The best business broadband deals for August 2017

You can’t imagine any business, in this day and age, being totally offline. And that’s regardless of the size and line of business, .

For the best business broadband services, reliability, speed and support are as important, if not more than just price.

You can’t imagine any business, in this day and age, being totally offline. And that’s regardless of the size and line of business, .

For the best business broadband services, reliability, speed and support are as important, if not more than just price.

When applying for new business broadband deals, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most business broadband contracts are 24-month terms.

Features may change over time, all prices are VAT exclusive, speeds will vary, fibre broadband is not available in all post codes and the cost of line rental is often left out (although that is changing from some providers).

The best business broadband deals

Here are the three best business broadband deals we’ve found this month and beyond that the best business broadband deals for each of the main broadband providers in the country.

We opted for fibre broadband rather than copper lines because, frankly, the cost between the two is minimal given the performance difference.

If you noted any mistakes or feel that there are details that should be amended, let us know in the comment section below.

Now let’s get to the best three business broadband deals in no particular order.

Virgin Media Business Voom Fibre Option 1 Broadband | Fibre | 350Mbps | 24-month contract | £0 line rental | £30 monthly (or £45 with line rental)

If speed is what you’re after. Unlike most of its competitors, Virgin Media Business has fixed price offers, no catch or no gimmicks (although you will have to pay for installation). Plus, you get the fastest speeds in the market. Note that there is no line rental fee and support is 24/7/365 with a 48 hour response SLA. Virgin Media also owns 100% of its network and doesn’t share it unlike some of its competitors.

Woav Unlimited Business Fibre Optic Broadband | Fibre | 76Mbps | 24-month contract | £14 line rental | £10 monthly for first 12 months and £28 afterwards

If you want the absolute cheapest. Unbeatable on price, this cracking deal for Woav Broadband Unlimited is designed to hook in new business customers. You get free connection, free line transfer and free new line installation. You also get a free business grade wireless router (unknown brand) and a static IP address on request.

Vodafone Superfast Fibre 76 | Fibre | 76Mbps | 24-month contract | £0 line rental | £29 monthly

For those who want complete control. Vodafone has a stunning deal for businesses who want to get all their services from one provider. Its most expensive package offers 76Mbps fibre broadband plus unlimited minutes to UK landlines and mobiles as well as a single static IP address and 4GB monthly allowance on a free dongle, useful when you’re roaming around or in an emergency. You still have to pay for an activation fee, a new line connection fee and a new router delivery fee though.

The best of the rest business broadband

The best deals available from other business broadband providers in the UK

TalkTalk Superpowered Fibre Complete | Fibre | 76Mbps | 24-month contract | £16.95 line rental | £21 per month |View this deal on the Talktalk website

XLS Max | Fibre | 76Mbps | 24-month contract | £16.95 line rental | £13 monthly for 12 months, £35 afterwards | View this dealon the XLNTelecom website

Plusnet Unlimited Business Fibre Broadband | Fibre | 76Mbps | 24-month contract | £10.50 line rental | £21.50 monthly | View this deal on the Plusnet website

Relish Business Broadband | 4G | 50Mbps | 12-month contract | £0 line rental | £25 monthly | View this deal on the Relish website

DST Unlimited Business Fibre Broadband | Fibre | 80Mbps | 24-month contract | Line rental: n/a | £39.95 monthly | View this deal on the DST website

Zen Unlimited Fibre 2 Broadband | Fibre | 76Mbps | 12-month contract | Line rental: £0 | £42 monthly | View this deal on the Zen website

Toople Business Fibre XL| Fibre | 80Mbps | 24-month contract | Line rental: £8.75 for first 3 months then £17.50 per month | £19.50 monthly | View this deal on the Toople website

BT Premium Infinity | Fibre | 76Mbps | 24-month contract | £21.20 line rental | £35 monthly | View this deal on the BT website

Other UK business broadband providersDaisyKinexDemonAquissO2SpitfireBOnlineClaranet

With businesses chasing every customer online, it’s vital for your company to have a broadband service that can deliver the performance you need today, and handle your needs in the future.

Choosing a broadband service for your business may seem like child’s play, with these services becoming almost a commodity. However, it is critical to carefully consider the service in use, since this can have a massive impact on performance, and ultimately on the profitability of your company.

Claire Sadler, head of marketing at BT Business, advises: “Traditionally business-grade services are slightly more expensive, but that’s because they include things such as greater levels of support – both during and outside of normal office hours and guaranteed fix times – as well as more consistent speeds where business traffic gets priority at peak times.

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“One other area to look at is whether it includes a free Wi-Fi connection outside of the office, which can enable staff to work effectively wherever they are – whether that’s on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.”

For business users of broadband services the service level agreement (SLA) is all-important, because the SLA governs how the broadband service will be supported. Richard Phillips, managing director of CUP Classic Cars, says: “As with anything these days, you need to do your homework and know what you need.

“Choose a reputable supplier that really understands your requirements and works with your business needs, so they can give you advice on the best service for you. You have to be comfortable with your supplier and know that problems are going to be resolved quickly should anything go wrong.”

Need for more than just speed

Buying broadband services is more complex than simply choosing the fastest speed. Business broadband services also mean data management, backup and recovery, and of course email. Look closely at any services on your shortlist and ensure that they are not consumer grade, and are built with business users in mind.

Cost of course is a clear driver here but the devil is in the detail, as Andrew Ferguson, editor at thinkbroadband.com, says: “A good business connection should come with clear information on what speeds you can expect. So while cheap services will use the classic ‘up to’ marketing phrase, those services aimed at the business sector should talk about things like committed rate and burst speed. Do not be afraid to ask for explanation, though be wary of sales staff who trot out the line ‘our consumer services are 50:1 contention and business is 20:1’… this sales person’s patter is eight years out of date.”

No discussion of business broadband would be complete without considering the impact that the cloud is now having. Small business users can clearly see the advantages that cloud-based services can offer. What is also vital is the connection that is available to the cloud, which is where a reliable, fast and robust broadband connection becomes essential.

David Barker, technical director of 4D Data Centres, says: “SMBs need to make a decision on what their immediate requirements are to meet the business’s needs. Usually for a first connection this is a small office or sole trader, so a basic business ADSL line will suffice. But, if you are looking to grow your staff quickly or if you’re planning on using cloud services for your day-to-day activities, then you might want to look at a faster connection such as fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) or even a leased line which can offer speeds from 10Mbps to 1Gbps and is usually able to scale the speed as your business grows.”

Top tips for business broadband buyers

To ensure your business chooses the right broadband service for its needs, use the checklist below to help you define your needs, and then locate a broadband supplier that can become a trusted business partner:

1. Perform a data audit

Before choosing a broadband service, look at how your business uses the data it is creating, storing and analysing. This will give you a benchmark to use that will ensure the broadband service has the capacity to handle these data loads. Is your LAN or WAN set up to handle high speed broadband?

2. Connect to the backbone

Your internet service provider (ISP) can be connected to the internet in one of three ways. These are referred to as tiers 1, 2 and 3. Look for a host that has a tier 1 connection, since this means they have their own portion of the internet that they control. These are the most expensive, but the most reliable.

3. Look for better bandwidth

The speed and efficiency of your website depends on how much data your server can send and receive. This is the bandwidth. Look for a hosting service that has bandwidth utilisation of below 50% to avoid bottlenecks.

4. Study service level agreements (SLAs)

Any hosting service worth their salt should offer you one of these. Look closely at every clause so you don’t get any nasty surprises. Most items should be open for negotiation.

5. Seek cloud optimisation

As small businesses increasingly use cloud-based services, look for a broadband supplier that is set up to manage a hybrid cloud storage approach to data management, so your small business can use on-site servers and cloud services together.

6. Embrace data services

As more businesses embrace the cloud and the flexibility that this offers for teleconferencing, VPNs (Virtual Private Network), VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and support so you can bring your own device (BYOD), choosing the right broadband service is more important than ever.

Phillips adds: “Don’t think in the short term. Technology is changing so rapidly and now enables businesses to do all sorts of things that were unimaginable even five years ago – the internet is at the heart of that change. There is a wide range of options, but as with all things you need to buy the best you can afford, as you’ll soon grow into the capacity, whether or not you think you currently need it.”

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5 surprising things about QR codes – CNET

Years ago, when QR codes arrived on the tech scene, they were heralded as not only the inevitable successor to bar codes, but also the future of information-sharing. By scanning a code, you could open a web page without typing a lengthy URL; learn more about a product; shop at virtual stores; unlock clues in videogames; and so on.

Years ago, when QR codes arrived on the tech scene, they were heralded as not only the inevitable successor to bar codes, but also the future of information-sharing. By scanning a code, you could open a web page without typing a lengthy URL; learn more about a product; shop at virtual stores; unlock clues in videogames; and so on.

And… nope. People may recognize the squiggly squares, but not many know what they’re for or how to scan them. Despite their inherent value, QR codes just never caught on.

That may soon change. Here are five things you should know about QR codes, including how to scan them with your phone.

1. They’re great for locating obscure apps

If you’ve ever purchased an off-brand drone, smartwatch or the like, you’ve probably needed to install some kind of companion app. Just one problem: a traditional app-store search can prove fruitless, as there are often dozens of products with similar names (and because Apple‘s App Store and Google‘s Play Store search engines suck). You could end up with the wrong app or just unable to find a match to your search query.

Fortunately, I’m noticing that many instruction manuals now include QR codes that will take you to exactly the right app. That’s not only a huge time-saver, but also a sanity-saver: You’ll be sure to get the app that’s specifically intended for your product.

2. They can help you shop

Recently I visited my local Best Buy to shop for a refrigerator, the first large appliance I’ve purchased in maybe five years. I was intrigued to discover that the product card for each display model showed not only a current average user rating from online customers, but also a QR code. Why? So I could quickly access Best Buy’s product page for any given model and look more closely at the specs, reviews and so on.

That’s insanely handy, because the first thing I’m likely to do once I’ve zeroed in on a particular SKU is look it up online. It saves me the steps of pulling up Best Buy in my mobile browser, searching for the correct model and so on. Even better, it keeps me in the store, as my normal course of action would be to go home and do the research on my laptop.

3. They’re great for letting guests access your Wi-Fi network

Want to let visitors access your Wi-Fi without forcing them to input a lengthy encryption key? Your router may already have a QR code on the bottom. If not, considering creating one that contains your network’s SSID, password and other crucial info.

You can do this right now for Android devices by using the free QR Code Generator – WiFi Access. Just plug in the relevant data, create the code, then download the resulting PNG image. You can then print a copy to paste to your router or even just hang on the fridge.

What about iOS? Turns out this very same capability is coming in iOS 11! Read on…

4. They’re coming to iOS

This hasn’t been widely reported (there was no mention of it at this year’s WWDC), but iOS 11 will include automated QR code-scanning. You’ll just fire up the native Camera app and point it at a code; the scan will decode any embedded text and/or allow you to take action, such as visiting a web page or accessing a Wi-Fi network.

Don’t want to wait? If you use Chrome for iOS and have an iPhone that supports 3D Touch, you can access QR code-scanning just by force-pressing the Chrome icon and choosing that option from the poo-up menu. Of course, there are numerous third-party scanning apps as well, same as for Android (see below).

5. You can create your own to trigger just about any action

The aforementioned router-access QR code is just the tip of the custom-code iceberg. Thanks to sites like QRstuff.com, you can create codes for a couple dozen different actions: dialing a telephone number, placing a Skype call, accessing a PayPal “buy now” link, playing a YouTube video and so on. You can even add some color to your code — nice, given how drab they are. From there, if you’re willing to pony up some cash, you can get your code custom-printed on a mug, hat, t-shirt or the like.

Scanning QR codes with Android: It’s complicated (but also not)

Android lacks native support for QR code scanning, at least for now. Well, sort of. According to a Reddit thread from a few months back, you can snap a code with the Camera app, then invoke Google Now on Tap to scan that code. Some users reported success with this method; I tried it with a Nokia 6 running Android 7 and had no luck.

Fortunately, there are tons of free QR code-scanning apps available from Google Play; one solid option is the aptly named QR Code Scanner, which is both free and ad-free. If you’ve found an app you like better, by all means name it in the comments.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on QR codes? Destined for greatness (or at least wider use), or unlikely to ever move past geeks-only status?

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The best mobile plans for business for August 2017

Welcome to our guide to help you compare business mobile phone deals on all of the best handsets and from all the best UK networks.

Whether you’re after the new iPhone 7, Sony Xperia XZ, iPhone SE or Samsung Galaxy S8, a free phone, lots of data, the lowest possible monthly cost or all of the above, we’ll help you find the perfect deal.

Welcome to our guide to help you compare business mobile phone deals on all of the best handsets and from all the best UK networks.

Whether you’re after the new iPhone 7, Sony Xperia XZ, iPhone SE or Samsung Galaxy S8, a free phone, lots of data, the lowest possible monthly cost or all of the above, we’ll help you find the perfect deal. Check out 7 best business mobiles in the UK for 2017: top smartphones for work

We’ve also compiled alternative guides if you’re interested in the best business SIM-only deals as well as the best business broadband and best mobile broadband deals.

Underneath that you can browse through our individual handset guides for all of the best mobile phone deals out there.

Best business mobile deals by networkBusiness mobiles at ThreeBusiness at EEO2 BusinessSME, large and public sector business at VodafoneCarphone Warehouse businessPC World BusinessCompare all the best business phone deals here
Best business SIM-only deals
Vodafone

The cheapest around for data-hungry users

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 20GB data | 12-month contract | £16.67

Should you agree to sign a 12-month contract, then Vodafone’s Red bundle is possibly the best offer in the UK. You get unlimited data, minutes (usable both in the UK and in the EU) and a whopping 20GB data to use with an extra 2GB to be used in the EU in 40 countries; you can always opt for the WorldTraveller option which allows you to use your UK allowance in an additional 58 countries worldwide for a fiver a day. Vodafone also offers a 30-day money-back warranty. Check out this deal on Vodafone’s website

O2

Terrific for globe-trotters

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 20GB data | 12-month contract | £30

The Telefonica-owned company offers one of the most impressive packages in the line-up. It is also the most expensive although you get far more than most. Not only do you have unlimited minutes and texts in the UK and across Europe (well, there is a fair usage limit of 2,000 minutes and 2,000 texts in the EU), you also get 3GB to use in the EU and 120 UK to EU minutes. Great if you travel a lot to mainland Europe. O2 also offers a 30-day optional contract for an extra £2 per month.

View this deal on O2’s website

EE

It has a unique selling point

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 20GB data | 12-month contract | £20

O2 might win when it comes to versatility but EE almost grabs the top spot when it comes to sheer value for money. It undercuts its main rival by £10 per month yet offers the same core features (unlimited data and texts with 20GB data). EE also upgraded its network to superfast 4GEE and you can even share your plan with three co-workers on the same bill; Note that, unlike many competitors, tethering and VOIP are allowed.

View this deal on EE’s website

Compare all the best business SIM-only deals

A couple of the best phones for business
iPhone 6 deals

Prices just absolutely dived on the iPhone 6. Great news, considering it remains an excellent way to own an awesome Apple phone for meagre amounts of money. This for £17.99pm from EE is the pick of the bunch. And once you’ve bought it, be sure to dive into the best iOS business apps.

See more ace prices with ourbest iPhone 6 deals and iPhone 6 Plus deals

BlackBerry KeyONE deals

Blackberry spent many years in the wilderness, but its return with the BlackBerry KeyOne is a massive return to form. The best deal out there bar none is this one on O2 where you get 6GB of data for £27 per month.

Click for more brilliantBlackBerry KeyONE deals

Buying a mobile phone – what you need to know

Of course you want to find the cheapest price for your new smartphone – and our comparison chart at the top of the page will narrow that down for you – but we know there are likely to be dozens more questions you’ll want answering. Keep reading below, where we answer some of the key commonly asked questions about buying a new mobile.

Can I keep my old number?

You can indeed, and it’s really easy – so no need to send one of those texts to everybody in your phone book telling them your new digits.

What you need to do is grab a PAC – or Porting Authorisation Code – from your old network. We’ve listed the direct numbers you need for the four major networks below. As soon as they’ve sent it to you, which should be within a day or two, you just need to give it to your new network. Voila – brand new phone with the same old number. Easy.

It becomes slightly less easy if the deal you pick out above is on the same network as your current one. They won’t let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you’re moving. They’ll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but worth it.

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 809 0202Vodafone 03333 040 191Three 0333 300 333

Which phone network is best?

Loyalty is an admirable trait, but could end up costing you money when it comes to the perfect phone deal. If you don’t mind leaving your comfort zone, you may find that heading to one of the other major networks may well be worth it…

Despite what Richard Branson’s adverts might suggest, EE is the Usain Bolt of phone networks. Nobody else can come close to EE’s 4G speeds in the UK. So if you rely on fast internet while away from WI-Fi, then EE is the obvious choice. Plus, EE gives you three free months of BT Sport (or more if you get a Max plan) when you sign up, as well as six months of Apple Music. The EE coverage checker will confirm how strong it is where you live.

The biggest lure to O2 is the network’s Priority rewards (well, that and Sean Bean’s mellifluous tones). From cheap lunches and free coffees to first refusal on big gig tickets, O2 is the network for regular goodies. Plus, they have 1000s of Wi-Fi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to. Use the O2 coverage checker to see whether you’ll be able to access 4G.

Good news for jet-setters – Vodafone lets you use your data, calls and texts allowances in 50 countries around the world without charge. But things really start to get good when you splash out on its bigger Red Entertainment data plans, as Vodafone will give you your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription. Click to check if Vodafone covers your home.

3 remains the king of the big data deals, and still the only one of the big four networks to offer unlimited, uncapped, all-you-can-eat delicious data. We also like that you can use 4G to make calls and texts via the dedicated Three inTouch app, and you can connect to Wi-Fi in the London Underground if you ever find yourself in the capital. But 4G coverage isn’t as strong as the other networks – check whether your postcode is covered with the Three coverage checker.

What phone contract length should I get?

Well if you’re buying a new phone plan with a contract, you haven’t got much choice. It’s 24 months or nothing, these days. If you don’t want to be tied down to that kind of commitment, then you’ll have to go down the SIM only route and buy the handset separately – we’ve rounded up the best SIM free phone deals to help you make your chocie.

How much phone data do I need?

The answer to this one will be different for everybody. If you only really carry your phone for emergencies, then go for the minimum amount of data and save a packet. If you like to scroll through Facebook on the bus and stream Spotify, you’ll need a bit more. And if you frequently stream videos and download masses of files, then 30GB or even unlimited may be worth paying extra for.

As well as checking your phone to see how much you tend to use a month at the moment, the below guidelines will also help you pick out the perfect plan:

1GB Some networks offer 500MB plans, but realistically we think you should get at least 1GB. It won’t be much more expensive (if at all) and will afford you a little bit of Google Mapping, WhatsApping and emailing when you need them.2-3GB If you like to scroll through your social media feeds and emails while out and about without fear of extra cash to pay on your monthly bill, then up your data.4-8GB The likes of Spotify and Apple Music have promised us all our favourite tunes wherever we roam. Kit yourself out with a bit more data and you’ll have plenty for music streaming and the occasional video, too.
10-16GB This should be more than enough for most users. Loads of data for streaming music, downloading podcasts and enjoying social media videos. Because there’s no such thing as too many cats falling into bins.20-30GB Big data for the big phone user. Perfect for watching Netflix videos, downloading content and streaming loads of music. And these plans often have extra freebies thrown in, too.Unlimited The 3 network is still the only one of the ‘Big 4’ to offer unlimited data. It can be really pricey though, so think long and hard whether you really need it.

Should I get unlimited calls and texts?

Actually these days, the vast majority of phone contracts feature unlimited calls and texts. We do see some of the cheaper plans sometimes limit them, but even if they do, you can use your data allowance on popular apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Hangouts to make calls and texts if your minutes run dry.

How much phone memory do I need?

You’re likely to be one of two kinds of person:

Person 1: You like all your photos, music, downloads and other media to be saved directly on to your phone. If that sounds like you, 16GB or 32GB handsets may not be enough and you should use our comparison chart to find the most affordable 64GB, 128GB or 256GB models.

Person 2: You’re a stream demon. You’ve got subscriptions to Spotify and Netflix and you save all your Word docs and snaps into the cloud. Save your money and go for a cheaper, lower memory handset.

OK person 3, calm down – you fall somewhere between the two, right? If you can afford to get a smartphone with more memory, that is probably safest. But don’t forget that most phones do allow you to insert an additional SD card if you run out of space – most phones apart from iPhones, that is.

Are refurbished phones good to buy?

Refurbished phones can provide a alternative to a new handset if you’re budget is a shoestring. ‘Refurbished’ often means that the previous owner simply changed their mind about the phone soon after buying it, so it’s still practically brand new – and the potential savings can be substantial.

If you do spy an unbelievable deal on a refurbed phone, the main thing to make sure of is the warranty. Double check that you are properly covered for a decent length of time. A year’s warranty is preferable.

TechRadar’s unbiased and independent mobile phone deals comparison

Thanks for visiting TechRadar’s mobile phone deal comparison page! Our price comparison system includes 2.47 million mobile phone contracts from all of the major networks and resellers so that you can always find the one that suits you best.

Unlike some other major sites, our philosophy is to always display you with the absolute cheapest deals for the criteria you select. So you’ll always be able to see the cheapest prices for the best phones with contracts with the most generous data allowances.

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The money that TechRadar makes from this free service allows us to improve our product comparison tools and pay the editors who trawl through all the sites and select the best deals every month.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute cheapest deal. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

How do we order these mobile phone deals?

Our mobile phone deal comparison tools sift through millions of different deals and surfaces the ones we think are the very best. Essentially that means finding deals that work out the cheapest over a 24 month contract while still supplying at least 1GB of data, as you’ve told us that 1GB is your absolute minimum. If you need more data, use the filters and we’ll display the cheapest prices for your increased amount.

On this specific page, we have many mobile phone options displaying in one comparison table. In this case, we try and find you a balance between paying the cheapest price and getting the best phone for your money.

How do the mobile phone deals comparison tools work?

The comparison tools you find on the page above will hopefully be very easy to use. You can select what your budget is, whether it be upfront cost or monthly fee or both. And you can say how much data you need or how many minutes and texts. You can even filter by network if you really want to be on a specific carrier. The deals will automatically update as you drill down in your search, always favouring the cheapest options over the more expensive ones. If you ever want to refresh and start your search again, simply select the ‘CLEAR ALL FILTERS’ option to begin again from scratch.

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TechRadar strives to include all mobile phone deals from all UK networks and resellers so that you can search through all the available deals in the UK without having to look on all the websites separately. However, for sites to be included they need to supply us with a feed of their deals. This is the only reason why a phone reseller or network wouldn’t appear in our system – but the vast majority do.

The best SIM free deals for business for August 2017

The rise of BYOD (bring your own device) and the growing popularity of dual-SIM handsets like the OnePlus 3 has made it increasingly attractive to businesses to kit their workforce with SIM cards rather than full devices.

The rise of BYOD (bring your own device) and the growing popularity of dual-SIM handsets like the OnePlus 3 has made it increasingly attractive to businesses to kit their workforce with SIM cards rather than full devices.

As a reminder, companies do not have to report anything to HM Revenue and Customs or deduct or pay tax and national insurance if they provide the employees with one SIM card (or mobile phone) and the phone contract is between the employer and the service provider.

We’ve looked at the best SIM-only deals from all the main mobile phone operators in the UK (the four big networks and three MVNOs) and, in no order of preference, here are the ones we think are the best for micro, small and medium businesses. (Note that Three doesn’t do SIM-only for businesses and is therefore excluded from our listing)

Vodafone

The cheapest around for data-hungry users

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 20GB data | 12-month contract | £16.67

Should you agree to sign a 12-month contract, then Vodafone’s Red bundle is possibly the best offer in the UK. You get unlimited data, minutes (usable both in the UK and in the EU) and a whopping 20GB data to use with an extra 2GB to be used in the EU in 40 countries; you can always opt for the WorldTraveller option which allows you to use your UK allowance in an additional 58 countries worldwide for a fiver a day. Vodafone also offers a 30-day money-back warranty. Check out this deal on Vodafone’s website

O2

Terrific for globe-trotters

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 20GB data | 12-month contract | £30

The Telefonica-owned company offers one of the most impressive packages in the line-up. It is also the most expensive although you get far more than most. Not only do you have unlimited minutes and texts in the UK and across Europe (well, there is a fair usage limit of 2,000 minutes and 2,000 texts in the EU), you also get 3GB to use in the EU and 120 UK to EU minutes. Great if you travel a lot to mainland Europe. O2 also offers a 30-day optional contract for an extra £2 per month.

View this deal on O2’s website

EE

It has a unique selling point

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 20GB data | 12-month contract | £20

O2 might win when it comes to versatility but EE almost grabs the top spot when it comes to sheer value for money. It undercuts its main rival by £10 per month yet offers the same core features (unlimited data and texts with 20GB data). EE also upgraded its network to superfast 4GEE and you can even share your plan with three co-workers on the same bill; Note that, unlike many competitors, tethering and VOIP are allowed.

View this deal on EE’s website

BT

Not the most attractive package on offer

Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 10GB data | 12-month contract | £30

EE is now owned by BT and yet somehow, the former easily trumps the latter when it comes to value for money. Just to put things in context, the equivalent BT package to the one above costs a whopping £72 a month, that’s an extra £52 compared to EE’s (or a 260% premium). You can choose to double your 4G speed to up to 60MBps for £4 per month and you will get access to five million BT Wi-Fi hotspots.

View this deal on BT’s website

The People’s operator

Great for intra-team voice communication

The 900 Plan | 1200 minutes | 1200 texts | 1.2GB data | 12-month contract | £25

TPO is a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that piggybacks on Three’s network to deliver its service. All its plans offer 10% of the value of the monthly spend to a nominated cause or charity, which is a rather laudable and uncommon marketing strategy. A 10-person SME can therefore, effortlessly donate a whopping £300 over the course of a year. This and the fact that calls between TPO colleagues are free could well entice SMBs towards this relatively new player.

View this deal on TPO’s website

The Co-operative

Ideal for short contracts

Business Unlimited | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | 3GB data | 1-month contract | £16.67

Perhaps the newest MVNO here, Co-op is better known for its supermarkets and its financial services. Like TPO, Co-op supports a few social and ethical projects and since it is a co-operative, its customers can become members as well. Its unlimited bundle – which is powered by EE – comes with no limit texts and minutes with a tiny 30-day contract. Additional 1GB data bundles will cost £1.67 at a time. Note that a sharer bundle is also available but without the data component. View

this deal on The co-operative business telecoms

Virgin Media Business

Excellent for dual-play

Big Data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts| 4GB data | 12-month contract | £18

If you plan to get mobile SIM-only services packaged with broadband, then the Big Data offer from VMB is worth looking at. The mobile service is underpinned by EE’s infrastructure and therefore like Co-op, provides with unlimited minutes and texts. Save £2 per month per SIM package if you opt for VMB’s Managed Internet Access package. Sadly, there is no sharer package for teams.

View this deal on Virgin Media Business’ website

Swidget Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Related links:Smart switch buying guideAn even smarter smart-home power plugThis camera-equipped phone charger keeps a LookoutThe Zuli Smartplug’s technology could make switches obsolete

Smart outlets aren’t a new thing. We’ve seen everything from plug-in models like the Belkin Wemo Insight Switch to Insteon’s in-wall On/Off Outlet. These simple, functional devices give you remote access to whatever you plug into them via your phone and voice commands.

Startup Swidget took the Insteon approach with its hardwired Swidget Outlet, available for preorder now on Kickstarter starting at $38 (roughly £30 and AU$50 converted). But instead of basic on-off outlet control, Swidget plans to offer modular inserts. A lot of modular inserts.

Here are some of the insert options Swidget has in the works:

Outlet control
Motion sensor
Carbon monoxide sensor
Temperature/humidity sensor
Security camera
USB charger
Nightlight
Bluetooth speaker
Aromatherapy insert

The idea is that you’ll be able to quickly and easily swap in one accessory for another with minimal effort. And, bonus: They’ll be offered in both Wi-Fi and Z-Wave versions. The Wi-Fi attachments are designed to work directly with the related Swidget app, whereas you’ll need a compatible hub for Z-Wave integration, such as SmartThings.


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While this is a unique approach to a smart outlet, I’m not sold on Swidget. When the device is scheduled to ship to backers worldwide in June 2018, it will only come with the “outlet control” insert. The other inserts are expected to be sold separately after the campaign period ends. Swidget is also offering a developer kit for anyone interested in designing their own accessories.

But since outlet control is the bare minimum requirement for any smart outlet, it seems strange to not offer it natively as part of Swidget. In other words, if you decide to buy and use any other insert, you’d immediately lose the remote access feature. Swidget has 31 days remaining on its Kickstarter campaign and has raised over $50,000. Its original funding goal was $40,000.

Global Industrial Ethernet/IP Market – Analysis, Technologies & Forecasts to 2021 – Key Vendors are Beckhoff, HMS, Moxa, Rockwell Automation & RTA

The global industrial ethernet/IP market to grow at a CAGR of 16.51% during the period 2017-2021.

The report, Global Industrial Ethernet/IP Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.

The global industrial ethernet/IP market to grow at a CAGR of 16.51% during the period 2017-2021.

The report, Global Industrial Ethernet/IP Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

One trend in the market is the increasing demand for automotive Ethernet. Automotive Ethernet is a physical network of wired connections used to connect all the components used inside a car. Basically, the electronics or the components being used inside the car are getting more complicated with the advancement in technology, implementation of sensors, automatic controls, and interfaces with higher bandwidth requirements.

According to the report, one driver in the market is increased penetration of ethernet networks in process industries. The use of Ethernet/IP was low during the base year. However, it is expected to rise during the forecast period owing to its capacity to transfer data at high-speed. The complex devices with sensors and controllers installed in the factory floor are proving to be suitable for Ethernet/IP. In addition, multiple process automation suppliers are supporting the installation. The majority of the process field devices communicate with each other through SCADA, DCS, and PLC, which are presently employed with Ethernet protocols to connect local as well as wide area networks.

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is growing popularity of wireless technology. Wireless technology includes WLAN (wireless local area network), Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi, and is gaining popularity in the market, especially in the case of industries as it eliminates the need for cabling and reduces the cost to a good margin. Trends in wireless technology have witnessed a stable growth since 2015 and are expected to grow further during the forecast period owing to the flexibility of implementation. Wireless technology enables the experts to work with BYOD (bring your own device) solutions, be it a smartphone or a tablet, and are responsible for controlling machines at the manufacturing level.

Key vendors

Beckhoff HMS Moxa Rockwell Automation RTA

Other prominent vendors

Belden CISCO Huawei Innovasic Mitsubishi Electric Molex NetModule Utthunga

Key Topics Covered:

PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of the report

PART 03: Research methodology

PART 04: Introduction

PART 05: Market landscape

PART 06: Market segmentation by solution

PART 07: Market segmentation by coverage

PART 08: Market segmentation by end-user

PART 09: Geographical segmentation

PART 10: Decision framework

PART 11: Drivers and challenges

PART 12: Market trends

PART 13: Vendor landscape

PART 14: Key vendor analysis

PART 15: Appendix

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Los mexicanos aman taquear Taco Guru, la App de los tacos Por YellowLink

Gracias a su sistema de filtros puedes encontrar las taquerías y los tipos de tacos que quieras (de canasta, mariscos, vegetariano, etc.) Además, puedes elegir el tipo de establecimiento, como restaurantes, food trucks o urbanos e incluso ver las amenidades que ofrecen: WiFi, pet friendly, formas de pago, etc.

Gracias a su sistema de filtros puedes encontrar las taquerías y los tipos de tacos que quieras (de canasta, mariscos, vegetariano, etc.) Además, puedes elegir el tipo de establecimiento, como restaurantes, food trucks o urbanos e incluso ver las amenidades que ofrecen: WiFi, pet friendly, formas de pago, etc. Otra razón es porque con su sistema de geolocalización, los usuarios de Taco Guru pueden encontrar las taquerías más próximas al lugar en que se encuentren, incluyendo la distancia, dirección exacta, horario y número de teléfono. También pueden ubicar las taquerías más populares y las mejor calificadas.

Pero eso no es todo, con la llamada #AppDelTaco, puedes escribir reseñas para dar tu opinión de los establecimientos que visites, así como encontrar reseñas de otras personas que los han visitado. También puedes calificar las taquerías de acuerdo a la calidad de su comida, servicio, precios, y subir todas las fotos que quieras para mostrar sus tacos. Además, con tan sólo descargar y registrarte en la App, ya comienzas a disfrutar de cupones de descuento en taquerías de todo México. Además, cada vez que escribes una reseña, subes fotos, o calificas taquerías sumas puntos para subir de nivel y obtener medallas que te dan valor como usuario.

Por último, Taco Guru ¡es gratis! Sólo debes descargarla para iOS o Android sin costo alguno. “Sin embargo, estas son sólo algunas de las funciones que ofrece nuestra APP – comenta Ernesto Bredee, Director de Taco Guru -. Próximamente estaremos incorporando más innovaciones para que taquear sea una experiencia cada vez más fácil y divertida”, concluyó.

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The best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals in August 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now over a year old, which is great news for bargain hunters. You’ve probably seen the insanely-great Samsung Galaxy S8 duo, but then also seen the prices and decided to see what else is on offer.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now over a year old, which is great news for bargain hunters. You’ve probably seen the insanely-great Samsung Galaxy S8 duo, but then also seen the prices and decided to see what else is on offer. Bag a Galaxy S7 deal and you’ll get a fantastic phone for a reasonable price.

2016’s Galaxy S7 – together with the bigger S7 Edge – is still a very good phone in its own right, sharing a lot of the battery management power and camera smarts from the more expensive new S8. And it’s soooooo much cheaper than its successor.

With lifetime cost deals with 2GB data now below £600 (that’s only £22.99 a month) you’re into ‘great value’ territory particularly when you consider that the S7 has only just been dethroned as one of the best phones around.

Also consider: Galaxy S7 Edge deals | Galaxy S8 deals | iPhone 6S deals | Best SIM-only deals | Galaxy S7 review

The best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals across all networks:

Read further down the page to see all our recommended Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on the various networks, but these top three are what we think are the absolute best S7 deals out there in the UK today – so you don’t have to wait until Black Friday 2017.

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£40 upfront (with code 10OFF) | Unlimited mins and texts | 2GB data | £22.99 per month
Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell EVERYBODY! You can now get the fantastic Galaxy S7 for less than £600 over the course of the two year contract with this deal from Mobiles.co.uk. This is a top deal for 2GB of data with a phone that’s one of the best around. Total cost over 24 months is £591.76.

View this deal:at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£39 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 4GB data | £25 per month
This time last month, we were pushing this deal hard. It’s a fantastic price and wasn’t much more than the one above. Now that you have to pay a higher cost at the outset, it’s not so cut and dried these days. Trust us though, this is still a cracking deal on the Galaxy S7 and well worth a look. Total cost over 24 months is £639

View this deal:at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £24.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and unlimited texts | £29 per month
Three’s smashing it up with high-data deals, so if you want the next best thing to unlimited, you might as well jump straight to 30GB. Considering it’s not much more than £100 dearer than the last couple of deals over the two years, we’d be very tempted to go for this one – even if it is a fiver more expensive than last month. Total cost over 24 months is £720.99

View this deal at Affordable Mobiles

Now let’s break down the best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals by network…

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£124 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £17.99 per month
Wow! You can now get the still-superb Samsung Galaxy S7 for less than £20 per month on contract. Even with the heavy upfront cost, that’s still incredible value and an extremely low price over the two year duration. Total cost over 24 months is £555.76

View this deal:at Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£40 upfront (with code 10OFF) | Unlimited mins and texts | 2GB data | £22.99 per month
Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell EVERYBODY! You can now get the fantastic Galaxy S7 for less than £600 over the course of the two year contract with this deal from Mobiles.co.uk. This is a top deal for 2GB of data with a phone that’s one of the best around. Total cost over 24 months is £591.76.

View this deal:at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S7 | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
There’s no doubt that S7 prices are falling, but other than the 2GB deal above, EE can’t seem to compete on price with the other networks for more data – particularly Three. That said, this 5GB deal – which includes a FREE phone – isn’t bad if you want EE’s superfast 4G. Total cost over 24 months is £671.76

View this deal: over at Mobiles.co.uk

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on O2

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £39.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £27pm
This is a good lower-end deal with 3GB for you to play with. We like that it strikes that happy medium between reasonable upfront cost and manageable monthly bills. 3Gb should be plenty of data if your Wi-Fi-free life consists mostly of surfing teh web, dealing with emails and streaming Spotify. Total cost over 24 months is £687.99

View this deal at Carphone Warehouse

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £44.99 (with 10OFF code) | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £36pm
Goodness gracious. O2 prices on the Galaxy S7 just FLEW up. Only last month, we were seeing 6GB deals for £200 less than this. Now you get 1GB less and have to pay a substantial monthly fee. And, unlike last week, the handset isn’t even free anymore to sweeten the deal. Total cost over 24 months is £908.99

View this deal over at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S7 | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 20GB data | £39pm
20GB is A LOT of data for streaming, downloading and map navigating. This is the best big data deal we’ve seen from O2 on the Galaxy S7 for a while. Three still easily beats it, but you do get a freebie phone and access to the network’s Priority rewards. Total cost over 24 months is £936

View this deal at Mobiles.co.uk

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on Vodafone

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £79.99 (with 10OFF code) | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £36 per month
For weeks on end, Vodafone’s 16GB tariff deals were rocking our world. But they’ve largely gone off the boil, and the Galaxy S7 hasn’t been spared. And in the last few days, they’ve got even worse. This monthly fee has gone up again so the whole tariff is far worse than last month. Total cost over 24 months is £943.99

View this deal at Carphone Warehouse

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on Three

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£39 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 4GB data | £25 per month
This time last month, we were pushing this deal hard. It’s a fantastic price and wasn’t much more than the one above. Now that you have to pay a higher cost at the outset, it’s not so cut and dried these days. Trust us though, this is still a cracking deal on the Galaxy S7 and well worth a look. Total cost over 24 months is £639

View this deal:at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £24.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and unlimited texts | £29 per month
Three’s smashing it up with high-data deals, so if you want the next best thing to unlimited, you might as well jump straight to 30GB. Considering it’s not much more than £100 dearer than the last couple of deals over the two years, we’d be very tempted to go for this one – even if it is a fiver more expensive than last month. Total cost over 24 months is £720.99

View this deal at Affordable Mobiles

Best 4G tablets in India under Rs 15,000

We found the best 4G tablets available in India, with the fastest connection speeds for the least money. Selecting a tablet is still not as easy as selecting a phone even though there are plenty of options out there.

We found the best 4G tablets available in India, with the fastest connection speeds for the least money. Selecting a tablet is still not as easy as selecting a phone even though there are plenty of options out there.

Now thanks to 4G LTE coverage growing stronger in India and multiple service providers offering affordable 4G plans, it’s perhaps time to find out the best 4G tablets in India.

Based on several aspects like display quality, value for money, battery life and more, we have compiled a list of the best 4G tablets in India under Rs 15,000.

If 4G doesn’t matter and you want the best Android tablet at any price point, you can check our list of best Android tablets.

Alcatel launched the A3 10 tablet a couple of months ago. It is one of the few tablets in this range to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Featuring a big 10.1-inch display, the Alcatel A3 10 can be useful for productivity related tasks as well. The tablet is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT8735B processor and comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 128GB.

Connectivity options include dual SIM, voice calling, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 4,600 mAh battery powers the Alcatel A3 10.

Who should buy: Those who want a big display and the latest version of Android.

Who should not buy: Those who want a big battery.

iBall has a range of Android tablets in the budget segment. The company recently launched the Slide Elan 4G2 tablet with a 10.1-inch display and a big battery.

The iBall Slide Elan 4G2 is powered by a quad-core processor, with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In terms of connectivity, the tablet supports dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a big 7,000 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a big display and a big battery.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

The Alcatel Pixi 4 (7) 4G is an ultra-affordable tablet, offering a decent set of specs at a very low price. The tablet comes with a 7-inch display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Pixi 4 (7) 4G is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT8735B processor. It comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 64GB.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, voice calling, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The tablet is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a smaller display.

Who should not buy: Those who want a big display and the latest version of Android.

The iBall Slide Q27 4G features a big 10.1-inch display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For those who find the Slide Brisk 4G2’s 7-inch display a little on the smaller side, the Slide Q27 4G is a good option.

The tablet comes with a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 32GB.

Connectivity options include dual SIM dual standby, voice calling, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The tablet is powered by a 5,500 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a big display and a big battery.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

Samsung’s Galaxy J series of phones and tablets has been about affordability. The Galaxy J Max tablet is an affordable offering from Samsung, featuring a 7-inch display and 4G LTE support.

The Galaxy J Max still runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is disappointing. It also features a quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. If you are looking for something more powerful, then perhaps other options better.

Connectivity features include dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

The iBall Slide Cuboid runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The tablet features an 8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Featuring a 1.0 GHz quad-core processor, the Slide Cuboid comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front.

Connectivity options include voice calling, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a medium-sized tab.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

Another iBall tablet has made it into our list of best 4G tablets in India. The iBall Slide Brisk 4G2 is a 7-inch tablet that supports VoLTE and voice calling, making it a good companion for quick on-the-go tasks. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Powering the Slide Brisk 4G2 tablet is a quad-core processor. It comes with 3GB RAM, so multitasking should be much smoother than other tablets. Internal storage is capped at 16GB, but there is support for microSD cards for storage expansion.

Connectivity options include dual SIM dual standby, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 3,500 mAh battery powers this tablet.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

If you are looking for a good option between 7 and 10-inch tablets, Micromax has the Canvas Tab P702 for you. It comes with an 8-inch HD IPS LCD display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Canvas Tab is powered by a quad-core processor. The tablet comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 32GB.

Connectivity options on the Canvas Tab P702 include dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 3,000 mAh battery powers this tablet.

Who should buy: Those who want a medium-sized display.

Who should not buy: Those who want a big battery and the latest version of Android.

If the Canvas Tab P702 doesn’t satisfy your requirements, the Lenovo A8-50 is another option. It comes with an 8-inch HD IPS LCD display and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

A quad-core Mediatek MT8382 processor powers the Lenovo A8-50. It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and microSD card support up to 32GB.

Connectivity options include dual SIM, voice calling, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 4,200 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a medium-sized display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

The Lava IvoryS 4G is another option for those looking for a 7-inch tablet with 4G LTE support. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The IvoryS 4G tablet comes with a quad-core processor and 1GB RAM with 16GB internal storage. Internal storage can be expanded by another 32GB using a microSD card.

Connectivity options include dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 3,000 mAh battery powers the IvoryS 4G.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

Got a bit extra to spend? Here are the best tablets in India right now.

Best 4G tablets in India for 2017

We found the best 4G tablets available in India, with the fastest connection speeds for the least money. Selecting a tablet is still not as easy as selecting a phone even though there are plenty of options out there.

We found the best 4G tablets available in India, with the fastest connection speeds for the least money. Selecting a tablet is still not as easy as selecting a phone even though there are plenty of options out there.

Now thanks to 4G LTE coverage growing stronger in India and multiple service providers offering affordable 4G plans, it’s perhaps time to find out the best 4G tablets in India.

Based on several aspects like display quality, value for money, battery life and more, we have compiled a list of the best 4G tablets in India under Rs 15,000.

Alcatel launched the A3 10 tablet a couple of months ago. It is one of the few tablets in this range to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Featuring a big 10.1-inch display, the Alcatel A3 10 can be useful for productivity related tasks as well. The tablet is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT8735B processor and comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 128GB.

Connectivity options include dual SIM, voice calling, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 4,600 mAh battery powers the Alcatel A3 10.

Who should buy: Those who want a big display and the latest version of Android.

Who should not buy: Those who want a big battery.

iBall has a range of Android tablets in the budget segment. The company recently launched the Slide Elan 4G2 tablet with a 10.1-inch display and a big battery.

The iBall Slide Elan 4G2 is powered by a quad-core processor, with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In terms of connectivity, the tablet supports dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a big 7,000 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a big display and a big battery.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

The Alcatel Pixi 4 (7) 4G is an ultra-affordable tablet, offering a decent set of specs at a very low price. The tablet comes with a 7-inch display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Pixi 4 (7) 4G is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT8735B processor. It comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 64GB.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, voice calling, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The tablet is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want a big display and the latest version of Android.

The iBall Slide Q27 4G features a big 10.1-inch display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For those who find the Slide Brisk 4G2’s 7-inch display a little on the smaller side, the Slide Q27 4G is a good option.

The tablet comes with a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 32GB.

Connectivity options include dual SIM dual standby, voice calling, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The tablet is powered by a 5,500 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a big display and a big battery.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

Samsung’s Galaxy J series of phones and tablets has been about affordability. The Galaxy J Max tablet is an affordable offering from Samsung, featuring a 7-inch display and 4G LTE support.

The Galaxy J Max still runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is disappointing. It also features a quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. If you are looking for something more powerful, then perhaps other options better.

Connectivity features include dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

The iBall Slide Cuboid runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The tablet features an 8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Featuring a 1.0 GHz quad-core processor, the Slide Cuboid comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front.

Connectivity options include voice calling, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a medium-sized.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

Another iBall tablet has made it into our list of best 4G tablets in India. The iBall Slide Brisk 4G2 is a 7-inch tablet that supports VoLTE and voice calling, making it a good companion for quick on-the-go tasks. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Powering the Slide Brisk 4G2 tablet is a quad-core processor. It comes with 3GB RAM, so multitasking should be much smoother than other tablets. Internal storage is capped at 16GB, but there is support for microSD cards for storage expansion.

Connectivity options include dual SIM dual standby, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 3,500 mAh battery powers this tablet.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

If you are looking for a good option between 7 and 10-inch tablets, Micromax has the Canvas Tab P702 for you. It comes with an 8-inch HD IPS LCD display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Canvas Tab is powered by a quad-core processor. The tablet comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 32GB.

Connectivity options on the Canvas Tab P702 include dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 3,000 mAh battery powers this tablet.

Who should buy: Those who want a medium-sized display.

Who should not buy: Those who want a big battery and the latest version of Android.

If the Canvas Tab P702 doesn’t satisfy your requirements, the Lenovo A8-50 is another option. It comes with an 8-inch HD IPS LCD display and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

A quad-core Mediatek MT8382 processor powers the Lenovo A8-50. It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and microSD card support up to 32GB.

Connectivity options include dual SIM, voice calling, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 4,200 mAh battery.

Who should buy: Those who want a medium-sized display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.

The Lava IvoryS 4G is another option for those looking for a 7-inch tablet with 4G LTE support. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The IvoryS 4G tablet comes with a quad-core processor and 1GB RAM with 16GB internal storage. Internal storage can be expanded by another 32GB using a microSD card.

Connectivity options include dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 3,000 mAh battery powers the IvoryS 4G.

Who should buy: Those who want a small display.

Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android.