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EE – The sale is still on!

EE   The sale is still on!
The sales are still on, and EE have got in touch about their January sale. Like the many furniture stores, they’ve extended the items in their sale.

The highlights are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel, which will now become free on selected monthly plans. Not only that, but EE has dropped the price of their portable 4GEE WiFi to £21.60 per month for a massive 32GB of data per month. Ideal if you’re carrying around a WiFi-only device.

With January 30th fast approaching and (assuming that your bank account isn’t completely broken after the Christmas spending) you’ll have to be petty quick to get in on these deals. Full details are below..

PAYM Smartphones
· Free Google Pixel with 5GB data and unlimited calls and texts on a £40.99 monthly plan, a total saving of £129.99
· Free Samsung Galaxy S7 with 5GB data and unlimited calls and texts on a £40.99 monthly plan – saving £99.99 upfront
· Free iPhone 6s with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data on a £38.49 monthly plan – saving £99.99 upfront

PAYG Smartphones
· 50% saving on Alcatel Pixi 4, Mobiwire Pictor or Nokia 130 when purchased with a £10 top up

Tablets
· £200 upfront saving on an Apple iPad mini 2 with 20GB data per month on a 4GEE Max plan

Home and Mobile Broadband
· £120 saving on 4GEE WiFi, with 32GB data available for £21.60 per month
· Free fibre connection (worth £25) on Unlimited Home Fibre Broadband

Offers are available from EE shops, the ee.co.uk website and EE telesales.

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  • Three Home-Fi routers – More detail

    Three Home Fi routers   More detail

    Yesterday we mentioned the new high-speed internet which has arrived in Hebron, courtesy of Three UK. The network gave away free “Home-Fi” routers to residents so that they could at last get the fast broadband they’ve long needed.

    We didn’t know at the time what make the routers actually were, but we’ve since found out a bit more information thanks to Jay Pewtner, who’s just received his. It’s the Huawei 8310 and is available from 135 Three UK stores in “non-congested areas”.

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    He’s on a 12 month contract costing £20 per month. For that he gets 40GB of data per month which, I must say, is really rather good. No up-front cost either. Compare this to even the cheapest wired home broadband from the likes of BT or TalkTalk (non-Fibre) and you’re looking at £18.99 just for the line rental alone, so it’s a really good option and, of course, you can move around with this free 4G WiFi router too.

    Jay tells us that it doesn’t appear to be restricted to any particular location and he’s sent in these photos of it in action.

    He also tells us..

    Right from opening the box it’s simply a case of plugging in the power supply. Place the SIM card in the slot and 30 seconds later you’ve got a 4G connection and a WiFi hotspot to connect to.

    The front panel has power on, data connection and signal strength indicators. The rear has Ethernet connectors and connectors for optional antenna (behind the large upper cover), plus a slot for the SIM card.

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    Jay is currently in Hampshire which, despite being only 30 minutes from London, doesn’t have great landline speeds. He’s long suffered from slow copper connectivity and has replaced his current MiFi unit which was costing £10 p/m for just 10GB.

    The router can be managed via a web portal or via a smartphone app which shows the data used.

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  • Three dishes out free broadband wireless routers to Hebron residents

    Three dishes out free broadband wireless routers to Hebron residents
    No, I’d never heard of Hebron before writing this either. It’s in Northumberland and there’s less than a couple of hundred houses in the entire parish.

    However, despite BT digging stuff up and putting a nice green street cabinet for “Superfast Broadband”, residents are still stuck in the slow lane due to their location and BT’s general inability to deliver. In August this year BT finished the cabinet installation, but nothing has improved. Residents have since placed a number of complaints with BT Openreach, but the service is still reliant on very long and very old copper lines. Andrew Kelly, a Parish Councillor, tells us that..

    We rely on the copper cable that runs to the village for internet access. It often causes distortion and means residents have never had the luxury of high speed broadband.

    Three dishes out free broadband wireless routers to Hebron residents

    Three UK have got wind of all this and have given residents a festive treat – a free broadband wireless router each. It’ll hook onto the local Three mobile transmitter and will then provide speedy WiFi locally. Each router comes loaded with free data which could keep residents online for up to one year. They require a mobile broadband SIM to work, but there are no lengthy installations required and up to 32 wireless devices can be connected at once.

    Three dishes out free broadband wireless routers to Hebron residents

    The Three’s Home-Fi kit is ideal for anyone in a similar situation – just ensure that you can get a good strong Three signal first. Strangely though, even though we’ve got this lovely story, there’s no mention of these “Home-Fi” units anywhere on the their Mobile Broadband section or anywhere else. We’re guessing they’ve dished out some of these Huawei E5573 4G MiFi gadgets.

    Update – We’ve since found that these routers are currently only available in Three UK stores and it’s actually the Huawei 8310 that is being given out. It’s in 135 stores nationwide in non-congested areas.

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  • Three take you on a road trip with the RoadFi

    Three take you on a road trip with the RoadFi
    Three are now selling something to keep the kids happy on those long drives. Whether you’re off on holiday, going to relatives far away or you simply need to keep the iPads, iPods and tablets connected for a journey to the shops, the new Huawei RoadFi should sort you out.

    Three are selling it for £10 per month, which gets you 2GB of data on their network. You get a £25 Amazon Gift Card if you buy one too.

    Plug it into your cigarette lighter and it’ll grab the 4G signal and pump out WiFi for you to 10 devices. No batteries needed, it’s only a small thing and it’s really easy to use.

    If you need more data, Three do different plans – £15 per month will get you 5GB of data and £20 per month will deliver 15GB. These are all based on 24 month plans and there’s no upfront cost, however you can get rolling monthly plans and 12 month deals for different costs.

    Get more details on the Three website. Three have also send us a press release below.

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  • EE Launch 4GEE WiFi and 4GEE WiFi Mini

    EE Launch 4GEE WiFi and 4GEE WiFi Mini

    Some people call these things “MiFi” units. Basically they’re tiny gadgets that you can pop in your pocket which will fire out a WiFi hotspot for you to connect to. Share the hotspot or keep it secure, it’s up to you, but it can be a life saver for a family of iPad users or for those moments when you need to use a laptop and the hotel WiFi is just plain rubbish.

    There’s two models. First, the 4GEE WiFi is available on a range of pay monthly price plans. Prices start from £11 per month, with a £49.99 one-off upfront cost. You can also get it on pay as you go for £79.99

    The 4GEE WiFi Mini is starts at £11 per month, with a smaller £19.99 upfront cost. It is also available on pay as you go for £39.99.

    You can buy them in your local EE store, over the phone or online at EE.co.uk. Here’s the main 4GEE WiFi page.

    Although the CAT 6-enabled 4GEE WiFi is a tad larger than the WiFi Mini, it can also charge your phone on the move and supports Qualcomm Fast Charge 2.0. The 5000mAh battery should keep your WiFi going for a full 24 hours. The WiFi Mini is 15% smaller and does 802.11b/g/n compared to the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac on the 4GEE WiFi.

    More details below.

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  • Cellhire offer a roaming solution for your holiday

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    We’ve just got back from a week in Spain, you may have noticed our coverage of MWC in Barcelona. Our coverage was made easier thanks to Cellhire, who lent us a Huawei MiFi unit with a data SIM and some Spanish data.

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    Cellhire offer a range of  devices on a rental basis, be it phones, SIM cards and MiFi units, you can find out more info and order one for you holiday over at their website. Their pricing for Europe basically includes a MiFi device and some data which is valid for 30 days.

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    They also offer a range of International data SIMs for destinations further afield and on top of that you can also hire a phone or satellite phone from them. The MiFi came pre configured and you basically just turn it on and connect with the SSID and WiFi key written on the unit. As long as they MiFi can get a signal you’re good.

    So if you want more info or you want to order one head over to the Cellhire website.

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  • EE’s £79.99 ‘Buzzard 2’ is an all-in-one WiFi dongle for your car

    EE Buzzard 2 MiFi

    In its bid to get more customers connecting to its 4G network while they travel, EE introduced the Buzzard, a £49.99 plug-and-play MiFi designed specifically for the car. Launched in April, the device came in two separate parts, making it difficult to store and plug in during your journey. EE appears to have realised this, as today it's introducing its successor, the Buzzard 2. Like the original avian-themed dongle, the Buzzard 2 plugs into your car's dashboard and supports up to 10 WiFi connections. However, it comes with a new lighting system that makes it easier to use and can also serve as a USB charger, allowing you to charge your devices while you browse (when you're not driving, of course). EE's new MiFi is priced at £79.99 (£30 more than the original) when bought outright, but comes down to £19.99 when purchased with a £10 monthly plan, which includes 1GB of data. However, you can get it for free if you sign up for the £15 tariff, which lavishes you with 3GB of data every month. If you've got small kids intent on watching Netflix all the time, that allowance might not get you very far, but it'll do a job if you want a backup for your smartphone plan.

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    EE launch ‘Kite’ 4G MiFI device

    EE have launched a new affordable version of their MiFi device which also has access to the faster ‘double speed’ network supporting up to 150Mbps in selected locations.

    Simply called the ‘Kite’, this small device acts as a WiFI router for up to 10 devices at one time to share the super fast connection offered thanks to 4G technology, and the price will not break the bank either.

    Contract plans are offered on either 30 day or 24 month deals starting from just £10 a month, and if you want PAYG instead of signing up you have this option too paying £69.99 for the Kite  with various top-ups giving you set data limits for the month.

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    Just going on sale today, we hope to have one of these in shortly to test out in real world conditions.

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    Three 4G MiFi unboxing

    Recently we brought you the news Three UK have launched a new 4G dongle and a 4G Mifi device. These will allow customers access to mobile internet at speeds up to 50Mbps download and upload around 20Mbps on the new 4G network.

    We now have one if these in for review and have recorded an unboxing and have some images to show it off from different angles.

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    The 4G Mifi can be purchased from £89.99 on PAYG but is also available on monthly contracts with various different data allowances depending on your needs.

    Anyone owning one of these can connect up to 10 WiFi devices at the same time, plus one USB connection. The device has a battery which means you can take it with you whilst on the go.

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    Check back soon for our full review where you can find out about signal strength, speeds and battery life. I’ll also see if this might be the mobile broadband device you have been waiting for.

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    Mobile broadband – It still needs work

    The advent of superfast 4G connectivity comes as a double-edged sword. For the customer this is the ideal solution for that traditional “last mile” issue. For the provider, you have to provide a service which is priced to discourage it being used as an always-on fixed-line broadband replacement.

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    Looking around at the options, there’s only really one provider offering truly unlimited data via a dongle or data SIM. The choices, though, are varied and a little confusing. Choose fixed-line broadband or fibre and you have a wide-range of supposedly “unlimited” deals, but there’s always a large dose of “traffic management” going on, especially in peak times when people are streaming TV and movie content through on-demand services in the evening.

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    Getting your laptop or tablet online when you’re actually out of the house needs a certain amount of planning. Merely “tethering” – i.e. sharing your phones’ data connection over a WiFi hotspot – can quickly result in a rather large and sometimes unexpected bill arriving. Sure, your mobile data plan might say “unlimited” but, deep down in the small print, you could find a caveat stating that tethering isn’t allowed, or it’s charged separately – and that can rack up your charges pretty quickly indeed.

    So, the options then…

    - Using a tablet / laptop away from the home or company WiFi rarely.

    In this case tethering could be a solution, or you could hunt down a local restaurant, pub or supermarket offering free WiFi. You’ll usually have to put your email address and / or phone number on a mailing list, but it’s a decent trade-off for getting online when you absolutely have to.

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    You can also have a look at Pay As You Go data SIM cards or rolling monthly plans if you’re going to need that WiFi a little more often. It’s also worth checking out solutions for in the car or other mobile broadband solutions, such iiNet mobile broadband. Find out if your usage is essential. Find out if you can do that tablet or laptop-related task on your smartphone. If you can, it might be more worthwhile getting a smartphone with a slightly larger screen so you can feel more at home.

    - Using a tablet / laptop more often.

    In this case you’re going to want either a data SIM on a rolling monthly contract or 24 month deal. You need to consider roughly how much data you’re going to consume first, so look initially at a monthly rolling deal to see how much data you burn through.

    Tethering just isn’t an option here unless you’re..

    a) Willing to have your phone on or near a charger quite often (the battery will get caned).
    b) Have a decent mobile plan with tethering included.

    Just recently we’ve seen an increase in the amount of MiFi and car-based mobile WiFi solutions appearing on the market, so we are edging nearer to the more worry-free always-on data connection on more devices, but there’s still a need to be cautious if you just want to get online via a tablet or laptop through your phone.

    Check out the solutions. Dongles are one solution, but check the coverage first and don’t just take the online coverage map as the answer either. If you want mobile broadband in an office or building you really should ask someone to have a look at their signal strength on the network you’re looking at. As an example, I could get full HSDPA on both EE and Three outside my old workplace but, when I walked inside, I was down to either one bar or GPRS. O2 and Vodafone seemed to penetrate the building better and provided better data speeds, but I only found that out by looking at the signal strength on various mobile phones in the office. If I’d dived into a contract straight away it would’ve been a waste of cash.

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    If you’re mobile more often, Three still gives some of the best 3G data coverage. Their network was built with data in mind and you’ll rarely find problems. For additional speed, you’ll need to look at big 4G networks like EE, but pricing and data usage need to be considered before you dive in.

    To sum up, check your usage. Ensure that you absolutely need mobile broadband and check the coverage first. Do some research into your existing kit. Check if your tablet, Chromebook or laptop has a SIM slot. If not, you’ll either need a dongle or a MiFi unit. Then, simply shop around. Find the best deal for the data you want. Comparison sites are a good start, but this regularly updated thread at HotUKDeals is a great place to find a bargain plan.

    In an ideal world we’d have all this laid out more simply. We wouldn’t have small print and “gotchas” or huge bills for tethering on the wrong plans. However, we’re not quite there yet. For the most part you’re going to be looking at a new SIM, a new package and a new setup if you want mobile data on another device regularly.

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