Tag: media

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 …

Why you should never film in portrait

I always flinch when I see “mobile phone footage” on news channels filmed in horrific portrait style. People tend to forget, then when they get home and want to watch their holiday videos on the TV it appears in a tower-thin strip in the middle of their wide-screen …

Oppo A72 now available on Virgin Media

Remember the Oppo A72? Well, Virgin Media are now selling it with prices starting at just £13 per month. For the data-hungry, you can get a whacking 100GB for just £18 per month. No upfront costs on theres and you can get the phone in either black or …

Virgin Media to close UK stores

Liberty Global will not be reopening any of their 53 Virgin Media high street stores, even after the lockdown eases further. This was, in all honesty, coming down the road for a bit after other stores were closed, but now – with most orders coming from the phone …

Get a free TV with your next Virgin Media deal

If you’re looking to switch TV providers, or go the whole-hog and get all the sports now that things are starting up again, Virgin Media might be worth a looksie. They’re also giving away a 43″ LG UHD 4K TV and up to £150 bill credit with select …

Virgin Media – 25GB for just £12 per month

Sitting on top of the EE network, you’re going to get fast speeds and great coverage with this SIM-only deak. Not only that, but there’s a stonking 25GB of 4G Data plus data rollover so most people shouldn’t really have to worry about their data usage. The plan …

Oppo Find X2 Series coming to Virgin Media

The Oppo Find X2 Pro has tickled our taste buds. We’ve not heard much from their PR guys, but we can tell you that it’s an incredibly fast-charging phone (65W SuperVOOC) with a 6.7″ 120Hz 3168 x 1440 QHD+ “Ultra Vision” screen. Around back there’s a 48 megapixel …

OPPO phones arriving on Virgin Media

MVNO Virgin Media, currenrtly operating on EE masts, has announced that they will be ranging OPPO handsets. The manufacturer, covered here will be available in a matter of days on the Virgin Media website. Virgin tell us that a “wide range of OPPO 5G” will be ready for …

O2 and Virgin Media to merge

Well, that was certainly quick. After O2 almost-but-not-quite got sold to Three, Spanish parent company Telefónica have instead signed off on their merger with Virgin Media. I’m using Virgin Media right now for my internet, and you can read all about my switch to cable internet. They provide …

What makes TikTok such a big social media phenomenon?

Whilst we’re all locked inside there’ll be many of you who have no doubt seen a TikTok video. It could be within the app or via a Facebook post, a Twitter update or sent over WhatsApp. What, though, is TikTok and why are a growing section of society …

YouTube and Amazon Prime reduce video quality

Following moves by Netflix, Amazon and YouTube will now also be lowering the quality of video content. There’s also rumours that temporary measures may also be put in place by the BBC with their iPlayer service and by Disney+, which is set to launch shortly. Amazon stated .. …

Netflix notches down the video quality

We’re certainly living in very strange times at the moment. As most of Europe enters a prolonged lock-down period, internet usage has shot through the roof. Indeed, Vodafone got in touch with us to state that their network has seen a 50% rise in usage. This strange and …

Ofcom to try and manage the internet

You’ll have probably seen us mention Ofcom quite a bit here. They are the communications regulator in the UK and currently cover TV, radio, video, telecoms, mobiles and postal services to name just a few. Today the government here will add social media to that list, as they’re …

MWC – Sony step back too

Mobile World Congress, the usually-massive mobile trade show in Barcelona, is getting quieter by the day as various exhibitors either ditch press briefings, reduce their attendance or cancel completely. This is all due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak, with more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally. LG, …

Free TV being given out with Virgin Media deal

If you don’t need a new LG Smart TV, you can instead bag yourself a £150 credit on your bill. That is, of course, if you take the appropriate TV, broadband and phone bundle with Virgin Media. Either option is available if you bag the Bigger bundle + …

Lies everywhere. The truth is dead.

I write about this topic fairly regularly because the internet gives you strange mixture of perspective and pessimism about well, everything really. Real journalism, journalism that costs money and takes time, is dying. Real printed newspapers are seeing their circulation falling off a cliff, and with the internet …

New Virgin Media deals deliver a PS4 or £150 bill credit

We recently covered the fact that Vodafone will be dishing out PS4’s, complete with FIFA 20, if you buy the Xperia 5 with them. Now Virgin Media are doing something very similar, although this time it’s more for Fortnite fans.Deals include a PS4 Fortnite bundle and PS Plus …

Proper news coverage is dead.

I’ve written previously about the state of our news. It’s become twisted, unsubstantiated, click-bait nonsense which – for the most part – is only ever put online or in print to annoy, generate clicks and increase ad revenues. Thanks to the advice of Presidents, global leaders, Facebook and …

Virgin Mobile launches Family Plan

OK, so you’re at home and you’ve got Virgin Media for your internet. You can browse safe in the knowledge that your devices are protected and your internet connection is safe and filtered. However, what happens when you go out? When your son or daughter uses their phone …

Top Instagram hashtag tips for social media managers

Are you heading up the social media part of your company? Gone are the days of just casually putting some posts on Facebook. Now you have to come up with really innovative ideas to promote your brand name. In addition to Facebook, there’s also Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and …

Virgin Media cranks up the speeds and boosts bundles

Want even faster broadband at home? Well, for £62 per month you can get half a Gig down and 35Mbps up with their Business fibre service. Not only that, but Virgin Mobile – operating on the EE network – are now combining broadband and mobile deals, plus they’re …

6 months of Amazon Prime Video on EE… for FREE!

It’s OK, I’ve just popped into the local pub. There’s a guy in there who started drinking at 7AM and he’s pretty far gone, but he said he’ll run the country for a bit and, in all honesty, I’ve got more confidence in him that any MP right …

Social Media Stress – Go Offline

We’ve actually received an email about a new book. Yes, a book. It’s all about detoxing from the constant barrage of social media updates and the intrusion of the online world into your personal time. Called “Offline“, the book has already sparked a bit of debate by revealing …

Virgin Mobile January Sale Deals!

So it’s January, and as we all pretend that we can still sit around eating chocolates in our pants, there’s the harsh reality that we actually have to go out and do some work… or shopping. Yes, more shopping. If you want the best deals, these next few …

Virgin Mobile – Another great deal

This one actually appears to be better than the £12 for 12GB we spotted the other day. You pay a bit more for this one – £16 per month – but you get 30GB of data. In addition there’s 2500 minutes of talk-time and unlimited texts. As before, …

Virgin Mobile – 12GB for £12 per month deal

Right, got to be quick with this one because apparently we’re already entering into “last minute gifts”-territory and I still don’t have any presents purchased. If you fancy getting 12GB of monthly data and like EE coverage, sign up to this Virgin Mobile deal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got Virgin …

Virgin Mobile roll out a hot data deal for Black Friday

So, Virgin Mobile (operating on EE masts) have gone a bit nuts and are doing a massive 200GB of data each month for a mere £20. That’s £10 less than the normal price and you don’t need to be an existing Virgin Media customer to take it up. …

Virgin Mobile add Huawei handsets to their range

Something is in the air people. Yes. I can feel it. When Vodafone called to try and keep me as a customer (here’s how that’s going by the way), they offered me a Huawei handset. I asked them how the Huawei handsets were doing against the likes of …

Brexit, Trump and disinformation. Democracy is being controlled.

Whether you’re voting for a new US President or you’re deciding to be part of the EU, in 2016 something new happened. Social media giants allowed a “Wild West” to be created in the digital world. Unregulated and targeted adverts to be pushed hard into the psyche of …

I feel the need, the need for speed!

It was a throwaway remark. A passing comment on Twitter. Last night I did a quick speed test and got 365Mbps down. Insane. However, I got a few questions about how it was achieved, so here goes. The speed was the result of me combining my Vodafone 4G …

Fancy 24GB per month for just £15?

OK. It’s yet another day in the Coolsmartphone office and we’re all in 32 degree heat. Everything is melting, but we’re still on the lookout for hot deals. Today it’s another Virgin Media deal. This network uses the EE masts and you get full-fat 4G, plus you don’t …

TV and radio struggles with the smartphone generation

How do you get your news? For the majority of people reading this, we very much doubt that it’ll be via a newspaper alone. Now people are getting their news updates instantly via smartphone, and the 16 to 34-year-old audience range is proving the most difficult for traditional …

Ways parents can protect their children on Instagram

We’ve covered the various dangers of social media. Sure, it can be fun, but it can also be addictive and sometimes a little dangerous. No amount of web filtering or content matching is going to stop people approaching you online or chucking abuse your way. Instagram is one …