10 tips and tricks to get the most out of your OnePlus 6 – CNET

The latest smartphone from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6, is inexpensive and, frankly, quite impressive. With a giant display and a pretty darn good camera, there’s a lot to like about this phone.

The latest smartphone from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6, is inexpensive and, frankly, quite impressive. With a giant display and a pretty darn good camera, there’s a lot to like about this phone.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the phone looking and working the way you want.

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Change the battery meter

Not only can you pick from a circular battery meter, but you can add or remove icons from the OnePlus 6’s ($529.00 at OnePlus) status bar with the flip of a switch.

Open Settings > Status Bar > Battery style for a few options. Alternatively, select Icon manager to add or remove things such as the Wi-Fi or NFC icons from your status bar. With the notch cutting into how much room you have to display such things, this feature comes in handy.

Forget button navigation

OnePlus has had its own gesture-based navigation feature for some time now, and it’s still around on the OnePlus 6. Ditch the bottom row of navigation buttons and use only gestures by enabling the feature in Settings > Buttons > Navigation bar & gestures and select the bottom option.

Be sure to watch and scroll through the tutorials to get a better understanding of the gestures you need to know.

Or use buttons… with hidden features

Also within Settings > Buttons is a series of options to assign multiple purposes to the standard navigation buttons. For example, you can change the long-press action on the home button and ditch Google Assistant. Or assign a double-tap on the recents button to open the notification tray.

Hidden gestures

Not to be confused with the gesture navigation, the OnePlus settings menu has a category dedicated to gestures (Settings > Gestures). In the Gesture settings, you can enable features like double-tapping to wake the phone or taking a screenshot with a three-finger swipe across the screen.

There’s even a list of gestures, such as drawing an O or S on the screen and actions you can assign to them.

Customize slider

The physical alert slider on the OnePlus 6 has three different options: Silent, Vibration and Ring. Easy enough, right? Kind of.

In Settings > Alert slider you are given a couple extra options, such as allowing alarms to still make a sound even when the slider has activated Silent mode.

Change or ditch the Shelf

OnePlus’ Shelf lives off the to left of your home screen, presenting the weather, recently used apps, contacts and a couple of other things.

To remove any of the default items, long-press and then tap on the red X icon when it appears. The Shelf uses an app’s widget and keeps everything organized for you.

If you prefer not to have the Shelf at all, long-press on your home screen, tap Home Settings and then toggle Shelf off.

To embrace the notch or not?

Oh, hey! Another phone with a notch. Want to ditch it? Open Settings > Display > Notch display. Unlike the LG G7 ThinQ, you can’t add color or anything fancy to the notch on the OnePlus 6. You either let apps use the entire screen, surrounding the notch, or force them to stop short.

Use icon packs

The default app launcher on the OnePlus 6 lets you use custom icon packs from the Play store, instead of forcing you to install a third-party launcher such as Nova.

To change icon packs, long-press on the home screen and tap Home Settings > Icon Pack. OnePlus includes a few of its own for you to pick from, along with a direct link to the Play store and compatible icon packs.

Where to find camera settings

The Camera app’s settings are a bit hard to find at first. In the app, swipe up on the current mode’s title and then tap the Settings icon in the top-right corner.

In the cameras’ settings, you can alter things like the shutter sound, location data and saving the regular photo for pics shot in portrait mode.

Lift to wake

Without an always-on display, picking up the OnePlus 6 and pressing a button every time you want to check for new messages can get annoying.

That’s where lift to wake comes in. Enable lift to wake in Settings > Display > Ambient display. Turn the feature labeled Lift up display on, and then customize how you want the clock to look and if you want a personal message on the screen.

After that, whenever you lift the phone up the screen will activate.

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SIM only deals: the best plans in June 2018

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.

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.

So if you’ve come to the end of your phone contract, you don’t necessarily have to speak to your network for an upgrade or start your hunt for a new mobile phone deal. Instead, you can go SIMO (to give in to the common parlance) and use our handy SIM only deal comparison chart above. This tenner a month 10GB tariff is our very favourite at the moment.

The good news is that SIM only deals are a cheap way of running your phone, with the cheapest deals starting at way less than a fiver a month. And even though its prices have recently gone up, Three remains king of SIMO thanks to its great value tariffs across multiple data allowance points. Although the last few weeks have seen Carphone Warehouse-owned retailer Mobiles.co.uk come up with some very tempting cashback opportunities with its SIM card plans – up to £108 in some cases.

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.

Top 10 best SIM only deals of the week are:

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

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6. The best SIM only deal for unlimited dataCheck out today’s best unlimited data SIM only deals7. Best EE SIM only deal
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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 an iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus (they can’t be unlocked until you’ve paid off your contract), you can unlock any O2 phone – including iPhones – for free if you’re on a pay monthly contract. PAYG customers have to pay £15.Three Fear not, all phones on Three are unlocked as standard. Shove whatever SIM you like in there, it will work a treat.Vodafone The red network doesn’t quite get the same marks as Three, as your phone will be locked to them on arrival. But they have made unlocking handsets absolutely free within 10 days of your request.

What SIM card size do I need?

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

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

How do I keep my old number?

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

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

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

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

What contract length should I get?

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

How much data do I need?

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

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

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

Do I need unlimited calls and texts?

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

What’s the best mobile network for SIM only?

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


EE SIM only deals

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

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O2 SIM only deals

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

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Vodafone SIM only deals

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

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Three SIM only deals

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

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BT SIM only deals

That familiar old stalwart of telecommunications BT is so-so when it comes to SIM only tariff prices. That’s unless you’re already a BT broadband customer, in which case you get some really favourable prices – a fiver less than the rest of the hoi polloi. Plus, you usually get a BT Reward Card with the majority of plans 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.

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 | £15 BT Reward Card –£8 per month at BT

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

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

12 months | 10GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £17 per month at BT

12 months | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £20 per month at BT

12 months | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £27 per month at BT

12 months | 40GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £35 per month at BT

For non-BT Broadband customers:

12 months | 500MB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £15 BT Reward Card –£13 per month at BT

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

12 months | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £22 per month at BT

12 months | 10GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £60 BT Reward Card – £22 per month at BT

12 months | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £25 per month at BT

12 months | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £32 per month at BT

12 months | 40GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 BT Reward Card – £40 per month at BT


iD SIM only deals

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

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giffgaff SIM only deals

GiffGaff regularly offers some of the cheapest SIMO deals out there. They don’t give you much of a data 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 Wi-Fi, GiffGaff is a strong offering. Look out for the T&Cs though as some of the big data deals throttle the speed after a few gig.

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Virgin Mobile SIM only deals

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

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Tesco Mobile SIM only deals

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

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Plusnet SIM only deals

Plusnet might be more well known for its broadband deals these days. but it’s also keen to push some very cheap 30-day SIM only deals. 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 around £5 a month, check them out via the link below.

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Freedom Pop SIM only deals

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

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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.

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Carphone Warehouse SIM only deals

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

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Which networks have coverage in my area?

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

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

EE coverage checkerO2 coverage checkerVodafone coverage checker3 mobile coverage checkerBT mobile coverage checkeriD coverage checkerGiffGaff coverage checkerVirgin mobile coverage checkerTesco mobile coverage 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…

LG’s New AI Integrated Flagship Smartphone, The LG G7 ThinQ, Is Now Available In The U.S.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics’ new smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ™, is now available in the US. The newly designed G series phone from LG focuses on meaningful and convenient AI features and is available at major carriers and national retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Project Fi, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics’ new smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ™, is now available in the US. The newly designed G series phone from LG focuses on meaningful and convenient AI features and is available at major carriers and national retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Project Fi, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.

LG’s NEW AI INTEGRATED FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE, THE LG G7 ThinQ, IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. LG’s NEW AI INTEGRATED FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE, THE LG G7 ThinQ, IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

With the LG G7 ThinQ, LG stays committed to its mission of improving the quintessential smartphone experience by integrating useful AI features into the DNA of the phone. Equipped with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform, the LG G7 ThinQ offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

AI Cam Featuring Google Lens
Capture the perfect shot with a camera so clever, that it knows exactly what you’re shooting and automatically suggests the best filter and angle. AI Cam identifies what picture the user is taking using machine learning – sourcing from 1,162 image identifiers, categorized into 19 scenes. It then provides the user with four different filter options that enhance the characteristics of the specific scene, optimizing contrast, saturation and color.

AI Cam also makes recommendations like when to use wide-angle. For example, if taking a group shot, it will detect people are getting cut off and suggest you switch to wide-angle lens by making the wide-angle icon blink.

With AI integration, no art, culture, fashion or trending tech is beyond your reach. Google Lens identifies text, landmarks, artwork, media, and real-life objects using the camera so you can instantly search Google for detailed information, reviews on the product or shop for the best price. A single tap of the button on the bottom of the phone will launch the Google Assistant while two quick taps will launch Google Lens, a first on any phone.

See Your Screen in Any Light
LG’s innovative display technology implements better picture quality with lower power consumption – plus it enhances light transmittance by adding white pixels. The new 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) display sporting a 19.5:9 FullVision screen ratio (actual viewable area is less due to rounded corners and notch), and a slimmer bottom bezel, is powered by LG’s new LCD technology, Super Bright Display.

The LG G7 ThinQ can be viewed easily even under direct sunlight with its industry-leading 1,000 nit (based on DCI-P3 standard) display. The result is a picture that’s more colorful and nearly twice as bright compared to the LG G6 or other standard LCD phones, making it better to use on sunny, Summer days.

The New Second Screen extends all the way to the top, around the notched area that contains the camera and speaker essentials. Users can stay in FullVision mode for the ultimate full-screen experience, or turn off for one continuous, smooth look on the top edge of the display.

Turn Your Phone into a Boombox
Turn up the bass to give your premium audio experience a boost of loud, room-filling sound. LG G7 ThinQ uses its inner space as a resonance chamber – this combined with a 39% larger speaker and greater sound levelsi allows you to listen to louder, boosted sound. When placed on a solid surface or box, the smartphone utilizes its resonance chamber as a woofer to amplify the bass effect even more. Now, you can take your beats on the go without the need for a Bluetooth speaker.

While improving the external audio experience on the LG G7 ThinQ, LG has not forgotten about its audiophile fans. The new phone still harbors a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for incredibly rich sound when paired with high-impedance headphones. Enhanced playback ensures sound is clear, crisp, loud, and as close as possible to the original recording.

i Compared to the LG G6

A Camera That Helps Capture What You Want
The LG G7 ThinQ takes artistic portraits by capturing the background and subject using two lenses and merging them into one image – so the subject is in focus and the background is blurred. Choose to capture instantly or apply the bokeh effect even after the shot is taken. Furthermore, with dual 16 MP rear cameras – one standard and one wide – you can switch between the rear lenses quickly and easily to capture the best shot. The standard lens features a f/1.6 glass lens and 10-bit HDR compatibility, while the wide-angle lens has an improved camera resolution and field of view reaching 107°. Take your selfie experience further using the improved 8MP Sefie Camera. The wide-angle front camera extends your shooting perspective, allowing you to get more friends and larger backgrounds in every shot.

The Perfect Phone for Summer Activities
With a dust and water resistance rating of IP68, the LG G7 ThinQ is completely sealed against any dust getting inside and can be immersed in 1.5m depth of water for up to 30 minutesii, making it the perfect phone to use this summer in all environments. The phone also passed 14 MIL-STD 810G tests designed by the United States military to evaluate the performance of equipment in harsh environmentsiii.

Key Specifications:

Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform Display: 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision Super Bright Display (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi). Actual viewable area is less due to rounded corners and notch.Memory:

LG G7 ThinQ: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB UFS 2.1 ROM (47.14 GB usable)/ MicroSD (up to 2TB)Camera:

Rear Dual: 16MP Super Wide Angle (F1.9 / 107°) / 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) Front: 8MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 80°)Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 8.0 Oreo Size: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 162g Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Platinum Gray / Aurora Black / Moroccan Blue / Raspberry Rose Others: Super Bright Display / New Second Screen / AI CAM / Super Bright Camera / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / Boombox Speaker / Google Lens / AI Haptic / Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Google Assistant Key featuring 19 Custom Commands / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm®Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / FM Radio

About LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc.
LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the U.S. sales subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc. a global innovator and trend leader in the global mobile communications industry. LG is driving the evolution of mobile forward with its highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery and camera optics and strategic partnerships with noted industry leaders. LG’s consumer-centric products — including the flagship premium V Series models — incorporate unique, ergonomic designs and intuitive UX features that enhance the user experience. The company remains committed to leading consumers into the era of convergence, maximizing inter-device connectivity between smartphones, tablets and a wide range of home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.

ii Tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (Water resistant up to 1.5 meter for 30 minutes). Always dry completely. Do not charge the device when wet or after having been exposed to moisture

iii Passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G Tests for durability conducted by an independent laboratory in U.S. that conforms to U.S. military standards. Device may not perform as tested in all conditions. Test performed in controlled environment. Do not attempt.

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LPWAN is the final piece in the mobile IoT puzzle

Just a few years ago Vodafone was publicly voicing its frustration at the lack of urgency in finalising the standard for Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), arguing that a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology, mobile operators would lose out to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Sigfox in the battle to connect the Internet of Things (IoT).

Just a few years ago Vodafone was publicly voicing its frustration at the lack of urgency in finalising the standard for Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), arguing that a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology, mobile operators would lose out to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Sigfox in the battle to connect the Internet of Things (IoT).

Fast forward to 2018 and the operator has deployed NB-IoT networks in nine countries and has 2,000 masts. Vodafone is expected 16 to launch by the end of the year and wants to upgrade all of its 4G masts by 2020.

And there is broad industry support with more than 35 networks using the technology worldwide and France and Switzerland are the only European countries without a launch date.

Meanwhile the GSMA has stated that NB-IoT and LTE-M will both be essential components of 5G in connecting IoT and has urged mobile operators to offer services and products, not just connectivity, if they want to capture some of the $1.1 trillion market opportunity available by 2025.

Vodafone IoT

Not that Vodafone needed to be told. It has invested significantly in its IoT business, growing from around 100 users in 2011 to 68 million IoT connections, with revenue growing at a rate of 17 per cent a year and average data consumption rising to the tune of 44 per cent.

Traditional revenue streams are being threatened by over the top (OTT) services, intense competition and regulatory changes, and some are concerned their networks could become ‘dumb’ pipes that allow other vendors to earn revenue.

Vodafone works closely with customers, providing not just connectivity, but also advice and access to the services they need. This increases the margins available when it comes to IoT, and is why the company is working at fostering an ecosystem, including innovative startups.

“We see this as not just a connectivity story … this is really something we’re investing in and growing our business to provide additional services that change how people operate in their business world,” Adam Armer, Vodafone’s IoT business development manager told LPWA World in London.

“Not all our customers are joined by the same technology and that’s the critical value Vodafone can offer here. We have to help them pick the right technology depending on need, location and how they want to communicate in the long term.

“We have to look at how we supplement the value we bring beyond connectivity or even going down the value chain into hardware.”

The final piece

It is widely accepted that the IoT will be connected via a number of several different technologies, depending on the needs of the customer. For example, 5G will provide the capacity and low latency needed for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), while 2G and 3G have been used for early projects. Fixed connectivity is essential for the bandwidth, while satellite will provide resiliency to sites.

Although mobile networks can obviously provide the coverage needed to connect remote IoT assets, many of these only need to transmit a small quantity of data and require a long battery life for them to be cost effective. This ruled out existing mobile technologies and why the industry was so desperate for NB-IoT to be standardised.

Vodafone’s customers can be found in the oil and gas, education, health and utilities industries among others, while it has been working with partners in the hardware space to help provide visibility and reach potential customers.

However, Armer argued that Vodafone was looking beyond technology and at business outcomes, helping to improve customer satisfaction and make a difference.

“But this is not just about [connecting] things,” he said. “We get excited about hardware but we’re doing this to change lives and businesses.

“Without people there is nothing. It might be good for shareholders, but there’s not much joy.”

The GSMA claims there are now 48 mobile IoT networks (both NB-IoT and LTE-M) from 24 mobile operators, and expects the 3GPP to include both standards in Release 15 of 5G later this year.

“While people often associate 5G with super-fast mobile broadband speeds, it will also serve a variety of use cases often with diametrically opposed requirements such as low data rates and long battery life as with the case of Mobile IoT,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA.

“Licensed NB-IoT and LTE-M networks are already delivering trusted connectivity today to millions of devices around the world, and these networks will continue to be a fundamental component of our 5G future ushering in an era of massive IoT.”

“We were pleased to see that the GSMA said Nb-IoT has met the standards for 5G,” added Armer. “This reaffirms the belief we have that this technology will outlast the rest.”

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Samsung Galaxy J4 launched with 5.5-inch HD display, 13MP rear camera and more

Korean smartphone maker Samsung has announced the launch of a new budget device in its J series, dubbed as the Samsung Galaxy J4. The device was introduced last week and has now made its way to India.

Korean smartphone maker Samsung has announced the launch of a new budget device in its J series, dubbed as the Samsung Galaxy J4. The device was introduced last week and has now made its way to India. The device is available starting at Rs. 9,990 from offline retailers in the country.

While it is placed in the budget segment and not much can be expected from a budget device, the Galaxy J4 disappoints in terms of specifications. It features a 16:9 display, single cameras at both front and back and lacks a fingerprint sensor. These days, 18:9 display, dual camera setup and fingerprint sensors are becoming more popular in the budget segment. Recently, Samsung had launched four budget and mid-range devices in its Galaxy J and Galaxy A series.

Samsung Galaxy J4 Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy J4 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It will compete with devices like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Realme 1 and other recently launched devices that feature an 18:9 display.

In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy J4 is powered by an octa core Exynos 7570 SoC coupled with Mali-T720 MP1 GPU. In terms of memory, the device is available in two variants – 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage.

Coming to the camera department, the Samsung Galaxy J4 features a 13MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash. On the front, the device sports a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash.

The Samsung Galaxy J4 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS and FM Radio. Additional features on the device include Samsung Mall and dual apps support.

Commenting on the launch, Sumit Walia, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said,

“At Samsung, it is our constant endeavor to offer products and services that truly add value to the lives of our consumers. With 60 million plus devices sold & counting, Galaxy J series is India’s most popular smartphone series owing to the millennial focused meaningful innovation. Galaxy J4 comes packed with a host of new innovations like Advanced Memory Management, Adjustable Front LED Flash & Samsung Mall that makes it perfect for millennials,”

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The Airport Asset Tracking Market 2018: Leading Vendors are Undagrid (GSEtrack), Resonate MP4 (XOPS) and Quantum Aviation Solutions

The Airport Asset Tracking Market is a comprehensive report analysing the latest developments on the global market for asset tracking in the aviation sector.

The Airport Asset Tracking Market is the foremost source of information about the adoption of asset tracking solutions in the aviation industry.

The Airport Asset Tracking Market is a comprehensive report analysing the latest developments on the global market for asset tracking in the aviation sector.

The Airport Asset Tracking Market is the foremost source of information about the adoption of asset tracking solutions in the aviation industry. Whether you are an equipment manufacturer, service provider, telematics vendor, telecom operator, investor, consultant, or government agency, you will gain valuable insights from our in-depth research.

An increasing number of companies have introduced asset tracking and management solutions which can be used to keep track of airport assets and improve the efficiency of ground handling operations and maintenance routines. The report estimates that the global installed base of active airport asset tracking systems was less than 0.2 million units in 2017. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5 percent, the active installed base is estimated to reach close to 0.3 million units worldwide in 2022.

This includes all airport asset tracking systems deployed for various motorised ground support equipment (GSE), non-motorised equipment (NME) as well as other applicable airport assets including on-road vehicles used in airport environments. The reports definition of an airport asset tracking solution covers systems based on various technologies including conventional cellular-based M2M data communications and emerging IoT technologies such as low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless technology (e.g. LoRa networks) as well as proprietary radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The airport asset tracking market is served by a number of different types of players, ranging from specialists focused exclusively on tracking solutions for specific airport assets, to companies that offer a more comprehensive set of solutions for the aviation sector, and more general telematics players that also serve other industries.

The report ranks Undagrid (GSEtrack), Resonate MP4 (XOPS) and Quantum Aviation Solutions as the leading providers of airport asset tracking solutions, all having estimated installed bases of 10,000 active units or more. Other notable players include EC2E, ADVEEZ and Pinnacle Telematics (iMATS) which all have installed bases of at least 4,000 units each.

Targa Telematics is moreover a fast-growing vendor which is expected to increase its market share considerably following a strategic alliance with the new partner TCR Group in 2018. TCR is also collaborating with Sensolus for non-motorised GSE tracking.

Additional players active in the field of airport asset tracking for example include Litum IoT, INFORM, Tri-Logical Technologies, Smart Asset Manager (SAM), Geotab, I.D. Systems, Speedshield Technologies and Ctrack (Inseego). The latter cooperates with Undagrid for the non-motorised component of its airport solution.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Airport asset tracking
1.1 Introduction to the aviation industry
1.1.1 Air transport statistics and relevant concepts
1.1.2 Major airports
1.1.3 Airlines and alliances
1.1.4 Airport ground handling services
1.2 Airport assets and associated tracking solutions
1.2.1 Categories and providers of airport assets
1.2.2 Tracking and management solutions for airport assets

2 Forecasts and conclusions
2.1 Market analysis
2.1.1 Major airport asset tracking solution providers
2.1.2 The installed base of airport asset tracking solutions
2.2 Market trends and drivers
2.2.1 Aviation is a slow-moving sector with great potential for efficiency gains
2.2.2 Sizing the addressable market for airport asset tracking
2.2.3 Technological advancements expand the range of applicable asset types
2.2.4 Different types of partnerships permeate the market
2.2.5 Numerous telematics industry players have diversified into airport asset tracking

3 Company profiles and strategies
3.1 ADVEEZ
3.2 Ctrack (Inseego)
3.3 EC2E
3.4 Geotab
3.5 I.D. Systems
3.6 INFORM
3.7 Litum IoT
3.8 Pinnacle Telematics
3.9 Quantum Aviation Solutions
3.10 Resonate MP4 (XOPS)
3.11 Sensolus
3.12 Smart Asset Manager (SAM)
3.13 Speedshield Technologies (Adaptalift Group)
3.14 Targa Telematics
3.15 Tri-Logical Technologies
3.16 Undagrid (GSEtrack)

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Volvo Ocean Race Signals the Start for Electric Articulated Buses in Gothenburg

“With these two first all-electric articulated buses, we are taking yet another important step towards quieter and emission-free public transport in Gothenburg and western Sweden. We hope as many locals and visitors as possible will take the opportunity to experience the next generation of bus travel,” says Ulrika Frick, (Green Party), Chair of the Västra Götaland Regional Council’s public transport committee.

“With these two first all-electric articulated buses, we are taking yet another important step towards quieter and emission-free public transport in Gothenburg and western Sweden. We hope as many locals and visitors as possible will take the opportunity to experience the next generation of bus travel,” says Ulrika Frick, (Green Party), Chair of the Västra Götaland Regional Council’s public transport committee.

In addition to electric propulsion, the two articulated buses feature a number of technical and design solutions that make travel easier and more comfortable for passengers. For instance, the buses have four double doors, large unobstructed floor surfaces and ergonomically designed handrails, grab-handles and backrests for standing passengers. The aim is that a large number of passengers should be able to quickly and conveniently enter and exit at every stop, while making the journey itself as comfortable as possible.

On board there is free Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile phones, and screens showing traffic information.

During the Volvo Ocean Race on June 14–21 the electric articulated buses will run between Nordstan and Frihamnen. From June 25 they will be tested on route EL16, which is part of Västtrafik’s route 16. In the mornings and evenings they will run between Eriksbergstorget and Nordstan. During the day they will also operate between Eriksbergstorget and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Two new stops will be built on the route, and two existing bus stops at Eriksbergstorget and Lindholmen will get new bus shelters. Since the electric articulated buses are prototypes, they will run outside the regular timetable.

The new electric articulated buses are part of ElectriCity, a joint project between the research community, industry and the city of Gothenburg, where new solutions for next-generation sustainable urban traffic are being developed, demonstrated and evaluated. The articulated bus project is being run by Volvo, Västtrafik, the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi and Transdev.

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The best mobile phone deals in June 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BlackBerry KeyONE deals

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Best Australian broadband & NBN plans compared: Updated June 2018

It can be tough to find the right broadband plan for your home because there are so many options. If the NBN rollout has finally brought fibre broadband to your area, should you actually get it right away? Or should you opt for the Cable plan that could get you speeds of up to 100Mbps instead (provided you actually have the option to do so)? And what if you only have access to good-old ADSL? Whatever service you currently have, we reckon we can get you a great broadband deal.

It can be tough to find the right broadband plan for your home because there are so many options. If the NBN rollout has finally brought fibre broadband to your area, should you actually get it right away? Or should you opt for the Cable plan that could get you speeds of up to 100Mbps instead (provided you actually have the option to do so)? And what if you only have access to good-old ADSL? Whatever service you currently have, we reckon we can get you a great broadband deal.

It’s important to note these recommendations do not take into consideration other factors which could make certain deals a better option for you. For instance, do you already have a Telstra mobile plan and home phone line? If so, combining them with a Telstra cable or ADSL connection on the same Telstra bill could save you money overall. We’ll leave these decisions to you, though.

On this page, you’ll find a list of our recommended broadband deals separated into three types of connection: ADSL, cable and NBN (aka fibre). We’ll update this page regularly when offers change or new ones become available, so it’s worth coming back to this article when you’re ready to sign up for a new plan.

When applying for new broadband deals, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most broadband contracts are on 12 or 18 month terms, so it’s important to contact your current provider before committing to anything else.

Another thing worth noting is some services may not be available in your area. If a particular deal seems good to you, head over to the provider’s website to find out if it’s available at your address.

Another notable recent development is that some providers have scrapped separate line rental charges, so others could also follow suit in the coming months.

Now let’s get to the best broadband deals of June 2018!

Best ADSL deals

ADSL customers have a number of great options on offer, ranging from a sensible amount of data to straight up unlimited downloads. Depending on the amount of data you’re likely to use each month, you’ll almost certainly be able to find a great broadband deal to suit your needs.

$40-$50

Belong | 100GB | ADSL2+ | No contracts | $40 a month (+$60 setup fee) | Telstra network | For just $40 a month with no lock-in contracts, Belong is offering customers unlimited data with some conditions. First, you’ll need an existing Telstra phone line, and secondly, there is a small $60 setup fee involved. If this deal is available in your area, it’s certainly a good option to look into. Minimum cost for the first months: $100

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$50-$70

Optus | Unlimited | ADSL2+ | No contracts | $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Optus network | This deal, which is available exclusively online, offers unlimited data on the Optus network for $60 with a $200 setup fee. The deal includes a Wi-Fi modem. Minimum cost for the first month: $260

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$70+

iiNet | Unlimited | ADSL2+ | 24-month contract| $79 a month ($59.95 setup fee) | Telstra network | A terrific option for those who don’t want to get stuck in contract, iiNet offers ‘Liimiteless’ downloads for only $79 a month (after a one-off $59.95 setup fee). It also includes ‘pay as you go’ calls and a Fetch Premium TV Bundle & 1 Channel Pack. Minimum cost of the first month: $1,919.76

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Best cable deals

If sturdiness and incredible speed is what you’re after, cable is a good option for those who can get it. Offering speeds of up to a whopping 100Mbps, cable can be a suitable alternative to fibre connections, depending on your plan. Unlike ADSL, you don’t need a phone line and your monthly quota is generally high. That said, you can experience decreased bandwidth during peak usage hours.

$40-$60

Optus | Unlimited | Cable | no lock-in contract| $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Though it comes with a hefty $200 upfront fee, it’s hard to beat Optus’ unlimited cable internet plan, which has no lock-in contract, for only $60 a month. This 60 Plan Cable M2M option also includes a free Wi-Fi modem. Minimum cost for the first month: $260.

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$60-$80

Optus | Unlimited | Cable| 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | Just like the ADSL version of this plan, Optus’ 80 Plan Cable gives you the security and service consistency of a large provider, and offers unlimited data for $80 a month on a 24 month contract. It also includes an advanced AC Wi-Fi modem and a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set top box. Minimum total cost over 24 months: $1,920.

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Best fibre (NBN) deals

After years of waiting, many Australians are now finding that the NBN has finally reached their area. If you do have access to a fibre connection, you may want to consider one of the plans below. Each one offers unlimited data, with the price difference basically reflecting the speed you’ll be getting.

$40-$60

Optus | Unlimited | NBN | no lock-in contract| $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Afraid of NBN commitment? Optus’ M2M 60 Plan is a good option for those who want unlimited data at an affordable price but don’t want to sign any contracts. Max speed is 12mbps. A Wi-Fi modem is included. Minimum cost for the first month: $260

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$60-$80

Optus | Unlimited | NBN | no lock-in contract | $80 a month ($200 setup fee) | Much like the previous deal, only the extra $20 you’ll be paying per month will raise your max speed to 25mbps and get you a Mighty Fetch TV thrown in for good measure. Minimum cost for the first month: $280

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$80+

iiNet |Unlimited | NBN | no lock-in contract | $99.99 a month ($59.95 setup fee) | Offering unlimited downloads at a potential speed of up to 100Mbps (but typically around the 87.2Mbps speed range) for just under $100 a month, it’s hard to go past iiNet’s ‘Liimitless’ NBN100 data plan. Comes with a Fetch TV set top box as an added bonus. Minimum cost for 24-months: $2,399.76

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Channel Master Stream Plus is a cord cutter DVR that’s not yet ready for prime time – CNET

Forget counting on one hand — I can count on a single finger the over-the-air DVRs I would truly recommend to a potential cord cutter. Though there are plenty of options to record shows from an antenna, TiVo still stands out as the best.

Forget counting on one hand — I can count on a single finger the over-the-air DVRs I would truly recommend to a potential cord cutter. Though there are plenty of options to record shows from an antenna, TiVo still stands out as the best. The rock-solid Roamio OTA ($375.50 at Amazon.com) has an intuitive operating system and streaming for those who need it, but it’s expensive.

One of TiVo’s biggest competitors is Channel Master, and its DVR Plus was a hit among those with a tighter budget. It’s now discontinued, however, and replaced by the new Channel Master Stream Plus. The new version looks slick, has integrated tuners and gives you streaming thanks to Android TV, plus it’s even cheaper at $150. What’s not to love?

Well, a lot. After playing with the Stream Plus over the last week or so, I can report that it’s simply not done yet. This smart TV box still needs more work (read: software updates) before it can challenge the likes of TiVo. I encountered plenty of operational headaches and an only semifunctional electronic program guide (EPG), plus it’s currently missing apps for both Netflix and Amazon Prime video.

As a result, I’d suggest waiting a while before diving in, saving up for a TiVo or maybe going with an alternative like AirTV or Tablo.


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Channel Master Stream Plus

On paper, it’s great

Unlike the company’s DVR Plus, which is the size of a large picture book, the Stream Plus is the size and shape of a upturned paper cup. There are no controls on the unit — not even a power button. Instead you can use the included microphone remote control or the Google remote app. The remote control works via IR but in order to use the mic you need to Bluetooth pair it at setup.

802.11ac Wi-Fi and Ethernet4K and High Dynamic Range with HDR10HDMI connectivityQuad-core ARM CPU for gaming and presumably faster loading timesDual ATSC tuner — record one channel while watching anothermicroSD slot for recording storageUSB 3.0 port for personal media use and “future options” (read: “expandable storage”)Built-in Chromecast ($35.00 at Dell Home) with Google Home ($129.00 at Crutchfield) controlAndroid TV 7.0 Nougat with Google Play Store
Not quite baked

The Stream Plus is designed to be a DVR first and foremost, but at this it’s not yet functional. This is not entirely Channel Master’s doing, as the company is largely reliant on Google to provide the Live Channels app. Here’s where things fall down.

For example, while Channel Master advertises a “subscription-free channel guide,” there’s no 14-day guide data. You’ll only get a couple of hours programming in advance by visiting each channel. That’s a real issue if you want to schedule recordings more than a few hours in advance. Channel Master says that voice search is enabled as an alternative, but a search for Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The Bachelorette, for example, brings up a streaming media synopsis page — but no record option.

I found it’s also a little convoluted to record a show while watching it, and while there is what appears to be a record button on the remote, it doesn’t work. You need to press pause, then choose record from a drop-down menu. Recording in this way, or choosing from a day’s worth of EPG data, will only record a single episode — there’s no season pass capability. Also, you have to wait until a show is finished recording till you can view it. Thankfully there is a live buffer, which means you can watch something semilive (a ballgame or new show the same night, for example) and pause, rewind or skip commercials.

In addition, two of the most popular streaming apps are MIA: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Both apps are stuck in a certification process with the respective companies, though it is possible to side-load each one. Side-loading is not something most people would want to attempt though, but as a first step you’ll need the APK files for each app and to install ES File Explorer. If that sounds too difficult, then it is.

What works, works well

While it’s not there as a DVR yet, as a smart TV device it’s actually very good. The Stream Plus stacks up well against the Apple TV 4K and the Nvidia Shield in performing most functions without slowdowns.

I was able to stream Steam games from a PC over Wi-Fi — try doing that with the Steam Link — and found it was responsive enough to make Tomb Raider lag-free. The device also offers the Google Play Store and even without a PC you should find plenty of games to play.

With a side-loaded copy of Netflix on board I found I was able to navigate menus and watch programs without any lag or picture quality hiccups. The APK available on the web isn’t HDR enabled, but I’ve have reached out to Channel Master to find out whether the Stream Plus version will be.

Should you buy it?

Yes, you can buy the Stream Plus right now. But the two main reasons you would — as a DVR and as a streamer — simply don’t work properly yet. If you’re happy to accept this as an early adopter willing to put up with some kinks, go right ahead. For everyone else, however, I’d suggest waiting until the significant hurdles are overcome.


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