Category: Networks / Carriers

Wait, what exactly is a VPN and why do I need it?

Keeping yourself safe online. It’s something that you know you should do, but you either rely on someone else to protect you or you haven’t had the time. Just a few years ago, mention a “VPN” and literally nobody would know what you were talking about. They were …

Free Aaptiv membership to get fit thanks to Three

OK, so this isn’t a gym but – instead of sweating your bits off in front of strangers, you get an app with professional personal trainers. They offer thousands of workouts and programmes, which have been specially created and guided by world-class certified trainers. You also get some …

Deal – Plusnet drop SIM only plans

Plusnet Mobile have released some new 12 month and 30-day SIM only plans. Now, according to what we’re hearing, these offers will only be available for a very brief time. These have just gone live on their site and, if you take advantage of these offers, you’ll be …

The all-new Huawei P Smart 2019. Get it from Vodafone now.

Costing just £219 on Pay As You Go or for £25 a month on a Vodafone Red Extra Plan (1GB data, no upfront cost), this is a cheap and yet really very smart handset. The new 2019 version has a dewdrop notch 6.21″ 2340 x 1080 pixel (19.5:9) …

EE get ready for the new Samsung Galaxy

With the “smartphone plateau” definitely kicking in for Apple and now Samsung too, there’s an eagerness to keep consumers looking to the next big launch of a smartphone. Today EE have added the below tweet and have added a registration page, where you can get the latest updates …

New experimental Vodafone store opens on Oxford Street

If you’re in London for some last-minute Christmas shopping, try the new Vodafone store on Oxford Street. It’s got everything from a Work hub area for business customers plus interactive zones and repairs for software and hardware problems. Nick Jeffery (CEO of Vodafone UK) helped open the new …

Santa flies in, powered by Vodafone

Yes, Santa is about to unload his sack down your chimney. However, there’s also a smaller Vodafone Santa flying around, and he’s powered by 4G! This is the Santa Drone, and he’s flown via a 4G link. This means that the drone can fly much further than ever …

Vodafone expanding coverage with manholes

If you’re looking to grow your mobile coverage you’d traditionally think of large mobile masts, right? We have a love / hate relationship with these things, and our mast finder article has been inundated with people trying to find out where their most local mast is. Sadly, there’s …

O2 seeking millions in damages from Ericsson

After a pretty terrible outage, it’s become painfully apparent how much we all rely on mobile data. Customers on O2 will receive compensation but O2 / Telefonica are also seeking compensation from the people who caused the problem – Ericsson. According to The Telegraph there’s a damages bill …

O2 Outage compensation on the way

So, yesterday someone at Ericsson forgot to renew a certificate. This caused O2, giffgaff, Tesco Mobile, Sky and Lycamobile customers to lose all internet connectivity and there was some severe red faces as the O2 network ended up on the front pages of newspapers and websites for all …

(LIVE) No O2 for you too? Network problems continue to rumble on.

If you’re using an O2 mobile today then, well, you probably won’t be able to read this … not unless you’re on WiFi. Since 5.30 this morning there’s been major problems with connectivity, which O2 are blaming on a third party software issue. Up to 32 million UK …

Vodafone launch a new reward scheme – VeryMe Rewards

Getting little treats like free cinema tickets, cheap meals or a coffee can be a great way to keep you a happy mobile customer. Anyone remember “Orange Wednesdays” back in the day? That proved popular and other networks, like O2 with their Priority scheme and Three with Wuntu, …

And another £1000 !

In my earlier article I should’ve also mentioned that Bournemouth Hospital Charity have also been awarded a £1,000 from Vodafone. Their Bournemouth store team chose the deserving cause. Bournemouth Hospital Charity helps with care and treatment for patients in the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals. Through their charity …

And the Vodafone Community Connection Award goes to…

Vodafone is dishing out cash to worthy causes via their “Community Connection Awards”. It’s designed to support and highlight worthy causes in the communities surrounding the Vodafone stores across the land. The network has invited clubs, causes and groups to apply to win an award. All they need …

Home broadband speeds predicted to double thanks to 5G

Research firm Ovum has today revealed that 5G has the potential to bridge the gaps left by more traditional fixed-line broadband across the UK. Currently, although those in cities and built-up areas are blessed with quick internet connections, those in more remote areas can struggle unless they pay …

Three to range the Xiaomi Mi8 and RedMi 6A from tomorrow

We’re live here in London and we can confirm that, just in the last few seconds, Three UK will be stocking the Xiaomi Mi8 from tomorrow. You’ll also be able to pre-order the Redmi 6A, and they’ll be giving you a free Band 3 with either purchase. This …

Three sink over £2bn into 5G

UK network Three, who are already well-known for pushing their data network, have today announced they are investing over £2bn into 5G technology. With all the networks full steam ahead in their 5G plans, Three have a great opportunity to stand out thanks to their large spectrum holding …

Three UK confirm their new aggregated 4G, delivering 4G+

Well, we hate to say it, but if you’re following us on Twitter and you read our earlier story, you’ll already know all this. We covered in detail some two weeks ago and right now we’re all basically doing this in the Coolsmartphone office. Today Three have confirmed …

Xiaomi coming to Three UK on 9th November

It felt like a while ago we heard the news of Xiaomi teaming up with Hutchison Whampoa group, who are the company behind Three UK. Xiaomi are a massive smartphone manufacturer in China, with many of their high-end devices getting imported via various online retailers. They’re about to …