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It’s Christmas. Grab a bargain!

It’s Christmas Eve. Can you believe it? At this festive time of year we should stop and give thanks. Thanks to all the dedicated writers for keeping this site going, thanks to you guys for coming every day and thanks to all the press agencies, mobile makers

Moto G 4G, now on Three

Fancy a go on the Moto G 4G? How about getting your 4G fix from Three for no extra cost per month? The new Motorola handset is now available from the network with prices starting at just £16 a month, and there’s no up-front cost on that. If

Deal reached on UK “not-spots”.

It’s 2014 people. Granted, it won’t be for much longer, but let’s stay in the moment. I take a regular route to and from work. On my drive there’s always a section of the motorway that simply has no signal, so I have to tell callers, “I’m

BT in talks to purchase EE

The fight, we thought, was between O2 and EE for the pot of money being waved around by BT. There was also some discussion that Three were possibly going to make a surprise outside purchase of either one to consolidate their holdings. It seemed to make sense

Galaxy Note Edge lands on Vodafone UK

Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone which we all expected to see and had a rough idea what was coming. What we were not expecting though was the introduction of another Note handset, this time the Note Edge. AFter our up-close look we were then

Orange Wednesdays – It’s all over

A lot of people chose EE and, previously, Orange, because of the Orange Wednesdays offer. It gave you two seats in your local cinema for the price of one and, if you got enough codes, you could take the entire family for half the price. EE continued

Vodafone extends 4G roaming destinations

This morning I walked through driving rain, freezing winds and complete darkness at 6.30AM. It was a delightful walk and just made me smile inside and out. However, if you want to swap this beautiful wind, snow, rain and hail for some horrible sunshine and irritating sandy

4G Speed – Red-lining Vodafone

Whilst 4G speeds, in theory, are rather insane, the “real world” experience can be a little different. There’s a range of factors that’ll alter your experience. Location, of course, is the major one, but we must also consider the time of day. Trying to “nail” a speed

giffgaff data down

Yup. It looks like it’s happened again. Twitter is slowly filling up with messages about the giffgaff data network being down and, if you reboot or switch data off and on, you’re getting a message asking you to sign into the network. After a quick scan of

EE to fill in the rural gaps with a micro network

Getting connectivity when you’re in a rural area is a challenge. My weekend of train journeys only served to highlight the fact that beautiful countryside usually means a complete lack of signal. EE are to tackle this with a new idea that doesn’t require cabling, planning permission

Rail Travel. There’s still some challenges.

As promised, I’m writing all the Coolsmartphone content this weekend on my phone. It’s part of #acerliveblog2014. There’s a number of challenges facing rail commuters still, even in our modern world of 4G communications, HD video and on-demand content. It’s not always the trains themselves though. On

Black Friday – LG G2 just £150 on Voda

OK, I’ll be quick with this one as Aran is going to update you on all the Vodafone Black Friday / weekend deals in a moment, but you can bag yourself the rather nice LG G2 (which we lovingly reviewed here) for a mere £150. That’s not

New Vodafone SIM only plans quietly slip out

If you’re looking for a SIM only deal, have a word with the dudes in your local Vodafone store. They’ve got some new offerings, which we’ve just had mailed to us, and they won’t be available online until next week. There’s new lower pricing and additional data

BT in talks to buy O2

If you’ve watched football on TV recently you’ll no doubt be aware that BT aren’t afraid of splashing their cash. They’ve already upset Sky TV by grabbing a big chunk of Premiership matches and viewers t’boot. So, if you’re gunning for the “quad play” market (broadband, TV,

Browse and travel at high speed with EE

There are some of us who get to travel through the channel tunnel on a jaunt, whether it be a full-on holiday or just a day trip. Others have to pass through on a business trip, but whatever your reason for needing to be inside the tunnel,

HTC Desire Eye – Three Live Special

The HTC Desire Eye is a new phone that will be of interest to many of us. It’s not just because of that 13 megapixel front facing camera with dual-LED flash, but because it is a stunning piece of hardware put together at a very affordable price.

TalkTalk switch from Voda to O2

You may remember our look into the world of virtual network operators, which can offer a great alternative to the main networks. MVNO’s, as they are known, use one of the original “big four” for connectivity but the pricing, plans, services and branding are all very different.

EE releases new version of their in-car WiFi solution

In May EE announced a new in-car WiFi solution called Buzzard. Plop it into your cigarette lighter and it’ll beam out a WiFi hotspot for the kids to connect their tablets / phones / iPods to in the back of the car on a long journey. Now

Fancy a Blue HTC One M8?

Today UK independent phone retailer Carphone Warehouse announced that it would be exclusively stocking the flagship handset, the HTC One (M8), in blue for the first time in the UK. This striking coloured version of the phone will be available exclusively from the Carphone Warehouse, for those

Real-world testing – EE LTE-Advanced in London

EE recently announced the launch of their upgraded LTE-Advanced network here in London. This runs at a maximum of 300Mbps with real-world max speeds of 150Mbps promised and a realistic 90Mbps during the day. Vodafone also launched their service in London with the same speed expected. But