Industrial WSN Report Set + Customization Research Bundle

Wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies and associated cloud technologies provide the key elements for the industrial IoT: multi-year battery-powered wireless nodes, IP addressability, fieldbus tunneling and cloud-based provisioning and management systems.

Wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies and associated cloud technologies provide the key elements for the industrial IoT: multi-year battery-powered wireless nodes, IP addressability, fieldbus tunneling and cloud-based provisioning and management systems.

Short range wireless mesh technologies such as WirelessHART and ISA100.11a as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and proprietary solutions make up the majority of the market over the next five years but adoption of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network technologies such as LoRa, Sigfox, LTE-M and NB-IoT will increase even faster.

Based on recent phone interviews and surveys with 250+ individuals across the whole value chain, this report set covers the major industrial IoT markets for wireless sensing, tracking and control. It includes in-depth market analysis, research data, technology evaluation and market size forecasts that we will customize to meet your specific needs.

Emerging trends covered in this report set include the following:

Wireless Mesh Sensor Networking

2017 survey on WSN and IoT with 180+ industrial automation professionals was completed in collaboration with the International Society of Automation (ISA). The survey found steady growth for the wireless mesh standards but there is also a strong awareness and early adoption of LPWAN solutions. Satisfaction with WSN solutions has increased overall but improvements are needed for battery life, costs, system integration and network range.

Low Power Wide Area Networks

LPWA network technologies are disrupting industrial IoT markets with cloud connected, 10-year battery-powered wireless sensors and asset trackers that can communicate up to 20 miles. By pushing the network complexity to the cloud, LPWA technologies have captured thousands of developers and dozens of network operators worldwide. Two in 5 of the survey respondents are researching or developing LPWA solutions.

Connecting Stranded Assets

With potential infrastructure savings as high as 80%, wireless has become the default option for remote monitoring for oil and gas applications such as wellhead automation, equipment maintenance, tank monitoring as well as safety, health and environmental monitoring.

The oil downturn has given wireless adoption a boost due to its lower total costs and advantages for remote monitoring in harsh environments. This has benefited non-traditional wireless applications such as asset monitoring, gas detection and steam trap monitoring. It has also accelerated adoption for standards based systems using WirelessHART and ISA100.11a and resulted in growing demand for LPWA technologies such as LoRa, Sigfox, RPMA, LTE-M and NB-IoT.

While much of the initial focus has been on wellsite automation, opportunities are growing for connecting mobile oil and gas assets such as LPG cylinders as well as lower value assets for upstream and downstream applications.

Enabling New Services and Markets

The latest WSN and LPWA technologies are also enabling innovative solutions for agriculture, construction, electric power as well as smarter water network infrastructures. This report set analyzes these opportunities and provides in-depth 6-year forecasts by market segment, application, geography and technology.

This report set includes the following general reports based on extensive data, knowledge and analysis that we will use in your research findings customization report and/or Excel workbook.

1) Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks
Pages: 124 (112 figures, 44 tables) – PDF & Excel Forecast Data
Published: Q1 2017

2) Industrial Low Power Wide Area
Pages: 113 (91 figures, 58 tables)
Published: Q4 2017

3) Oil & Gas Wireless Sensor Networks
Pages: 85 (65 figures, 28 tables)
Published: Q4 2016

4) Industrial WSN Global Survey
Slides: 57 (60 figures)
PowerPoint
Published: Q1 2017

Research Customization:

This report set includes up to 25 hours of analyst time to customize the research data, market size forecasts and/or provide analysis to fit your organization’s specific needs. A few examples include the following:

Market Size Breakdowns: Custom forecasts by market vertical, horizontal application area, product, geography and/or technology. Competitive Analysis: Identify strategic partners, SWOT analysis, market positioning and strategy analysis. Technology Evaluation: In-depth analysis of a specific product/technology or emerging areas including patent analysis and network simulations.

Key Topics Covered:

Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks:

1. Executive Summary
2. The Industrial WSN Ecosystem
3. WSN Solutions & Applications
4. Survey Results
5. General WSN Trends
6. Low Power WANs
7. Technology Dynamics
8. Standards, Technologies & Industry Alliances
9. Short Range WSN Technologies
10. LPWAN Technologies
11. IP Smart Object Technologies
12. Open Source Initiatives
13. Global Total Market Size Forecasts
14. Target Markets
15. Process Automation
16. Hybrid & Discrete Industries
17. Agriculture, Construction & Others
18. Competitive Landscape

Industrial Low Power Wide Area:

1. Executive Summary
2. The Industrial LPWAN Ecosystem
3. The Industrial LPWA Value System
4. Market Trends & Drivers
5. The Market Opportunity
6. Industrial IoT Survey Results
7. Wireless Sensor Networks
8. Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Networks
9. Technology Dynamics
10. LPWA Standards, Technologies & Industry Alliances
11. Cellular Based LPWA Technologies
12. Non-Cellular LPWA Technologies
13. Other LPWA Technologies
14. Network Simulations
15. Global Total Market Size Forecasts
16. Target Markets
17. Manufacturing
18. Oil & Gas
19. Electric Power
20. Water & Wastewater
21. Agriculture
22. Logistics
23. Mining, Construction and Others
24. Competitive Landscape

Oil & Gas Wireless Sensor Networks:

1. Executive Summary
2. The Oil & Gas WSN Ecosystem
3. Target Markets & Applications
4. The Digital Oilfield Value System
5. Adoption Trends & Survey Results
6. Technology Dynamics
7. Global Total Market Size Forecasts
8. Exploration & Production
9. Pipelines & Storage
10. Competitive Landscape

Industrial WSN Global Survey:

1. Background & Methodology
2. Respondent Overview
3. Wireless In-House Experience
4. Adoption Trends
5. Satisfaction with Current WSN Systems
6. Most Important WSN Features
7. Opinions, Preferences & Future Plans
8. Low Power Wide Area Networks

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9w5qwn/industrial_wsn?w=5

Media Contact:

Laura Wood, Senior Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com

For E.S.T Office Hours Call +1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call +1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900

U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/industrial-wsn-report-set–customization-research-bundle-300576368.html

SOURCE Research and Markets

Related Links

http://www.researchandmarkets.com

Aerkomm Inc. Announces Filing of S-1 Registration Statement

Aerkomm’s common stock is currently quoted for trading on the OTCQX under the symbol “AKOM.” Prior to the effective date of the registration statement relating to the prospectus, Aerkomm plans to file an application to have its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange’s NYSE American segment, under the symbol “AKOM.

Aerkomm’s common stock is currently quoted for trading on the OTCQX under the symbol “AKOM.” Prior to the effective date of the registration statement relating to the prospectus, Aerkomm plans to file an application to have its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange’s NYSE American segment, under the symbol “AKOM.”

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the prospectus relating to this offering, when available, may be obtained from Boustead Securities, LLC at 6 Venture, Suite 325, Irvine, CA 92618, via telephone at +1 949 502 4409, or via email at offerings@boustead1828.com

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

A copy of the Company’s Form S-1 filing is available on the SEC’s website at http://sec.gov.

About Aerkomm Inc.

Aerkomm Inc. is a development stage service provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity with advanced technologies and a unique business model. As a development stage service provider of in-flight connectivity and entertainment, or IFEC, solutions, we intend to provide airline passengers with a broadband in-flight experience that encompasses a wide range of service options. Such options include Wi-Fi, cellular, movies, gaming, live TV, and music. We plan to offer our services through both built-in in-flight entertainment systems, such as a seat-back display, as well as on passengers’ personal devices. We also expect to provide content management services and e-commerce solutions related to our IFEC solutions. We plan to partner with airlines and offer airline passengers free IFEC services. We intend to generate revenues through advertising and in-flight transactions. We believe our innovative approach differentiates us from existing market players. For more information about Aerkomm Inc., please visit www.aerkomm.com.

About Boustead Securities, LLC

Boustead Securities, LLC (“Boustead”) is an investment banking firm that executes and advises on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and restructuring assignments in a wide array of industries, geographies and transactions, for a broad client base. Boustead’s core value proposition is the ability to create opportunity through innovative solutions and tenacious execution. With experienced professionals in the United States and around the world, Boustead’s team moves quickly and provides a broad spectrum of sophisticated financial advice and services. For more information, visit http://www.boustead1828.com/

Safe Harbor Statement

This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of any entity. This release contains certain forward-looking statements based on our current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially from those stated or implied in such forward-looking statements, due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, which include the risk factors disclosed in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on December 20, 2017. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” and “would” or similar words. We assume no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Boustead Securities, LLC Contact:

Dan McClory, Managing Director, Head of China, and Head of Equity Capital Markets
+1 (949) 502-4408
dan@boustead1828.com

Investor Relations Contacts:

Jeremy Roe, Managing Partner
Integra Consulting Group LLC
jeremy@integracg.net
+1 (925) 262-8305

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aerkomm-inc-announces-filing-of-s-1-registration-statement-300576154.html

SOURCE Aerkomm Inc.

Related Links

https://www.aerkomm.com

The best scanners of 2018

For many businesses buying the best scanner for their needs is still very important, as they can quickly and accurately duplicate important documents. Even home users will occasionally find the need to use a scanner, so our list of the best scanners in 2018 comes in.

For many businesses buying the best scanner for their needs is still very important, as they can quickly and accurately duplicate important documents. Even home users will occasionally find the need to use a scanner, so our list of the best scanners in 2018 comes in.

We’ve picked out our top five scanners, both for personal and for business use, and these are devices that cover a wide range of use cases and will transform how individuals and companies handle their document management processes. Meanwhile, our price comparison tool will compare prices from a number of online retailers to ensure that you get the very best deals when buying a new scanner.

If you’re looking to buy a scanner for your home or office, choosing any of the ones from this list will ensure you have a dependable and great performing device.

Also check out our list of the 10 best office apps for Android

Document scanners are all about being able to process large amounts of documents in a trustworthy, seamless and intuitive fashion, and being able to integrate the information collected in existing document management systems. You’re almost certainly looking at a sheet-fed scanner rather than a flatbed one, and there are plenty of models on the market to fit most needs including, at the very high-end, devices that can scan A3 sheets and perform 30,000 scans per day.

The Panasonic KV-S1027C represents an ideal middle ground in that it’s fairly affordable but delivers the sort of performance you’d expect from a more expensive model. It scans up to 45 pages per minute, has a USB 3.0 port and can scan anything from embossed ID cards to passports. Add in a 100-sheet ADF, integrated ISIS/WIA/TWAIN drivers and a three-year warranty as standard and you have a pretty compelling offering.

Flatbed scanners are the only way to go should you want a versatile unit to scan photos at high resolution, and the Canoscan 9000F Mark II ticks all the right boxes. It might be three-years-old but like the scanner market in general, there hasn’t been a lot of meaningful innovation in this particular arena.

The 9000F offers a scanning resolution of up to 9600×9600 dpi for film/slides and a quarter of that for photo and documents, all at 48-bit. It can handle negatives and filmstrips thanks to a built-in adaptor. It doesn’t require warm-up time and can also scan straight to a number of cloud-based services. It might be a tad bigger than its cousins (many of which would be using CMOS rather than CCD technology) but features like FARE (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) will more than make up for that.

The most important feature in a network scanner is the presence of an Ethernet port. Many high-end document scanners will have one by default since they’re expected to service more than one person. The better models will offer a fast scanning speed coupled with integrated drivers, high daily duty cycles, the ability to scan to multiple destinations and a decent size document sheet feeder.

The Epson Workforce DS-860N offers all this and more – there’s a five-year warranty as default, and the ability to scan oversized folded documents (e.g. A3). It can scan at up to 65 pages per minute at a resolution of up to 600 dpi, with a daily duty cycle of 6,000 sheets. Two other smart features include colour enhance or colour dropout which either highlights or removes a particular colour from the scanned document.

SMBs must be flexible, and the same is true for the office equipment they use, which is why the ideal scanner for a small business may well be one that combines scanning, printing and, more often than not, faxing. Purists might not agree, but a single unit that can handle all these essential business functions is often a better option than having dedicated devices, especially if you are a one-man-band or a small team.

The HP Officejet 7612 is near that sweet spot: it copies, scans and faxes, has an Ethernet port and offers Wi-Fi, scans up to A3 size (and to several destinations) and doesn’t cost the Earth. Users will love the fact that it supports both Mac and Linux, and that it sports a large touchscreen control panel.

A portable scanner is all about compromises – you swap the convenience of having a large flatbed area for mobility. The best models will do duplex scanning (the ability to scan both sides of a sheet), scan more than one page at a time, offer macOS and Windows compatibility and a decent software package. Optionally, they can be battery-powered, offer Wi-Fi and the ability to scan to the cloud.

The ADS-1600W from Brother fits the bill in terms of cramming features in – despite its diminutive size, this device sports an LCD touchscreen, a 20-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF), and can scan up to 18 pages per minute. It also comes with built-in TWAIN and ISIS drivers, a USB port and Wi-Fi connectivity. Surprisingly, it even supports Linux and has a clever slot allowing you to scan plastic IDs.

The best wireless business routers of 2018

Welcome to our list of the best business routers of 2018. Here, we show you the top choices for wireless routers for office, business or home office use.

Wireless routers targeted at businesses have improved tremendously over the past few years with the best models offering dual or even triple band connectivity, as well as a slew of other features usually found on far more expensive enterprise-grade models.

Welcome to our list of the best business routers of 2018. Here, we show you the top choices for wireless routers for office, business or home office use.

Wireless routers targeted at businesses have improved tremendously over the past few years with the best models offering dual or even triple band connectivity, as well as a slew of other features usually found on far more expensive enterprise-grade models.

Indeed, the complexity and requirements of running a wireless network these days mean that routers now have a much more varied feature set, as well has including hardware that is often found in computers.

Priorities for business users differ from most consumer users: security, support, remote access, business-grade VPN, WAN redundancy, connectivity options and scalability rank higher than, say, absolute raw speed, value for money or quality of service.

However, this doesn’t mean that some consumer routers cannot be used as business routers, especially in a home office environment. Below, we list the best wireless business routers out there, so if you’re looking for a top business router, look no further…

Asus has a reputation for manufacturing great consumer products and the Taiwanese firm – known for its laptops and motherboards – has been trying its hand at wireless products. The BRT-AC828 is its only business router and the device ticks a lot of boxes, even for small businesses looking for more than 10 simultaneous connections.

Granted, it is excruciatingly expensive but packs the sort of features you’d never expect from a router like an M.2 slot to plug in an SSD to convert it into a mini-NAS. There’s a lot more here including support for RADIUS, the ability to aggregate four 1Gb Ethernet ports into a virtual 4Gb one (it has a mighty eight Gigabit Ethernet ports in all) and even support for LTE as a backup connection to improve resilience – the router already has two 1Gbps WAN ports that can be aggregated or used independently.

As you’d expect from a top of the range router, it offers 4×4 MU-MIMO and theoretical speeds of up to 2.6Gbps with open plan coverage up to 100m (albeit on the 2.4GHz band). Asus has also partnered with Trend Micro to offer a built-in security package called AIProtection.

If you want a good performing, no-nonsense router, then the Billion BiPAC 8900AX-2400 is well worth considering. Billion might not be as much of a well-known brand as some of the others on this list, but it has been around for more than a decade.

We would especially recommend the BiPAC 8900AX-2400 to people with an ADSL2+ internet connection, as it can replace your existing modem as well. Of course, this involves a bit of tweaking – and it’s here that we offer a note of caution: this is a router suitable for people who are confident in setting up networks. If you want a plug-and-play stylish looking user-friendly router, this will not be for you.

Don’t let its ugly looks (and the similarly clunky user interface) put you off, though: this is a great all-round router for your small business. Feature-wise, it can reach 2.4Gbps on both bands with an auto-failover feature should you connect a 3G/4G modem to its USB port. It is a bit lightweight compared to the competition in the connectivity stakes, though, with only four Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 connector; but that’s reflected in its lower price.

Linksys is one of the most recognisable names in small business networking. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the company was one of the first to deliver a tri-band router which uses MU-MIMO technology – and a whopping eight antennas – to deliver two 2.17Gbps streams with an additional 1Gbps stream for legacy 2.4GHz devices.

Managing three separate bands requires some serious firepower which is why there’s a dual-core 1.4GHz processor at the heart of the EA9500. Linksys recommends pairing the device with its own Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender to offer seamless roaming and improve coverage.

Other than two USB ports, the router comes with a hefty eight LAN ports and a WAN port. There are no specific business features other than WPA2 enterprise wireless encryption – you won’t be able to bond Gigabit ports and there are no redundancy/failover options, or security extras. Nonetheless, the fact that this device can be controlled from an app makes it ideal for busy small businesses.

Technically speaking, the Nighthawk X10 is a consumer router but like the Asus model above, it offers features that you will usually find on business routers. As technically advanced as most routers on this list, it is rated at 2600Mbps using 4×4 MU-MIMO and has plenty of LAN ports – seven Gigabit ones, in fact. You can aggregate a pair of them to reach 2Gbps and there’s even a 10G LAN SPF+ connector for NAS access (assuming you’ve got a device that supports this technology).

Add in a pair of USB 3.0 ports and some powerful hardware (quad-core ARM processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1GB RAM and 512MB storage) and you can see why this Netgear router will appeal to businesses as well as enthusiast-level consumers.

Its most intriguing feature, though, has to be support for 802.11ad which is a short range, high-speed connectivity that requires line of sight to work properly. Also known as WiGig, it operates in the 60GHz spectrum and aims to replace wires altogether.

One unexpected goodie included with the router is a 6-month subscription to Amazon Cloud Drive (double check which one, though, as Amazon killed the ‘unlimited’ tier mentioned in the marketing literature) and that’s a great bonus for backup purposes.

The Synology RT2600ac is what you get when you fuse a traditional wireless router with a network-attached storage device or NAS (well, it gives you a bit more besides, too). The company is mostly known for its NAS boxes and while the modem doesn’t boast the beefiest specs or even a conventionally attractive shell like most of the competition, the RT2600ac packs a ton of features (like built-in VPN and the ability to aggregate two WAN ports) that make it worth your while.

While it only has 4GB of storage built-in, you can connect an external hard drive and configure your own cloud service similar to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. You can even download a selection of NAS-grade apps like a VPN client and server. Unfortunately, the app selection is sparse at the moment, and the ecosystem needs better community support – which hopefully it’ll get going forward.

Though it’s not exactly fool-proof in terms of its setup process and the more complex functions it offers, the Synology RT2600ac is much more accessible than most NAS devices. Bear in mind that this is only Synology’s second attempt at devising a router of its own, so despite some shortcomings here, there’s plenty of room to improve.

Read the full review:Synology RT2600ac

We’ve also picked out the 10 best wireless routers for home users

The 10 best 3D printers of 2018

Finding the best 3D printer doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive thanks to our guide to the best 3D printers on the market today. In this list, we provide clear and concise information on a wide range of 3D printers, helping you to choose the best 3D printer for your needs.

Finding the best 3D printer doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive thanks to our guide to the best 3D printers on the market today. In this list, we provide clear and concise information on a wide range of 3D printers, helping you to choose the best 3D printer for your needs.

Our very own price comparison tool also scours the internet to find the very best deals on 3D printers, so when you’ve found the 3D printer that’s right for you, you can buy confident in the knowledge that you’re paying the best price.

From compact 3D printers that can sit on your desk, to budget 3D printers and huge industrial-grade 3D printers that can create large 3D printouts, we’ve listed the very best 3D printers available in 2018. Read on to find the best one for your needs.

Check out what printers made it into our top 10 best business printer roundup

The MakerBot Replicator+ is the successor to the popular MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, and the new version has brought improvements to nearly every part of the Replicator. This means the Replicator+ is faster and quieter than the previous version, while maintaining its excellent design and safety features. This desktop 3D printer is expensive, but it offers excellent print quality, and uses 1.75mm polylactic acid (PLA) filament. It’s also user-friendly enough for home users and hobbyists to use – as long as your budget can stretch to the high asking price.

If you’re looking for a budget 3D printer, then there really is no better option than the XYZprinting da Vinci Mini. It remains one of the most affordable ways to get into 3D printing, and also the easiest, thanks to an easy-to-use interface. Just because it’s a budget model, doesn’t mean it doesn’t produce good results, and the 3D printed objects it creates are very impressive considering the price – and size – of this 3D printer. Speaking of size, the XYZprinting da Vinci Mini is an impressively compact printer that makes it easy to store in an office or on a desk.

The Ultimaker 2+ is a 3D printer that offers amazing print quality, making it one of the best 3D printers for professional use. It is incredibly reliable when it comes to producing 3D models, and the accuracy of the 3D replications is incredibly impressive. If you need a 3D printer that can reliably reproduce many 3D objects accurately, this is a fantastic choice. However, it is expensive, and the fact that it is aimed at professional environments means it’s less beginner-friendly than some of the other 3D printers here. Home users are better off looking elsewhere.

The Formlabs Form 2 is an excellent 3D printer for enthusiasts who don’t mind paying extra to get the very best print quality. It’s a beautifully-designed 3D printer, and can be connected to PCs via USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet. It doesn’t quite have the print reliability of the Ultimaker 2+, but the print quality more than makes up for a few errors.

The M3D Micro 3D Printer is an excellent 3D printer for beginners. Its low price means you’re not investing lots of money if you’re not entirely sure 3D printing is for you, while the compact, cube, design means it can be easily placed within the home or office. It looks good, and is impressively quiet when in use. The print quality isn’t the best, however, and it is only able to make small models (not too surprising, considering the diminutive size). However, if you’re looking for your first 3D printer, this is an excellent choice.

The FlashForge Creator Pro 2017 is the best 3D printer that sits between budget 3D printers and expensive professional models. It’s a lot cheaper than pro models, though it maintains the build quality and reliability that you’d come to expect from a professional 3D printer. It’s not quite as cheap as the budget and beginner models in this list, but it offers greater accuracy when printing 3D models. It is a tad noisy in use, however.

If you’re looking for a first 3D printer to learn the ropes with, then the LulzBot Mini is another excellent choice. It’s got a decent price, and is easy to use, though the print speed is quite slow. The hardware is open source, which means it has a flexibility that propitiatory hardware lacks, as a committed community of makers can work together to create add-ons for the printer.

The bulk of home 3D printers are limited to one- or two-colour printing, but the CubePro Trio has the capability to print three different materials in one session. This can be especially useful if you want to create an enclosed mechanism: nylon can be used for the gears, ABS for the surround and PLA for the support structure that can then be dissolved with caustic soda. The CubePro is an ideal solution for modellers and engineers who need to create 3D prints with moving parts.

In general terms 3D printers are designed as boxes with purpose, however BeeTheFirst has created a printer with both quality of print and actual design in mind – this is a machine that really wouldn’t look out of place in a modern living room. BeeTheFirst has also thought about how and where people will be wanting to use their printers – at work, home or both – and has incorporated a thin design with a handle that enables the printer to be easily transported.

Initially you might be hard pressed to see the differences between the Taz 5 and 6; both feature a solid open frame build, large print base and ease of use.

However take a closer look at the refinements in design and improvements in usability and the upgrades quickly stand out. Features such as the auto leveling base has evolved from the one featured on the Luzbot Mini and works just as well on this larger scale, and the slight changes to frame layout and control panel are all welcome.

The Taz 6 is a big machine with an impressive print area of 280mm x 280mm x 250mm, with a 0.5mm nozzle capable of a minimum layer height of 75 microns and takes 2.85mm filament.

SIM only deals: the best plans in January 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.

1. The absolute cheapest SIM only deal out there
2. The best 1GB+ SIM only deal
3. The best 2GB-4GB SIM only deal
4. The best 5GB-8GB SIM only deal
5. The best 10GB-16GB SIM only deal
6. The best 20GB-30GB SIM only deal
7. The best SIM only deal for unlimited dataCheck out today’s best unlimited data SIM only deals8. Best EE SIM only deal
9. Best Three SIM only deal
10. Best data only SIM deal

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.

View all:EE SIM only deals


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.

View allO2 SIM only deals


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.

View allVodafone SIM only deals


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. But it’s a bit shy on the free promotions stuff, and 4G coverage isn’t as strong as the other networks.

View all3 mobile SIM only deals


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 6GB and 15GB SIM only deals with BT also include free access to BT Sport on mobile.

For existing BT Broadband customers
(click the customer option at the top if the prices are more expensive)

12 months | 500MB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £40 BT Reward Card –£6 per month at BT

12 months | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £10 per month at BT

12 months | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £12 per month at BT

12 months | 15GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £100 BT Reward Card – £18 per month at BT

For non-BT Broadband customers:

12 months | 500MB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £40 BT Reward Card –£7 per month at BT

12 months | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £15 per month at BT

12 months | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £17 per month at BT

12 months | 15GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £100 BT Reward Card – £23 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.

View all iD SIM only deals


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.

View all giffgaff SIM only deals


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.

View all Virgin Mobile SIM only deals


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.

View all Tesco Mobile SIM only deals


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.

View allTalkTalk SIM only deals


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.

View allPlusnet SIM only deals


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.

View allFreedom Pop SIM only deals


Mobiles.co.uk SIM only deals

It’s always worth checking out Mobiles.co.uk 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.

View: SIM only deals at Mobiles.co.uk


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.

View allCarphone Warehouse SIM only deals

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

How does TechRadar make money from SIM only deals?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

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…

Samsung is offering Rs. 1000 discount on the Galaxy On NXT 16GB on January 3

Samsung is offering a Rs. 1000 discount on the 16GB variant of its Galaxy On Nxt smartphone. The device will be sold on Flipkart for Rs. 9,999 as part of its Mobile Bonanza sale, starting on January 3.

Samsung is offering a Rs. 1000 discount on the 16GB variant of its Galaxy On Nxt smartphone. The device will be sold on Flipkart for Rs. 9,999 as part of its Mobile Bonanza sale, starting on January 3. According to the Flipkart listing, the device will be on discount from 00:00am on January 3.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 16GB Specifications

The 16GB variant of the Galaxy On Nxt has a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset, with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, with support for microSD cards up to 256GB. On the back, the Galaxy On Nxt comes with a 13MP camera and on the front, it sports an 8MP camera.

Other specs of the phone include a 3,300mAh battery, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI on top.

While this isn’t particularly a new launch, the 16GB variant of the Galaxy On Nxt seems to be new. Samsung hasn’t officially announced a new device, but seems to have updated the amount of storage with this one. The company also has a 16GB On Nxt selling for Rs. 18,490.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 16GB variant has been priced at Rs. 10,999. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting from January 3. Initially, the phone will be available at a discount of Rs. 1,000 during the Flipkart 2018 Mobiles Bonanza sale.