Category: Website news

The breadcrumbs are back!

I’m typing this on my old Chromebook. Man, it feels good. Like a pair of comfy slippers. Turn on, into a browser, type a bit, close the lid. No updates interrupting the experience. No 5 minute random unknown reboot times. No virus worries. Just productivity power. Love it. …

Hey. I’m back and I’m doing another cycling thing.

I’ll give you the short version of this blog post so that you can basically do a “tweet read”. I’ve just been on holiday. I ate too much. I sat around too much. I got all chubby and fat. On Sunday I’m going to squeeze all that blubber …

Blogging for 16 years, and counting..

Over the weekend I got chatting with an old friend. The subject of my “strange hobby” came up they asked if I was still doing “that website thing”. Well, yes. Yes I am. The conversation went on for a while and it made me realise just how long …

Oh, unbridled joy. We did win another thing. Yay.

Following our award for Top 10 UK Mobile Blog from Feedspot, we’ve won another award. Yes. Get in. Again, I’m going to have to suspend my negative attitude towards these awards, which are usually given out to as many sites as possible in the hope that the company …

Buy a phone, run a speed test, give to charity!

Wanna donate some cash easily? Well, there’s a couple of ways we’ve found of doing it. First, the Tesco Mobile guys are donating a crisp £5 for every single pink phone which is sold until June 26th. The money goes direct to Cancer Research UK and ties in …

We won some award or something

One day we might win a really big award. After all, I’ve invested a full 16 entire years of my life writing posts for this website and we’ve got a team of crazed smartphone nutters travelling all over the place to bring you the latest chunks of smartphone …

Our sponsors so far…

We would like to thank the following people for their help and support in keeping us online. So far this week we’ve had donations from … Deborah Stringer Alistair Dent Mark Harper Bobby Wallace We’re really can’t quite put into words how appreciative we are. As we’ve done …

Email campaigns, straight from Gmail? We use GMass

A few years ago I opened the door to someone who told me that hundreds of houses were potentially going to be built on Green Belt land just a few feet from our home. It was quite a shock, not least because it was the first I’d heard …

We’re on that Facebook thing

Social media. We’re all over it. InstaTwit, SnapTube, FaceGram and YouBook. We’re on it and we’re, like, proper experts and that. If Facebook is your thing, just head to .. www.facebook.com/coolsmartphonedotcom   …and we’re there. You can find us easily by just searching for @coolsmartphonedotcom on Facebook too. …

YouTube – We made a boob.

Becoming a well-paid YouTube video star seems to be really high on the list of “wants” for kids in 2018. Many think that they don’t need to concentrate at school, because they can merely chuck a few YouTube videos up, get loads of subscribers, then live like a …

Our new, friendlier iPad layout

If you use an iPad to browse the site, you may have noticed that everything was a bit squashed. We’ve had a few emails about this so we approached the web design people and they said, “Yeah, we’ll sort it. Here’s an invoice for £2000” Then, after finding …

How to dodge those 0870 / 0844 charges and get straight through

If you need to get hold of a utility provider, government agency, airline, insurance company or any other large organisation, there’s always a few concerns. Firstly, finding the right number itself can be tricky. You might call their main line, but then when you get through, they might …

Mobile World Congress. If you can help us, we’d be so grateful.

Hello again. Just last week we sent emails out and even posted this request for assistance in getting us to Mobile World Congress. Prices for accommodation are getting higher each year, but after all the free publicity and work we’ve done for networks, mobile manufacturers and accessory retailers …

Get on our YouTube train!

You know us by now. We write reviews, we cover live events. We even road-test cars. As part of all this, we do some lovely YouTube videos. Our channel is right here, and you can whack the lovely red “Subscribe” button to be informed next time a video …

Wanna write for us? Do it. Do it. Do it.

We’re not like engadget, Android Authority, Pocket-mint and The Merge. Oh no, we do things in a British style-y. We write all proper-like and we like to think that there’s more interesting items on here too. Less marketing, more honesty. As for me, I’ve written about phones and …

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Long-time readers will no doubt be waiting for this post, as I usually say what a mad year it’s been and how next year is going to be even bigger, faster and better. I usually go on about the best phones of the year and the coverage we’ll …

We’ve added some speeeeeed

Just recently we switched to a new server but, despite our efforts (!), the site has continued to grow with more and more of you crazies joining in the fun on a daily basis. Today we’ve switched on a new caching system which will, if we’ve tweaked it …

Morning guys. We need your help. Badly.

This morning all of our adverts vanished off the site. After looking into it I’ve found that it’s because of our switch to a fully secure URL. We put a redirect from the old http:// pages to the https:// equivalents, however what we… well, what I didn’t do, …

We’ve gone all secure

Late last night we switched the site over from http://www.coolsmartphone.com to https://www.coolsmartphone.com. There’s a few reasons why we did this. Firstly, Google is pushing for websites to do this as it secures the connection between you there and us here. Any data flowing from the site or into …