If you’re looking to bolster your iTunes account with some fresh music, videos, or apps (including those microtransactions), or need a gift for someone who uses the iTunes store a lot, then these savings over at Gift Cloud might be of interest. By using the voucher code ‘ITUNES’ at checkout you can knock 15% off the price, meaning £25, £50, & £100 gift cards drop down to £21.25, £42.50, and £85 respectively. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
There's a bit of work involved in getting this done, but it ultimately means you can get a an unlocked HTC Desire 510 for £81.98. Considering the cheapest sim-free version is around £30 more expensive, it might be worth the hassle.
All you need to do is buy the phone from O2, and then once you receive it got to the eBay listing linked above and follow the instructions to request an unlock code. You'll be sent it in the post, meaning it will remain unlocked for good. If you're looking for a cheap phone capable of 4G with a good battery life, and don't mind it being fairly budget in other areas (like the screen and the camera), the HTC Desire 510 is certainly worth considering. Thanks to pmackers @ HUKD!
Honesty is the best policy so we'll be upfront from the start here..we REALLY like Spotify. We won't be comparing TIDAL to Spotify just yet because we need to get to grips with TIDAL first to really see what is it all about.
If you're on Twitter no doubt you would have noticed that #TIDALforALL has been trending for what feels like an eternity and it is being backed by a plethora of artists such as Rihanna, Madonna and Kanye turning their profiles blue. So what is all the fuss? Well, to begin with, Jay-Z. He carries a lot of clout.
Unlike Spotify, TIDAL will not have a free tier so if you want to go on past the 30 day trial you'll need to put your hand in your pocket. Music to the ears (sorry) of artists who have criticised Spotify in the past for paying them what they believe is an absolute pittance for their work.
Tidal boasts streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second compared to 320kbps for premium subscribers of Spotify and 256kbps on iTunes. If you want this Lossless High Fidelity sound, it will come in at £19.99 at month. If you want standard, you'll be paying £9.99 a month. Both options will come with a free 30 day trial so you can make your mind up if it is really worth the extra £10 a month.
It is available on all systems (offline functionality too) and there is also a web player available here if you were keen to find out whether your favourite artists are all signed up.
So, that is TIDAL in a nutshell. We're going to spend a couple of days with in on a trial and report back with our Spotify v TIDAL findings.
Have you already jumped ship? Let us know how you find it.
If you're looking for a cheap, cheerful, and small Android phone on a Pay-as-you-go tariff, this offer is fairly good going. It's also the best deal around by £10.
Admittedly, the the S3 Mini is somewhat dated now. The camera isn't brilliant, and the Samsung UI and pre-loaded apps might cause annoyance. However, the fact you can put in a MiniSD card is useful, and its small form factor with the Galaxy experience is a plus. Thanks to pmackers @ HUKD!
Apple has decided to enter the handset trade-in / recycling game, offering credit towards their own products. The Apple Reuse & Recycling Program non-Apple products as well as iPhone and iPads, with customers able to do the trade-in at their local Apple store or via the new web portal.
Admittedly, having had a poke around the site and investigated the amount Apple are willing to give you for certain handsets, it looks like you could get more money selling your phone on eBay for someone else to use. Of course, if you really want to get an Apple device direct from the source, or find it too much of a hassle selling it yourself or using one of the other recycling companies like Envirophone or Mazuma Mobile, I can see the appeal of doing it this way. Just don't expect a great a whole load of cash towards your new purchase.
If you're looking for a cheap way to keep your Nexus 7 2013 protected, this offer from Expansys is the best way to do it. For just a few pounds you can get this case in grey with red accent, and while it may not be the flashiest thing ever it will keep you tablet's screen safe from scratches. Thanks to J_B @ HUKD!
In wonderfully ironic news, it turns out that trees planted by network providers, to offset the construction of mobile masts back in the 90’s, have now grown so tall that they are hindering reception for customers. A survey by EE has discovered that almost a third of their 36,000 mobile masts are currently affected by trees overtaking them in height, and it appears there’s nothing they can do about it. This is because they aren’t allowed to chop the trees down or increase the height of the masts themselves.
Network providers are currently seeking to increase the height of these masts, with the government pledging to review existing rules. There is even support from the Countryside Alliance, who aim to improve coverage in rural areas so that they can stay connected with the rest of the country. That said, networks have been told that local opposition could still derail any construction plans put into motion.
So the next time you can’t get any signal, don’t go blaming your provider – blame nature, and specifically those smug looking trees.
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Looking to increase your memory capacity in your phone, or perhaps you’re in the market for a new USB stick or SD card? If so, you should probably head over to MyMemory and make use of the voucher codes above, which grant between 5-10% off specific brands. For example, the SanDisk 32GB Micro SD Card falls to £12.34 with its appropriate voucher code, which is pretty good going. Head over to the MyMemory website to check out all the items on offer. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
BT finally launched its BT Mobile service last weekend, offering some very cheap SIM-only contracts in the process. Operating over EE’s network, the three available tariffs offer access to the BT Sport app, as well as BT’s extensive Wifi Hotspot service. The cheapest tariff offers 200 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data for £10, but existing BT broadband customers can make extra savings with the price reduced to just £5 a month. The best tariff, which includes unlimited calls and texts, and 20GB of data, will cost £20 a month for existing customers and £25 for new ones.
The BT Mobile contracts also come with a host of handy features, including account caps to ensure customers don’t spend more than they intend to, and the ability to upgrade to a better tariff without restarting the 12-month contract agreement. For more information on tariffs for both existing and new customers you can head over to the BT Mobile website.
With a new voucher code at the ready, the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition is once again at a bargain price. By using the voucher code PC25 at the checkout, it knocks £25 off the asking price for this impressive piece of kit. While it is reportedly a bit chunky for a 7” tablet, it boasts impressive specs for its size including 32gb hard drive space, and comes with 1TB of online storage space along with a one-year subscription to Office 365. Best of all, it doesn’t include any extra software to slow the OS down. That’s pretty good going for the price. Thanks to chriswilsonuk @ HUKD!
Now here's a fantastic deal for Tesco's pint-sized Win8 tablet, with the price falling to the lowest we've seen for it. It also includes a year's worth of Office 365 Personal, meaning you'll be ready to type up Word docs and Excel spreadsheets to your hearts content.
While the battery isn't brilliant at 6 hours of average use and its cameras aren't exactly stellar, it does feature 32GB of storage, a USB port, and HDMI-out functionality, which for a small budget tablet is pretty good going. Thanks to vassy201187 @ HUKD!
Four weeks ahead of the wearable tech’s launch, the first wave of third party apps have been updated with support for the Apple Watch. At the moment is it just the more well-known names like Twitter, Evernote, Expedia and the Wall Street Journal that have been allowed up update their apps, allegedly to help tech reviewers who are currently getting hands-on time.
The Apple Watch goes on sale April 24th with prices starting from £299. You can read our round-up for more details on Apple's latest piece of hardware.
This isn’t the cheapest listing around for the iPad Mini 3, with Tesco currently asking for £20 less, but what makes this noteworthy is the three-year guarantee thrown in by John Lewis. In that regards you’re making a fair saving, and the accident-prone among you will be save in the knowledge your device is protected against most mishaps. There’s also a choice of three colour available – space gray, silver, and gold. Thanks to reindeer333 @ HUKD!
If you’re looking for something to keep you busy for a little while, but don’t want to spend any money, you should probably get hold of Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water Collector’s Edition as it’s currently free. The hidden-object game isn’t the greatest, and apparently doesn’t do anything spectacular until its final chapter, but you can judge for yourself by grabbing it for absolutely nothing. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
It’s been a busy day for the folks over at Facebook, as Mark Zuckerburg has announced third-party developers can now add their own content to its Messenger App. This is in addition the new Business Chat support via the Messenger App, as well a new update that brings new functionality for all users.
The new features for the app, which should be live for all users right now, include using GIFs in conversations, as well as embedding Imgur snaps, weather forecast updates, and audio clips. As for the announcement of Business Chat, Facebook claims it will allow customers service desks to easily organise things like order returns, and provide real-time delivery tracking information. Businesses can sign up for this new feature over on Facebook.
CDKeys may usually feature deals for the latest games (which are regularly highlighted over on Dealspwn) but here's listing that's more relevant to our interests here on Mobot. For just £40 you can get a £50 gift card for iTunes, but if you click the Facebook Like button at the top of the product page you can knock the price down by 5%.
It brings the overall price down to £37.99, which is a damn fine saving to put towards filling up your Apple product with more music, films and Apps. Thanks to thebigsc @ HUKD!
If you’re after a new case for your tablet or phone, or perhaps a new Micro SD card or USB stick, then you might want to head over to Memory Bits and take advantage of their latest voucher code. By putting in the code SPRING20 at the checkout you can knock 20% off the price of selected items. Head over to the Memory Bits website to see all the items on offer, or head directly to the listings for phone accessories and memory options by clicking the links provided. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
Considering how its premium price made it a hard sell at launch, this offer from CPW makes the Lumia 830 a more agreeable proposition. The listing will save you £70 compared to the next best offer elsewhere, and comes with a free FitBit Flex band worth £70.
Despite its solid build and excellent camera, the mid-range Lumia doesn’t quite have the grunt that its competitors do, with poor performance in some games. The battery life isn’t amazing either, but if you’re looking for a cheap option for a Windows Phone that has the Cortana assistant, this isn’t a bad shout for the price. Thanks to tyr @ HUKD!
This latest reduction from Currys brings the Flip 2 speaker to the cheapest price we’ve seen for it, and will save you around £20 compared to the next best offer elsewhere. An improvement of its predecessor, the Flip 2 features improved playback clarity and noise cancelation, alongside its NFC tap-to-pair technology. The battery life of 4 to 5 hours may not be amazing, but the ability to charge via USB this time around helps in that regard. If you’re looking for a wireless external speaker for your phone or laptop, you’ll find great value for money here. Thanks to The0ne @ HUKD!
After months of reports that the deal was on the cards, Three owner Hutchison Whampoa has reached “definitive terms” with Telefónica to acquire the O2 network for £10.3 billion. The move would elevate Three from being the smallest network to the largest, taking a 40% share of the UK mobile market.
While an agreement between the two parties has been reached, the sale is still subject to regulatory approvals. With such a move reducing the number of major networks from four to three, it is expected that the investigation will be incredibly thorough to ensure the long-term welfare of customers. This is because, with less competition, there is an obvious risk of providers no longer needing to offer competitive deals and incentives.
With BT also reportedly looking to purchase EE, there’s a good chance that the regulatory process won’t be completed any time soon, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the situation develops.