Tag: o2

Another Shared Rural Network mast goes up.

The Peak District is, without doubt, a beautiful place. However, getting a phone signal in such a scenic and protected area is pretty tricky. However, with to government pushing for mobile networks to work together more, 4G mobile coverage in rural Longnor is now available via Vodafone. As …

I love gold! More data for the same price with giffgaff

No, it’s not quite Willy Wonker, but there’s now a “Golden goodybag” being trialled by giffgaff. It still costs £10, but you get 3GB more data – a full 9GB in total plus unlimited texts and minutes. The existing £10 goodybag will still be available, but you can …

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G. Another great deal!

This particular phone has been on offer before with O2 but now the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G is just £120! Head over to the O2 website and you can save a massive £115 on this one by using the code “XIAOMI115OFF”. Just purchase the Xiaomi Mi Mix …

The real Huawei. Behind the scenes of their massive Chinese HQ.

The UK have been bullied and pushed into removing Huawei kit from mobile and data networks. Some call it a deeply political decision, with an American trade deal up for grabs and a massively successful Chinese company holding the number two spot in smartphone sales. The big U-turn …

Brexit. The roaming nightmare could return.

Britain is now spending billions on Brexit. Those in charge and the British elite have now been given free reign – without EU oversight – to dodge tax regulations and to force businesses into spending £13 billion every year to continue trading with the EU. Those costs, of …

No new Huawei mobile kit after December 31st. All gone by 2027

In a move that is likely going to cost UK mobile networks (and therefore, their customers) billions, the UK government has today announced that mobile providers will be banned from buying any new Huawei 5G equipment after the end of this year. This will delay the rollout of …

Huawei 5G – It can’t be ripped out easily

Until now, the UK government have decided to allow Huawei to play a role in the 5G deployment here in the UK. Despite US concerns, the UK allowed Huawei to be used in “non-core” kit. However, GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre has delivered new findings into Huawei and …

UK’s First Shared rural network goes live

In south Wales there’s a small village called Devauden. It’s tucked away in the Wye Valley but has become the first rural community to receive new mobile coverage. Why is this a big deal? Well, the government-backed plan for operators to share masts and other infrastructure hit a …

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G – Super-cheap on O2 with discount code

Head to the O2 Shop right now and you can get yourself the crackin’ 5G – Mi MIX 3. The upfront cost on O2 is normally a whacking £350, but if you purchase the phone on an O2 Refresh tariff online and put the code… XIAOMI115OFF ..into the …

Anker reduce prices on Wireless Chargers

Looking for a wireless charger? Want to save some money? You need to head over here. Anker have reduced the prices on three of their chargers, with their PowerWave Wireless Chargers down by either £15 or £5. Their 7.5 Wireless Charging Pad is the cheapest – now just …

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 …

Virgin Media and O2 look to merge?

Virgin Media, which is actually “Virgin” purely in name because they’re actually Liberty Global, could be merging with O2 soon. O2, as you may remember, was the target of a Three attempted purchase some years ago. Whilst the BT purchase of EE was given the green light, Hutchison …

iPhone SE (2020) Pricing released by Sky Mobile

Having recently voted by as Network of the Year, Sky Mobile have today announced pricing iPhone SE. It’s available to pre-order from 1pm today. Oh, and interestingly, they’re also still selling the iPhone 8 if you want the exact same phone but with a slower CPU. Prices on that …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Everything you need to know

Here’s two smartphones from a company that has been around for almost seven years now. During that time OnePlus have achieved a cult following but, with handsets like the OnePlus 7T (reviewed here, here and here) they’re now gaining more mainstream traction. Today marks the launch of two …

No more O2 deals with Carphone Warehouse

Although physical stores are closed right now, you can still get a phone or a SIM-only deal online. Networks available with Carphone include Vodafone, Voxi (sitting on Vodafone), Virgin Mobile (on EE masts), their own iD Mobile network (using Three infrastructure), EE and, until yesterday, O2. Carphone Warehouse …

Shared rural mast network – a bit delayed, but back on.

Last year we covered the new shared rural network but things hit a bit of a wall when operators objected to the cost of using the EE equipment. The plan was to share masts and other infrastructure in areas which wouldn’t normally be considered as “beneficial” or cost-effective. …

Find your local mobile mast – 2020 Edition

Many years ago, mobile networks gave the location of their masts to Ofcom. That was back in 2011 though, and after a bit they ditched it. Mobile companies didn’t have to map the location of masts, but we managed to get the data to view a few years …

Fancy a Huawei P30? Couple of great deals here

We’ve got loads of content on the Huawei P30. If you’re looking to get yourself one, there’s some great deals available right now. First, on the O2 Shop, you can get this “like new” model for £24.25 per month with a £20 up-front payment on a 6GB plan. …

O2 SIM-only deal. 100GB monthly, cheap!

Another offer this morning, and this time it’s a SIM-only deal with O2. There’s 100GB of data to be had each month, plus unlimited texts and calls. It’s £20 per month over 18 months, but you can get £50 cash-back with TopCashback, bringing the total £360 total cost …

EE wins Best Network again

Yet again EE have grabbed the top spot in performance as part of the RootMetric’s testing results. The network, now owned by BT, is obviously pretty happy about all, with BT CEO Marc Allera telling us.. We’re continuing to invest in our network to help keep our customers …

Moto G6 Deal – Less than £90

This is a handset that’s more than a couple of years old now. The Moto G6 Play has a 5.7″ 720×1440 pixel screen and it’s running a slightly older version of Android (Oreo), but it’s now down to just £89 with Tesco. There’s 32GB of storage (plus a …

Using Pay As You Go? Use it or lose it!

Whilst browsing through my tweets I noticed this exchange between Phones Show producer Steve Litchfield and the Vodafone Twitter account. It relates to a Pay As You Go handset / SIM and the fact that it’s been unexpectedly disconnected… The disconnection of an apparently unused line might seem …

Sky Mobile adding 5G

Sitting on the O2 network, Sky Mobile have today announced that customers will be getting 5G for no extra cost if you’re on their Sky VIP loyalty programme – this is a free perk for existing users. Sky Mobile is promising to deliver 5G in 50 towns and …

5G – Not quite ready yet

Back in August I parked up near Wembley Stadium to do some “real world” tests with a 5G phone. I did this because I’d seen testers competing to get the highest speeds possible. Usually this involved someone waiting for a quiet day – like a Sunday morning – …

Unlocked handsets could soon be the ONLY type you can buy

Regulator Ofcom is looking into a ban on the sale of phones which are locked to particular networks. Networks that currently don’t lock their phones include Sky Mobile, Three UK, iD Mobile, BT Mobile and giffgaff; but other networks do. The origins of this came from the fact that handsets …

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 …

The Huawei Mate 30 – Missing more than just Google Apps

Huawei is a massively successful company. We’ve been to see them in China. We visited the university that teaches staff, the accommodation where workers stay and play. We saw their facilities and their innovative products. Yesterday though, something massive was missing from their Mate 30 and Mate 30 …

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 …

The new iPhone 11 Series – Where to buy. Pricing updates…

An update from the various networks regarding the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max plus anything else they may be offering in the wake of the Apple announcement yesterday. Don’t forget to get the low-down in our earlier article. BT – Operating on the …

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. More phones you will buy.

Let’s give you the low-down on what Apple have just announced. The iPhone 11 range is here. There’s a standard iPhone 11 and a new iPhone 11 Pro plus a 11 Pro Max. The latter models have “Pro cameras, Pro display and Pro Performance” and a “WOAH” price-tag. …

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 …

HTC, remember them? Now you can’t buy their phones.

Once upon a time there was a smartphone manufacturer called HTC. Nearly everyone had one of their phones, but now there’s about 15 people buying their phones each month. It’s sad to see, it really is. I reviewed the HTC U11 and I’ve had a hands-on with their …

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 …

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 …

Huawei goes 5G. Welcome in, the Mate 20 X

A mobile phone company called Huawei announced a phone late last night. You might not have heard about them because they’re hardly ever in the news 🙂 Thing is, this is a 5G phone, and it’s a first for the company. The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is …

Network operators to provide end-of-contract alerts

It’s something we don’t like you guys doing. Paying too much for a phone or a mobile contract is just wrong. So, if you sign up for a contract, ensure that you move at the end of the deal, because continuing to pay is just bonkers. The reason? …

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro – Deals and opinion

OK, so after the leaks we got a look at the P30 and the P30 Pro from Huawei here in Paris. As we expected, there’s a clever camera setup with a 10x zoom. The P30 Pro gets a Leica Quad Main Camera, whilst the P30 has a Leica …