Archive for June, 2012

By June 18, 2012 Read More →

T-Mobile launches Internet & Broadband Travel Boosters

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T-Mobile today announces the launch of Internet and Broadband Travel Boosters, a brand new system offering customers the unbeatable peace of mind that they will never pay more than they expect, anywhere in the world – for the use of any mobile data service. The first of their kind for the UK, the Travel Boosters are available from 19th June 2012, across all consumer and business plans.

Customers wanting to use mobile data anywhere abroad, via their smartphone or mobile broadband device, will simply be re-directed to a page where they can click to buy a booster. Once the purchase is complete, they can immediately continue to browse the internet, update Facebook, email or download apps and documents without the worry of paying more than they expect when they return from their travels.

The Internet Travel Boosters (for smartphones) and Broadband Travel Boosters (for all mobile broadband devices) start from just £1, with a full range of bundle sizes available1, each of which last for 30 days or until the data has been used2. The cost of the bundle will either be added to the customer’s monthly bill, or deducted from their pay as you go credit – and once the bundle has been used, customers can simply buy another.

Ben Fritsch, Head of Propositions, T-Mobile UK comments: “This year, 90% of all our new3 pay monthly customers have opted for a smartphone, which proves the ever increasing demand from consumers to be connected while on the go. We are really proud to be the first UK operator to ensure our customers can continue to be connected, anywhere in the world – and have the peace of mind they’ll never come back to an unexpected bill.”

For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.co.uk/roaming

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases
By June 18, 2012 Read More →

Ice Cream Sandwich rolling our for the Sony Xperia active

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According to gsmarena, Sony have announced that they are rolling out the Android 4.0 update to the Xperia active so keep your eyes glued to your phone. Updates may be regional, as usual, so it may take a day or two but at least it is coming.

The small rugged Android device may not be the most popular but we have heard good things about it from numerous sources.

You can see a reminder of the phones specs below or check out our unboxing video here.

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By June 17, 2012 Read More →

Microsoft Codex tablets could be on their way

account%20controls-580-75On Monday the 19th Microsoft be will be holding a bit on an event and a number of sources believe they will be announcing their own brand of tablets.

It has been a while since Microsoft have played ball in the hardware sector with anything that doesn’t have Xbox written on it. However, if Microsoft tackle it correctly they could be onto a winner.

It seems more likely Microsoft will bring in a company to do their hardware for them, as with partnering up with Nokia for Windows Phone. Aside from Xbox the biggest contribution to hardware Microsoft have made in the last few years is the Kin One and Kin Two. Recent rumours surrounding comments about HTC’s lack of experience to handle some form of Tablet also help reinforce the idea they will be partnering with a company to bring the Windows experience to tablets.

The budget end of the tablet market is really booming, Amazon have proved this Stateside with their Kindle Fire and Google look to be putting their stamp on it with the fabled Nexus Tablet. If Microsoft if hoping to play in this market they will have their work cut out for them as manufactures have always had to pay heavy licensing fees alongside high level specifications to push out a decent Windows tablet in the past.

Thankfully, there is no long wait to find out what is going to happen as we will know by tomorrow.

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By June 17, 2012 Read More →

Hands on with BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry 10 Jam took place in London on Thursday and the part I was looking forward to most was getting my hands on the dev alpha device running BlackBerry 10. Although RIM’s new OS is not due for release until Q4 this year what we have seen so far is both beautiful and in many ways unique.

BlackBerry 10 has been designed for BlackBerry users – people who want to get stuff done quickly and efficiently and the new OS allows for both those features, either one handed or two as the first release will be a touch screen handset.

I managed to grab some rather nice photos of what I was ‘allowed’ to see on the device which you can see below.

I’m sure you will agree with me that BlackBerry 10 looks amazing. The best is still yet to come.

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By June 15, 2012 Read More →

Great deal on the Samsung Galaxy Note from Carphone Warehouse

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Here’s a fantastic super money saving “Smart Deal of the Week’ from Carphone Warehouse, The fun and versatile Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Note has all the features and mobility of a smart phone combined with the practicality of a handheld tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has the ability to capture notes and memos like a notepad using the S Pen supplied.  The generous 5.3″ screen is the first to include HD Super AMOLED technology, making it one of the highest quality displays on any phone allowing you watch movies in amazing high definition and combined with an 8MP camera means your pictures will never look better.

For the next seven days, the Samsung Galaxy Note will available for free to new customers* on T-Mobile for just £21 a month. This deal, exclusively available with Carphone Warehouse, will give users 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 750 MB of data per month.

The Carphone Warehouse Smart Deal of the Week is available in store, online at www.carphonewarehouse.com or by calling 0800 925 925.

Sounds like a bargain to me!

See our Samsung Galaxy Note review here.
*Smart Deal of the week is only available to new Carphone Warehouse customers and not on upgrade.

 

Posted by: Rob

Posted in: Deals & Offers
By June 15, 2012 Read More →

Three Value MiFi unboxing and speed test – Video

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The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi from Three offers affordable fast, secure Wi-Fi access, for up to 5 of your Wi-Fi gadgets at once, making it the perfect accompaniment to tablets, laptops and handheld gaming consoles wherever you are so you don’t need to rely on public hotspots or expensive coffee shops to get online. Fast and secure just for you; no waiting and no need to share unless you want to

The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi is available for a one-off upfront cost of £29.99 on a one-month rolling contract at £15.99 per month for 5 GB of data or from £49.99 on Pay As You Go with 1GB of data.

Key features:

  • LED screen with clear icon display

  • One button connection

  • Up to 21.1 Mbps technical standard Download (HSPA+)

  • Up to 5.76 Mbps technical standard Uplink (HSUPA)

  • 4.5 hours battery life

You can see the video below:

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By June 15, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 172: Clash of the Titans!

Web bannerGareth and James are joined by Vince for a full comparison between the two biggest phones on the market, the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. James also gives us a neat preview of what to expect from Blackberry 10 having had an extensive play with their latest operating system. Apple manage to squeeze out a few updates to their iPhone and Macbook range as the guys attempt to muster up a little excitement about the announcement.

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By June 14, 2012 Read More →

Clash of the Titans Finale: Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X–Verdict

IMG_0296So here we are – after covering every inch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII both inside and out and then comparing it with HTC’s One X, it’s time for a verdict. These two devices are likely to be the closest top-dog Android competitors this year, as both manufacturers are relying on their respective handsets to take their premium Android sales into 2013. In fact, these two are probably going to end up as two of the most successful smartphones of 2012, and not just in the UK. That is, until the next iPhone hits of course. But there’s a good few months to go before that comes along, and for now these are the hottest devices around.

So which one offers the best overall package for you? Read on to find out.

Posted in: Reviews
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Acer high end tablet about to arrive

Acer-Iconia-Tab-A700Acer just announced their newest Android tablet offering, and this one is designed to take aim directly at the Apple iPad. This new Acer tablet is called the Iconia A700, and will come with an impressive array of specs to truly give all tablets a run for their money. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.3-GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • Measures 10.2 by 6.9 by 0.43 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.47 pounds
  • 10.1-inch full HD 1,920-by-1,200-pixel display, with 224 pixels per inch, an 800:1 contrast ratio and a 178-degree viewing angle
  • Wi-Fi only with 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity
  • A micro USB and micro HDMI port
  • A microSD card slot
  • 9800mAh battery good for 10.5 hours of video playback
  • 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera
  • 1-megapixel, front-facing camera for HD video chats

Pre-sales for this new Acer flagship device will begin June 13. The tablets are expected to ship later this month.

 

Poster by: Gareth

Posted in: News
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Are 24 month contracts good value for money?

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The answer quite simply is no. No 24 month contract, whatever you get with it, is worth being stuck into for two years. I myself have an iPhone 4S 16gb on Three’s One plan and I damn near had a heart attack when I discovered the cost of my contract (including the £99 cost of the phone) is £940 over the two year period. To get the same phone via PAYG with a sim 600 ‘All-you-can-eat data’ plan I’d be £260 better off in my pocket.

For my £35 a month I get All-you-can-eat data, 2,000 minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes and 5,000 texts. It all sounds okay but if like me you don’t really text or call people and use the internet side of things more you are paying for things you don’t actually want. Also throw in the fact no phone is bullet proof and will start showing signs of failure before the 24 month period is over.

A lot of providers now do sim only options which can either be a one month rolling plan or a twelve month contract. These can offer better value for money and save you being tied to the same phone for such a long period of time.

Below is a comparison of a 24 month and a 12 month contract including a PAYG Blackberry 9320 on the Three network:

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