Orange and Vodafone go it alone with PAYG price hikes
Jul 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Citing new Ofcom regulations which make calls from landlines to mobiles cheaper, Vodafone and Orange announce price rise for their PAYG services.

Orange will hike the call rate from 20p to 25p per minute while texts will be charged 12p instead of the earlier 10p starting this Friday. Vodafone hikes will take effect from 14th July and the call price will be up from 21p to 25p per minute while the text pricing will be 12p per text.

O2, T Mobile, and 3 do not seem to have any plans to hike their PAYG prices, however. Despite that, the price hike by Orange and Vodafone would still keep all of them in the same range instead of being any higher.

Vodafone made a mention of cut in mobile termination rates as the reason for the price hike. Since April 2011, there has been a cut in MTRs and that reduces the price of landline to mobile calls. TalkTalk and BT started offering cheaper LL to mobile calls.

Palm Pre 2 offered only SIM-free in the UK
Nov 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Palm Pre 2 PAYG

HP announced the launch of SIM-Free version of the Palm Pre 2 mobile phone powered by the latest platform WebOS 2.0 this Monday. While the handset is being made available for £399 on its Palm website, reports reaching us point to the fact that none of the mobile service providers in the UK have plans to offer the handset on their palette.

HP bought Palm earlier this year and announced just a few days ago that it would launch the SIM-free version of the Palm Pre 2. Whether this was because of the UK operators’ decision to not offer the handset or not is unknown. This decision however should help the end users because they can hook on to any operator after buying the Palm Pre 2.

It was O2 which offered the earlier offerings powered by Palm’s WebOS in the UK, however the wireless carrier is not planning to offer the new device on its waves.

The excellent WebOS helped Palm build goodwill and this has set the tone high for the next launch. The Pre Plus released earlier this year with a 3.1-inch TouchScreen garnered eyeballs but it did not boast of WebOS 2.0.

The Palm Pre 2 has a conservative feel and covers Flash as well as HTML 5 and that should make people cheer. HP has noted that the WebOS 2.0 will enable software developers an open platform to integrate apps unlike Apple. Despite the entire craze about WebOS 2.0, what needs to be seen is whether the Palm Pre 2 can set the stage on fire given its 5 MP camera, 320×480 TouchScreen, 1 GHz CPU and a 16GB memory.

Vodafone offers three more Blackberry mobiles on PAYG
Nov 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda


Mobile service provider, Vodafone has more to offer on its PAYG range as it started offering three more RIM BlackBerry handsets – the Curve 9300, the Pearl 9105, and the Curve 8520.

All the three new additions are candybar models. The Curve 9300 priced at £230 is available in red and black while the Curve 8520 priced at £230 appears in black. Both the handsets have QWERRT keypads and 2.4-inch display screens with a 320 x 240 resolution.

The BlackBerry Pearl 9105 on the other hand has a smaller screen, looks slicker and still costs £230. The BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) which bundles email, apps and BlackBerry’s proprietary Instant Messaging Service is provided for free till June 2011 to those who buy the handsets on PAYG.

As a topping on the cake, Vodafone is providing a host of freebies too. The Vodafone Freebees includes as an example “Top up and Get Text and Web” offer. Users who top up with £10 get to have 300 free texts and 500MB monthly data allowance under this scheme.

Sony Ericsson W595 Black now on PAYG
Oct 10th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Vodafone logo Sony Ericsson W595

For those who want to own the Sony Ericsson W595 Black rather than going for monthly contracts, the handset is now available on Pay As you Go (PAYG). The handset comes in other hues like pink and white too.

The Sony Ericsson W595 is a sleek handset with 2.2 inch colour display. It has an alphanumeric keypad that slides out from a rubberised curved chassis.

The handset boasts of its music features as it comes equipped with Sony Walkman 3.0. The mobile phone thus doubles up into a music player with stunning sound quality as you capitalize on the in-built stereo speakers. The shared headphone jack only tops it up.

Thanks to expandable memory upto 8GB and a 3.2 megapixel camera helps you shoot good imagery apart from being able to record videos. It also has FM Radio, and GPS powered by Google Maps.

Vodafone has priced the Sony Ericsson W595 Black at just £69.37 on Pay As You Go (PAYG).

Three UK offers BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Curve 9300
Oct 10th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Three UK has made the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone, the first such phone powered by BlackBerry 6 OS.  Three UK also launched the BlackBerry Curve 9300 on PAYG (Pay As You Go). You can thus enjoy all the BlackBerry services viz., BlackBerry Messenger, email, and App world by not getting into any monthly contract.

RIM said that the BlackBerry Torch was its ‘best BlackBerry ever’. The Torch 9800 which is the RIM’s latest device to hit the smartphone market sports a full touch screen along with QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. The phone also boasts a 5 MP camera with autofocus & flash.

Other specs of the gadget are a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 4GB internal memory, 624MHz processor, microSD card reader and Wi-Fi. Above all, the Torch 9800 is the first device to run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6.

RIM hopes that the BlackBerry 9800 Torch which will run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6 will rival Apple’s iPhone 4 which has already sold millions of units in just first month of its launch.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 has already created a niche for itself by joining the top 30 Smartphones listed on Amazon where it pipped another much awaited Smartphone the HTC Desire Z which costs just £430. The HTC Desire Z has a bigger screen, a processor with considerably more power, and better specs but it runs on Android 2.2 instead of BlackBerry OS 6.0.

The Torch 9800 in black is available at Three for £249 on a monthly rental of £35 where in you get 2000 any network minutes, 5000 Three-To-Three minutes, 1GB data and 5000 texts.

The BlackBerry Curve 9300 3G smartphone comes in an extremely appealing design and is said to be an accessible option for those looking to buy their first smartphone. It features a QWERTY keypad, optical trackpad navigation, 2 MP camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS along with microSD cards support up to 32GB.

Exclusive Green Spiro on PAYG via Virgin Media
Sep 13th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Virgin Green Spiro

Have you been on the lookout for a Walkman-branded budget handset in the market on PAYG? If you are indeed looking for one and if you love the white and green combination, then you can jump in joy because Virgin media is offering the Sony Ericsson Spiro in spring green on PAYG for just £59.99.

The Spiro is up for grabs in a variety of colours viz., contrast black, sunset pink, and stealth black; however it is only Virgin Media which offers the green coloured handset.

Powered by Sony Ericsson’s Walkman branding, Spiro has FM Radio in-built along with an MP3 player. The handset comes with a free 2GB memory card which can easily be expanded to 16GB enabling you to save an array of multimedia files.

The Spiro has got a full set of dedicated music keys on the front side and a numerical keyboard behind the screen on the slide-down. The Spiro is all about music. As an example, it comes powered by TrackId to find details of the song from a recorded snippet, a 3.5 mm connector and access to PlayNow store.

The low-priced handset weighing just 90g comes spruced up with an impressive 2 megapixel camera, and pre-loaded apps for Twitter and Facebook so that you can keep up with all near and dear. Spiro can be lapped up through other providers like Vodafone and Orange on PAYG. O2, Vodafone, and Orange provide monthly deals for Spiro as well.

Nokia X2 pre-order deal at £99
Aug 27th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia X2 PAYG

Come September 3, Nokia X2 is going to be listed for just £99, thanks to Play.com. Despite the fact that Nokia has been accepting  pre-orders for this entry level handset for some time, the current deal is the cheapest so far. If you intend to get to this handset, Sim-Free, this is the time.

As is known, the Nokia X2 pre-orders were already being accepted on Nokia Online; people can however get it from a big online retailer, Play.com.

The mobile for £99 is being offered SIM-free, unlocked by Play.com so that it can be used with any service provider. The splendid phones in blue and silver will be delivered home come September.

A candybar design of the handset and the small 2.2 inch screen hide a lot of surprising facts and functionalities about the phone. The handset comes with a 5MP camera and it also allows video recording. It has a 2.2 inch TFT display screen which can display 256k colours.

Other specs available are dedicated music buttons on the side, FM Radio, 16 GB expandable memory and dual speakers which can turn a bus into a dance floor. And for those who care not to disturb others around, there is an option to listen to music either using Bluetooth 2.1 or the 3.5 mm audio port.

Facebook access is made easy from the home screen and a lot of funky apps can be downloaded, thanks to the Ovi Store. Users can enjoy high speed browsing with 32 GPRS and EDGE facilities provided with the phone. Lot many video games are also bundled with the handset for the video game freaks.

Nokia C3 now on Pay As You Go deals
May 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia C3 PAYG

Now a days with PAYG deals becoming more profitable and comfortable for the mobile users, every mobile company is offering PAYG deals with their handsets so as to beat the competition. However, the users do not look just at the PAYG deal but also the mobile with which it is being offered, as they always want to have the latest gadget with advanced features. So, here comes a great news for such users as the latest social networking mobile, Nokia C3 is being offered exclusively with PAYG deals from Vodafone.

Nokia C3, which is like the Blackberry phone is slated to land the market in June. The handset which comes with an array of latest features such as email, instant messaging, Ovi chat etc. can be owned with Vodafone’s PAYG deals. Vodafone also offers mobile internet deals at £7.5 with 250mb data web packs for 30 days.

Added to this, free internet deals are also made to be a part of PAYG phones which act as a pavement to own the latest gadget. Nokia C3 is bundled with all advanced features like full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity and 8GB of memory capacity. It also comes with a 2 megapixel camera which captures stunning images.

Overall, the best package is to own such phone with Pay As You Go deal. In PAYG phones, the user has the flexibility to switch over to other service provider at any point of time as the user is not bound to any contract. Though Nokia C3 is available in multiple colours, pink colour has grabbed all the attention.

Relief from massive monthly bills for Nokia PAYG Phones
May 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Mobile phone users will be more than happy to know about the mobile phone deals with which they can not only purchase a handset at lower price but get attractive gift too which is like an icing on the cake.

Now-a-days, handsets are bundled with advanced features and hence costs high which are not affordable by ordinary people. As such, the companies’ profit is affected due to a fall in the sales. Hence, the major manufacturers are entering the market with mobile phone deals in order to come up with this sales issue.

Various renowned mobile brands like Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC, LG etc now comes with Pay As You Go deals for their handsets. It is required for the user to just buy a connection from the carrier and avail free talktime for desired amount. Nokia X6, Nokia N97 etc. are a few Nokia Pay As You Go phones available in the market today.

The plus point here is that the user is not bound to stick to a single network provider as he/she is not required to enter into any agreement with the carrier. The user has the choice to switch over to other service provider at any point of time. Added to this, the user can get rid of paying huge monthly bills and keep an eye on the usage as well. So, now it is all in your hands to compare the latest PAYG deals and choose the carrier of your choice along with a Nokia handset.

Motorola Milestone available on PayG in UK
Apr 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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High-end Android is the buzzword these days and Motorola does not want to be left behind in the race only to catch up with competition later. The fact that Motorola is launching umpteen numbers of handsets over the last few months does not seem to have any adverse effect on its support to the older devices.

The most advanced mobile phone from Motorola’s stable so far, the Milestone is now available on PAYG prices in the UK.

It was on Orange that the Motorola Milestone got launched in January 2010. The handset was then offered SIM-free by O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone. Now that it is available as Pay as You Go mobile Phone, it is just Virgin Mobile and 3 who are left out.

Android 2.1 has got nice features like interactive wallpapers. For those who own Motorola Milestone in Europe, the upgrade to Android 2.1 is on its way within few days.

Motorola offers 22,000 new Android based applications in domains like news, weather, games, music and satellite navigation.

PAYG HTC Desire Black from Orange at £400
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Desire

Carphonewarehouse has put the HTC Desire for sale over three networks – T-Mobile, Orange, and Vodafone for as low as £30 monthly rental.

T-Mobile’s offer via Carphonewarehouse looks the best with 900 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited internet on a two-year contract; this deal is however available only via web.

Orange is among the select few to sell a PAYG version of the HTC Desire and the price of £409.95 which includes a £10 top up sounds cheap given the expectations built around the superphone.

This does not rule out better deals. Insight offers the SIM-Free handset for just £394 and we have T-Mobile offering the phone for a TCO of £404 spread across 2 years including 100 texts, 100 minutes, and unlimited internet.

Then there is Buymobilephones which is offering the Desire for £25 per month on an 18-month contract with 300 texts, 300 minutes and unlimited data.

HTC desire specifications are almost same as its US version Google Nexus One smart phone, which includes snapdragon processor with 1 GHz speed, latest version of Android operation systems Android 2.1 with AMOLED touch screen of 3.7 inch size and 5 megapixel camera.

8p PAYG tariff from Virgin Media
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Virgin PAYG

Branson brand is all set to launch 8p rate to mobiles and landlines for texts and calls.

You will be happy to know that a new PAYG tariff is all set to be launched by Virgin Media thereby costing just 8p a minute for calls and texts. The Simply 8p plan which comes bundled with some more tempting offers so as to lure the Pay as you go (PAYG) customers into switching their service providers.

You will be surprised to know that most of the PAYG packages charge just 8p for texts. Also, landline and mobiles calls cost the same. The call rate is charged on per minute basis rather than a flat rate.

As an added advantage, Virgin Media is also offering its 8p customers 50 free minutes every month which can be used in making calls to other Virgin mobiles.

However, the most eye catching thing of 8p PAYG tariff is its international roaming rate as per which texts cost just 16p and calls charged at 16p per minute. To sum it up, 8p with further details about it is expected to enter the market next month.

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