SIM only deals: the best plans in February 2018

So you’ve come to the end of your phone contract? You basically have two options – grab a brand new mobile phone deal on one of the latest and greatest smartphones on the market.

So you’ve come to the end of your phone contract? You basically have two options – grab a brand new mobile phone deal on one of the latest and greatest smartphones on the market. Or keep your beloved phone of the last two years and sign up for one of the cheap SIM only deals on this page.

A SIM only deal is a mobile phone plan that offers calls, texts and data in return for a monthly fee, but does not come bundled with a phone. Leaving the phone out of the equation gives you more flexibility (especially if you go for a 30-day rolling contract) or is ideal if you’re eyeing up a new SIM-free phone.

If you take a sift through our handy price comparison tool above you’ll see that 12-month prices start from a mere £3.99 per month for a basic plan, while you can also still bag Three’s Mobile Choice Award winning 30GB for £18 deal. Whatever your needs, going SIM only is just the ticket if you’re thinking to team one up with a brilliant budget handset purchase.

And if you’re still unsure whether SIM-only is the route for you, our expert advice will help you decide – our all knowing FAQ includes tips on switching your number, the networks that offer free gifts and answers to a host of other questions.

The best SIM only deals of the week are:

We’ve run the figures and plucked out the very best sim only deals available this month. Whether you’re after the cheapest plan possible, want to dig out the best value big data SIM plan or just want an all-round great deal but don’t know how much to spend, you’ll find a recommendation just for you.

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7. The best SIM only deal for unlimited dataCheck out today’s best unlimited data SIM only deals8. Best EE SIM only deal
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Should I go SIM only?

If you a) want to save some money; b) don’t want to be tied into a lengthy contract; or c) both of the above, then SIM only is well worth considering. In fact, you’re probably one of two people if your thoughts are indeed turning to SIM only:

You’re coming to the end of your contract and your network is calling you a million times a day to get you to upgrade. Well if your phone is dying a death or you just fancy a change, head to our best mobile phones deal page to see what bargains are lurking, but otherwise going SIM only on your current phone is a no-brainer. You’ll wind up paying much less than you are under contract, and you can stick to a rolling 30 day contract so that if your circumstances change, you can get out of the arrangement tout suite.

It’s time for a shiny new smartphone and you want to get the best value humanly possible. You’ll have to find a few hundred quid up front for the handset (be sure to check our SIM free comparison chart) but box clever and you’ll end up paying less over the next 24 months (see below). Plus, if you’re a commitment-phobe, most SIM-only plans don’t require you to sign up for two years like you would with a normal contract.

Is SIM only cheaper than contract?

It can be. Teaming a SIM only plan with a standalone SIM-free handset could save you a few quid. It’s usually the case when a flagship phone hits the market and contracts are made deliberately expensive. Take the Samsung Galaxy S8 as a prime example, where you could have saved over £100 over two years by splashing the £800-odd for the handset and slipping in a cheap SIM card.

Not all the savings you can make are as extravagant, and on big data it’s frequently more cost effective to dive into a contract instead. But if you can afford to splash a few hundred pounds up front then the savings over the next couple of years could well be worth it.

Is my phone unlocked – can I use a new SIM in it?

The times have passed since most phones were locked to a network and you had to pay a dodgy backstreet ‘engineer’ to unlock it. Nowadays, it’s standard practice for networks to let you use whatever SIM you want in the phone as soon as you’ve paid up the original contract (or earlier if you pay them a fee) – and Three ships all its handsets unlocked from the outset.

The exception, alas, is Apple iPhones. They’re generally sold locked to the original network that you purchase them with for the life of the handset. Very frustrating if you’re looking for a tasty SIM only deal once your 24 month sentence is up.

The good news is that your iPhone (or any other mobile before the end of your contract) can be unlocked – the bad news is that most networks make you pay for the privilege. Insert a friend or family member’s SIM into your phone to see whether it’s already unlocked and, if it isn’t, look for your network below to see how to cut ties with them:

EE Once six months have gone by on your contract, you can call EE on 0800 956 6000 and pay them £8.99 to unlock your phone. It says it will take around 10 days to complete. PAYG phones can be unlocked for free.O2 As long as you don’t own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus (they can’t be unlocked until you’ve paid off your contract), you can unlock any O2 phone – including iPhones – for free if you’re on a pay monthly contract. PAYG customers have to pay £15.Three Fear not, all phones on Three are unlocked as standard. Shove whatever SIM you like in there, it will work a treat.Vodafone The red network doesn’t quite get the same marks as Three, as your phone will be locked to them on arrival. But they have made unlocking handsets absolutely free within 10 days of your request.

What SIM card size do I need?

There are three sizes of SIM card that you can get for your phone, and the one you need will depend on your handset. It’s been a while since the traditional, so-called standard SIM (15x25mm) has genuinely been the staple in new phones. Instead, any phone you’ve bought within the last five or so years is much more likely to require a micro (12x15mm) or nano (8.8×12.3mm) SIM – the iPhone 5 was Apple’s first mobile with a nano SIM, while Samsung began using the smallest size in its Galaxy S6.

Before you purchase your new SIM, double-check the manufacturer’s website to see what size you require. And if you’re simply not sure, most networks now simply send out a triple SIM, so you’ll get one of each size.

How do I keep my old number?

Ever heard of PAC codes and wondered what a classic 80s arcade game had to do with telephone numbers? It actually stands for Porting Authorisation Code, and it’s the set of digits that you need to grab from your old network to let you transfer over your existing mobile number. If you’re on one of the major networks, you can see what phone number you can contact them on here:

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 8090202Vodafone 03333 040 191Three 0333 300 3333ID 0333 003 7777GiffGaff 43431 from your handsetVirgin 0345 6000 789BT 0800 800 150Tesco 0345 301 4455Sky 03300 412 524Asda 0800 079 2732

If you want to grab a bargain SIM only plan above, but it’s on your existing network then your network won’t release a PAC code and you’ll be forced to take a new phone number.

At least you would have, if it wasn’t for this clever (if convoluted) work-around. You have to order a free pay-as-you-go SIM from another network. Once you have it, you can tell your old network that you’re moving and they’ll give you that precious PAC code. Then, once your number is registered to the substitute network, simply get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Simple – kind of!

What contract length should I get?

Unlike with a contract, there’s a lot more flexibility available when it comes to how long your SIM only plan will last. Two year commitments are virtually unheard of, with the norm being either one year or rolling one month contracts for ultimate flexibility. You can often get better prices if you tie yourself in for 12 months, especially on larger data tariffs. But sticking to one month at a time means that you can effectively hand pick a new plan to suit you every 30 days or so.

How much data do I need?

Because you can change your plan up more regularly than a normal, lengthier contract, it’s less crucial to get this nailed from the start. But if you’re thinking of grabbing a 12-monther or just put a personal pride on getting things right first time, then we’ll help you pick out the sweet spot of data for you.

Firstly, check your phone to see how much data you’ve been using to date, and whether you have the tendency to use more than your current allowance every month. Then, if you’re still unsure, check out our guidance:

0-1GB Tiny amounts of data on SIM only deals could be a blessing or a curse. If you’re putting it in a rarely used phone that will scarcely be away from wi-fi then you’re quids in. But if you end up with one because your head’s turned by the incredible price, then you could end up paying more if you continually go over your allowance.2-3GB For anybody who needs data for little more than the occasional Google Maps route planning, 2GB and 3GB plans come cheap and give you much more freedom to check the football scores and scroll Facebook away from the wi-fi without danger.4-8GB If you can’t leave the house without having a music streaming service like Spotify pouring into your ears, then it might be worth paying for some extra GBs of data.10-16GB This is a significant amount of data and some networks offer it for a very appetising price. Whether streaming music, downloading podcasts, watching social media videos, or all three is your thing – you should be covered.20-30GB Only smartphone junkies that need regular (and hefty) data fixes need bother with this avalanche of GBs. You’ll be able to rinse Netflix, Spotify and online games without too much fear of topping out.Unlimited Maybe it’s because you use remarkable amounts of data. Maybe it’s because you simply don’t want to keep checking how much data you’ve used every month. Whatever your reason to go unlimited, you have only two choices when it comes to network: Three or GiffGaff.

Do I need unlimited calls and texts?

Call it practicality, call it greediness, call it what you want – it’s human nature to want ‘unlimited’ anything if offered. But you should think genuinely about whether you really need it in a world where the likes of WhatsApp and Skype let you call and text for free over wi-fi or 4G. If you decide that a few thousand monthly minutes and texts should do you, then you could shave off some cash from your bill.

What’s the best mobile network for SIM only?

While EE, O2, Vodafone and Three are generally considered the major four networks for contract plans, when it comes to SIM only there are some other key players are well worth a look. See what we think of them below, and whether you’ll get any free perks to help persuade you to sign up. Plus, we’ll tell you about a couple of other SIM sellers that might be able to wrangle you an even better deal.

EE SIM only deals

If you want fast and furious 4G, then your choice has to be an EE SIM only deal. Its speeds are around 50% faster than the other major networks, which is really noticeable if you like watching films or football on the move. And EE gives you three free months of BT Sport, as well as six months of Apple Music.

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O2 SIM only deals

O2’s best claim for your contract is with its Priority rewards – from cheap lunch deals and pre-order privileges on gig tickets, to ad-hoc discounts and competitions. Plus, they have 1000s of Wi-Fi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to for free and save your precious data.

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Vodafone SIM only deals

Vodafone seems to have been around since mobile phones were cumbersome bricks, but they remain a major player. Look out for a Red Entertainment tariff, which gives you your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription.

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Three SIM only deals

Three is still the only network to offer unlimited data and it often features unbeatable deals on other big data plans – that makes them a natural choice of many a data hungry smartphone addict. And it has has just started getting generous with perks – you can get cheap dinners and free coffees through its Wuntu app.

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BT SIM only deals

That familiar old stalwart of telecommunications BT is so-so when it comes to SIM only tariff prices. That’s unless you’re already a BT broadband customer, in which case you get some really favourable prices – a fiver less than the rest of the hoi polloi. Plus you get a BT Reward Card that can be spent anywhere that accepts Mastercard, the value of which depends on how much data you’re in for.

Check below to see the current prices plans and what value Reward Card you can claim when you sign up. It’s also worth noting that the 10GB and 20GB SIM only deals with BT also include free access to BT Sport on mobile.

For existing BT Broadband customers
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12 months | 500MB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £30 BT Reward Card –£7 per month at BT

12 months | 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £40 BT Reward Card – £12 per month at BT

12 months | 10GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £17 per month at BT

12 months | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £90 BT Reward Card – £22 per month at BT

For non-BT Broadband customers:

12 months | 500MB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £30 BT Reward Card –£12 per month at BT

12 months | 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £40 BT Reward Card – £17 per month at BT

12 months | 10GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £22 per month at BT

12 months | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £90 BT Reward Card – £27 per month at BT

iD SIM only deals

iD is a good option if bargain basement prices are what you covet most. This is a network run and owned by Carphone Warehouse – it piggybacks on the Three network. It’s an excellent option if you want great value on a rolling monthly contract.

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giffgaff SIM only deals

GiffGaff is very hard to beat on price – if you want to grab a cheap SIM card deal, this could be your best option. You can’t argue with £5 a month. The cheap deals don’t give you much of an allowance to play with, but if you just want to keep your phone going and available to use for calls and texts with the occasional bit of internet use outside of your home WiFi, GiffGaff is a strong offering. Look out for the T&Cs though as some of the big data deals throttle the speed after a few gig.

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Virgin Mobile SIM only deals

Virgin Mobile has been going for a long time, and some of its SIM only deals are particularly attractive. They’re all one-month rolling contracts, so you can stop paying at any time if you so wish, giving you flexibility if you want to change your plan or go for a phone-inclusive deal down the line. Prices start from as little as £9 a month.

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Tesco Mobile SIM only deals

The UK’s biggest supermarket has been known to offer competetive – if not stellar – SIM only deals, with low data prices starting around the £6 a month mark. Where it get’s really interesting is if you download the Xtras app to an Android phone: you’ll save £3 on your monthly bill, but you will have to see adverts every time you unlock your handset.

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TalkTalk SIM only deals

TalkTalk is a telecoms company that also offers home phone, broadband and TV packages, so the best deals can be had if you sign up for more than one service. However, at the time of writing the cheapest deal is £3.95 per month for an admittedly measly 250MB of data. Better yet, for just £7.75 you can get 2.1GB.

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Plusnet SIM only deals

Plusnet might be more well known for its broadband deals, but it’s also keen to push some very cheap 30-day SIM only deals. You don’t have to be a Plusnet customer, although you could get double the data on some of these SIM only deals if you are. You don’t have to worry about signal either as Plusnet uses EE’s network that covers 99% of the UK. Plusnet’s latest cheap SIM only deals start at just £4 a month, check them out via the link below.

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Freedom Pop SIM only deals

Freedom Pop is trying something new – offering contracts for FREE. The catch being that you only pay if you do over the allowances of your bundle or opt for a larger deal. The prices for doing so vary, so be sure to take a look at the small print. It seems that they feature a different offer each week, but seeing as you can cancel at any time, they may be worth a look.

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It’s always worth checking out before settling on your SIM – its aggressive price cuts are often unmatched by anyone else. While the online retailer is known more for its handset contracts, it also offers a wide range of SIM only deals from all your favourite networks.

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Carphone Warehouse SIM only deals

Carphone Warehouse doesn’t just sell handset contracts. It also has a wide range of SIM only deals for Vodafone, O2, EE and ID. The online store is also known to include additional incentives such as half price fees for six months, free Beats by Dre headphones or Currys vouchers.

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Which networks have coverage in my area?

It’s one of life’s (many) little frustrations – you sign up with a network, get your SIM up and running and then discover that you get no coverage at all in your house. Well this little pain in the neck can be avoided by using the dedicated coverage checker that most networks provide. Enter your postcode and you’ll see whether your address has 2G (calls, texts and email), 3G (the basics plus picture messaging and faster web browsing) and 4G (all the powers of 3G, plus faster downloads, online gaming and media streaming) coverage.

We’ve provided links below to all the available coverage checkers on multiple networks. We’d advise not only checking coverage in your home, but also work, school, uni, favourite pubs and so on. Anywhere where you spend time on a regular basis really.

EE coverage checkerO2 coverage checkerVodafone coverage checker3 mobile coverage checkerBT mobile coverage checkeriD coverage checkerGiffGaff coverage checkerVirgin mobile coverage checkerTesco mobile coverage checkerTalkTalk coverage checkerPlusnet coverage checkerFreedom Pop coverage checker

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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 best value. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

The SIM only deals on this page are checked every day to make sure they’re still available and up to date! If you’re ready to go SIM only, then head back to the top of this page and use our tool to find the perfect plan…

GoPro Plus service adds damage replacement, mobile backups – CNET

GoPro’s $5-a-month subscription service, GoPro Plus, was designed to make it easier to edit and share your adventures from your phone, tablet or computer by automatically sending your photos and videos from your camera to cloud storage.

GoPro’s $5-a-month subscription service, GoPro Plus, was designed to make it easier to edit and share your adventures from your phone, tablet or computer by automatically sending your photos and videos from your camera to cloud storage.

For the camera maker’s hardcore users, automated backups and the service’s handful of other offerings might have made the fee worthwhile. But for more casual users, it appears to have been a tougher sell, so GoPro is reintroducing the service with a couple new benefits while the price stays the same.

Along with the additions of unlimited photo storage and up to 35 hours of video storage, subscribers can now replace a damaged camera — up to two cameras per 12 months of a Plus subscription — no questions asked. The coverage, which is available on Hero6, Hero5 and Fusion models, means you can use the cameras however and wherever you want without fear of totally losing your investment. However, also like the GoProCare protection you can purchase with a new camera, you’ll still have to pay a replacement fee that’s equivalent to 20 percent of the camera’s suggested retail price.

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In addition to camera replacement and increased storage, GoPro will continue to give subscribers 20 percent off accessories and front-of-the-line priority phone and chat support. GoPro Plus will also soon support mobile cloud backups. Currently, backups are only supported via a Wi-Fi network connection when you plug the camera in to charge. Mobile backups will come to iOS on February 20 and to Android devices in the spring.

Despite being the leader in the action cam market, GoPro has struggled of late. In its fourth quarter 2017 results announcement, it said it will discontinue its Karma drone and exit the category. In the same announcement, GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman said pricing missteps on its older Hero5 cameras resulted in soft demand leading up to the 2017 holiday shopping season.

The enhanced Plus service is part of the company’s moves to return to profitability and growth in the second half of 2018. However, at the time of this announcement, GoPro could not share current subscriber numbers for GoPro Plus.

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The beloved Nokia 3310 is back with 4G LTE and Android

One of the bombshell announcements of MWC 2017 was the revamped Nokia 3310. Following up on the buzz at MWC 2018 will be tough for manufacturer HMD Global, but it will give it a try with a 4G-enabled version of the phone called the Nokia 3310 4G.

One of the bombshell announcements of MWC 2017 was the revamped Nokia 3310. Following up on the buzz at MWC 2018 will be tough for manufacturer HMD Global, but it will give it a try with a 4G-enabled version of the phone called the Nokia 3310 4G.

Unlike the top-secret Samsung Galaxy S9, the 3310 4G has actually already been announced in China, but isn’t confirmed for arrival elsewhere – these are the sort of details we look forward to being revealed at MWC.

Even so, the device is in the open and as such, we know a lot about it. The 4G-friendly 3310 will look the same as last year’s model, but the software inside is reportedly improved over a Java-based platform to an Android-based operating system made by Chinese retail giant Alibaba – though that could change if it makes it to the US, UK or AU regions.

The big 4G differences

Hopping up from 2G and 3G to 4G with the new version of the Nokia 3310 comes with its share of perks, including the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hot spot, and high-definition VoLTE calling support.

Since the phone doesn’t appear to have changed, the same can presumably be said about its battery life. Based on projections, 4G looks to take a heavy toll on the 3310, bringing the lifespan down to about five hours of talk time compared to the 2G version’s 15-hour target.

Global availability of the Nokia 3310 4G is unconfirmed, as is its price, but we expect at least a $20-30 premium for the feature compared to the 3G version, which sits at $59 in the US, £59.99 in the UK and AU$89.95 in Australia.

If it shows up at MWC at the end of February, Nokia’s nostalgia trip of a phone might not capture hearts and minds that it did last year, but a 4G-enhanced classic will certainly appeal to good amount of people.

Via The Verge

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Urbandoor Adds 40,000 Units To The World’s Only Multifamily Network Of Instant Book Serviced Apartments

“Our goal is to make booking a serviced apartment for business travel and relocation as easy as booking a favorite hotel. We seamlessly onboard multifamily communities and send bookings, not leads, from corporate customers looking for a fully-furnished serviced apartment.

“Our goal is to make booking a serviced apartment for business travel and relocation as easy as booking a favorite hotel. We seamlessly onboard multifamily communities and send bookings, not leads, from corporate customers looking for a fully-furnished serviced apartment. By opening multifamily to the best global corporate demand, Urbandoor enables owners to optimize the value of their assets and increase NOI in new and efficient ways without taking inventory risk. As a booking occurs, a community can set up a unit with furnishings, housekeeping schedule and cable/wifi – all with just a few clicks,” said Urbandoor’s CEO and Co-Founder, Erik Eccles.

As the leading platform for serviced apartments, Urbandoor offers multifamily owners and operators a marketplace with zero inventory risk. With a simple onboarding procedure and integrations to industry systems, Urbandoor can enable instant booking for vacant units within a matter of days.

“Over the past two years, we’ve worked with the top owners and operators to understand their needs. In almost every case, multifamily operators are looking for solutions that help them capture meaningful increases in NOI while taking advantage of the growing demand from corporates,” said Urbandoor’s Head of Supply, Damon Gacicia.

Tim Hermeling, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Cortland Partners who recently added their nationwide portfolio to Urbandoor marketplace echoed these sentiments. “We are continually looking for ways to add new demand channels to our communities. Urbandoor allows us to take part in the growing demand from corporate travel and relocation without adding work to our on-site teams or having the risks of dedicating units for corporate travelers. Their platform is very flexible and easy-to-use for both the customer and us.”

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Urbandoor’s booking platform ( offers companies a better solution to their typically unmanaged extended stay lodging, making it as easy to book a furnished, serviced apartment as it is to book a hotel. Urbandoor enables this through providing apartment owners, managers and corporate housing providers a better way to offer and operate serviced apartments for business travel and relocation. With 100% duty of care compliant inventory in 700 markets, Urbandoor provides the necessary alternative to hotels and vacation rentals. Founded in 2015, Urbandoor is the trusted way to find and experience serviced apartments.

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LG LFXS28566M 3-Door Refrigerator with Door-in-Door review – CNET

We may be approaching a point where the term “smart appliance” won’t be necessary. Rather than focus on a few flagship models, manufacturers are increasingly packing connected features into a wide array of fridges, ranges, dishwashers, and the like.

We may be approaching a point where the term “smart appliance” won’t be necessary. Rather than focus on a few flagship models, manufacturers are increasingly packing connected features into a wide array of fridges, ranges, dishwashers, and the like. LG has even said it’s working on bringing smarts to each and every model it sells. We might just call them “appliances” soon.

Case in point: the LG LFXS28566M. You wouldn’t know that it’s a smart fridge to look at it. There’s no gigantic touchscreen or even a tiny touchscreen, nor is it equipped with grocery-tracking fridge cams. It looks just like other Door-in-Door fridges from LG, and at $3,350, it costs about as much as they do, too.

The smarts are there, though. After connecting with the fridge’s Wi-Fi radio, you’ll be able to adjust settings on your phone or turn on energy-saving features that cut usage during off-hours. The fridge can also send you a notification whenever your kid leaves the doors open. If you’re a fan of voice controls, you can sync the fridge up with the Google Assistant, too.

Android 7 Nougat release date: when you’ll get the update and new features

Latest news:Android 8 Oreo is out now, so we expect to see a lot of manufacturers focusing efforts on updating devices to the newer software rather than the older Android 7.

Latest news:Android 8 Oreo is out now, so we expect to see a lot of manufacturers focusing efforts on updating devices to the newer software rather than the older Android 7. We will keep this list up to date with the latest Nougat information as and when we have it.

Android Nougat was Google’s big refresh of its phone and tablet operating system in 2016. Android is an OS that’s been so thoroughly refined that the company is now more than halfway through the alphabet with names.

It hasn’t stopped at Nougat either as there’s now the eighth iteration of Google’s OS called Android Oreo. That is out now for a select number of devices, so it may be worth checking whether your phone is ready to upgrade to even newer software.

Google released the latest version of Nougat as Android 7.1.2 software in December 2017, and many phones are still being upgraded to it now. Over 26% of active Android devices are already running the software too. There’s a good chance your phone already has the latest Android Nougat software update waiting, or it’s coming very soon.

All the new Android 7 features you’ll be getting soonAndroid Oreo update – can your phone download it yet?Be sure to check out our guide on how to download Android 7.0 Nougat

Below we’ve listed all of the devices we know have the update already and if it doesn’t, we have the latest information on when it will launch. That said, you need to bear in mind the official release date for the update won’t always be reflected in the software update section on your phone.

Manufacturers decide when the software is ready to rollout, but mobile carriers and networks can also cause delays to an update so it may be worth checking with your phone provider if the update isn’t ready for you yet.

Cut to the chaseWhat is it? The second most recent versionof Google’s mobile OSWhen is it out? Right now, but you’ll need to wait for some devices thoughWhen will I get it? Dependent on your phone and tablet maker, read on belowWhat will it cost? The best news is it’s freeAndroid Nougat release date

Android Nougat is out right now, but when you’ll get the upgrade is going to dependent on your device. The release date is rather staggered.

It’s came pre-loaded on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL and it’s available to download on Google-made devices like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and the Nexus Player. That said, Android Oreo is also ready for these devices too.

Sadly, if you have a Nexus 5, you’re going to miss out on the Android Nougat upgrade altogether. It misses Google’s two-year cut off by a year. But it’ll still get another year of Google’s all-important security patches.

Samsung, LG, HTC and other phone makers, meanwhile, have to rework their own version of the software and push it out to users, and that can take months. We’ve listed below the devices we know about:

Samsung phones with Android Nougat

Samsung has updated a variety of its devices to Android Nougat including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The update is also ready and waiting on the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Those who own the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017) can download Android 7 right now to their devices, but if you own the Samsung Galaxy A8 you won’t be able to get the update yet.

All of these software updates may hold you over until you decide to buy the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Tab S3, all of which come with Android Nougat pre-loaded.

LG phones with Android Nougat

LG technically launched the first Android Nougat phone back in September 2016 with the LG V20. But that was a ‘world’s first’ title only South Koreans benefited from initially.

Thinking of upgrading to the LG G6? Well, everyone, right away, can get in on the Android Nougat action that way. It launched with the Android 7.0, the AI helper Google Assistant and a killer 18:9 screen in a slim body.

LG G5 owners yearning for the same Nougat update need to check the Software Update menu right now, while the LG V10 also has the update to Android 7 ready and waiting.

Things are still moving slowly for the LG G4, which is now confirmed to receive Android Nougat but it’s low-priority for the 2015 phone so those who have that may have to wait a while longer.

Sony phones with Android Nougat

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium launched with Android 7.1 software onboard, but you can now get the most recent Oreo software on it too. What about the older range of Sony phones though?

The Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia XZ are now up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat. Even older phones like the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z3+ all have Android Nougat and so does the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Shocker: The Sony Xperia Z3 was included in the beta

You won’t find it on the Xperia Z3. It’s an odd twist, for sure. While we were surprised to see Sony weigh into the Android Nougat developer with the Z3, it didn’t follow through with the full Nougat upgrade for this phone.

HTC phones with Android Nougat

If you’ve bought an HTC phone launched in the past year or two, you may have access to Android Nougat already. It launched on the HTC U Ultra and U Play and it’s not rolling out to unlocked HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 handsets in the US and UK. While the update was delayed in the rest of Europe, everyone there should have it now, too.

HTC had confirmed it would bring the Google update to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 by the end of the 2016. It didn’t make that deadline everywhere. But, it’s here now and that’s all that matters.

Android Nougat isn’t available for HTC One M8 and never will be. HTC told TechRadar that it will not get the latest upgrade. You’re going to have to buy a new phone for this update.

Motorola phones with Android Nougat

Motorola has now confirmed which phones it will upgrade to Android 7, and its list of phones is rather long.

Android Nougat is out for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, and it also launched on the Moto Z Play – both the unlocked and Verizon versions of the battery-life-focused smartphone.

Nougat also launched for the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5, which came out after the update, plus you can also get Android 7 for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

Its X-series phones – like the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto X Force – also have the update now, as well as Verizon’s Droid Turbo 2, and stay tuned for updates on the Droid Maxx 2.

Huawei phones with Android Nougat

So far the Huawei Mate 9,Mate 8 and P9 have all been upgraded to Android 7 software upgrade, while 2017’s P10 comes with it onboard straight away.

The Chinese manufacturer has updated the Huawei P9 Plus, P9 Lite and the Huawei Nova while the Huawei Nova Plus update isn’t yet set.

The Huawei P8 won’t be getting the upgrade to EMUI 5.0 (which comes with Android 7 features). It looks like both of those phones are set to be left behind, despite being quite recent devices.

Honor phones with Android Nougat

The Honor 8 and Honor 6X now have the Android Nougat update while those with an Honor 5C will have to wait a bit longer.

OnePlus phones with Android Nougat

OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T both have Android Nougat 7.0, but if you own a OnePlus One or a OnePlus 2 you’ll miss out.

ZTE phones with Android Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is now on the ZTE Axon 7 and it gets owners of this unlocked phone a way to step into virtual reality with Daydream VR compatibility.

Axon 7 was the first Android Nougat phone to be “Daydream-ready,” and while phones like the Google Pixel and Moto Z launched with the VR software first, ZTE has made good on its promise.

Other phones with Android Nougat

BlackBerry has confirmed it won’t be upgrading the Priv to Android 7 software and there has been no confirmation whether the DTEK50 from BlackBerry will get the update either.

Here’s where you can find out about all the features you’ll get when you update and download Android 7 Nougat.

Android Nougat features list: VR

We’ve tested out a bunch of existing Android Nougat features below, but there’s one exciting new tool that isn’t part of the regular Android 7.0 update: Google Daydream.

A buried menu for VR helper services in the Android N Developer Preview 4, and an equally buried release note for “Android VR” in Unreal Engine 4.12 beta, hinted at a big push for a Google Cardboard successor – sure enough, Google confirmed its VR intentions during IO.

The Play Store, StreetView, Photos, YouTube and Play Movies will all support VR, allowing you to jump into games, locations and videos, all via Google’s Daydream VR platform. Google Daydream View is expected to launch in November, but will require even further updated Android Nougat software.

Google Daydream is part of the Android 7.1 maintenance update for Android Nougat, and it’s only compatible with the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, though other phones like ZTE Axon 7 (the first, non-Pixel Google Daydream phone) will eventually work with the headset and are available to buy right now.

5 things I already like about Android Nougat Developer PreviewMulti-window support

True multitasking support has finally arrived as expected, and Split Screen is deservedly the highlight of Android Nougat on phones and tablets. You’re going to be able to open up two apps at once on your Nexus phone or tablet.

It’s a popular feature that Samsung and LG phones have incorporated into their Android skins years ago, so it’s nice (and about time) Google is including the same functionality in its own software. It’s easy to launch too – just long press on the recent (multi-tasking) button in the nav bar.

Multi-window support could increase enterprise interest in Android tablets and the Pixel C. It’s a bet that Apple recently made when it launched similar split-screen and picture-in-picture features for iOS 9.

Meanwhile Android TV gets picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to continue watching your show in a smaller screen while performing another task.

There’s also a Clear All button at the top of the multi-tasking menu on your phone to make it simple to close all your apps. Then there’s a new feature called Quick Switch, which lets you jump back to the previous application with a double tap of the recent (multi-tasking) button in the navigation bar.

Direct Reply Notifications

You won’t have to navigate away from your current window (or, now, windows) just to answer an incoming message. You can just reply within the notification that appears at the top of the screen.

It worked well enough for the iPhone and iPad when the same idea made its debut with iOS 8 under the name Quick Reply. But Apple’s approach to messages worked strictly with its iMessage app.

Google is opening up Direct Reply Notifications beyond Hangouts, and that could mean popular apps like WhatsApp could take advantage of this convenient inline messaging feature.

New quick settings menu

Google is adding a new quick settings menu to the notifications shade you pull down from the top. It’s a lot like the one Samsung, LG and every other Android manufacturer seems to use.

Sure, Google stock Android software has had switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and so forth, but it required pulling the notifications bar down a second time to reveal the quick settings menu.

Now the quick settings toggles are here as soon as you gesture downward once to see notifications. The best news is that all of the buttons are small and unobstructive, leaving plenty of room for notifications.

Longtime Nexus users will also be happy to hear that the quick settings switches can be sorted to your liking, much like they can on other Android phones – you won’t need the System UI Tuner to meddle.

For example, we often use MiFi more than Airplane Mode, so Mobile Hotspot icon gets promoted to be one of the five icons along the top of the initial quick settings on our Nexus 6P.

That little airplane icon is still there for our takeoff and landing needs, but it got the bump to the second swipe menu. Sorting is finally up to you, which is really what Android is all about.

Bundled notifications

Google hasn’t done with the way Android N changes notifications. It also announced that notification cards will be grouped together if they’re from the same app.

All messages from a specific messaging app, for example, are bundled together in the notification shade. These grouped alerts can then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

This is basically the opposite of what Apple did in the jump from iOS 8 to iOS 9, switching from grouping them by app to lining them up chronologically. We’ll see which method works best this autumn.

There’s more control over your notifications in Android Nougat too, as you can now long-press on a notification to either silence future notifications, or turn them off completely.

Doze Mode 2.0

One of the (literal) sleeper hits of Android Marshmallow has been Doze Mode, Google’s crafty way of saving battery life whenever your device is stationary. It’s basically a deep standby mode.

Android Nougat is going to step up the company’s energy-saving software efforts by expanding Doze Mode so that it thoroughly limits background tasks whenever the screen is turned off.

That’s ideal for throwing a phone in your pocket or your tablet in a backpack, and then retrieving it the next day or next week without having to recharge it right away. Your “I can’t even” face when you pick up your dead Nexus phone the next morning could be a thing of the past.

Android Nougat performance

Google says Android Nougat will deliver its biggest leap forward in graphics performance with the introduction of Vulkan, giving game developers much-needed control of the GPU.

That in turn will result in even better graphics and smoother, faster performance.

If you’ve downloaded apps from other sources that aren’t the Google Play Store, you’ll now be able to identify where the app came from by going into your Settings, App Info and then Package Installer.

There have also been a number of Android runtime improvements, including optimizations to the JIT compiler, which has seen task speeds increase between 30% and 600% compared to the previous version.

Updates are also more seamless, with security updates automatically downloaded, and a simple fresh boot-up of your device will see you run the latest offering. It’s also got rid of that annoying ‘Android is updating’ pop up when you restart after an update.

Other features

Google Assistant launched with Android 7 on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. It’s a new voice activated Assistant which replaces Google Now.

Previously you couldn’t input information into Google Assistant without speaking to your phone, but a new APK breakdown has suggested Google will soon update the Pixel and Pixel XL so you can just write into Assistant directly.

It means you’ll be able to use all the useful features of Google Assistant without having to embarrassingly talk to your phone.

Google has confirmed the new ‘Launcher Shortcuts’ feature that debuted in the second beta for Android Nougat is ready for pressure-sensitive display technology.

This will make it easier for Android manufacturers to bring 3D Touch-like technology to Android handsets, as it’s baked directly into the operating system.

Then there are extra security features, such as file-based encryption and Direct boot, which help your device start up faster while running your apps securely.

Last, and by no means least, Android Nougat bring support for Unicode 9, which among other things, will bring with it the introduction of 72 new emoji.

Want these features? Here’s how to download Android 7 right now

TUTC est couronnée dans la catégorie « Above and Beyond » lors des prix Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards

The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC – campement nec plus ultra pour les voyageurs), la seule entreprise de propriétés de luxe en Inde, est parvenue à figurer sur la liste des gagnants des collections hôtelières les plus incroyables lors de la cérémonie annuelle des Smith Awards, organisée par Mr et Mrs Smith, la plus grande autorité londonienne en termes de voyages de luxe.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC – campement nec plus ultra pour les voyageurs), la seule entreprise de propriétés de luxe en Inde, est parvenue à figurer sur la liste des gagnants des collections hôtelières les plus incroyables lors de la cérémonie annuelle des Smith Awards, organisée par Mr et Mrs Smith, la plus grande autorité londonienne en termes de voyages de luxe. Le Chamba Camp de TUTC, situé à côté du monastère de Thiksey, a rivalisé avec les meilleurs séjours du monde et s’est érigé en vainqueur, pour ses aménagements incomparables et les expériences personnalisées qu’il procure à ses clients.

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L’endroit a été élu meilleure propriété dans la catégorie « Above and beyond » (Bien au-delà). Il a été choisi par un jury de personnalités connaissant bien les voyages, notamment la designer Jenny Packham et les auteurs de voyage Johannes Pong et Lucy Williams. Le gagnant de ce prix est sélectionné parce qu’il dépasse les attentes (une boisson qui attend le visiteur, la meilleure table pour votre anniversaire, une collation pour le voyage de retour) et parce qu’il sait exactement comment procurer le sentiment de bien-être ; autrement dit, c’est un hôte dans toutes les règles de l’art.

L’auteur de voyage Johannes Pong, l’un des membres du jury, a décrit TUTC comme « un professionnel du glamping – camping avec glamour – absolument magique et respectueux de l’environnement, qui offre des tentes grandioses dotées de vues panoramiques sur les monastères perchés au sommet des montagnes, sur les contreforts de l’Himalaya au Ladakh ».

Les membres du jury ont chanté les louanges de TUTC en déclarant : «Ce qu’accomplit l’équipe de cet habitat himalayen haut de gamme est un véritable miracle, d’autant plus impressionnant quand on tient compte de l’environnement: 3500 mètres d’altitude dans la vallée du Ladakh. Du majordome personnalisé attribué à chaque tente en toile ultra-luxueuse à la bienveillance des danseurs locaux qui accompagnent le dîner: chaque détail semble avoir déjà été pensé. Vous avez un petit creux pendant la nuit? Il vous suffit de plonger votre main dans votre tiroir à collations bien garni. Edmund Hillary en serait vert de jalousie !»

S’exprimant sur cette réussite, Dhun Cordo, co-fondateur de TUTC, a commenté : «Nous sommes extrêmement heureux et fiers d’avoir remporté la plus haute récompense dans une catégorie très exclusive. Cela témoigne de notre engagement à offrir des expériences exceptionnelles et un luxe personnalisé à nos clients qui veulent explorer les paysages difficiles de l’Inde».

À 3500 mètres d’altitude, les services exceptionnels de TUTC répondent à tous les caprices et envies de ses estimés clients. Le luxe est incarné par ses tentes au bel esthétisme, meublées avec des chandeliers en bois, quatre lits à baldaquin, du linge délicat et des meubles d’époque en bois. Chaque tente offre une salle de bains attenante à la chambre avec une douche d’eau chaude, des équipements griffés pour faire sa toilette, un coffre-fort, des services de blanchisserie, des terrasses en bois privatives, un accès illimité au Wi-Fi dans la tente de la réception, un service de sécurité et paramédical 24/7, de l’électricité 24/7, une boutique, une bibliothèque et les services d’un majordome personnel.

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802.11: Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained

In the world of wireless, the term Wi-Fi is synonymous with wireless access in general, despite the fact that it is a specific trademark owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a group dedicated to certifying that Wi-Fi products meet the IEEE’s set of 802.11 wireless standards.

In the world of wireless, the term Wi-Fi is synonymous with wireless access in general, despite the fact that it is a specific trademark owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a group dedicated to certifying that Wi-Fi products meet the IEEE’s set of 802.11 wireless standards.

These standards, with names such as 802.11b (pronounced “Eight-O-Two-Eleven-Bee”, ignore the “dot”) and 802.11ac, comprise a family of specifications that started in the 1990s and continues to grow today. The 802.11 standards codify improvements that boost wireless throughput and range as well as the use of new frequencies as they become available. They also address new technologies that reduce power consumption.

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The names of these standards create quite an alphabet soup, made all-the-more confusing because they are not arranged alphabetically. To help clarify the situation, here’s an update on these physical-layer standards within 802.11, listed in reverse chronological order, with the newest standards at the top, and the oldest toward the bottom. After that is a description of standards that are still in the works.


Also known as Wi-Fi HaLow, 802.11ah defines operation of license-exempt networks in frequency bands below 1GHz (typically the 900 MHz band), excluding the TV White Space bands. In the U.S., this includes 908-928MHz, with varying frequencies in other countries. The purpose of 802.11ah is to create extended-range Wi-Fi networks that go beyond typical networks in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz space (remember, lower frequency means longer range), with data speeds up to 347Mbps. In addition, the standard aims to have lower energy consumption, useful for Internet of Things devices to communicate across long ranges without using a lot of energy. But it also could compete with Bluetooth technologies in the home due to its lower energy needs. The protocol was approved in September 2016 and published in May 2017.


Approved in December 2012, 802.11ad is very fast – it can provide up to 6.7Gbps of data rate across the 60 GHz frequency, but that comes at a cost of distance – you achieve this only if your client device is situated within 3.3 meters (only 11 feet) of the access point.


Current home wireless routers are likely 802.1ac-compliant, and operate in the 5 GHz frequency space. With Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) – multiple antennas on sending and receiving devices to reduce error and boost speed – this standard supports data rates up to 3.46Gbps. Some router vendors include technologies that support the 2.4GHz frequency via 802.11n, providing support for older client devices that may have 802.11b/g/n radios, but also providing additional bandwidth for improved data rates.


The first standard to specify MIMO, 802.11n was approved in October 2009 and allows for usage in two frequencies – 2.4GHz and 5GHz, with speeds up to 600Mbps. When you hear wireless LAN vendors use the term “dual-band”, it refers to being able to deliver data across these two frequencies.


Approved in June 2003, 802.11g was the successor to 802.11b, able to achieve up to 54Mbps rates in the 2.4GHz band, matching 802.11a speed but within the lower frequency range.


The first “letter” following the June 1997 approval of the 802.11 standard, this one provided for operation in the 5GHz frequency, with data rates up to 54Mbps. Counterintuitively, 802.11a came out later than 802.11b, causing some confusion in the marketplace because eople expected that the standard with the “b” at the end would be backward compatible with the one with the “a” at the end.


Released in September 1999, it’s most likely that your first home router was 802.11b, which operates in the 2.4GHz frequency and provides a data rate up to 11 Mbps. Interestingly, 802.11a products hit the market before 802.11a, which was approved at the same time but didn’t hit the market until later.


The first standard, providing a data rate up to 2 Mbps in the 2.4GHz frequency. It provided a range of a whopping 66 feet of indoors (330 feet outdoors), so if you owned one of these routers, you probably only used it in a single room.

Pending Wi-Fi standards

Also known as China Millimeter Wave, this defines modifications to the 802.11ad physical layer and MAC layer to enable operation in the China 59-64GHz frequency band. The goal is to maintain backward compatibility with 802.11ad (60GHz) when it operates in that 59-64GHz range and to operate in the China 45GHz band, while maintaining the 802.11 user experience. Final approval was expected in November 2017.


There are some products in the home-entertainment and industrial-control spaces that have 802.11 wireless capability and 802.3 Ethernet function. The goal of this standard is to help 802.11 media provide internal connections as transit links within 802.1q bridged networks, especially in the areas of data rates, standardized security and quality-of-service improvements. It reached draft status in November 2017.


Known as High Efficiency WLAN, 802.11ax aims to improve the performance in WLAN deployments in dense scenarios, such as sports stadiums and airports, while still operating in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum. The group is targeting at least a 4X improvement in throughput compared to 802.11n and 802.11ac., through moreefficient spectrum utilization. Approval is estimated to be in July 2019.


Also known as Next Generation 60GHz, the goal of this standard is to support a maximum throughput of at least 20Gbps within the 60GHz frequency (802.11ad currently achieves up to 7Gbps), as well as increase the range and reliability. The standard is expected to be approved between September and November 2019.


Called Next Generation Positioning (NGP), a study group was formed in January 2015 to address the needs of a “Station to identify its absolute and relative position to another station or stations it’s either associated or unassociated with.” The goals of the group would be to define modifications to the MAC and PHY layers that enable “determination of absolute and relative position with better accuracy with respect to the Fine Timing Measurement (MTM) protocol executing on the same PHY-type, while reducing existing wireless medium use and power consumption, and is scalable to dense deployments.” The current estimate on approval of this standard is March 2021.


Otherwise known as “Wake-Up Radio” (WUR), this isn’t a crazy morning zoo-crew thing, but rather a new technology aimed at extending the battery life of devices and sensors within an Internet of Things network. The goal of the WUR is to “greatly reduce the need for frequent recharging and replacement of batteries while still maintaining optimum device performance.” This is currently expected to be approved in July 2020.

Keith Shaw was a former Network World senior editor and writer of the Cool Tools column. He is now a freelance writer and editor from Worcester, Mass.

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The Nokia 3310 finally gets the 4G LTE update it needs – CNET

When we first saw the retro Nokia 3310 last February, it was nostalgia-laced love at first sight.

The colorful little phone reminded us of simpler times when T9Word was the best way to text your friends and before you’d “accidentally” spend hours scrolling through social media feeds.

When we first saw the retro Nokia 3310 last February, it was nostalgia-laced love at first sight.

The colorful little phone reminded us of simpler times when T9Word was the best way to text your friends and before you’d “accidentally” spend hours scrolling through social media feeds. But although nostalgia helped the phone gain its appeal, using it was like taking a step back to the cell phone stone age.

Now the Nokia 3310 is getting a much-needed update. HMD Global, the company behind today’s Nokia phone brand, announced the Nokia 3310 4G, which will come with 4G LTE connectivity like most other modern smartphones, allowing you to connect to the internet at much faster speeds.

The 4G Nokia also can be used as a portable WiFi hotspot to access the internet on other devices, and it comes with VoLTE, allowing you to call someone using your 4G connection even if the voice network is weak. Besides that, the phone is just like the standard Nokia 3310 with similar specs and design.

So far, we know that the Nokia 3310 4G is coming to China in early February, but we aren’t sure which other markets will get it and when. The 3G version of the phone came to the US in late October, 8 months after it was first announced globally, but a 4G update would definitely be welcome. We’re also hoping to see the 4G version in other global markets.

China is an important market for many phone makers, who look at the world’s most populous country as a quick way to gain global market share. The Nokia 3310’s rock-bottom price tag could help it get a foothold in cities and provinces where citizens can’t afford to buy the highest-priced smartphones.

Perhaps we’ll hear more about the 3310 4G at next month’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, where — in addition to 3310 news — we were promised to see something “awesome.” Last year, HMD unveiled a slew of phones at MWC, including the Nokia 3310.

HMD Global did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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How to set up the Fitbit Ionic – CNET

The Fitbit Ionic is the company’s second smartwatch. Following the more basic approach of the Blaze, the Iconic adds mobile payments, apps and watch faces to Fitbit’s existing fitness platform.

The Fitbit Ionic is the company’s second smartwatch. Following the more basic approach of the Blaze, the Iconic adds mobile payments, apps and watch faces to Fitbit’s existing fitness platform.

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Getting your Ionic set up and ready to help you keep tabs on your overall health isn’t a lengthy process. I suggest charging the Ionic before you get started connecting the watch to your phone.

Get the app

The first thing you’ll need to do is download the Fitbit app to your iOS, Android or Windows device.

Fitbit’s app is compatible with over 200 devices. However, if you are curious whether or not the app and syncing of your Fitbit Ionic will work, there’s a tool on the Fitbit website to check compatibility.

If you don’t have a mobile device, you can download the respective app for your computer’s operating system from this page.

You’ll also need to sign up for a Fitbit account, using either the mobile or desktop app.

Pair the Ionic

After installing the app and signing into your account, it’s time to connect the watch to your phone.

Find and select the Ionic from the list of Fitbit devices. The app will instruct you to plug the watch in. A few seconds later, the app will begin looking for an Ionic available to pair with. Once it’s found, tap on the Ionic listed and ensure the four-digit number in the app matches the number displayed on the watch.

Depending on your device, you may have to approve more Bluetooth connections (sometimes referred to as “Bluetooth LE”) in order to keep your device synced and allow for notifications.

The rest of the process

With the Ionic paired with your phone, the next step is connecting the watch to your Wi-Fi network. Doing so will allow it to download and install software updates, as well as sync music to the watch in the future.

This process can take awhile. For me, it took about 15 minutes. Just keep your phone and watch near one another, and wait until you are alerted the installation has finished.

During the update, you have the option of tapping through various features of the watch, or skipping past it. You’ll also need to approve sharing your location with Fitbit (used to track runs and workouts), along with advice on how to wear it and basic navigation tips.

For me, the entire process took roughly 20 minutes, the bulk of which was taken up by a software update.

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