Tag: network

An iPhone 11 for £25.99 a month? It is possible

We had a rather lengthy email from Raylo just now which goes on about a new round of funding and how they’re about to disrupt the mobile landscape here in the UK. All good so far, but there’s some stuff you should know. First, they (currently) only have …

Black Friday! Let’s go! £10 SIM with 12GB monthly data

OK, you’ve got yourself a phone, or your going to buy one. That’s a great start. Perhaps you want to get yourself a reconditioned phone or maybe you’re going to get one as a Christmas gift? If you’re doing that, follow my guide from earlier this year because …

Vodafone – Loadsa new customers

The Vodafone crew have added a lot more customers in the last quarter. In the three months ending September 2019, they saw nearly double the number of mobile contract customers joining compared with the previous quarter. It seems to be a pretty positive time for the network, who …

VOXI goes big on data

The MVNO from Vodafone has today brought back their chunky data deal. For those wanting a big more for their money, this could be just for you … – 8GB for £10 a month (was 6GB for £10) – 20GB for £15 per month (was 15GB for £15) …

Redmi Note 8T announced. Available on Three UK too.

The Redmi Note 8T announcement has just finished and we’ve had word that Three UK wuill be picking it up. First though, let’s take a look at the thing. First up, it features a 6.3″ 19.5:9 Full HD+ “Dot Drop” display. That’s 1080 x 2340 pixels and a …

Virgin Mobile says goodbye to EE, switches to Vodafone masts

There’s a number of “virtual” operators to choose from when you’re looking to get a new mobile or a SIM. You really shouldn’t shy away from them either, because they’re as good as the “big four” for the most part. Under the hood though, they’ll use the masts …

Vodafone to dish out two cinema tickets for £7

Anyone remember Orange Wednesdays? It was a hugely successful benefit that Orange ran back in the day. From memory you got a code which you showed to the guy in the cinema and then – boom – you’d get two tickets for the price of one. Nowadays we’re …

5G Planning consultation ends. Will less red tape mean more masts?

We could very soon see more masts and much higher ones too. It comes as the government ends a consultation into 5G planning restrictions, with proposals including the deployment of radio equipment and strengthening existing masts without approval. It also looks at adding more masts nearer to highways …

5G – More than just a faster connection.

With Google Stadia about to land and bigger, more in-depth games now being downloaded, people are demanding ultra-fast connectivity from their phones. Traditionally the advancement in data speed has been beneficial for watching movies and TV shows on the move. It’s also meant that you can listen to …

Better coverage in the country. The Shared Rural Network.

A figure you may not see in many headlines is the fact that just 66% of the UK landmass has 4G coverage from all four mobile operators. With all this talk about 5G, it’s surprising that we’ve not got a higher 4G coverage. Of course, the operative term …

Watch out, mobile connectivity actually IN the Tube coming soon

The oldest underground system in the world has only very recently had WiFi installed. It means that the majority of mobile users can, via their network provider, hook into a free WiFi connection as they travel under London on the Tube. Trouble is, it only works on the …

Fibre direct! For everyone! If you’re in Hull.

Got broadband? Well yes, of course you have. However, unless you’re at work it’s probably delivered over copper cabling at some point. Even if you’ve got Virgin cable broadband, which we covered in detail here, it’s still delivered partly over a coax cable – which is copper. Here …

Three customers now pulling an average of 10GB per month

Admit it, looking at a mobile phone package which delivers 2GB per month is going to give you cold sweats. You know, part-way through the month, that you’re going to be worry about visiting sites or checking anything on the internet because your data is bound to run …

Now O2 go unlimited too!

The O2 Press Team have been in touch (which is new, so we must be doing something right) and have let us know that they’ll be joining the unlimited crew too. We’ve seen Three delivering unlimited data for no extra cost, which was then followed by Vodafone, who …

Vodafone 5G expands further across Europe

Thanks to the many benefits of being in the EU, you can go abroad right now and benefit from inclusive roaming on your phone. If you’re on Vodafone, you get 5G roaming, and this has just expanded so that 62 towns and cities deliver the super-speedy system. Vodafone …

EE responds with unlimited 5G too

When EE launched their 5G plans we noticed that the example 5G plans were £10 more expensive than the same 4G ones. After a bit of digging, there were bigger disparities, so we had to question – why? It’s something that Three couldn’t understand either, and they announced …

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 …

EE named as best mobile provider 2019

Rootmetrics, a US based company founded back in 2008, has one sole purpose – to provide mobile network performance information. Today they have published the results for 2019 testing of the UK networks. By using a batch of store-purchased Samsung Galaxy S9  smartphones, the testing itself was conducted …

A PROPER real-world 5G test

Whenever I look for 5G speed test, there’s usually YouTube videos showing blistering speeds. That’s expected, right? Well, yes. But I wanted to do some proper tests. How to do that? Well, first of all I’m not going to sit right next to a 5G mast. I’m also …

giffgaff hit by £1.4 million fine for overcharging customers

Getting hit by a fine from Ofcom is never good, but overcharging your customers and having to refund them? That’s a double whammy. O2-owned giffgaff have already had to refund £2.1 million, with around 2.6 million customers overcharged. It happened when customers bought a goodybag, which despite being …

OPPO Reno 5G arrives on EE

As expected, the rather cool OPPO Reno 5G has now made it’s way to the EE website in both ocean green and jet black. You get 256GB of on-board RAM, a healthy 4065mAh battery to keep things ticking along and, of course, that 5G capability. Other specs include …

Vodafone 5G Roaming goes live, and it’s the same price as 4G

There’s 55 cities and towns across Europe where you can now get Vodafone 5G roaming. That’s more than any other network. So, if you’re off on your holiday and you have a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G or the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, you can roam for no extra …

O2 and Vodafone complete 5G network agreement

Here’s something we don’t normally get. A press release from two networks at the same time in a joint operation. Vodafone and O2 are teaming up to speed up the 5G roll-out by sharing sites across the UK. It means that they will be sharing 5G equipment such …

O2 announce 5G launch plans

The network that runs giffgaff, Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile is to start rolling out 5G in October. As with the other 5G UK networks, they’ll be concentrating on areas that need the speed boost the most, with key areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds …

Vodafone 5G – I feel the need, the need for speed.

Imagine you’re the marketing boss of a major network and you want someone to represent your company. Imagine that your network is about to launch a super-speedy new 5G technology which will fire data into phones faster than a bullet. Who would you choose? Usain Bolt? Well yes, …

Virgin Mobile SIM only deals. £9 for 6GB and more

Whilst sorting out this “little issue” with Three last night, I spotted this rather tasty SIM-only plan from Virgin. It delivers 6GB fo 4G data, 1500 minutes of calls and unlimited texts on a 12 month contract. A mere £9 for this. Boom! You’ll be sitting on the …

Three 5G. Twice as fast as others.

As we’ve mentioned before, Three have a rather big ace up their sleeve when it comes to 5G. During the spectrum auction they managed to obtain one contiguous 100MHz block to deliver what’s termed as “full 5G”. Not only that, but they also have a total of 140MHz …

Changing networks – Text to Switch Explained

Today marks the start of a new method of changing networks. For all too long people here in the UK have had to call the infamous “Retentions Team”. They will try lots of things to keep hold of you as a customer. Sometimes this process has a good …

Three 5G testing under way. Cloud network in place.

Wait though, because it’s not all about 5G. Three are also boosting their 4G, with 3G spectrum now being refarmed for 4G. They’re upgrading the 4G antenna masts on thousands of sites, with Croydon recently seeing new antennas and a reallocation of 10MHz of 3G spectrum (leaving 5Mhz …

BBC iPlayer and YouTube now added to the EE Video Data Pass

Heard about the Video Data Pass? On EE it basically means that you can watch as much video as you like from selected providers without it impacting your allowances. We covered it and the other Smart Plans in detail back in May but now there’s some even better …

Vodafone 5G – Mobile gaming on test

The new, faster 5G network will, when combined with connected gaming, create a whole new world of mobile games. Vodafone have tested their 5G network in Birmingham with Gaming Expert, “Syndicate” and has been checking out some of the cloud-based games from Hatch. The new, faster 5G network …

Sky Mobile adds free unlimited data for all customers this weekend

Last year in the UK we experienced an absolutely stunning summer. This year, however, it’s done nothing but rain. Sky Mobile customers can at least drown their sorrows this weekend (June 15th and 16th) because the network is giving away unlimited mobile data. Sky Mobile customers can stream …

Three announces 5G launch date, complete with loads of spectrum.

It’s the “Need for speed” according to Three, and they’ve announced that their 5G network will arrive in August. By then there’ll be just London, but things look to be spinning up very quickly, with 25 towns and cities going live by the end of this year. Using …

VOXI add more data to plans

New and existing VOXI customers have now had more data added to their plans. The network runs on (and is part of the) Vodafone network and they’ve boosted the £10 package from 6GB to 8GB, the £15 package has gone up from 15GB to 20GB and let’s not …

Compared – 4G vs 5G

There’s no doubt about it, 5G is going to make an amazing difference to your data speeds. The throughput is astonishing and we’ve seen examples of entire movies being downloaded in seconds. There is, though, two very important changes that 5G will cause. The first, rather obviously, is …

EE 5G goes live today

In all honesty, if I was to give my personal opinion, I’d admit to you that 4G seems to be enough for me. The increased price of 5G on EE and the speed at which you can pile through it is putting me off. However, today marks the …

Vodafone 5G phones go live. No Huawei in sight..

A partnership with streaming gaming provider “Hatch”, 5G roll-out plans and pricing. It’s all here from Vodafone today. They’ve also announced two 5G-ready handsets – the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. No Huawei 5G phones. The pricing, according to Voda, is the same as …

EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

Vodafone recently announced their 5G go-live date of July 3rd, but today, in a briefing to press, EE gave announced their intention to switch everything on next Thursday. It means that EE will provide the UK’s first full 5G service, even if there’s really nobody using it just …

EE – Down for whatever

If you’re an EE customer then you could be having problems making and receiving calls right now. Problems appear to have started at 8 this morning and have progressively got worse as the day has gone on. EE have just added this update to Twitter… We’re aware that …