Tag: mvno

Dixons Carphone launch their own mobile network – iD

Available next month and using Three for the infrastructure and masts, Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World are looking to disrupt the mobile landscape by offering cheap plans and free roaming to more countries than their host network. Called “iD”, details are still being polished, but they tell …

HTC One M9 on sale via giffgaff tonight. Cheaper than competitors

This is a handset which has received a fair amount of criticism because it doesn’t look hugely different to the previous One M8. Almost a year ago Scott Croyle, chief of design, left HTC and now Industrial Design Lead, Jonah Becker, has left. However, I know plenty of …

MWC – Google to launch an MVNO

Tesco Mobile? giffgaff? How about switching your mobile to Google as a provider? It’s another step into your life for the company, who last night announced here at Mobile World Congress that they would be launching an MVNO in the USA. It’ll be arriving in the “coming months” …

Carphone Warehouse to setup an MVNO with Three

With the amount of networks here in the UK possibly dropping down to three main players, it’s interesting to see new MVNOs from manjor companies suddenly appearing. Only last week we saw Sky jumping on board the O2 train to set themselves up as a virtual operator. Now …

TalkTalk switch from Voda to O2

You may remember our look into the world of virtual network operators, which can offer a great alternative to the main networks. MVNO’s, as they are known, use one of the original “big four” for connectivity but the pricing, plans, services and branding are all very different. Tesco …

giffgaff go a bit mental as their advertising campaign continues

Remember how giffgaff began their “#alltheboss” advertising campaign? The MVNO network recently tweaked their prices and packages but their advertising campaign definitely hasn’t slowed down. In fact, it’s gone over the line a little. It’s basically, as far as we understand it, a way to promote the network …

giffgaff considering package changes

We’ve already seen the annoyance at networks who increase prices mid-way through contracts, so it’s rather surprising to see giffgaff considering a big change in their packages, aka goodybags. The changes, which are being emailed out to customers for their opinions, could see the unlimited data getting dropped …

Switching? Wait!

I got asked a quite simple question last night, and it got me thinking… @gears is Three a good network now? I remember you could never get a signal. I only want to renew with networks that offer unlimited data. — Sean Dale (@SeanDale) July 15, 2014 Changing …

giffgaff seem to be having a pretty bad day again

Got giffgaff? Well, right now you probably haven’t. Many of their customers have been in contact with us after internet connectivity mysteriously dropped and, as we type, it still hasn’t come back online again. A status page has been updated on the giffgaff website and it shows that …

Lycamobile – MVNO now offering very cheap 4G in the UK

If you’ve ever taken more than two journeys on the London Underground then you will have seen the above mascot. If you’ve visited a shop specialising in imported products, specialist foodstuffs and other overseas paraphernalia you will most likely have been exposed to their striking blue branding. Lycamobile …

Samba recommending alternatives to their own service.

First there was Ovivo, an MVNO powered by ads that popped up on your device every now and then. They lasted for a couple of years, then went pop. Then there was Samba, a network doing a slightly similar thing. Your browsing time came courtesy of adverts which …

giffgaff continues to grow – We’re all the boss

Despite the odd network hiccup, MVNO giffgaff continues to draw in a dedicated customer base. They prefer to call their customers “members” though, as everyone gets chance to participate, help and grow the network by adding and earning. We recently added a detail piece covering their offer, and …

Co-op to launch an MVNO

We’ve had MVNO mobile networks from Asda and Tesco for quite a while, Sainsburys recently got in on the act and the latest people to do so are the Co-op.   So now amongst the fruit and veg, you will be able to pick up a Co-operative mobile …

Trying to get your PAC from Ovivo? Not heard anything?

The MVNO that was Ovivo went pop rather spectacularly last week. For those that transferred their number to the network there was at least the ability to get a PAC code and transfer your number back out again. A form on the now-closed Ovivo Mobile website let you request …

Co-founder of Wikipedia invigorating charitable MVNO

Continuing very much with what appears to be his personal modus operandum, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has recently taken a strategic stake in The Peoples Operator mobile virtual network operator business and been appointed to the board of the company as Co-Chair. This should mean he will ignite the fledgling companies …

Ovivo Mobile shuts down. What happened? What now?

We’ve mentioned Ovivo Mobile quite a bit here at Coolsmartphone.com and we were big fans of their business model, even though it didn’t seem to work out in the end. Things seemed to be going pretty well. You pay up-front for the privilege of having an Ovivo SIM, …

Free cinema ticket with Ovivo – Only one week left

If you’re thinking of trying a new network out, we’ve already mentioned Ovivio quite a bit. You pay for a SIM to be delivered and then, on plans like their Freedom 0 offering, you get 250 minutes, 300 texts and 500MB of data to use every month for …

Giffgaff. 4G. It’s happening

More speed. You want it, don’t you? 4G, yeah. That’s it. You want that in your life, but you don’t want to pay a whole lot of cash for it. Step forward giffgaff, who are about to deliver your 4G fun on a contract-free plan. Their 4G page …

Ovivo boosts talk time on selected Freedom plans

Ovivo have ramped up their “Freedom” packages with an extra 50 minutes of talk time. Existing and new customers can benefit from the additional minutes, which are now being added to “Freedom 0” and “Freedom 5” plans. For those who don’t know, Ovivo is an MVNO using the …