Author: Leigh Geary

Signal boosting – an update

Just the other day I mentioned my quest to get a mobile repeater. The reason, as you will have seen from a few of my most recent posts, is because the signal in the area I’m now currently based is a poor and I really need a mobile …

Vodafone WiFi Calling – Not on all plans, yet. A response.

This morning I wrote a story about WiFi Calling. It’s something which is now becoming fairly familiar with users of compatible handsets and means that you can make and receive calls whilst on the Underground in London, in the local Tesco or in the office when there’s no …

Google to receive massive £3.8 billion Android fine

The BBC is today reporting that the Android OS is to be the subject of yet more fines from the European Commission. It’s another massive fine for the company after Google was hit with a £2.1 billion fine for their shopping comparison process. Today the EU have found Google …

REIDEA Compact Dehumidifier – Review

Have you got a room with a bit of a damp problem? Perhaps you have an area without much ventilation, a caravan or a window at home that won’t open. This, for £25.99 as I type, will remove up to 300ml of moisture from your room each day. …

Go on. You need a bigger one.

Size. It’s all about size isn’t it? Sure, they’ll tell you it isn’t. But it is. It is really. You can maybe fool yourself into thinking that a little one will do the job. That it’ll fit, but when you try using it properly you’ll soon realise that …

HTC drops U11 and U11+ prices

Right now, if you sign up for the HTC Club (which is basically a newsletter) you can get 10% off the HTC U11 and the HTC U11+. This means that the HTC U11 (64GB) is now down to £323.19 instead of £359.10. It was £399 before that. Meanwhile, …

HTC. The Exodus begins

So, after losing a quarter of their remaining staff, they’ve decided to call their upcoming smartphone the “HTC Exodus”. Hmm.. I’ve got to question the logic on that one. Even their marketing says, “The Exodus Begins”. After losing so many staff it seems a bit .. insensitive. They’re …

giffgaff boost their goodybag data allowances

giffgaff, which sits on the O2 network, have long been the go-to fuss-free solution if you just want a monthly plan with no ties. However, of late other virtual networks have been muscling in, with the likes of Lebara offering 4GB for £8 per month (on the Voda …

5 Android apps you probably never knew about

As Dylan once said, the times they are a-changin’. And with each passing day, our lives are made a little more convenient with the help of gadgets. Almost everyone owns a smartphone and out of those more than 80% phones run on Android. Perhaps one of the biggest …

FreedomPop 15GB deal for £10 per month

This is a network which is slightly different to others. They user the Three masts here in the UK, but calls and texts are actually routed over your data connection. This doesn’t impact the amount of data you’re allocated, but it does mean that you’ll need a decent …

The World Cup – Mobile use on the rise, home broadband use down

Mobile phones, as I’m sure you all know, can be very distracting. Whether you’re watching TV, sat at the bus stop, waiting for a sandwich, ordering coffee or at the park, a quick glance at the screen seems difficult to resist. So what stops us fiddling with our …

I choose to go naked, but there’s consequences

Take a look at these two phones. Do you know who they belong to ? Yes, they belong to me. Apart from the cracks and the smashed rear panels, you’ll probably also notice that I don’t have a cover on either of the phones either. This, I’ll admit, …

One of the best photographs of Birmingham, taken on an iPhone

I’ve been kicking around this planet for a while now and, as I live in Staffordshire, I’ve visited Birmingham quite a bit. Nowadays you’ll find me doing the Birmingham Velo whilst my wife goes shopping in Selfridges. In parts the city still has problems and the issues that …

iKAPZ – Review

If you’ve got a triangular charger then, let’s admit, it can be a bit boring to look at. To add a bit of colour, and possibly to differentiate each charger, you can get one of these. They’re colourful caps which fit on top of your USB charger. You …

Fancy 24GB per month for just £15?

OK. It’s yet another day in the Coolsmartphone office and we’re all in 32 degree heat. Everything is melting, but we’re still on the lookout for hot deals. Today it’s another Virgin Media deal. This network uses the EE masts and you get full-fat 4G, plus you don’t …

HTC Desire 12 available for pre-order

Many months ago, when we used to have clouds here in the UK, the HTC Desire 12 was announced. Today we’re hearing that the device will be available from Amazon on July 14th from this link, but you can pre-order it now for just £149. For your money …