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  • Phones 4u gets ditched by Vodafone

    1 September 2014, 9:13 am by: Leigh Geary

    Looking for a new contract with Phones 4u? In February there’s going to be a reduced choice of networks. Vodafone has decided to ditch the chain and “enhance” their relationship with Dixons Carphone (aka Carphone Warehouse). Founded back in 1987 by John…
  • Travelcard Charger – Review

    1 September 2014, 8:32 am by: Ian Furlong

    Back in March I did a small post about a portable battery pack, I was keeping an eye on over on Kickstarter, called the Travelcard Charger (see here), anyway I finally got my unit through, so after popping it on charge I thought I would give it a whirl.…
  • Are Sony going big @IFA 2014?

    1 September 2014, 7:09 am by: Garry Clark

    Lots of rumours are coming out of the interweb today in preparation of Sony’s IFA event on Wednesday. As an avid Sony fan this gets me a wee bit excited to say the least, so I will get into all the nitty gritty for you now. Xperia Z3 Family We are looking to…
  • LG G3 – The Energizer Bunny?

    1 September 2014, 6:45 am by: Leigh Geary

    I’m going to write this while it’s fresh in my head because I’ve reviewed a number of phones over the years and, quite honestly, I’m a bit bowled over. Now, we’ve already published our LG G3 review, but I’ve only just got my hands on one. James…
  • Solar Technology Freeloader Solar Charger – Review

    1 September 2014, 6:16 am by: James Pearce

    There are many constants within life, one being that the sun will rise every single day, providing us with warmth and energy. The other most important constant in life is that your phone will probably need charging at some point in every single day of your…
  • Order until 10PM for delivery the next working day on O2

    1 September 2014, 4:23 am by: Leigh Geary

    Imagine the scene. I’m sitting on the sofa, feet up and watching another episode of Traffic Cops. To my right, my wife is buying clothes on It’s fairly late at night, but the clothes and shoes arrive the morning after. Now O2 are at it too, and…
  • Windows 9 anyone?

    30 August 2014, 8:21 am by: Mike

    Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that, in the future, it is aiming for a unified OS, be it for phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.  Windows 9, or ‘Threshold’ as it is being referred to, is widely expected to be shown off to the world at a press…
  • Free PCs with new TalkTalk broadband package

    30 August 2014, 6:14 am by: Mike

    Here are some thrilling clichés: Everyone loves something for free; If it looks too good to be true it probably is. Microsoft and TalkTalk have signed a deal for customers taking out a new subscription to ‘Simply Broadband’ package.  For the princely sum…
  • New Archos devices to be revealed next week

    30 August 2014, 5:25 am by: Mike

    Ever since Microsoft released details of the 8.1 OS update it has been possible for OEMS to not only install Windows Phone onto existing Android handsets (as has happened with the HTC One M8), but it has also ensured that budget phones can be produced as the…
  • Nokia’s Here Maps is Launching on Android Devices

    30 August 2014, 2:01 am by: John M

    When Microsoft purchased Nokia it didn’t actually purchase all of it, and ones of the teams left behind were the team responsible for Nokia’s impressive Here Maps. Popular for it’s true offline & wide scale mapping functions Nokia have struck a deal with…
  • Vodafone deliver 4G to PAYG customers too

    29 August 2014, 8:50 am by: Leigh Geary

    Getting mobile broadband speeds just got a bit easier on Vodafone, with the UK network allowing their Pay As You Go customers onto the 4G network too. It’s been a year since the Voda 4G tech got switched on, and their existing 4G Pay Monthly customers are…
  • Spotify updated for Windows Phone – finally the ability to listen for free!

    29 August 2014, 8:09 am by: Mike

    Those on Windows Phone continue to suffer from app withdrawal.  More often than not common apps are now available on the OS, but more often than not these are not the fully developed versions available on Android or iOS.  Case in point: in May Spotify…
  • Lumia Cyan now available for Developer Preview devices

    29 August 2014, 6:55 am by: Mike

    We’ve previously reported here how those who had opted to install the Developer’s Preview of Windows Phone 8.1 had been unable to install the Lumia Cyan firmware.  True to its word, Microsoft has (finally!) resolved whatever the glitch was and Lumia Cyan…
  • Microsoft Surface 2 price reduction at Tesco

    29 August 2014, 5:57 am by: Mike

      One of the great things about supermarkets nowadays is that you might simply pop in with the intention of buying a pint of milk and some scampi fries, but you can easily leave having spent lots of money on electronic bargains.  Case in point, Tesco has…
  • LG G2 going cheap on Vodafone

    29 August 2014, 4:31 am by: Leigh Geary

    Whilst looking around for a new handset, I stumbled across a sale that Vodafone are doing. They’ve discounted the £99 up-front fee normally charged on their contract LG G2 and you can pick it up (until September 17th) for free on plans starting at a measly…
  • Podcast 107 – a keyboard on a 2 inch screen

    29 August 2014, 3:00 am by: James Pearce

    Welcome to the latest episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Joining me this week were John and Leigh. This weeks topics were loosely based around me resisting buying something foreign on eBay, Leigh throwing all of his mobiles in the pool on holiday, John…
  • Apple Announces September Event

    28 August 2014, 2:11 pm by: Kaleb Butt

    Today Apple sent out it’s press invites to their annual September event. Held at – home of the first Mac’s introduction– Flint Center in Cupertino, the event will take place on September 9th. Expectations include the introduction of two new…
  • Teen Developers – Eytan Schulman

    28 August 2014, 2:09 pm by: Kaleb Butt

    Before beginning this week’s interview, I’d just like to thank everyone for the great response we got to our first interview a few weeks ago. The feedback we got was great and we have an amazing lineup that we can’t wait to show you.   This week I spoke…
  • Nexus 7, 2012 model, going for a song

    28 August 2014, 9:10 am by: Leigh Geary

    Fancy a well-known tablet for not much cash? Expansys have knocked down the price of the Asus-built Google Nexus 7 to just £79.99. Originally this was up for £128.13, and it’s powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU with 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a 7″…
  • EE 4G now covers the greatest town in the UK

    28 August 2014, 9:03 am by: Leigh Geary

    EE has announced another raft of locations to be bathed in 4G. They include the Prime Minister’s home constituency of Witney and a rather fantastic town called Burntwood where handsome and intelligent people live. We’ve even got the smallest park in the…

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