The best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals in September 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 or Note 8, 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 or Note 8, 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 handset in its own right, sharing a lot of the battery management power and camera smarts from the more expensive new S8 – you can see a potted review under our top 3 deals below – and it’s soooooo much cheaper than its successor.

Prices aren’t getting any cheaper – they same to have plateaued out now. But with lifetime cost deals with 2GB data now below £600 (that’s only £22.99 a month) you’re already 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 top 3 best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals across all UK 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 |£44.99 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 4GB data | £24 per month
Buymobiles has made an already brilliant 4GB tariff on Three even better. There’s an extra fiver to pay upfront, but the monthly bills are down to £24 per month. Put simply, that’s smashing value for 4GB on what remains one of the best Android phones out there and about half the price of the new Galaxy Note 8.. Total cost over 24 months is £620.99

View this deal:at Buymobiles

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £9.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and unlimited texts | £29pm
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 only around £100 dearer than the last couple of deals over the two years, we’d be very tempted to go for this one – especially as it’s £15 cheaper than last month. Total cost over 24 months is £705.99

View this deal at Buymobiles

The Galaxy S6 definitely left some room for improvement and, thankfully, Samsung tinkered and tweaked the design to make one heck of a successor. The Galaxy S7 is iterative perfection – it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but Samsung clearly listened to the feedback and criticsm to create a stand-out device.

Read TechRadar’s full Samsung Galaxy S7 review

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

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on EE

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 | £25 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 £673

View this deal at e2save

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 | £65 (with 10OFF code) | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £27 per month
Vodafone has recently put a lot of effort into its 4GB tariffs, often ending up cheaper than its smaller data plans. This is a brilliantly priced plan on the Galaxy S7. Our 10OFF discount code keeps the upfront cost respectable and the monthly bill is very attractive. Total cost over 24 months is £713

View this deal at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £69.99 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £34 per month
This deal from Carphone Warehouse is a better price for 16GB on Vodafone than we were seeing last month, which is good. But it still isn’t as impressive as the prices we were seeing at the start of the summer, which isn’t. That said, you get stacks of data with a nice balance between upfront cost and monthly bills. Total cost over 24 months is £885.99

View this deal at Carphone Warehouse

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on Three

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£44.99 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 4GB data | £24 per month
Buymobiles has made an already brilliant 4GB tariff on Three even better. There’s an extra fiver to pay upfront, but the monthly bills are down to £24 per month. Put simply, that’s smashing value for 4GB on what remains one of the best Android phones out there and about half the price of the new Galaxy Note 8.. Total cost over 24 months is £620.99

View this deal:at Buymobiles

Samsung Galaxy S7 | £9.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and unlimited texts | £29pm
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 only around £100 dearer than the last couple of deals over the two years, we’d be very tempted to go for this one – especially as it’s £15 cheaper than last month. Total cost over 24 months is £705.99

View this deal at Buymobiles

EE launches 4GEE Home Router to bring fast internet to places broadband can’t reach

EE has launched its new 4GEE Home Router, the first device from the mobile network that comes with Cat 7 Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices, and which is also a mobile Wi-Fi device and compatible with 4G+.

EE has launched its new 4GEE Home Router, the first device from the mobile network that comes with Cat 7 Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices, and which is also a mobile Wi-Fi device and compatible with 4G+.

The aim of the 4GEE Home Router is to provide rural areas of the UK and Ireland, which can’t get traditional broadband internet connections, with fast download speeds thanks to EE’s 4G network. Up to 32 devices will be able to connect to a single 4GEE router, with speeds of up to 90Mbps.

According to a report by Open Signal, 904,000 homes in the UK have an internet connection slower than 10Mbps, while EE’s 4G network provides average download speeds of 30Mbps.

Widening the net

EE claims its 4G network currently covers 83% of the UK (an area which houses 99% of the population), with the company aiming to cover 95% of the UK’s landmass by 2020, so the 4GEE Home Router could be a viable alternative for many people who suffer from a poor (or non-existent) internet connection.

Also, if you live in an area covered by EE’s 4G+ network you could receive download speeds comparable to fibre broadband.

The 4GEE Home Router is available to buy today, and it comes free if you sign up to an 18-month contract. A 10GB a month contract will cost £25, 50GB costs £50, 100GB is £75 and 200GB costs £100.

You can also buy the router upfront for £129.99, with 10GB of data pre-loaded. You can then add pay-as-you go data, which costs £10 for 5GB, £15 for 10GB and £20 for 20GB.

It’s certainly more expensive than traditional broadband deals, but if you’re stuck without internet then you’ll probably just be glad that you can finally get a high-speed connection where you live.

Want ultra-fast broadband? Check out the best fibre broadband deals

The best OnePlus 5 deals in September 2017

OnePlus is the company that challenges the received wisdom that there are no phones worth looking at outside of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. Its new arrival – the much anticipated OnePlus 5 – is now available and we can tell you how to get the best deals if you want to snap one up.

OnePlus is the company that challenges the received wisdom that there are no phones worth looking at outside of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. Its new arrival – the much anticipated OnePlus 5 – is now available and we can tell you how to get the best deals if you want to snap one up.

If you were hoping that prices would start falling the further we move from launch, then you’re in for disappointment. O2 has secured the exclusive distribution on contract, and it seems that the lack of competition is keeping prices at a consistently high point. Monthly tariffs start at £35, which isn’t exactly cheap when compared to other flagship Android smartphones, so you might have to wait until Black Friday 2017 to bag a real bargain.

But then the OnePlus 5 is one of the very best Android phones on the market, with its pair of fantastic cameras, 6GB Ram and generous onboard storage. Read more about the OnePlus 5 here, or continue the hunt for your perfect handset with our mobile phone deals guide.

Where can I buy the OnePlus 5?

There was a lot of buzz around the OnePlus 5 since well before the turn of the year, and the intrigue has maintained traction since release. At the moment, the OnePlus website has the only batch of SIM free handsets and it’s O2 or nothing if you want to secure the OnePlus 5 on contract.

OnePlus 5 | SIM free handset | 64GB for £449/128GB for £499
Priced at less than £500, getting a separate phone and SIM card is the cheapest way to get your hands on the OnePlus 5 at launch. Head to the OnePlus website and cross your fingers that there’s one in stock. The price is a Galaxy S8-smashing £449 for the 64GB model – almost £250 less than the Samsung flagship’s RRP.

If you’re a student, then the news is even better. OnePlus is offering you a 10% discount on your new OnePlus 5 through StudentBeans. Check out the details and claim on the OnePlus website.

Need a SIM to pop in your brand spanking new OnePlus 5? We’ve got you covered. Pick out the plan for you – with prices starting at a mere £4 a month – over at our best SIM only deals page.


The 3 best OnePlus 5 deals on contract

If you don’t want the hassle of matching a OnePlus 5 with a SIM card, then you have no option but to go with an O2 deal – it has a world exclusive. That means you get the benefit of the network’s Priority rewards. It doesn’t come cheap, but below we’ve picked out the three best value tariffs.

View all the OnePlus 5 deals available on O2

OnePlus 5 | £79.99 upfront | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £35 per month
Without opting for a measly 500MB monthly data, this is the cheapest way you can bag a OnePlus 5 on contract. And now this deal has double last month’s data – it’s up to 2GB per month and unlimited everything else. Total cost over 24 months is £919.99

View this OnePlus 5 deal from O2

OnePlus 5 | £79.99 upfront | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £42 per month
If 2GB of data simply isn’t going to cut it, then we have a very good news. For only a few extra pounds per month you can now upgrade to a phenomenal 20GB per month – up from last month’s 5GB. That’s a MASSIVE amount of data for streaming Spotify, downloading podcasts and scrolling through social media while away from the WI-Fi. We can’t quite imagine how you’d run out Total cost over 24 months is £1087.99

View this OnePlus 5 deal from O2

OnePlus 5 | £9.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £57 per month
Ouch! O2 has just seriously hiked the price on big data deals on the OnePlus 5. It’s now almost £200 more expensive over the two years than it was when the phone was released. But we know that some people are only going to be satisfied with a huuuuuge data deal, and this is the least expensive deal out there for 30GB. Total cost over 24 months is £1377.99

View this OnePlus 5 deal from O2

There’s no doubt about it, the OnePlus 5 immediately becomes one of the very best Android phones on the market. If you choose your mobiles based on the quality of the camera, then the incredible dual-lens snapper will float your boat.

The design and performance is every bit as good as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, and yet the price is far lower. If you’re one of the throng that have been eagerly waiting for this phone’s release, we very much doubt you’ll be disappointed.

Read our full OnePlus 5 review

Get 20% off the latest iPads and MacBooks on Myer’s eBay store

It’s not uncommon to see Apple’s premium notebooks and tablets getting 10% discounts from retailers here and there, but with Myer knocking 20% off its eBay store prices until September 11, right now you can score an even bigger discount on several products from the MacBook and iPad range.

It’s not uncommon to see Apple’s premium notebooks and tablets getting 10% discounts from retailers here and there, but with Myer knocking 20% off its eBay store prices until September 11, right now you can score an even bigger discount on several products from the MacBook and iPad range.

If you use the code PMYER20 at eBay’s checkout, the retail prices will get reduced by a further 20%, offering some great value on what are otherwise rarely-reduced items. These are the MacBooks on offer, with discounts applied:

MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15-inch 256GB (2015) – $2,399.20MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch 256GB Silver (2017) – $2,039.20MacBook Pro 13-inch 256GB Space Grey (2017) – $1,759.20MacBook Pro 13-inch 128GB Space Grey (2017) – $1,519.20MacBook Air 13-inch 256GB (2017) – $1,439.20MacBook Air 13-inch 128GB (2017) – $1,199.20

And here are the iPads that Myer has in stock:

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Silver – $479.20iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Gold – $479.20iPad Pro 10.5-inch Wi-Fi 256GB Rose Gold – $903.20

And here’s a bonus iMac deal as well:

iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K display 3.0GHz (2017) – $1,519.20

You might want to get a wriggle on, as this offer expires September 11 or until stock runs out (which will likely happen pretty quickly).

Check out our review of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for an idea on how Apple’s latest really stacks up.

The best mobile plans for business for September 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.

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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.

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The best SIM free deals for business for September 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

The best mobile broadband deals for September 2017

Despite the ubiquity of Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile broadband has grown in popularity fuelled by the rise of remote working and commuting.

Tablets, 2-in-1 laptops or even connected portable gaming consoles have made a dedicated mobile broadband subscription a must have for a lot of families and businesses.

Despite the ubiquity of Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile broadband has grown in popularity fuelled by the rise of remote working and commuting.

Tablets, 2-in-1 laptops or even connected portable gaming consoles have made a dedicated mobile broadband subscription a must have for a lot of families and businesses.

Free Wi-Fi hotspots may be present almost everywhere where there is heavy footfall but the quality of service combined with security concerns make them a less attractive for some users.

On this page, you’ll find links to the best mobile broadband deals currently available in the UK; the market is currently very competitive with some surprising names popping up. For the sake of clarity, we will be including tethering as an option.

Tethering allows you to use your smartphone as a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot; you could even be looking at having an old or cheap smartphone as a hotspot or even use a dual-SIM smartphone like the OnePlus 3. Note that prices usually increase every year in line with the RPI (Retail Price Index).

The best mobile broadband deals of the month

These are the deals we recommend most highly. We try to pick out a deal for everyone, whether you’re after the cheapest possible option or the best balance between allowance and cost over one month and 12/24-months deals.

For light users and European travellers

Three | 12GB | No contract | £24.95

We would recommend going the PAYG route if you’re a light user for three reasons.

Firstly, it gives you the flexibility to use more or less data each month, secondly, you are not tied into any contracts and thirdly, PAYG beats any entry-level broadband-only SIM offers.

We recommend the Three 3G/4G PAYG Trio Data SIM preloaded with 12GB of data and in theory, can even be used abroad as part of the popular Feel At Home scheme.

It allows you to get online abroad at no extra cost in 42 destinations worldwide with new countries being added regularly. Check the terms and conditions with Three as these change frequently.

It is £5 cheaper to buy it from Mymemory than purchasing it straight from Three.

For medium users

Three | 20GB per month | 12-month contract | £15 per month

Planning to use up to 20GB of data a month? Then pay monthly is your better option; otherwise, stick to the 12GB offer above.

This deal means you get 20GB for the price of 10GB per month and is the ideal data tariff. Remember it’s a 12 month deal. You can get the SIM delivered within three working days.

For heavy users

If you need even more than 30GB of data a month, then Vodafone offers 50GB of data allowance every month for only £25, that’s only £0.83 per GB.

You’re only tied to the deal for 30 days, so there’s no lengthy year-long deal either.

All Vodafone 4G Data SIMs come with Vodafone Global Roaming, giving you the freedom to use your UK data in 110 destinations worldwide.

For an extra £5 a day, you can use your UK data allowance in our 60 Roam-further destinations – and you’ll be charged only on the days you use your device.


For international travellers

If you often travel internationally and want to freely use the internet without having to think of costs, then it is hard, if not impossible, to beat Knowroaming’s offering.

It is offering a global SIM card for as little as $9.99 (about £8) with an unlimited data package costing only $7.99 (about £6.50) per day in more than 90 countries. We tried it during a recent trip to Japan and it worked flawlessly.

The SIM comes with a free US and UK number with the option to purchase additional foreign numbers. There’s an app to track your real-time usage and as a bonus, you get to use WhatsApp for free worldwide (that includes calls, photo and video messaging).

Now that’s a deal we can’t say no to.

The best mobile hotspots for 3G and 4G 2017

If you want a safe and secure way to connect various wireless devices to the internet, then you’ll want a mobile Wi-Fi hotspots commonly known as Mi-Fi.

These Mi-Fi hubs allow for several devices to connect to one or more data SIMs – usually 4G ones – to surf privately and safely, as it means you don’t have to rely on potentially insecure free Wi-Fi hotpots.

If you want a safe and secure way to connect various wireless devices to the internet, then you’ll want a mobile Wi-Fi hotspots commonly known as Mi-Fi.

These Mi-Fi hubs allow for several devices to connect to one or more data SIMs – usually 4G ones – to surf privately and safely, as it means you don’t have to rely on potentially insecure free Wi-Fi hotpots.

They range from a simple one SIM solution with a battery to models that can accommodate 10 different SIM cards, or others that even sport a complete Android operating system.

Below are the best mobile Wi-Fi routers you can buy in the UK, catering to all tastes, from frugal surfers to power users and everything in between.

We’ve also rounded up the best mobile broadband deals

The Vibe B is not actually a hotspot but a smartphone. We’ve included it in this feature because it kills two birds with one stone. Firstly, it acts as an emergency phone should you need one and secondly, Android supports mobile hotspot functionality which means that you will be able to connect devices seamlessly to it.

With a lengthy standby window (389 hours according to the manufacturer) thanks to a 2,000mAh battery, and a full Android OS to tinker with, the Vibe is an interesting alternative to a traditional hotspot. Bear in mind as well that you will have access to Google Play, which will allow you to add extra functionality via paid or free apps.

Available on PAYG from Carphone Warehouse for £59.99

Goodspeed allows users to plug in up to 10 SIM cards – yes, 10. This means it’s ideal for international travellers who want the flexibility of using Goodspeed’s own service on a pay-as-you-go basis (in 250MB slices in up to 85 countries and counting), and who wish to use their own SIM cards as and when they need to.

A business solution is available on a pay monthly basis with a minimum of five devices on call. The hotspot supports Cat-4 LTE and you can connect up to 15 devices to it. The 3200mAh battery powers the device for up to 12 hours (or 168 hours on standby).

Available directly from Goodspeed for £209

If you’re looking for an affordable way of sharing data, the ZTE MF65 could prove to be a boon if you can live with its shortcomings. For a start, it is 3G-only with no 4G support, plus there’s the fact that it doesn’t have any data management tools baked in. Finally, it takes only large SIM cards rather than nano or micro-SIMs.

The flipside is that it’s great for areas where coverage is patchy or for countries where 4G has yet to be rolled out. Up to 10 devices can be connected simultaneously, although we’d probably suggest limiting that to a few at a time. Its 1500mAh battery should allow for up to six hours’ worth of browsing.

The Mobile Wi-Fi Pro from Huawei, otherwise known as the E5770, ticks a lot of boxes for power users. This 4G/LTE model (Cat-4, so only 150Mbps) has one of the biggest batteries we’ve seen on any Mi-Fi device at 5,200mAh. It can even charge another device thanks to a bundled cable that doubles as a stylish strap. Up to 10 devices can be connected with a quoted working time of up to 20 hours.

If that wasn’t good enough, it’s also the only hotspot that we’re aware of that comes with a microSD card slot (sadly taking FAT-formatted cards only) and an Ethernet port. That makes it perfect for small businesses and even, dare we say, a perfect cord-cutting device if paired with the right SIM card.

This is the antithesis of your traditional pocket-sized hotspot and we’re bending the rules to include it in this article. Behold the Netgear Nighthawk R7100LG, a router with a SIM card slot. Technically, it is not portable as the device requires a mains power supply, but there are potential workarounds if you really want to make this happen.

The Nighthawk is a great solution should you want to offer internet access to a massive amount of users, and indeed storage access as well. It offers Cat 6/LTE (300Mbps), AC1900 Wi-Fi, two USB ports, a free app to manage the router (Genie), four Gigabit Ethernet ports plus open source support and a wealth of security features.

Available from Amazon for £295

Cell phones as lifelines: How to stay connected amid disaster – CNET

There’s no question that mobile phones have become essential to our daily lives and that’s especially true in a disaster.

As flood waters rose last weekend, victims of Hurricane Harvey didn’t just overwhelm 911 call centers seeking help.

There’s no question that mobile phones have become essential to our daily lives and that’s especially true in a disaster.

As flood waters rose last weekend, victims of Hurricane Harvey didn’t just overwhelm 911 call centers seeking help. They also took to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to ask for assistance, update loved ones and seek information.

It makes sense, says University of Kentucky assistant professor Jeannette Sutton, who studies communication and the use of social media during disasters.

“In a disaster, the thing people really need, in addition to safety, food and water, is information,” she said. And that is exactly what communication networks like wireless and broadband provide.

That’s why experts say it’s important to make sure your cell phone is charged and protected from the elements during a disaster.

For this edition of Ask Maggie, I’ve compiled tips and advice from major wireless carriers about how to prepare for disasters and what you should add to your emergency kits to make sure you stay connected through a big storm.

Keep your mobile phone battery charged. High winds and flooding can knock out power for hours or even days.
Keep extra batteries or an external charger available so you can recharge your device once it runs out of juice. You may also consider buying a charger that has a hand crank and can be used to power smartphones and other devices.
Include wall chargers, car chargers and adapters for your phone in your emergency kit.
Keep your mobile devices, accessories and chargers dry. The biggest threat to your device during a hurricane is water. Keep it safe from the elements by storing it in a “dry bag” or some other type of protective covering, like an Otterbox phone cover.
Dim the background light on your screen and turn off background data applications as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth services to preserve battery life.
Program your smartphone to receive emergency alerts. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free wireless notifications that are delivered to your mobile device by local/national public safety organizations.
Program all of your emergency contact numbers and e-mail addresses into your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station and hospital, as well as family members. Also, keep a written copy of this information in case your phone runs out of juice, but you’re able to use someone else’s device.
Forward your home number to your mobile number in the event of an evacuation.
Backup your contacts, photos and other information on your phone to a cloud storage service.
Download weather applications and alerts to get forecasts and severe storm warnings.
Download apps and subscribe to alerts from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Take pictures of your home and belongings before the storm. During and after the storm, document any damage you see so you can share it with your insurance company.
Set up location-tracking technology on your phone and your loved ones’ devices, so you’re able to track each other if you’re separated during an emergency.

Wireless carriers also offer these suggestions to keep in mind during evacuations and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when network resources will likely be taxed.

Text instead of call. During an emergency, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources.
Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, many people are trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased call volume may create network congestion, leading to “fast busy” signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again.
Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum and limit your calls to the most important ones.
Use social media sparingly. While there are many stories of people posting on Twitter or Facebook asking for help during Hurricane Harvey when they couldn’t get through on 911, federal emergency officials warn that people shouldn’t rely on social media for help. First responders simply don’t have time or resources to monitor all posts. And your request could be lost in the noise.

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