Google bakes security into new .app internet domain – CNET

Google took a new step Tuesday in its effort to curtail internet skullduggery, opening up its .app online real estate that requires the kinds of encrypted connections that can thwart such problems.

Google took a new step Tuesday in its effort to curtail internet skullduggery, opening up its .app online real estate that requires the kinds of encrypted connections that can thwart such problems.

The .app domain is one among many joining traditional top-level domains like .com and .net. But Google, the winning bidder among several for .app, wants it to be something of a safe haven. Encryption secures data so prying eyes can’t see it and middlemen can’t interfere with it, and Google requires the use of HTTPS encryption technology for .app websites.

Encrypted communications used to be slower and more expensive on the internet, but the technology has grown faster and cheap as it spread from early uses like e-commerce. Now it’s commonplace for connections to communication services, news sites and search engines.

Google is touting .app for developers looking for a website to promote their apps. Among those that signed up so far are picnic.app, cash.app, podcast.app and pickle.app.

“You can use your new domain as a landing page to share trustworthy download links, keep users up to date, and deep link to in-app content,” Google domains leader Ben Fried said in a blog post. “HTTPS is required to connect to all .app websites, helping protect against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, in addition to safeguarding against spying on open Wi-Fi networks. Because .app will be the first TLD [internet top-level domain] with enforced security made available for general registration, it’s helping move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future in a big way.”

Offering encrypted websites has been getting easier in part through an effort called Let’s Encrypt, sponsored by Google, Mozilla, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Akamai and other tech powers. It provides for free the digital certificates necessary to run an encrypted site.

Google’s .app domain uses technology called HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) that requires an encrypted HTTPS connection, and sites on the .app are automatically on major browsers’ HSTS preload list that adds an extra layer of protections.

The same advantages encryption brings to consumers make life harder for governments that want to track people. That can stymie criminal investigations, but it also makes it more difficult for authoritarian governments to crack down.

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The Groton Inn to Open on May 3rd: America’s Oldest Inn has been Elegantly Reimagined for a New Era

America’s oldest Inn, the original structure (circa 1678) was destroyed by fire in 2011 and has been meticulously and thoughtfully reimagined, drawing inspiration from classic New England architecture and the area’s rich colonial history.

America’s oldest Inn, the original structure (circa 1678) was destroyed by fire in 2011 and has been meticulously and thoughtfully reimagined, drawing inspiration from classic New England architecture and the area’s rich colonial history. From the large welcoming front porch to the crackling wood fire in the lobby fireplace, the inn offers a new level of comfort and service to local residents, business and leisure travelers, and those visiting nearby Lawrence Academy and Groton School. The inn is also within easy proximity to nearby technology hubs, corporations, cultural institutions, and outdoor recreation.

“We are thrilled to bring The Groton Inn into our portfolio of fine properties,” said Phil Kronenthal, Director of Operations of Migis Hotel Group. “We recognize the historic significance of this location, and the new hotel respects that integrity while boasting the world-class amenities and standards of service inherent in the Migis brand. We look forward to becoming a part of this community and are honored to be stewarding this very special property into the next era.”

The inn’s historically inspired décor features a distinctive color palette, brass fixtures, wide-planked hand-hewn hickory floors, and period details. Spacious guest rooms overlook pastoral vistas and are well appointed with comfortable work areas and luxurious amenities. Guests enjoy a full buffet breakfast, complimentary WIFI, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard with a fireplace. Two elegantly appointed private banquet rooms and an exclusive boardroom offering full audio/visual capabilities, along with expansive outdoor spaces, provide striking venues for social and corporate events.

Forge & Vine, a 156-seat freestanding restaurant set on 8.5 acres shared with The Groton Inn, will open this summer and become a welcome addition to the dining scene in Groton and the surrounding area. The warm ambiance, with its elemental themes of wood, water, iron, and fire, is a nod to the blacksmith shops that once dotted the region and is welcoming for casual dinners or special occasion events. Large floor-to-ceiling windows will deliver lots of natural light and invite views of the pastoral landscape. At the heart of the restaurant will be an eight-foot wood burning grill and open kitchen. A menu offering modern New England fare will be seasonally inspired and dishes will highlight the best ingredients from regional purveyors. Forge & Vine will feature an intimate private dining room for parties of 16 to 20 and a deck for al fresco dining.

The Groton Inn is open year round. Room rates start at $169/night and include breakfast if booked directly. Please visit thegrotoninn.com or call 978.448.6600 for more information.

Omni Properties, LLC, a commercial real estate development, brokerage, and property management company based in Concord, MA, is the developer of The Groton Inn.

ABOUT MIGIS HOTEL GROUP
Taking inspiration from the Abenaki word migis, a place to steal away to rest, Migis Hotel Group (MHG) is a family-run, Maine-based, and very personalized hotel management company founded in 1968. Operating boutique hotels, destination resort properties, and award-winning dining facilities, MHG properties offer guests a welcoming environment for rest and relaxation from an often hectic and overburdened life. MHG strives to provide each guest with heartfelt hospitality and a memorable dining experience for an exceptional value. Current properties managed include Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake, Maine; Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck, Maine; The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Lincolnville, Maine; The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Ogunquit, Maine; 250 Main, Rockland, Maine; The Emerson Inn, Rockport, Massachusetts; Higgins Beach Inn, Scarborough, Maine; and Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest, South Carolina. For more information visit migishotelgroup.com.

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The best cheap soundbar deals and sales for May 2018

Just like you should never doubt the immense power of a soundbar to simulate surround sound as you watch movies on your television, never doubt the power of a deal. Saving on a unibody speaker is impossibly easy and even the cheapest soundbar can still add power and clarity to the audio on a level your regular TV’s speakers simply can’t.

Just like you should never doubt the immense power of a soundbar to simulate surround sound as you watch movies on your television, never doubt the power of a deal. Saving on a unibody speaker is impossibly easy and even the cheapest soundbar can still add power and clarity to the audio on a level your regular TV’s speakers simply can’t.

While the results speak for themselves, trying to find the best soundbar deals can be an exercise in tedium. It’s a world filled with random series of numbers (take, for example, the Vizio SB-3830-D0 38-inch soundbar) and crazy differences in price. It’s overwhelming for most, and inconvenient for everyone. But that’s why you have us.

We’ve found tons of cheap soundbars you need to check out ASAP.

On a bigger budget? Check out our guide to the best soundbars overallWhat’s the best soundbar deal?

This answer is going to be different for everyone. Some people are fine with a standard soundbar – no subwoofer, no streaming capabilities. Others might want the sub, but no streaming. Others might want all of the above, plus two satellite speakers. It’s a your-miles-may-vary situation.

That said, we can give you some good ideas of what to look for and where to find those great deals when they pop up.

For most folks, you really just want the basic package: a soundbar with a digital audio cable input that should connect to most modern TVs. You can get a bit tricky with HDMI passthroughs, RCA inputs and 3.5mm jacks, but sometimes basic is better. Of course, we also recommend looking for soundbars with a subwoofer included, that way you’ll get the full audio range from your favorite TV shows and movies, not just the highs and the mids.

There’s plenty of soundbars to pick from, and more coming out every week, so without further ado here are the best soundbar deals we’ve found this month.

Samsung’s HW-J355 is one of the best-selling soundbars, and for good reason. Not only does it offer good sound quality from its four combined-120W tweeters, but also comes with a wired subwoofer to add some meat to the sound. It’s a bit on the trim side at 37.13 x 2.28 x 2.56 inches, but it only weighs 3.5 lbs. The accompanying subwoofer is wired, so that might be one hang-up, and you won’t find a ton of ports here. On the plus side, though, it comes with 3D Sound Plus, which tries to simulate a surround sound effect using some clever sonic tricks. If you don’t mind something basic, this is your guy.

Read the review:Samsung HW-J355

Don’t want to be tied to a subwoofer? We don’t blame you. If you want the same robust quality of sound without the extra black box, check out the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System. The bar measures in at a fair 2.6 x 21.6 x 3.4 inches (H x W x D) and 3.73 lbs, making it easy to wall-mount. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned it takes optical audio, coaxial audio and 3.5mm auxiliary. It comes with a remote control, which we appreciate, and has built-in Bluetooth.

The M3 soundbar is easy to love. It might not be the most glamorous to look at, stubbornly only supports 2.1 channels of sound, and has never heard of Wi-Fi, but if there’s a better sounding soundbar on the market for less than £300/$300, we haven’t heard it. Unfortunately, there’s no subwoofer here or shot at simulated surround sound, but that’s because Q Acoustics has very deliberately kept things simple by not attempting to ‘muddy the waters’ by trying to apply (often ugly) psycho-acoustic processing.

Read the review:Q Acoustics M3 Soundbar

If you’re looking for a soundbar that strikes the balance between feature set, performance and price, LG’s SH7B is it. That said, it might cost a bit more than you were looking to spend. Thankfully, it’s very often on sale. This soundbar measures in at 41.73 x 2.09 x 3.35 inches, making it perfect for 49-inch and up TVs. The soundbar excels in the movie department – lasers, explosions and crushing bodily impacts in football hit home with impactful blasts of sound –that said, it’s probably not the best soundbar for the music lover out there.

Read the review:LG SH7B

Not content with dominating the TV world, Samsung now seems to have its sights set on becoming the number one brand for home entertainment audio, too. To that end, the Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar is one of our favorite pieces of AV equipment made this year – which is why we gave it our coveted Editor’s Choice award when it came out last year.

Samsung has rewritten the rulebook with the HW-MS650. No other one-body soundbar has combined so much raw power with so much clarity, scale and, especially, bass, or excelled so consistently with both films and music. It’s the sort of performance that only genuine audio innovation can deliver.

If you can afford it, this is the soundbar you need in your living room.

Read the review: Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar

One of the best deals on high-end soundbars comes in the form of Sony’s HT-NT5. This 6.1 soundbar offers 400 watts of power and, for the audiophiles out there, supports 24-bit/96KHz Hi-Res Audio. The main bar is 42.51 x 2.28 x 5.00 inches (W x H x D) while the accompanying wireless subwoofer sits at a portly 7.48 × 15.0 × 15.2 inches. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned, it has Analog Audio In, Bluetooth Reception, Bluetooth Transmission, Ethernet, USB, three HDMI-Ins and one HDMI-Out. Beyond traditional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the HT-NT5 also supports multi-room listening through Sony’s SongPal app, and works with Google Home.

Read the review: Sony HT-NT5

Just when you think you really know a company, it goes and releases something completely out of left-field. Take Razer: historically, it’s been a peddler of pointers and the king of keyboards. Then they release the Razer Leviathan, a really smart soundbar that costs less than most TVs. Razer’s audio monster might not have the most power-per-inch at only 30 watts, but we really liked how low it could go with the accompanying subwoofer. Plus, while other speakers on this list might not even attempt surround sound, Razer gives it the ol’ college try and actually does a decent job with it. It might not be as good as a true 7.1 system, but try finding one of those for under $199/£159.

Read the review:Razer Leviathan

With four HDMI inputs and 4K passthrough, myriad other connections and Bluetooth streaming, it’s tempting to call the Arcam Solo Bar as much of a home cinema hub as a soundbar. It also adds Bluetooth aptX for good measure, rendering your streamed tunes listenable at last. Well connected it may be, but this 1,000 x 130 x 110mm unit offers more than one-cable nirvana, with its two speakers offering a lot more meat than the average flat TV. Want more welly? Just add Arcam’s wireless Solo Sub. Want it for a steal? We’ve got you covered.

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The best free proxy services of 2018

If you’re looking for the best free web proxy in 2018, then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve gathered the very best proxies that will help you protect your privacy.

If you’re looking for the best free web proxy in 2018, then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve gathered the very best proxies that will help you protect your privacy.

Not sure what a web proxy is? A web proxy is a remote server that intercepts data travelling between you and the website you’re viewing, helping you stay anonymous online – but which is the best web proxy?

The premise sounds simple, but there are a lot of variables to consider. When choosing a web proxy – free or paid – it’s important to note what form of encryption it uses to secure your data, whether it logs your activity, and how long it keeps those logs for. Speed and convenience are also considerations.

With that in mind, here’s our guide to the best free web proxies around today. Bear in mind though that you usually get what you paid for and with free services, you end up being the product as, unlike traditional software, services do cost money to run.

If you’re looking for a long-term solution, why not get a vpn free? Or if you want a premium service, opt for one of the best vpn services we’ve identified. And while you’re here, check our list of the best free privacy software

1. VPNBook Free Web Proxy

Speedy, anonymous browsing from a service that won’t keep data indefinitely

In addition to its titular virtual private network, VPNBook provides a free SSL-encrypted web proxy for a spot of anonymous browsing. Take your pick from proxy servers based in the US, UK, or Canada, or let the proxy pick one at random.

In our tests, VPNBook was extremely fast, and its address bar/banner was unobtrusive. It also blocked ads and some scripted elements from web pages, which can be beneficial for privacy (though we’d appreciate being given a choice), and it supports HTTPS connections.

Like all free web proxies, VPNBook keeps web logs, which it can use to report illegal activity, but these are deleted automatically after a week.

It’s not perfect, but VPNBook’s speed, convenience and clear policy on logging make it our pick for the best free web proxy 2018.

Try it online: VPNBook Free Web Proxy

2. Hide My Ass

A free web proxy for ad-hoc private browsing from three remote locations

Hide My Ass offers a free web proxy service that’s very handy when you want to browse privately, but don’t have time or permission to download additional software or browser extensions. There are limitations – the premium software offers faster speeds, more secure encryption, and active malware protection – but for a quick bit of browsing, it’s a good option.

Hide My Ass’s free proxy masks your identity and IP address, connecting via servers in the USA, UK, or Netherlands (other options are visible in the drop-down menu, but are only accessible in the premium edition). The free service also places a large banner at the top of each web page, but it’s an advertisement for Hide My Ass’s own products – your data isn’t forwarded to third-party advertisers. It also supports HTTPS connections.

Hide My Ass’s web proxy service collects log files, which include your IP address, the URLs you visit, which pages and files you viewed, and when. It stores this data for 30 days – a policy that pushed it into second place.

Try it online: Hide My Ass

3. KProxy

KProxy is fast and free, with a portable browser for surfing on the move

KProxy offers a browser-based service, an extension for Chrome or Firefox, and a portable version of Firefox available with the extension already installed – a nice touch that lets you use the proxy on PCs at school, university or work.

Setup is a piece of cake – once the extension is installed, pick a remote server (the free version offers several options in Montreal and Munich) and click ‘Connect’. Secure HTTPS connections are supported.

The paid-for version, KProxy Pro, gives you access to ‘premium servers’, which it claims are ‘never overloaded’, implying that the free service may sometimes slow down under the weight of traffic, but we barely saw any impact on speed.

As ever with free services, there are limitations: you can only browse free for three hours at a stretch, or until you’ve reached your 300MB data cap. Once you hit this limit, you might see a tab prompting you to purchase a premium account, but this isn’t mandatory – you can reconnect again free after taking a breather for 30 minutes.

When it comes to logging, KProxy is less forthcoming – as expected, it logs what you’ve been up to, but it doesn’t specify how long it keeps those records for.

Try it online: KProxy

4. Privoxy

Turn a home PC into a remote proxy server to anonymize your internet use

Privoxy might not have a flashy graphical interface, but it’s not too tricky to set up. The main difference between this and the other free software here is that you’ll need your own PC to act as a proxy server when you’re elsewhere (so you can access the internet from a public Wi-Fi network as though you were using it from home).

Our friends at Lifehacker have put together a handy guide to securing and anonymizing your internet connection using Privoxy together with LogMeIn Hamachi. Once set up, this duo will protect all incoming and outgoing data – not just that accessed via your browser – making it a feasible option for streaming or gaming. The drawbacks is that you’ll need to leave a PC on at home, and a sluggish home connection will leave you frustrated.

Like other free web proxies, Hamachi logs your IP address, the sites you visit, the pages and files you view, and when you view them. It may also use tracking cookies to collect anonymous information about you.

Download here: Privoxy

5. FilterBypass

Handy for unblocking videos, but not suitable for shopping or banking

FilterBypass is a web proxy service with extra security features available at the click of a mouse, including URL encryption, page encryption, and the ability to disable scripts and cookies – features that are often limited to premium proxies.

FilterBypass supports YouTube and Dailymotion, making it easy to access videos that are blocked in your country. It supports HTTPS. but online stores and banking services are blocked (a way for the company to protect its back in case your data is somehow intercepted).

There’s no mention on the site of where the proxy servers are located, but in our tests, data was routed via Germany.

FilterBypass logs your activity using its services, and – like all free web proxies – will release this information if it’s necessary for a criminal investigation, but it only keeps these logs for a week.

Try it online: FilterBypass

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Sprint’s new mobile app gives you automatic VPN protection when you need it

Sprint has released a new mobile app for its customers which detects when an unsecured public Wi-Fi network is connected to, and automatically turns on a VPN to encrypt and protect the user’s data.

Sprint has released a new mobile app for its customers which detects when an unsecured public Wi-Fi network is connected to, and automatically turns on a VPN to encrypt and protect the user’s data.

The Sprint Secure Wi-Fi app is available for iOS and Android, and Sprint subscribers can use it on their smartphone or tablet, with business users likely to be particularly interested in gaining the benefits of encryption to keep sensitive data away from any prying eyes.

And the risks are obviously higher when it comes to public Wi-Fi – i.e. wireless connections in coffee shops or hotels – which is unsecure and potentially vulnerable to malicious attackers tapping into the network.

Seamless security

The real selling point here is the fact that the app works seamlessly, automatically switching itself on when you’re using a public Wi-Fi connection, and equally, automatically disabling itself when you leave that wireless connection (and, say, you go back to your cellular connection).

The app also gives you the option to turn on the VPN permanently, so your data is encrypted and sent via the VPN tunnel even when you’re using a secure Wi-Fi network, just for extra protection.

Sprint Secure Wi-Fi will be provided at no extra cost to those who subscribe to the firm’s Mobility-as-a-Service unlimited plan, but for others, it will cost $1.99 per month, per user. Note that you can also pay a one-off fee of 99 cents for 24 hours’ worth of coverage.

These are the best VPN services of 2018

Windows 10 April 2018 Update kills off a number of features

Microsoft has just officially launched the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and it’s also revealed which features it’s removed from Windows 10.

As Microsoft notes in a news post on its Windows IT Pro Center website, while it adds plenty of new features and tools with major updates like the Windows 10 April 2018 update, also known as Windows 10 version 1803, it occasionally removes features and functionality as well.

Microsoft has just officially launched the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and it’s also revealed which features it’s removed from Windows 10.

As Microsoft notes in a news post on its Windows IT Pro Center website, while it adds plenty of new features and tools with major updates like the Windows 10 April 2018 update, also known as Windows 10 version 1803, it occasionally removes features and functionality as well.

This is usually because the features have been replaced with something more useful, or the feature or functionality just isn’t widely used any more. As with the Fall Creators Update, several features have been removed from Windows 10, and Microsoft has listed them, along with suggesting alternatives.

Here are the features that you will find missing when you install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

Getting out of the Groove

After killing off its Groove music streaming service last year, the Groove Music Pass has now been removed from Windows 10.

You can still use the Groove app to play music you have stored on your PC, or streamed from OneDrive, but if you want to stream music you don’t own then Microsoft suggests using Spotify or other music services. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow.

The HomeGroup feature, which allowed simple sharing of files and printers over a home network, has also been removed, and instead you’ll need to use the built-in tools that come with Windows 10.

While some people may be dismayed at the death of Groove and the lack of HomeGroups, there is one feature that most people will be happy to see the back of: Microsoft has announced that it has now completely removed the option to ‘Connect to suggested open hotspots’ in Windows 10’s Wi-Fi settings.

This was a controversial feature that worried many people when it was first introduced, as it would connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots (networks without a password) automatically by default, which led to some security concerns.

The option was so controversial that Microsoft disabled it, and it’s now removing it altogether. Instead, you’ll need to connect to open networks manually, which is a much more sensible idea.

The People app is also losing a number of features. It will no longer include unsaved contacts for non-Microsoft accounts, the ‘Conversations’ part of the app will no longer work when you’re offline, and you’ll need an Office 365 account.

Another tool that’s been cut from Windows 10, which very few people will mourn, is the XPS Viewer. This is no longer included by default, but if you’re one of the few people who use it, you can install it from the ‘Apps and Features’ section of the Settings app.

Marked for death

As well as announcing the features it’s killed off with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft has also listed the features that are no longer being actively developed. In software terms, this can often be a lot like being placed on death row, and it means that these features are likely to disappear in a future update to Windows 10.

The Windows Help Viewer app is being depreciated, with all Windows help information now available online. Of course, this isn’t going to benefit anyone who has an offline device.

The Contacts feature in File Explorer also looks set to be killed off soon, with Microsoft pointing users to the People app in Windows 10 for similar functionality.

The Phone Companion app is no longer being developed either, with Microsoft encouraging people to use the ‘Phone’ section of the Settings app, which will include all the Phone Companion features.

While it’s sometimes worrying when a company starts taking features away from a piece of software you rely on, for the most part these cuts make sense, with newer – and better – alternatives in place. Check out Microsoft’s full list of cut features for more information.

Don’t mind losing these features? Then here’s how to download and install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update right now

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Best action camera 2018: 10 cameras for the GoPro generation

Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They’re designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they’re small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video and in a wide-angle fish-eye perspective.

Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They’re designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they’re small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video and in a wide-angle fish-eye perspective.

Their small size and dramatic POV (‘point of view’) footage has made them popular with extreme sports participants, who capture their adventures by attaching cameras to themselves or their equipment. They’re also used by TV production companies where using a regular video camera would be impossible.

GoPro is the market leader with its iconic box-shaped Hero cameras, but action cams also come in a ‘bullet’ style, like the TomTom Bandit. There’s lots of choice now, and you shouldn’t just buy on brand – think about what you want from an action camera and how you plan to use it.

If you’re helmet-mounting, then a bullet cam will probably be the best choice. For a chest mount a box design will be more stable. And when it comes to features, do you really need Wi-Fi, 4K, GPS or even a screen? These all bump up the price, and while they are invaluable in some situations, you can still get great footage without them.

While it may appear to be a minor update from the Hero5 Black on the outside, a lot’s changed on the inside. The Hero6 Black gets a new GP1 processing engine, allowing you to record super high-quality 4K footage at 60fps. Other highlights include an improved image stabilization system, while the Hero6 Black offers a wider dynamic range and better low-light performance than the Hero5 Black. Waterproof down to 10m, the Hero6 Black has a useful 2-inch touchscreen, voice commands and an updated app with QuikStories that automatically transfers and edits your footage for you. If you want the best action camera, this is it.

Read our in-depthGoPro Hero6 Black review

It may have been overshadowed by the new Hero6 Black, but the Hero5 Black still has a lot to offer. Shooting 4K footage up to 30fps, video footage is incredibly smooth, while the ability to shoot stills in raw format brings even more flexibility. Waterproof down to 10m without the need for a protective case, it’s also simple to use, while the addition of a rear touchscreen, voice control and GPS make it one of the most feature-packed cams currently available. The great news is that GoPro’s just wiped $100/£100 off the price, making it an even more tempting proposition.

Read our in-depthGoPro Hero5 Black review

If you’re aquatic-minded, or you need to know exactly where you were, and how fast you are going when you took a video, buy a GoPro Hero6 Black. However, if you’re more interested in saving money on features you didn’t even want, the Yi 4K+ Action Camera is one of the simplest and best designed gadgets around. Everyone considering buying an action cam should have a look at the Yi 4K+ Action Camera because it’s almost exactly the same and, in some ways, even better than a GoPro.

Read our in-depthYi 4K+ Action Camera review

If you’ve been eyeing up a GoPro for some time, but haven’t been able to justify the price, the stripped-down Hero could be the answer. It doesn’t shoot 4K, but does shoot nice and smooth Full HD footage and is a great camera for the novice or casual user who just wants to capture the action without worrying about which frame rate or resolution they should be using. There are better specified-action cameras out there for a similar price, but they don’t have the refined design and polished control of the Hero.

Read our in-depthGoPro Hero review

Bullet shape cams might have fallen out of fashion recently thanks to GoPro and its box-shaped cameras, but the TomTom Bandit bucks the trend. In fact, the Bandit packs features that other manufacturers will need to follow if they’re to keep up with this newcomer. Taking years of GPS experience, TomTom has built in a series of sensors that not only record location but speed and G-force too, so that when these sensors pick up that something exciting has happened they automatically tag the footage. Back in the pub and with the app open and connected, a quick shake of your phone and the app will automatically edit your footage ready for upload. It really couldn’t be easier.

Read our in-depth TomTom Bandit review

The TG-Tracker’s futuristic design is hard to miss with an ultra wide 204 degree lens. Headline video resolutions include 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and an impressive 240fps at 720p for slow motion capture. This is an action camera ready for anything and even features a small LED video light built in. Sensors are the big news for the Tracker with GPS, compass, acceleration sensors plus a barometer and thermometer all capturing data from inside the compact case. The intel from these can all be displayed when viewing back the footage or in the video edit so you can show just how extreme you are. What’s more, it’s waterproof to 30m, features built in stabilization and can withstand temperatures down to -10C.

Read our in-depthOlympus TG-Tracker review

How often do you take an action cam underwater? If the answer’s not a lot, then the YI 4K Action Camera could be for you. While there’s an optional underwater case available, the camera isn’t waterproof. There is a large and responsive touchscreen, a big battery and a fast file transfers however, and while it may lack a few niceties – and we would include lens distortion correction and image stabilisation in that list – the YI 4K Action Camera remains a great value addition to any adventurer’s kit bag.

Read our in-depthYI 4K Action Camera review

There’s not much an Olfi one.five owner is left wanting, despite the unit costing half the price of GoPro’s leading camera. GPS, voice activation and the ability to link external sensors, such as Garmin’s numerous cycling products, are just a few things missing from the package, but for those who simply want to capture good-looking footage without breaking the bank, there’s very little to complain about.

Read our in-depth Olfi one.five review

The Hero5 Session follows on from the Hero4 Session, stripping back the action camera concept to its basics, but sharing many of the same specs as the Hero5 Black. That includes 4K video capture up to 30fps, image stabilisation, voice control and is waterproof down to 10m. The large Record button on the top starts and stops recording so there’s no worrying about different modes and options – that’s all handled by the app (though it does have a simple menu system if you wish). Back to basics, but still captures the quality of video that you’d expect from GoPro.

Read our in-depth GoPro Hero5 Session review

All action cameras are now promising 4K at 30fps, but Sony’s effort is about a lot more than just resolution and frame rate. The diminutive FDR-X3000R’s biggest claim is Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) image stabilization, which works across all resolutions and recording modes. It also includes an underwater housing – a rarity in the action camera market – and comes with a wearable, mountable live view remote, a smartwatch-sized contraption that allows the FDR-X3000R to be operated from afar, and its images previewed in real time.

Read our in-depthSony FDR-X3000R review

Top 10 GoPro accessoriesWhat camera should I buy?Best waterproof cameraBest camera

Even the mastermind behind Alexa isn’t happy with his smart home setup

If you’re struggling to get your smart home set up exactly the way you’d like it, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, arguably one of the greatest minds in smart home, Charlie Kindel – the mastermind behind Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa – is right there with you.

If you’re struggling to get your smart home set up exactly the way you’d like it, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, arguably one of the greatest minds in smart home, Charlie Kindel – the mastermind behind Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa – is right there with you.

Announcing that he was departing Amazon after five years overseeing the meteoric rise of Alexa, Kindel cited his “crusty” home automation system as one of the projects he’s now going to have some extra free time for.

Apparently his system was installed in 2001 (back when Kindel still worked at Microsoft) and is in serious need of an update. He’s also planning on putting some time into “a car restoration project that is two years behind schedule”.

Pro set-up

In a post titled ‘Friday was my last day at Amazon’ on his personal blog, Kindel said: “My home automation system needs a complete revamp (it’s gotten a bit crusty since it was installed in 2001).”

Kindel isn’t planning on DIY-ing his system, rather he’s “hiring a CEDIA-level installer to completely refit my home automation system and [he] will project manage that.”

Moving away from Amazon didn’t stop Kindel from promoting Alexa when talking to Cnet about what he’s planning in terms of his smart home overhaul.

He’s apparently planning on installing the Savant universal remote (Steve Jobs’ last patent he filed while alive) that allows you to control everything in your home, using a combination of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and infrared.

The device was designed by the team behind Beats headphones, and was a cool $500 at launch. Another major draw for Kindel is apparently the “solid Alexa skills” that it comes with.

Mant some more Alexa-themed reading? Check out: Listen up: Alexa isn’t spying on you, and this ‘spying’ skill only proves it

Three futureproofs backend infrastructure for 5G

SSE Enterprise Telecoms is helping Three upgrade is backend infrastructure to boost its existing network and eventually support the rollout of 5G services.

The first phase of the partnership is already underway and will see SSE bring fibre connections to Three’s 20 core UK data centres.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms is helping Three upgrade is backend infrastructure to boost its existing network and eventually support the rollout of 5G services.

The first phase of the partnership is already underway and will see SSE bring fibre connections to Three’s 20 core UK data centres.

Three has 10 million UK customers, adding 900,000 in the past 12 months, with its users consuming an average of 6.8GB per month. This is significantly more than users on other networks, with Three often boasting about the data-centric nature of its infrastructure.

Three 5G

The operator has sought to densify its network with small cells and boost indoor coverage with Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi), Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and low range 800MHz spectrum. However, all these fronthaul technologies need to connect to the network, which is where SSE comes in.

“Our customers use up to 3.5 times more data than the rest of the UK, a demand which is only going to increase as we move towards a 5G world,” said Bryn Jones, Chief Technology Officer at Three UK. “The decision to select SSE Enterprise Telecoms to assist us on this journey was straightforward. Their knowledge and ambitions for UK connectivity were clear and made them the natural choice.”

SSE Enterprise Telecoms operates a 14,000km fibre network across the UK, providing connectivity to businesses and communications providers. It also makes use of CityFibre’s national fibre network to serve customers. The deal with Three plays into its own plans to bring more “strategically placed” data centres onto its infrastructure.

“Our continued investment has made us the go-to network provider to help UK businesses unlock their growth potential,” said Colin Sempill, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Telecoms.

“As a connectivity provider, we understand how integral network infrastructure is to allow technologies like 5G to reach their vast potential. We’re excited at the opportunity to assist Three UK in its journey to bring unrivalled experiences to its customers while offering new connection options to our own.”

The first commercial 5G networks are expected to arrive in the UK in 2020, with all four major operators securing 3.4GHz spectrum that will power the first tranche of services at the Ofcom auction earlier this year.

Want to find out more about 5G? Check out our dedicated 5Ghub!

Check out the best mobile deals for May 2018

The best mobile phone deals in May 2018

Compare and filter today’s best mobile phone deals in the UK:

Following the Mobile World Congress back at the end of February, we’re finally starting to see some new flagship phones hit the market.

Compare and filter today’s best mobile phone deals in the UK:

Following the Mobile World Congress back at the end of February, we’re finally starting to see some new flagship phones hit the market. The likes of Samsung, Sony and Huawei have launched new handsets, and other manufacturers will follow. And you’ve come to the right place if you want to make your life easier when trying to find the best mobile phone deal for your needs and budget.

Sit back, relax and prepare to bag a bargain. We’ve rooted out the cheapest deals on the best handsets from the major UK networks. Use TechRadar’s custom made price comparison chart above to find your ideal phone and contract – simply pick your desired handset, budget and allowances and we’ll tell you the very best phone deal around.

Below, you can browse through our individual handset guides for all of the best mobile phone deals out there, whether you’re after the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 or something a little older (and cheaper!). Want a free phone? Lots of data? The lowest possible monthly cost? We’ll help you find the perfect deal. We’ve even picked out the best SIM only deals, in case you’re not quite ready to part with your current handset.

Get £10 off the upfront cost of any mobile phone deal (except the iPhone X) at Mobiles.co.uk with our exclusive 10OFF discount codeBuying a mobile phone – what you need to know

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

Can I keep my old number?

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

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

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

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 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

Which phone network is best?

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

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

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

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

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

What phone contract length should I get?

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

How much phone data do I need?

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

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

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

Should I get unlimited calls and texts?

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

How much phone memory do I need?

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

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

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

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

Are refurbished phones good to buy?

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

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

TechRadar’s unbiased and independent mobile phone deals comparison

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

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

How does TechRadar make money from affiliates?

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.

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

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

How do we order these mobile phone deals?

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

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

How do the mobile phone deals comparison tools work?

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

What is TechRadar?

TechRadar is Europe’s largest technology reviews website with over 22 million visitors every month. It’s our aim to provide you with the very best buying advice, always. If you’d like to read reviews of the mobile phones you see on this page, you can visit TechRadar’s reviews homepage.

How do we select which networks and resellers to display?

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

Best value mobile phone deals of the month:

Our editors look at all of the available deals for all of the best smartphones every week of every month of every year – not just when the going is good around Black Friday. In this section, we’ve picked out the best deal available right now for each phone, as well as a link through to the ‘best deals’ guide for each individual handset.


iPhone X deals

We know it’s a word that bugs a lot of people, but please let us use it this once – GAMECHANGER. After years of incremental gains and upgrades, Apple finally unveiled a radically improved handset to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.

We’ve found the best iPhone X deals


iPhone 8 deals

It’s really the iPhone 7S by another name, as it’s little more than an incremental upgrade on the iPhone 7. And it has had its thunder stolen by the iPhone X somewhat. Wireless charging is the big new feature – the first time we’ve seen it on an Apple phone.

Here are the best iPhone 8 dealsand iPhone 8 Plus deals


Samsung Galaxy S9 deals

We really loved the Galaxy S8, so we probably shouldn’t be that disappointed that its successor only offers a relatively minor improvement. But to be fair to the latest Samsung handset, the Galaxy S9’s cameras are nothing short of extraordinary and it’s definitely among the best Android phones on the market.

See more Samsung Galaxy S9 deals and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus deals


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals

Big in stature and price tag, this 6.3-inch monster will only appeal to people who use their phone as a multimedia hub. It has a QHD+ display and 6GB Ram – phones like the Note 8 don’t come around too often.

See more Samsung Note 8 deals


iPhone 7 deals

Prices on Apple’s recently surpassed flagship phone are now finally starting to fall to more palatable levels. We’ve seen prices as low as £22.99 a month on the UK’s fastest 4G network EE!

Discover moreiPhone 7 deals and iPhone 7 Plus deals


Samsung Galaxy S8 deals

We were a little surprised by how expensive Samsung’s latest flagship was on release, but prices have fallen significantly since then. If you need something bigger and can’t stretch to the Note 8, the even larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is closer to a phablet.

See more Samsung Galaxy S8 deals and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals


LG G6 deals

LG’s new flagship phone has a longer screen with a rather fetching rounded-corner design. A fine alternative to the Galaxy’s Edge screen and for a lower price.

Discover more greatLG G6 deals


iPhone SE deals

By far, the cheapest way to get an Apple smartphone, you’ll find the iPhone SE for £17.99 (and sometimes even lower!). It has all the power of iPhone 6S with the design of iPhone 5S. A brilliant bargain.

Read our guide:iPhone SE deals


Samsung Galaxy S7 deals

It may now have been superseded, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still a brilliant phone. And now it’s a year old, it means you can get big data deals for a reasonable price.

Get more greatSamsung Galaxy S7 deals and Galaxy S7 Edge deals


Google Pixel and Pixel XL deals

The Google Pixel replaces the Nexus 5X, comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera and we’ve seen prices for less than £17.99 a month. The Google Pixel XL is larger and more premium but dearer.

Read our guide toGoogle Pixel and Pixel XL deals


iPhone 6S deals

Grab the best possible deal on the still excellent iPhone 6S with our dedicated page. You can get very attractive plans for well under £30 per month.

See our otheriPhone 6S deals and iPhone 6S Plus deals


iPhone 6 deals

Prices just absolutely dived on the iPhone 6. Great news, considering it remains an excellent way to own an awesome Apple phone for meagre amounts of money.

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


Nokia 8 deals

If the Nokia 3310 is a fun bit of nostalgia, then the Nokia 8 means business. It’s The Finnish brand’s first rue flagship for a few years and it’s well worth a look if you’re on a budget.

Learn more about thebest Nokia 8 deals


Nokia 3310 deals

Had you told us last year whether we’d be featuring Nokia 3310 deals on these pages, we would have laughed you right out of the building. But it’s back and it costs an unfeasibly reasonable £39 from Vodafone.

Learn more about thebest Nokia 3310 deals


Nokia 8 deals

We’re big fans of the Honor 9. It’s a genuinely good, new Android mobile at a price you’d expect to pay for a Samsung Galaxy a few generations old. The design is a treat and the 20MP main camera is better than we could have dreamed of.

Learn more about thebest Honor 9 deals


HTC U11 deals

Much has been made of the new HTC U11’s Edge Sense technology, but some of the tariffs available are also newsworthy. Click the link below to find the best deals.

For more deals and free handset offers, head to ourHTC U11 deals


Sony Xperia XZ deals

The Sony Xperia XZ is a great handset offering everything you’d expect from a brand new flagship phone. Want something more powerful? Then you can pay extra for the XZ Premium.

Pick your ownSony Xperia XZ deals or Sony Xperia XZ Premium deals


BlackBerry KeyONE deals

Blackberry spent many years in the wilderness, but its return with the BlackBerry KeyOne is a massive return to form.

Click for more brilliantBlackBerry KeyONE deals


Samsung Galaxy S6 deals

Like the older iPhones above, the Samsung Galaxy S6 presents an ideal way to get a superb mobile for a much lower tariff. use our dedicated deal pages to see tariffs for less than £600 over two years.

More Samsung Galaxy S6 deals, Galaxy S6 Edge deals and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus deals


iPhone 5S deals

All it takes to get this classic iPhone 5S is around £17 a month. Other than that, it’s completely free, with no upfront costs. You can upgrade it to Apple’s latest iOS 10.3.2, so you’ll have the latest software on your cheap, cheap iPhone.

Read our guide to thebest iPhone 5S deals


Sony Xperia X deals

Sony worked hard to strike a balance between top-of-the-range premium features and affordable prices – it hit gold with the Xperia X and smaller Xperia X Compact.

Follow the link for moreSony Xperia X deals and Xperia X Compact deals.


HTC 10 deals

HTC’s follow up to the One M9 was a worthy upgrade. In fact, we still think it’s brilliant, and a genuine alternative to the newer, pricier U11.

Read our guide to thebest HTC 10 deals for more cheap prices


LG G5 deals

Get modular with LG’s innovative former flagship phone. And if you just want to pick up a cheap handset that runs Android, these LG G4 deals are still worth a look, too.

Get stuck in to the best LG G5 deals


HTC One A9 deals

The HTC One A9 is a brilliant budget smartphone that could well do the job if you don’t want to spend the earth.

Discover even more cheapHTC One A9 deals


Moto X Style deals

If you want a 20MP camera and 2K display without busting your bank balance, then the Moto X Style is worth considering.

All thebest Moto X Style deals in one convenient place


Sony Xperia Z5 deals

Sony’s Z5 range put the iconic Japanese tech company back on the mobile phones map. You can’t get them on contract any longer, so you’ll have to team your Z5, Z5 Compact or Z5 Premium handset with a cracking SIM only deal.

Cheapest prices on the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia XZ Compact and Xperia XZ Premium


SIM only deals

If you need to plug the gap between iPhone launches or are simply happy with the phone you already have, grabbing a free SIM card may be the best option. If you have the cash, you may even find that teaming up a cheap SIM only deal with a new handset is a cheaper way of getting your new smartphone, with tariffs for less than a fiver a month.

Visit our dedicated round-up of thebest SIM only deals

Wondering what phone to choose?

If you can’t decide what phone your should buy, check out our best mobile phones buying guide. On that page you should find everything you need to make the choice of handset.