Tag: mvno

Vectone Mobile offers free roaming

Last week we mentioned Vectone Mobile who were offering 1GB of data for just £1. If I’m honest we’d not really heard about this particular MVNO but they run on the EE network and they’ve got some additional news to tell us. They have an app. Not just …

Giffgaff phone store is live, come on in

They run off the O2 network and offer easy-to-understand deals like £10 for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. Giffgaff have also earned a reputation for offering unlimited data for £12 and, if you’ve got an unlocked handset and don’t want to be hooked into a …

Giffgaff phone range announced – Buy yours this month

The network famed for hassle-free SIM-only plans has now announced their very own range of handsets and you can buy them later this month. The initial list includes the following handsets, and there’s a good mix of Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices.. Samsung Galaxy Young Samsung Galaxy …

Virgin to continue using EE network

EE sent out a press release earlier confirming the long standing agreement between themselves and Virgin Mobile is set to continue and the MNVO will get access to both 2G, 3G and we believe soon 4G networks. The original deal was signed 14 years ago between then T-Mobile …

BT & EE Sign MVNO Agreement

BT and EE have today announced that  EE are to provide MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) services for BT. BT, who exited the mobile space some 10 years ago with the sale of their BT Cellnet network to O2, have already won a license for a 4G network …

Truphone -an app, unique sim and MVNO

Truphone specialize in cheap or free international calls. A common claim in the current global telecoms market. But Truphone are a little different. They are an MVNO, they produce their own specialized sim card which can use multiple international numbers simultaneously and they make the oldest VoIP (voice …

Charity MVNO – Donate Mobile

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a type of MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) that we had not covered before; Charity MVNO’s. I have since been contacted by Donate Mobile, pointing out that I had missed them from my article. I’ve updated my original post but …

giffgaff to start selling handsets – have your say

It’s an MVNO that almost needs no introduction – giffgaff. They’re known for unlimited data, bargain-basement prices and no-frills SIM-only goodybags. However, they still don’t sell phones. If you want a phone, you need to go and grab a SIM-free handset yourself and then get a giffgaff SIM …

[UPDATED] A lot of work for charity, don’t like to talk about it…

Don’t worry, this is not a cry for help from the impoverished staff here at CoolSmartPhone! Continuing in our irregular series of articles about MVNO’s (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) we turn our gaze to charities. There has been such a large uptake of mobile phone usage in the …

Sainsbury’s Announce Their Own Mobile Phone Network

Sainsbury’s has announced they are launching their own mobile phone network Mobile by Sainsbury’s this summer. Luke Jensen, Sainsbury’s Group Development director is quoted as saying: “Our customers trust us to provide top quality products and service at fair prices, and Mobile by Sainsbury’s feels like a natural …

Ovivo on test, just how does £0 per month actually work?

During our continuing look at virtual network operators, we featured Ovivo. They operate on the Vodafone backbone and have a rather unique proposition which has just been boosted with an extra data allowance. It’s simple really. You buy an unlocked phone, then you pay £15 for one of …

MVNO Feature – Tesco Mobile

We’ve been looking at those “virtual network operators” lately and have already checked out Virgin Mobile and TalkTalk. Both of those networks were keen to get you on board if you were already using one of their other services (like TV or broadband) and, in the case of …

MVNO Feature – TalkTalk Mobile

Over the next few weeks we’re taking a look at the many MVNO’s here in the UK. That acronym, by the way, is just fancy talk for a network using masts owned or operated by others. With the shift and merger of Orange and T-Mobile into “EE” you, …

MVNO Feature – Virgin Mobile

I was having a think last night, which is pretty unusual for me. It was a good think. It occured to me that here on Coolsmartphone we’re always mentioning the major networks when mentioning which new phones are arriving and when, but we don’t mention the MVNO’s – …

Tesco Commit to no mid-contract price rises

Tesco Mobile, the countries largest MVNO, have today committed to no mid-contract price rises. In what they are calling the “Tesco Mobile Tariff Promise” Tesco say that they will not raise its customers core tariff prices mid contract and also state that they are the first operator in …

Phones 4u to join the MVNO party

Hosted on the EE network, the new offering from Phones 4u will actually carry the name “LIFE Mobile” and will be sold in stores from March. Initially it’ll be a 3G service but a 4G offering will be made available “by the end of the year”. It’ll be …

Virgin go unlimited – for just £21 a month

Today Virgin Media are going head-to-head with the Three “One Plan” and T-Mobile “Full Monty” tariff. However, the Virgin “Premiere” plan dishes up unlimited data at a lower price point – just £21 per month for unlimited data and unlimited texts. The network, which piggy-backs Everything Everywhere, is …

Giffgaff get a little wet, major network outage ensues

We like Giffgaff. They’ve done things a little differently and built up quite a following. Today, though, has not been a good day. A major service outage hit the network – one that took almost 8 hours to fix. Calls, texts and data failed completely around mid-morning today …

Have you switched to an MVNO ?

OK, so after finding out that most of you still wear a watch we wanted to ask you another question. MVNO’s, or “Mobile virtual network operators”, piggy-back off one of the “major” networks and have been gained popularity over the last few years. Most people will be aware …