29 Oct
2015

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EE may be the biggest network provider in the UK but it’s not always the best option for everyone. It has the widest coverage and offers a pretty reliable service in general but when it comes to choosing a carrier, however, there are other factors to consider.

If you want to try the latest 4G mobile voice service, for example, EE cannot meet your need. Instead Three has gotten ahead of EE. Three is gearing up to launch the first ever 4G mobile voice service in the UK. If this new service becomes available, customers can now make voice calls over 4G. Even inside your house, in a building or in the office, you can make calls without interruptions and distractions because the 4G voice service will basically improve coverage even when indoors.

According to Three UK, what the new mobile technology will really do is boost how signals travel indoor and even to rural areas. As long as your handset or plan includes a 4G coverage, the mobile voice service will eventually let you call anywhere in the UK. The goal is to pretty much eliminate black spots in the country with the help of the new technology.

Currently, there are about 4.5 million subscribers who avail Three’s 4G network as part of their data plan but has to drop to 3G when making regular calls. With 3G, signals travel less efficiently especially indoors. Three’s response to this dilemma is to offer the 4G Super Voice service that will now allow voice calls using your 4G network.

If you used to experience poor signals to a point that you can no longer send texts or make calls in some areas, that’s about to change. With the 4G super voice, calling in these so-called black spots will be resolved hence no more worries about not making calls or sending text messages especially during emergencies.

As the first carrier to offer the 4G super voice service, Three has beaten EE and others to take this initiative into effect. So far, Three has already covered about 50% of the UK subscribers improving their indoor coverage thanks to the new technology. With continued positive response, Three is aiming to keep rolling out the service throughout the country. The goal is to extend the service to 65% of the population in the counter before 2015 ends.

 

24 Oct
2015

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Getting rejected on your phone contract application is a common problem in the UK. With more and more people dealing with bad credit issues, it’s no surprise why customers are struggling to avail a decent contract. Rejections are rampant especially if you apply from major carriers in the UK. But rather than stop applying, there’s actually one alternative you may want to check out.

Bad credit phone contracts are now more popular than ever. They work just like traditional phone contracts. The customers are offered a choice of handset and a bundle plan on call, text and data services. There’s also a monthly bill you need to pay for, which covers the cost of both the phone and bundle. But there are also some differences. Below are comparisons of the pros and cons to help you decide whether a bad credit phone contract is indeed for you or now:

What are the Pros?

  1. No credit check – With this type of contracts, there is no credit check required hence perfect for you if have a less than stellar credit rating. Your credit score is not a factor for your approval. Even if you’ve been declined a phone contract by other major carriers, you can still apply and get approved for bad credit contract phones.
  1. Basic requirements – The requirements are also pretty basic. You just need to be of legal age and a UK resident. You’ll also have to provide proof of income. Carriers need to know that you can afford the monthly bill. If your income supports that, approval is almost always instant.
  1. Fast processing – Same day processing is possible for bad credit phone contracts because of the no credit check policy. As long as you meet the requirements, you can already receive your phone and use the services within hours after you applied.

What are the Cons?

  1. Long lock-in period – Like traditional phone contracts, one of the biggest disadvantages of bad credit phone contracts is the lengthy term. You’ll be tied up with a monthly bill for typically 24 months. This means it will be hard to upgrade or switch to a different plan later on. If you breach the contract agreement, you may end up paying hefty fees and worse hurt your credit rating some more.
  1. Higher cost – Because of the no credit check policy, you can expect the cost of these types of contracts to be higher than usual. You will usually pay more than if you have good credit. Since you have little to no choice, this is a better alternate at least until you can work on boosting your credit score.
  1. Limited handset choices – With bad credit phone deals, you can’t expect to avail the latest high-end handset from your favorite brand. Most providers that offer these deals usually have a limited handset selection. In most cases, you’ll only have older phone models to choose from.

Is it for you?

Though easy to avail and there is no credit check to worry about, bad credit phone contracts are not always the best choice for everyone. Before you sign and close a deal, it’s best to weigh the pros and cons. Only if the pros outweigh the cons for your particular case should you go ahead and apply for a phone contract. Otherwise, you may want to stick with Pay as you go or a Sim-only deal with no contract for now. As soon as you can improve your credit score, applying for a traditional phone contract should be easier.

22 Oct
2015

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One of Apple’s iOS 9 new features is the low power mode where the phone turns into low power once your battery is close to draining empty. The same low power mode is also available on Google phones. As for many Android phones, there are no such features at this point. The upcoming releases may feature the low power mode but for now, there’s another app you can get in line with.

Created to help Android users save battery, the Hush app was invented to kill apps and tasks. If you’re an Android user, you know how apps can wake up even when your phone is in sleep mode and eat up a chunk of your battery. They ran in the background and before you knew it; your battery’s almost empty. In most cases, you won’t even know which apps are the culprits.

Enter Hush, an invention designed specifically for phones running on Android. At this point, the app is still on its experimental software stage. Thankfully, the developer is already working into making Hush an app that mobile users can easily download through the Google Play Store.

The idea behind the app is to determine which apps you use often and which ones you rarely use. What the app does is spot apps that you don’t use often from running in the background when the phone’s asleep.   As long as the screen is off, the app will prevent these apps from draining your battery.

To illustrate, let’s say you’re a heavy Twitter user and rarely opens Instagram. With this info in mind, Hush will let your Twitter update but not your Instagram. This way the total energy you are using will be significantly reduced. According to the research, it can save up to 16% of your Android phone’s battery drain.

 

15 Oct
2015

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If you’re a phone contract subscriber in the UK, you’re in for some bad news. With Ofcom’s big announcement that they’re increasing the annual charges paid for by operators, there’s a high likelihood that your phone bill may increase very soon.

According to Ofcom, there are requiring operators like O2 and Vodafone to pay a whopping £199.6 million a year in charges for their 3G and 4G networks. The value is several times more than the usual charges sparking talks about operators passing the charges to its millions of subscribers.

One of the biggest operators in the UK, EE, has already preempted the public that there is going to be a price hike on their phone bills. They justify the price increase with the argument that with the Ofcom-imposed charges, they won’t be able to offer the best prices to their subscribers anymore. A price increase therefore is necessary.

While other providers have not confirmed a price increase yet, EE leading the pack will create a domino effect. Other providers neither confirmed nor denied any increase charges but many are already anticipating and fearing the possibility.

Vodafone and O2 subscribers, in particular, are not going to be happy. The annual charges used to be somewhere from £15.6 to £49.8 million a year. With the Ofcom announcement about the new charges, the amount more than tripled leaving the carriers with little to no choice.

Unfortunately, it’s not really the carriers that will be put at a disadvantage but the UK consumers. If you’re a phone contract holder, you will see it on your bills. And the increase is not exactly minimal either. There are no details as to how much carriers will hike up their charges on your phone bill but expect it to be quite significant.

For now, let’s hope that carriers are in the process of working with Ofcom to do something about this. One spokesman from EE has said that they were disappointed with this Ofcom announcement. Some providers have already indicated an increase while others like O2 is thinking through how to proceed while keeping the consumers’ best interest in mind.

The increase in fees, if pushed through, will vary from operator to operation. It will usually depend on several factors including the type of tranche bandwidth being used. New fees are expected to take effect by October 2016.

8 Oct
2015

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Just a few more days and we’ll finally be able to get our hands on the upcoming Nexus 5X 2015. The handset is a result of a Google and LG partnership. It is slated to launch on September 29, 2015.

Following the much talked about success of the Nexus, LG and Google plan to impress the market some more with the Nexus 5X. If iPhone 6 has a successor that is the iPhone 6S, Nexus 5 also has the upcoming 5X. But before you get too excited and pre order the phone, it’s best to know more details to make a sound decision.

So far, this is what we know about the upcoming Nexus 5X 2015.

What is the Nexus 5X 2015?

Nexus 5X 2015 is an LG-built phone and is Google’s upcoming flagship offering. Unlike the larger Nexus 6, the Nexus 5X will go back to the 5-inch screen size to cater to those who were disappointed that the Nexus 5 is no longer available in the market.

Release Data

The phone is poised to release along with the Android Marshmallow and that’s very soon. It will be on September 29 but you won’t get your hands on the phone until October. There are no exact dates as to when you can pre order the phone but it will probably be around early October 2015.

Price

Like its predecessor, the Nexus 5X will be priced right. If you think Nexus 6 was too expensive then Nexus 5X will be very affordable. There are no confirmations as to how much the phone will set at this point but some rumors suggest between £193-257. It costs almost half as less as the Nexus 6 making it a good deal all in all.

Design

Considering its relatively cheaper price, it will do you good if you don’t expect a premium design. You won’t be seeing a pone that features a glass and metal combo. Instead the Nexus 5X 2015 will sport a matte plastic back cover with raised camera lens and fingerprint sensor on the back. This could be a sign that the phone may be tailored for an Android Pay feature.

Display

Instead of the 5-inch screen the Nexus 5 sported, the upcoming Nexus 5X will be relatively bigger at 5.2-inches giving you a larger display. It is also believed that rather than the IPS LCD, Nexus 5X will be sporting a P-OLED one.

Specifications

Though the design may not be high end or premium, it is a different story if you look at what’s inside the phone. Nexus 5X is believed to feature premium internal specifications including the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with a possible 4GB RAM.

Camera

One of Google Nexus phones weaknesses is its mediocre camera. Hopefully, Google gets it right time seeing that the upcoming Nexus 5X is said to feature a 13MP snapper in addition to features such as optical image stabilization and more.

Battery life

If Google heeds another common complaint, it is very possible that the Nexus 5X 2015 will be equipped with a better and longer lasting battery. It is possible that the phone may feature a 2,300 mAh battery or higher for a longer battery life. If Google can also improve on the phone’s battery drain then the phone is sure to easily sell itself.

With its very friendly price, the Nexus 5X 2015 is making some buzz especially among those customers who want a budget-friendly phone with all the bells and whistles.

1 Oct
2015

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We’re barely getting used to the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus but there are already rumors about Apple’s plans for 2017. Rumor has it that the big brand is geared up to release maybe three iPhones by next year. There was a leak about the upcoming iPhone 6C, which many suspect Apple itself leaked and there’s also word about the iPhone 7.

As we speak, many customers are still waiting for their pre-ordered iPhone 6S to arrive. While they’re waiting, Apple is already stirring up some excitement for its successor. Considering the rate new phones are launched year after year, this doesn’t come as a surprise.

If you’re a die-hard iPhone user, you are likely to upgrade that iPhone 6S to iPhone 7 come 2016. It’s only September and it is very possible said successor will launch the same month next year. It seems a long way to think about as early as now. But like every other avid iPhone fan, however, we’re sure you’re just as excited to know more details.

Base on some info we’ve gathered, this is what we know about the upcoming iPhone 7:

Release Date

There is no exact release date at this point but the iPhone 7 is expected to launch in 2016 as successor to the iPhone 6S. The rumors do not stop there either. Like any other handset manufacturer, it’s a given that big brands such as Apple has long-term plans. Another rumor suggests that Apple may have plans to release another iPhone, this time the iPhone 8 but not until 2018.

What to Expect

At a glance, the iPhone 7 is believed to sport new features and an all-new sleeker design. But more importantly, the next iPhone will also feature an upgraded processor. If you think your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S is fast now, think again. iPhone 7 is expected to impress you some more with its more powerful processor.

Before the iPhone 7 and other upcoming phones will release in the market, however, we still have the iPad Air to look forward too. It is believed that Apple will be launching the iPad Air before this year ends. We’ll soon hear more about the upcoming iPhone 7 after that.

What do we know about this next generation processor? According to the buzzes, said processor is what will power up the iPhone 7. Some sources have already named it as well. It will be the Apple A10 Hexa-Core chip, an upgrade to the A9 processor you will find in today’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

According to sources, Apple’s focus come 2016 will be different. The brand plans to zero in on creating a processor capable of multithread processing. If this is the case, the A10 chip is expected to be a hexa-core or 6-core CPU. Apple may work with existing partners like TSMC to create the processor using a type of semiconductor production method.

While these are just rumors, there might be an ounce of truth to this considering that the source is the same one that predicted the A9 chip in impressive details before it was confirmed and became available in the market.

For now, it is worth nothing that one source has said that TSMC may begin the A10 chip production by the first quarter of 2016, maybe around March. Another info worth noting is Apple’s plan to use the glass-on-glass touch panels plus the thickness may mimic that of an iPod Touch. But again remember, these are only rumors. We’ll have to wait to hear more details in the coming months.