Category: General

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 …

Pixel 3 – Review

I thought that I would always need a large screen phone, but this has changed my mind. Good Points: Great haptic feedback (really does feel like buttons are being pressed) Amazing camera Feels great in the hand Excellent front-facing dual stereo speakers Gorgeous screen Just runs so well …

Amazon Launchpad – Great Gadget Gift Ideas

Looking for gift ideas this Christmas? Yeah you are. Admit it, if you’re anything like me you won’t have even started buying stuff. So, before the panic sets in, here’s a list of stuff that could spark your interest. It’s all part of the Amazon Launchpad gadget range, …

4 Smartphone accessories to make your drive safer

The majority of people admit to using their smartphone at least occasionally while driving. We’ll say it’s “only for a quick check” of messages or to enter a postcode in whilst navigating. We can probably admit to playing music or checking calendar appointments. We know we shouldn’t be …

Trying to save for my next smartphone

Just recently we had the madness that was Black Friday. In truth, it’s no longer just one day. Instead we’re seeing offers last for a bit longer, and even the “Cyber Week” has grown to last until mid-December now. This year there were some great deals on smartphones …

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, …

Trying to save for a new phone

So, as you’ll know, I smashed my last phone in quite a spectacular way. It fell out of an open-sided bus and I’m still trying to find someone clever to actually repair the thing, or at least get the precious photos of it that I took (and sadly …

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 …

The landline and text messaging. Both officially dying.

A weirdly intriguing set of stats from Ofcom have just landed and it confirms a lot of our suspicions regarding how people live and work with mobile technology. First, let’s have a look at the amount of outgoing calls that people are making from that funny phone-shaped object …

How clean is your phone?

The answer that despite our best efforts is going to be not very. In fact research has suggested that the average persons phone is dirty that a toilet seat! Add this to the fact that a lot of us will now use our phones when we are doing …

Mujjo launch their new touchscreen-friendly gloves

Right. It’s cold. We all know that. Well, it is here in the UK at least. Yesterday I went for a lunchtime bike-ride and couldn’t feel my fingers after a few minutes, which isn’t good. If you’re walking to work, or heading to the train station, college, Uni …

Early New Year Resolutions – Trying to be Smartphone Safe

As you’ll know, I tend to walk around without a case on my phone. Handsets like the new Mi 8 Pro, from Xiaomi, have some really cool design elements that would be a shame to hide. I still, then, tend to walk around with the phone lacking any …

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 …

Research reveals our tech-addicted kids

If you’ve got children then you’ll probably be having the same tech battle as many other parents up and down the land. You’ve no doubt remembered how you used to play outside as a child but now, in 2018, kids find the lure of a gadget, a TV, …

HP X2, 2 in 1 Chromebook – Review

A number of writers here at Coolsmartphone Towers predominantly use a Chromebook as our main devices. I have been using an Asus Chromebook flip since its release a number of years ago, and it still runs as fast today as it did the day I bought it. This …