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RATED – The BBC iPlayer Radio app

Welcome to the first in a series of articles celebrating apps which are an example to others on how things should be done. I’m probably preaching to the converted, but I wanted to talk about the BBC iPlayer Radio app. It’s available for iPhone,, Android and Kindle. For …

VQ Retro MKII DAB Radio – Review

Are you in the market for a stylish designed retro looking DAB radio with some added features? Well come on in and have a read of my review of the VQ MKII Retro DAB radio. Good Points: Fantastic sound quality. Well built retro design. Available in 11 colours. …

BBC iPlayer viewer? You’ll need a TV licence.

For the last few years, if you watched everything on demand using the BBC iPlayer rather than tuning in live, it meant you didn’t have to pay the age-old subscription – the TV Licence fee. The British government and the BBC have wanted to close this so-called “iPlayer …

Doosl FM Transmitter – Review

I’ve been sent an FM transmitter again. It’s one of those ones you’ll find on Amazon with a rather long and confusing name. The full description for this £13 gadget is (wait for it)… “FM Transmitter, Doosl® 3.5mm FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Hands-free Calling Wireless Radio Car Kit, …

FM radio on your smartphone? How’s about some DAB?

Many of you might not have it in your car just yet, but you can now get DAB in a phone if you buy the new LG Stylus 2 with DAB+. Many smartphones already have FM radio capability and, whilst it’s easy to plug your headphones in and …

Plug in some car DAB action, plus a whole lot more

Unless you’ve got a pretty new car, the world of digital radio is probably beyond your reach right now. You’ll probably be listening to some annoying couple called “Kat and Dan” on some generic local radio station as they fake-laugh through your morning commute. How’s about stepping it …

Ministry of Sound LIVE, now DEAD after just over three months

Trying to find the Ministry of Sound LIVE app on Google Play or the Apple Store? Well, bad news friends, it’s gone. Ministry of Sound LIVE, which fed five curated music streams to your phone, has been playing a very repetitive selection of tunes across their channels lately. …

Apple to start charging for iTunes Radio

Want to listen to your favourite stations on an iPhone? It’s going to cost you a monthly fee very soon. We can only assume that money must be a bit tight for the company at the moment, as their ad-supported stations will cost $10 each month after January …

Grace Digital Mondo Internet Radio Review

Beyond accessing radio stations through apps on my iPhone, internet radio was a new concept that I had never really considered. So, when I was given to opportunity to test the Grace Digital Mondo Internet Radio, I was keen to see what it offered. Complete with a catalogue …

The story of the mobile phone

Last night I stumbled across an old video from 1979 which showed something that was pretty amazing at the time. A truly portable phone. It started me on a bit of a journey into the history of mobile phones, so here’s what I’ve dug out of the archives. …

CES – Triby – A kitchen noticeboard and more

I’m on the fence with this one, so I’d love to know your thoughts. Called the “Triby” it’s a Bluetooth speaker, Bluetooth speakerphone, notification system, internet radio and communication system. It’ll stick via a magnet to your fridge and then lets you make calls or play music. When …

blinkbox music – The new boy on the streaming scene

Tesco have sent me something. I think it’s because I’ve started shopping in Aldi more. Who knows, but they are trying to grab my attention. They own blinkbox music, which is another offering alongside their blinkbox TV and movie streaming service. Considering they’ve not sent the Coolsmartphone team …

TuneIn Radio fixes those little irritants

The recently refreshed TuneIn Radio app introduced us to a brand new UI and a clean design, however it also brought with it some additional “features” which weren’t well received. First was the lack of an exit button, which had been available before, whilst the second annoyance was …

MixPal.fm – Internet radio with bells on

I’ve got a secret to confess. I don’t buy music. Sure, I listen to it, but I rarely buy it. Call me weird, but that’s me. Most of the time I listen to one internet radio station, but the MixPal.fm app has a bit of a twist – …

Bluetooth speakers, but with a whole lot more

Bluetooth is OK, but you might still want FM radio and that utterly rubbish “DAB” system that sometimes decides to work. Now a British-based developer has released a couple of rather beautiful radio systems. They have Bluetooth connectivity, FM radio, DAB and and dual alarm. Not only that, …

iTunes Radio to hit the UK in 2014

Music streaming services are fast becoming all the rage and in particular services that are tailored to the individuals listening preferences. With Google having already entered the fray internationally and services such as Spotify already offering a radio streaming service, Apple are slightly behind the curve. However, this …

Bayan Audio Soundbook Review

Yes. Fair comment, we do review a lot of Bluetooth speakers here at Coolsmartphone. It’s the new thing though. Gone are the days of kitchen radio, CD and tape players. Now it’s a speaker which you pair with your phone or MP3 player. What about FM radio though? …

BBC iPlayer Radio launches on Android

Back in October I wrote a small piece regarding the launch of iPlayer radio.  At the time the app was only available on iOS with an Android version said to be following soon. Well, some 6 months later the Android version has finally launched and it looks quite impressive. Clearly …

Updated: BBC launch iPlayer Radio

The BBC are today launching iPlayer specifically for their range of radio stations on iOS with Android to follow soon.  Unfortunately there is no word yet of a version for Windows Phone or Blackberry. Update: The BBC have now confirmed that no version for either Windows Phone or Blackberry …

BBC iPlayer now streams over 3G

The BBC have just updated their iOS iPlayer app to support streaming over 3G. An update to the Android version will soon arrive which will also add this capability, meaning that you can finally watch and listen to BBC content on the move. The BBC have been quick …