out which networks lock their phones, how to unlock your handset and where to buy a new unlocked smartphone.

LockedIn the UK, some mobile networks will lock your smartphone to their network so you won’t be able to use the handset on a different network. The process of removing these restrictions is known as ‘mobile unlocking’. Following a successful unlock, network restrictions will be removed and you’ll be able to use your mobile phone on any compatible mobile network.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about mobile phone unlocking. We’ll start from the benefits of unlocking your handset and how it allows you to get cheaper deals both in the UK and abroad. We’ll then look at the handset locking policy on each UK network before discussing how you can unlock an existing smartphone. Finally, we’ll discuss how to buy a new unlocked smartphone from retailers in the UK.

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Smarty Review: SIM-Only Plans With Unused Data Discount & Three Coverage

Smarty is a SIM-only mobile network offering one-month plans and a discount on unused data.

In the UK, Smarty is a SIM-only mobile network, owned and operated by Three as their low-cost sub-brand.

Promising “simple, honest mobile”, Smarty only offers a one-month rolling plan. Customers will pay £5/month for unlimited calls and unlimited texts, and then £1.25 per GB for mobile data usage. The plan is offered in three default packages (2GB for £7.50, 4GB for £10 and 8GB for £15) with customers receiving a discount for any data they don’t use. After discounts, the overall price you pay only depends on your data usage and is the same regardless of whichever package you choose.

At the moment, Smarty is a no-frills service so customers won’t be able to make international or premium-rate phone calls. Smarty also doesn’t yet offer international roaming, so you won’t be able to use your phone abroad when travelling to other countries.

In this article, we’ll review the Smarty mobile network, starting from their SIM-only plans and unused data discounts. We’ll then compare Smarty to rival mobile networks before looking at coverage and how you can keep your existing mobile number when moving to the network.

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Handset Financing Options: Alternatives To The 24-Month Contract

There has recently been lots of innovation in the handset financing space, giving us newer and more flexible alternatives to the 24-month contract.

Over the past decade, smartphones have become increasingly advanced but at the same time, they’ve also grown massively in price. Back in 2007, the original iPhone cost £269 whereas today, you’ll pay £999 for the latest iPhone X unlocked and off-contract. With almost a four times increase in cost over just a decade, it means handset financing is now more important than ever before.

Historically, the most popular form of handset financing has been the 24-month contract. For something like the iPhone X, you might take a 24-month contract paying something like £60 per month. This gives you an allowance of minutes, texts and data to use every month and you’ll get a handset with reduced or no upfront cost. The cost of your handset is rolled in to the monthly fee, often with very little transparency and limited flexibility. Mobile phone contracts also typically have hidden APRs that are hard to work out.

In this article, we’ll explore alternative handset financing options that can save you money and give you greater flexibility than you’d get on a 24-month contract.

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Capped Contracts: Better Spend Control on Pay Monthly Mobile Contracts

A capped contract for your mobile phone gives you greater control over spending and out-of-allowance charges.

Typically, one disadvantage of choosing a Pay Monthly contract over a Pay As You Go deal is you’re automatically liable for all additional charges incurred on your contract. For instance, additional charges might be incurred when you use go over your allowances or when you call special-rate or international numbers. Additional charges may also be incurred when you travel abroad outside the EU.

For customers wanting greater certainty over their phone bill or for customers taking out a contract for their children, it’s often a good idea to choose a “capped mobile contract”. This limits the possibility of you incurring unexpected charges. It also bring an end to the possibility of “bill shock” by making it impossible for you to run up a huge bill by surprise.

In this article, we’ll review mobile phone contracts in the UK that have a built-in spend cap capability for you to limit out-of-allowance charges.

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iD Mobile Review: The Low Cost Network From The Carphone Warehouse

iD Mobile is the low-cost 4G network from the Carphone Warehouse. Offering coverage from Three, the network has data rollover and monthly spend caps.

In the UK, iD Mobile is the own-brand mobile network from the Carphone Warehouse. Offering SIM Only, Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go deals, the network offers 3G and 4G coverage from Three.

Key features of iD Mobile include data rollover and monthly spend caps. Customers also get international roaming at no extra charge in 50 destinations including 46 European destinations and 4 Eurasian destinations.

In this article, we’ll review the iD Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available on iD Mobile and at key features like data rollover and monthly spend caps. We’ll then compare iD Mobile to rival mobile networks before looking at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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International Calling Bundles: Get International Minutes On Contract & Pay As You Go

If you regularly make international phone calls, getting an international calling bundle can save you substantial amounts of money.

In the UK, the vast majority of SIM-only contracts and Pay As You Go bundles only include an allowance of UK minutes, texts and mobile internet. For anyone who regularly calls abroad from their mobile phone, this often isn’t ideal as you’re left paying hugely expensive per-minute rates for international calling.

For instance, if your mobile networks charges 5p/minute for you to call abroad to other countries, using just 200 minutes would add £10/month to your phone bill. Getting an international bundle can therefore save you a lot of money, with up to 500 international minutes available on a bundle from £10/month.

In this article, we’ll review international calling bundles including those that work as a standalone product as those that work as an add-on. We’ll also compare the best value bundles for calling six specific countries: China, India, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain.

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