Category: 4G

New realme 8i – with bang for buck features

Say hello to the latest value offering from realme, the 8i Before I start, let us get the elephant out of the room – This phone is not a flagship killer, bleeding edge, top of the line or revolutionary, nor is it meant to be. What it does …

Realme GT 5G in the building

I have arrived home to find a Black box on my desk emblazoned with Realme branding!! Inside something is exciting lurking and it is the Realme GT 5G. I have been eagerly waiting for this device since I tested the Realme 8 Pro and had a brief hand-on …

Another phone from Realme the Realme GT coming soon

Just a quicky for you as today. Realme announced that their latest Flagship Killer is being announced to the UK market on the 15th of June. There has been a lot of excitement about this phone as it is looking to be very heavy in terms of spec …

We have the Realme 8 family let’s unbox them

We have the full Realme 8 family in the house here at Coolsmartphone towers. We have had the Realme 8 Pro for a while and it was a great mid-ranger as you see from its review. It is now time to have a look at the Realme 8 …

Realme 8 Pro – Review

A mid-ranger phone with a flagship camera sensor does it work as an alternative to a high-end alternative?This is the question I am going to attempt to answer during the review of the Realme 8 Pro. So for those of you who have not heard of Realme before …

Buy a Moto g 5G Plus and get a Moto e7 Plus for free.

If you are quick enough and you want to get a great bargain then this is a great offer and one not to be missed. As part of their Valentines special, they are offering you a Moto g 5G Plus and there is a Moto e7 Plus thrown …

Don’t stop shopping! The New Year Sales are ready!

As we stumble towards a very different Christmas Day, the crazed online-shopping might be slowing – but it won’t be for long. Already there’s emails flooding into our inbox about the January and Boxing Day sales, with EE among the first. They’ve unveiled some early-bird January sales offers, …

Don’t moan about 4G or 5G, you guys don’t know you’re born!

I do have to kick myself at times. Sitting in this hospital, I’ve got a gloriously fast 5G connection on Vodafone and unlimited data to enjoy. The speeds massively outclass the WiFi in here and it’s all just so straightforward and worry-free. Back in the late ’90s, phones …

EE now connecting 94% of all roads

There’s EE 4G now available on more than 322,000 miles of roads in Great Britain. It’s thanks to 160 new EE 4G sites built this year and a general expansion in the coverage. EE have also extended coverage of UK national parks, with more than two thirds of …

That Vodafone unlimited Christmas data is full speed too

If you choose an unlimited plan with Vodafone there’s three different types. All will deliver unlimited data, but the maximum speeds differ. As an example, “Unlimited Lite” delivers speeds of up to 2 Mbps, whereas “Unlimited” gives you up to 10 Mbps and “Unlimited Max” provides the fastest …

Couple save over £500,000 by NOT using wired internet

It’s doubtful that mindsets will change overnight, but getting broadband into your home or business no longer means sticking to a wired provider. With 5G on the horizon, the mobile networks are poised to take a substantial slice of the market – potentially delivering faster speeds in more …

Sky Mobile – 50% off 30GB plans for Black Friday

Head to Sky Mobile right now and you can bag yourself a half-price deal right now on their 30GB monthly plans. Going live from 8:30 today, there’s also 50% off select Sky TV Packages when you take Sky Signature(£25 a month) on an 18-month contract and they’ve also …

Unlimited voice and data for job seekers. Only £10.

Available on the Vodafone VOXI brand, a new “For now” plan delivers unlimited 5G-ready data, minutes and texts for six months for a mere £10 a month. It’s available until January 31st 2021 and is ideal for job seekers during these testing times. To be eligible, you’ll need …

5G …. from a plane!

You may have accidentally left your phone on during a flight and, if you’re a geek like me, you may have spotted that sometimes – for a brief moment – you get a mobile signal. Even 7 miles up, your phone can lock onto the odd network mast …

4G Coverage. Coming to the Moon!

NASA have selected Nokia to setup an actual mobile phone network on the Moon. Key points involve reducing power, size and cost whilst delivering reliable lunar surface communications with high data rates. As part of a potential future sustainable human presence on the Moon, a super-compact, low-power, space-hardened, …

giffgaff iPhone 12 pricing and offers

We’ve gone through quite a few iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro deals already, but now giffgaff have got in touch too. They will be offering the whole iPhone 12 lineup, including iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 mini. You can already …

The hidden Vodafone SIM-only deals you need to know about

I’ve spent a couple of hours looking for a new SIM-only deal. I had one requirement – it had to be with Vodafone or one of the virtual networks (like Voxi) running on the Vodafone masts. This is because, in the areas I’ll be needing it, Vodafone is …

NHS Workers continue to get unlimited data with EE

As someone who’s in hospital for a few months, I can certainly attest to the hard work and dedication of the NHS staff. It isn’t just a job. I’ve seen doctors, nurses, HCA’s and everybody in-between caring, sharing, helping and listening. They work harder and longer than anyone …

Looking for a new broadband provider? Try Three.

If you, like me, live in an area where even fibre broadband (aka FTTC) isn’t that fast – there are alternatives. I ended up going with Virgin Media Business and, in the process, binned the rental of my landline. However, with 5G on the horizon and the traditional …

VOXI adds unlimited video plans

I’m actually pretty impressed with the Vodafone-supported VOXI network. They offer flexible plans, phone contracts and you can get 12GB of data for just £10 per month right now. Oh, and not only that but they also make your social media usage completely data-free. Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram …

Find your local mobile mast – 2020 Update

With 5G masts being thrown up at a rapid rate and concerns over signal or safety, there’s always been a keen interest in where local mobile masts actually are. Back in 2011 we started looking into this, and back then the mobile networks were reporting where all their …

Fancy a contract-free £15 plan with 100GB of monthly data?

That’ll do. More than enough data, eh? Yes, amongst the SIM-only deals on iD Mobile I tripped over a sizeable 100GB 30-day plan which costs a mere £15 monthly. There’s data rollover for unused data, data boost, inclusive roaming, fast 4G and bill capping. The network uses the …

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC launched

Here it is the newest Poco Phone from Xioami, but unlike its slightly older predecessor, this one is not all about pushing to get the bets processor into the cheapest phone possible. This time around we have got a phone that has been built to a price but …

EE delivers The Full Works for iPhones

EE have launched, or perhaps had to launch, a new plan for iPhone customers today. There’s rumours on the street that Apple weren’t too happy about customers having Britbox and Amazon so a new plan has now been created. Either way “The Full Works Plan” for iPhone gets …

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G. Pre-order with EE

So you may be aware that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G has now been made official and it looks amazing. I remember my thoughts when the first Fold was announced.I have to say I was a bit, “meh”. The reason being that the exterior display was too …

Xiaomi Mi10 5G and Redmi Note 9 now available at 3 stores

The Mi 10 5G  and Redmi Note 9 have been available now for a little while from Xiaomi’s Mi Store, however, if you are not one to buy them from an online store and prefer to get them on your local high street you can do that very …

When your allowance doesn’t quite keep up

My Vodafone SIM-only plan has been absolutely perfect for my needs over the last few years. I don’t make many calls or send SMS texts, so when I originally took the deal, 500 minutes of calls was fine. I was never going to make 8 hours of calls …

Another Shared Rural Network mast goes up.

The Peak District is, without doubt, a beautiful place. However, getting a phone signal in such a scenic and protected area is pretty tricky. However, with to government pushing for mobile networks to work together more, 4G mobile coverage in rural Longnor is now available via Vodafone. As …

It’s all about the summer sales. Virgin Media drop prices

Looking at getting the iPhone 11 and Samsung S20? Want the EE coverage? Have a nose at Virgin Media. They’ve kicked off some of their deals, which include savings of up to £108 on all iPhone & AirPod bundles, including: o iPhone 7 & Airpods, from £19, Save …

New connected laptops coming to EE

It’s certainly been a while since a network got in touch to tell us about a new laptop they’re ranging. EE are taking the Windows-powered Lenovo Yoga C640 4G laptop. It’s the first in a range of connected laptops available on EE and, if you choose one of …

The real Huawei. Behind the scenes of their massive Chinese HQ.

The UK have been bullied and pushed into removing Huawei kit from mobile and data networks. Some call it a deeply political decision, with an American trade deal up for grabs and a massively successful Chinese company holding the number two spot in smartphone sales. The big U-turn …

EE to deliver air-to-ground 4G for the emergency services

EE, working with Nokia, have announced the world’s first 4G Air-to-Ground network. The A2G network will support 300,000 emergency service personnel, providing high speed 4G broadband services, with a range from 500 feet up to 10,000 feet above ground. It’ll deliver seamless connectivity between ground operations and air …

No more O2 deals with Carphone Warehouse

Although physical stores are closed right now, you can still get a phone or a SIM-only deal online. Networks available with Carphone include Vodafone, Voxi (sitting on Vodafone), Virgin Mobile (on EE masts), their own iD Mobile network (using Three infrastructure), EE and, until yesterday, O2. Carphone Warehouse …

Vodafone announce new coronavirus measures

If you’re at home and fighting over the broadband bandwidth, Vodafone have some options. The first is their short-term and mobile broadband packages. These can deliver solutions such as the Vodafone Gigacube, giving you fast broadband via the Vodafone masts. Secondly, Vodafone have also got in touch with …