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OnePlus to announce something on April 20th

OnePlus, the company that brought us the OnePlus One with the weird invite system have announced something will happen on April 20th. That’s about as much as we can tell you. The date could refer to the end of the invite system, the OnePlus Two, a mini version,

EE giving out free PowerBanks with unlimited refills

EE has announced the launch of a new reward scheme for its customers – EE Power. The new scheme is available for all active EE customers, both mobile and broadband customers. According to a YouGov poll commissioned by EE: Almost 60% of smartphone users find their battery

£100 cap for lost/stolen phones announced

It used to be that the case that if your phone was lost or stolen and some little toerag ran up a huge bill calling premium numbers or some random far away land then you would liable for the whole amount. In the not to distant future,

PowerpackXL Medium review – the one with lights on

We have reviewed several powerbanks over the last few weeks and months (here, here and here for 3), now it’s my turn. The PowerpackXL medium is a 4000mAh portable battery pack in a very nice finish, with a 5V 1A output. The powerbank has a shiny black

EE commits to expand 4G and improve rural coverage

EE has just committed to spending £1.5 billion, that’s £1,500,000,000 or 5,084,745,763 pints of beer, between now and 2017 as part of a snazzily named new manifesto called “Signalling the Future”. This new manifesto is designed to tackle the digital infrastructure needs of the UK and lay

Samsung tease S6 in Unpacked 2015 invite

Over the last few years Samsung has tended to keep things quiet at MWC, preferring to hold a separate Unpacked event a few weeks later. This year the Unpacked event will be held at MWC on Sunday March 1st according to the invite sent out. The invite

Windows Phone 8.1 to be replaced by Windows 10

Windows Phone 8.1 is officially on the condemned list. Microsoft today held a media briefing and announced that Windows Phone is to be fully integrated into the Windows fold when Windows 10 is released later this year. There will be two new versions of Windows, the only

CES – Sony update the Smartwatch 3

Alcatel aren’t the only people announcing smartwatches, although in the case of Sony it isn’t a new model rather a couple of new strap options for the existing Sony Smartwatch 3. First up is a new metal body for the Smartwatch 3, similar to the business edition

CES – Alcatel announce new phones and tablet

Along with a new smartwatch Alcatel also announced a new tablet and a range of phones. The POP 10 is, surprisingly enough, a 10″ tablet that features an IPS display and is powered by a quad-core processor. Storage wise there is 8GB internal memory, a 5 MP rear

CES – Alcatel announce iOS/ Android smartwatch

Yes, it’s me again with yet another smartwatch announcement. This time at least it’s from a phone manufacturer rather than a watch maker, Alcatel I choose you. The new Alcatel Watch, yes seriously that is its name, features a round display with a semi-functional outer ring and

Mont Blanc announce smart strap

Recently Tag Heuer announced plans to make a smart watch, now Mont Blanc have gone a slightly different course and announced a smart strap. The e-strap is an optional add-on to the new range of Timewalker Urban Speed watches. The strap features an electronic module made from DLC

Samsung launches “Look at me”

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 1.5% of the population to a lesser or greater extent. It is not all to the extent of the film “Rain Man”, but it does affect how people communicate with others. This varies with each individual but is often

Tag Heuer to make a smartwatch

With all the phone manufacturers making smartwatches – Apple, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, LG etc it was only a matter of time before a watch manufacturer decided to make a smartwatch, the latest is Tag Heuer after Swatch announced it has a model planned for next summer. LVMH’s (the

Take a PEEK at this

I don’t generally post about crowd funding projects but this one I’ll make an exception for. You may have already read about PEEK a smartphone attachment that is designed to allow a full eye exam both vision and health of the retina (the back of the eye) to

Sony behind the FES watch

The FES (Fashion Entertainments) watch was a crowd-funding project on Makuake, a Japanese crowd-funding site, that ran in September this tear. The project shows a watch made almost entirely of e-ink, the same technology used in Kindle screens and Pebble smartwatches. The difference here is that it’s

Selfy case review

A few weeks ago we covered the announcement of Selfy cases, a case with a slide out remote control shutter button for taking selfies, group shots or any other uses you may think of. The guys at Selfy were nice enough to send over a review sample

Apple SIM allows network switching

Amidst all the madness of the new iPad announcements (and the network availability from Three and EE) you may have missed one small titbit – the new Apple SIM. No, this isn’t Apple changing the size again, it is a standard nano SIM but one with a little

Selfy cases announced

First there was the selfie, then there was the selfie stick, then the super selfie phones (from Huawei, Nokia and Sony), now there is the Selfy case.   The cases combine a simple remote shutter button and with a holder that also serves to protect your phone

Ofcom fine Three over complaints

We are big fans of Three here at Coolsmartphone, a lot of the staff are on the network due to cheap deals and large data allowances. It seemed that they had turned a page on the customer service front, having the least complaints per 1000 customers in

What phone? The NoPhone!

I’m not sure if I should be writing this article but if this picks up then I might be out of a job. Following on the heels of the BookBook from Ikea, comes the NoPhone. The NoPhone is a Kickstarter campaign that promises a “technology free alternative