Tag: business

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 …

The new normal has been forced upon us, but it’s here to stay.

With a second coronavirus spike now sliding into view, the idea of “going back to the office” is fading into the background. Remote working is rapidly becoming the “new normal” and the idea of cramming ourselves onto public transport in order to spend time in an expensive office …

Five ways to use your mobile phone for business

As you’ll see here quite often, we concentrate on the camera quality, the battery life, the Bluetooth audio and the screen of a smartphone. All of that is mainly so that you can use it for communicating and socialising. The smartphone is great for that and you can …

Getting a proper web presence for your business – now easier than ever

Have you spent the lockdown thinking about starting your own business? You’ll have several ways of doing it. For many, you can start easily and sell on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Gumtree, or Shpock. That’s simple enough, and, during the lockdown, that’s what our local cake shop has been …

Motorola G8 Pro appears

Sitting in the “affordable handset” category, this is the new G8 Pro. It can be found on the Motorola Enterprise website and packs a 6.4″ 1080 x 2300 Full HD+ 19:9 screen. Running the Android One version of Android 10, this uses an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SD665 CPU …

Startup? How to stay ahead of the curve and manage your business.

As you’ll have no doubt seen recently, I’m chronicling my quest to convert a spare room into a gaming / work den. As part of this I’ve asked a few local tradesmen to do work – plastering, electrics and so on.  Getting the right people, and trustworthy ones …

Why Businesses should use 800 or 0800 numbers

Giving out a local or mobile number is sometimes a good idea. It gives you a personal touch and, if you’re only going to be working in the local area, your customers and potential customers will place more trust in you because you’re a local businessman. However, if …

Business ideas for the smartphone generation

If you’re going to start a business, then it makes sense to .. Make sure that it fits into the modern world and Make sure that it fills a need for the people. It’ll be people, after all, that ensure you have a long-term, viable venture! While there …

ByteDance getting into the smartphone business

Given the difficulties currently being experienced by Huawei when it comes to the American and European markets, it’s likely that we’ll soon be one major smartphone developer down. Huawei will be able to continue trading within their home country of China, but without access to Android’s operating software …

When a mobile number for your business isn’t enough

Want to get your floor tiled? Or your bedroom wallpapered? Perhaps you want to have some other work done around the house? If so, you can look out for a local trader. There’s plenty advertised online, in local leaflets and – if you see van outside a neighbour’s …

Make a successful home business with this 2019 idea list

If you’re looking for a secondary job or you want to do something part time, it’s now perhaps easier than ever. The guy that fixes and services my bike for example. He has a van. He has a mobile phone and a load of tools. That, and a …

Why every business needs to go all-in on smartphones

We’ve mentioned it before, and it’s something that hit me even more strongly whilst watching a recent TV show. They were discussing how businesses now get more complaints than they ever did before smartphones. The reason? We now have instant access. In years past, if you had a …

Making the most of your online business, without threats

If you run a business, even if it’s just a chip shop or a barbers, you generally have to be online at some point. There’s various reasons for doing this – you can advertise for free on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. However, even the most “non-techy” shop might …

Remember my quest to cut the line rental? It’s taking a step closer..

A short while ago I had Virgin Media broadband installed at home. Like many, I had a TV, phone and internet package. I wanted better broadband speeds, and I got it. However, the TiVo box wasn’t something I “connected” with. There’s definitely some odd and grating design decisions …

VoIP and more. Moving your landlines to the cloud.

Remember my attempts at removing the need for a phone line? My goal is to only require a data connection. Nothing else. No phone line rental, no separate cabling for the phone at home. Just an internet connection. Why? Well, freedom and a fair slice of geekiness in …

Cutting the cord. Trying to kill off my landline.

Now, I’ll admit, I’m a penny pincher at times. If there’s a cheaper way of doing something, even if it’s a bit geeky, I’ll give it a go. Stick with me on this one, because it involves something that Virgin have just announced which I think is a …

Virgin Media just announced something you should all buy

A few days ago I was logging into my Virgin Media account. However, I got a bit distracted by an advert and ended up on the Virgin Business website instead. Why was I distracted? Well, I’ll show you… Yes. £30 a month for an internet connection which goes …

Why should local businesses rely on just Google and Facebook?

It’s 2017. The internet has been around for quite a long time and, I’ll freely admit, so have I. I’ve seen web pages go from simple blocky creations to Flash-heavy monstrosities. I’ve seen us go from huge CRT monitors and PC’s to tablets and mobiles. Here’s how our …

MWC – Remember when we used to hunt for WiFi?

After returning from the Barcelona madness, I’ve finally got chance to reflect a little on the experience. It’s somewhere I don’t get to see a great deal, and instead it’s the inside of taxis or the rather excellent Metro system which runs through the city that I see …

Three Feel At Home – Speeds abroad on test

This has been a hotly debated topic. It’s understandable because, when you’re in the UK using Three on a brisk 4G connection, you get certain expectations about download speeds. It’s these expectations that you might take with you when you go abroad and, with the Three Feel At …

Giving your business cheaper calls with a professional edge

If you’re prepared to do a bit of work then getting cheap calls is relatively easy. There’s a range of solutions if you have a mobile handset, and when you’ve got an internet connection then everything becomes either extremely cheap or totally free. Having a call package with …

Sony Mobile CEO & The Turnaround

In a recent interview with Arabian Business the Sony Mobile CEO Hiroki Totoki dropped a number of headline-worthy quoteable statements. In the interview, Hiroki Totoki discusses the challenges Sony Mobile faces in the global smartphone industry, particularly the competition from budget brands and the internal restructuring. One of …

Apple hook up with IBM to get further into your business

I remember laughing when business people started buying iPads. “Pah. They’ve got it all wrong”, I thought, “that’s not a business tool”. Even though a lot of tasks were still perhaps better done on a Windows laptop at the time, the iPad and iPhones took over and they …

Centralize your business contact list easily

A company phone used to be a BlackBerry. In a lot of places it still is, but now there’s more and more people bringing their own devices into the workplace and using them instead. It’s called “BYOD” and those people “in the know” tell me that it’s massive …

Vizibility – Clever NFC business cards and an online identity

So, you’ve got a business card. Most people do. Whether it’s a cheap business card or a posh aluminium one there’s generally the same problem – you can only fit a certain amount of information on, and when your number or job title changes it means a whole …

Three bins the Business business

Looking for a business contract on Three? Move along please, there’s nothing to see. Three, according to Mobile News, have decided to stop taking on business customers to focus more on normal consumers instead. Dealer codes have been cancelled and business contracts will no longer be sold. According …

Is it possible to migrate my business to Android?

Hi there folks. This article has been a long time in the making. For me at least. Anyone who does so, will know that running a business on your own, takes up so much time, time with your family and just general you time! Its a massive commitment, …