Nature is fighting back as trees begin affecting mobile network reception

Nature is fighting back as trees begin affecting mobile network reception

Carl P  2 hours ago

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.

[Via Telegraph / Gizmondo ]

 

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Save up to 10% off memory cards with these handy voucher codes at MyMemory

Save up to 10% off memory cards with these handy voucher codes at MyMemory

Carl P  3 hours ago

MyMemory Voucher codes:

  • 5% Off SanDisk - Use SNK5 at Checkout
  • 5 % Off OTG USB's Use ON10 at Checkout
  • 10% Off Gaming Headset Use GAM10 at Checkout
  • 10% Off Verbatim - Use VEB10 at Checkout
  • 10% Off Integral - Use INT10 at Checkout
  • 5% Off Kingston - Use KIN5 at Checkout

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!

 

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BT Mobile is finally here, contracts starting from £5 a month for existing BT customers

BT Mobile is finally here, contracts starting from £5 a month for existing BT customers

Carl P  3 hours ago

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.

 

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The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet is once again £49.99

The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet is once again £49.99

Carl P  3 days ago

HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet is currently £49.99 with voucher code from Microsoft Store

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!

 

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Get the Connect 7" tablet with Office 365 Personal for just £59

Get the Connect 7" tablet with Office 365 Personal for just £59

Carl P  3 days ago

Connect 7" tablet with Office 365 Personal (One Year Subscription is currentlty £59 from Tesco Direct (and in-store)

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!

 

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Apple Watch app support arrives on the App Store

Apple Watch app support arrives on the App Store

Carl P  3 days ago

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.

[Via 9to5mac / uSwitch ]

 

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Get an iPad Mini 3 16GB for just £249.99

Get an iPad Mini 3 16GB for just £249.99

Carl P  3 days ago

Apple iPad Mini 3 16GB is currently £249.99 from John Lewis

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!

 

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Get Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water Collector’s Edition for FREE on iOS & Android

Get Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water Collector’s Edition for FREE on iOS & Android

Carl P  4 days ago

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water Collector’s Edition is currently FREE on iOS

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water Collector’s Edition is currently FREE on Android

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!

 

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Facebook expands its Messenger App with new features, third-party access, & Business Chat

Facebook expands its Messenger App with new features, third-party access, & Business Chat

Carl P  4 days ago

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.

Via uSwitch / Recombu

 

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Get a £50 iTunes gift card for just £37.99

Get a £50 iTunes gift card for just £37.99

Carl P  4 days ago

£50 iTunes Gift Card is currently £39.99 from CDKeys (Knock 5% off by liking the page 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!

 

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Get 20% off selected accessories with Memory Bits’ voucher code

Get 20% off selected accessories with Memory Bits’ voucher code

Carl P  4 days ago

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!

 

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Get a sim-free Nokia Lumia 830 & free FitBit Flex for just £199

Get a sim-free Nokia Lumia 830 & free FitBit Flex for just £199

Carl P  4 days ago

The Nokia Lumia 830 (sim-free) with free FitBit Flex is currently £199 from Carphone Warhouse

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!

 

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Get the JBL Flip 2 Portable Wireless Speaker for just £39.99

Get the JBL Flip 2 Portable Wireless Speaker for just £39.99

Carl P  4 days ago

The JBL Flip 2 Portable Wireless Speaker is currently £39.99 from Currys

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!

 

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Hutchison & Telephonica agree on £10.3 billion O2 buyout

Hutchison & Telephonica agree on £10.3 billion O2 buyout

Carl P  5 days ago

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.

[Via O2 / Recombu ]

 

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Get an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 & FREE Fitbit Charge for just £529

Get an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 & FREE Fitbit Charge for just £529

Carl P  5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB (Unlocked) & FREE Fitbit Charge Fitness Band is currently £529 from O2

Looking for a cheap, unlocked Galaxy S6, and don’t mind doing a little leg work? We’ve got a workaround to get it £20 cheaper than the next best offer elsewhere thanks to HUKD user WajAllRound. Here’s the instructions:

The total cost will be £529.99 overall, and not only will you have an unlocked phone but you will also get a Fitbit charge Fitness Band worth £119.99 as well! Thanks to WajAllRound @ HUKD for the find!

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now on sale at Currys, starting from £549

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now on sale at Currys, starting from £549

Carl P  6 days ago

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets are currently on sale at Currys, with prices starting from £549

Microsoft may be running their own an Easter sale on the latest Surface Pro 3 tablets, but Currys have gone and undercut their prices, with the cheapest being £549 for the 64GB HDD / i3 processor / 4GB RAM model.

That said, we would recommend investing in a TouchType keyboard to go with it, as they not only act as a protective cover but makes it feel like a true laptop alternative. Thankfully, Currys are also doing bundle deals for both a Surface Pro 3 and a TouchType keyboard, with the cheapest coming to £658 for the 64GB version. Head over to the Currys website to see all the available offers. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!

 

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Sony Xperia Z3 on EE with 1000 mins, unlimited texts, & 2GB data for £23.49 a month

Sony Xperia Z3 on EE with 1000 mins, unlimited texts, & 2GB data for £23.49 a month

Carl P  6 days ago

The Sony Xperia Z3 on EE is currently £23.49 a month from e2save

Although not the freshest face on the block, the Xperia Z3 is still one of the better Android phones out there. The 24-month contract includes 1000 mins, unlimited texts, and 2GB of data allowance at £23.49 a month. You can even choose what colour handset you want, with black, green, orange and white versions available.

Positive reviews described the Xperia Z3 as a great all-rounder, with the highlights being its high build quality and its long-lasting battery life. Other than that, it isn’t a huge step up from the Z2, but it’s still one of the better Android phones out there, especially at the price of this offer. Thanks to goonertillidie for the tip!

 

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Get a Used Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 for £160.99 from Currys via eBay

Get a Used Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 for £160.99 from Currys via eBay

Carl P  6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 (Used) is currently £160.99 from Currys via eBay

While it isn’t a brand new item, you’ll save yourself £60 over the next best deal elsewhere for the Galaxy TabPro 10.1. As for the device itself, its size and form factor are highly rated, but its Magazine UI is definitely a divisive topic, despite being highly customisable. Still, for £160 it’s pretty good going if you’re in the market for a cheap Android tablet. Thanks to mcseguy @ HUKD!

 

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Get an Unlocked LG G3 for just £219

Get an Unlocked LG G3 for just £219

Carl P  6 days ago

The LG G3 Sim-Free is currently £219 from Smartfonestore

Coming in £40 cheaper than the next best deal elsewhere, this offer for an unlocked LG G3 is one of the best we’ve seen since its release. There’s a reason for this though – it’s not brand new. However, it is listed as ‘Grade A’, meaning it comes in the original box along with all its accessories

The Android-powered phone boasts an improved screen to match its size, and a revamped interface that is easier to use, although the casing reportedly feels a bit cheaper than previous models. Still, it’s a great deal for the price if you’re after a dependable Android handset, and is ready to be upgraded to 5.0 Lollipop. Thanks to Maroine80 @ HUKD!

 

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The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 is a more attractive proposition at £296

The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 is a more attractive proposition at £296

Carl P  6 days ago

The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 is currently £296 from IT Supplier

Despite the fairly impressive specs, the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 only really becomes a decent  Win8 tablet when paired with its accessories. Thankfully, this offer from IT Supplier sees the price fall to £296, making it the cheapest deal around by a significant margin. That should mean that buying essential add-ons like the ElitePad’s jacket (for an extra 20 hours of battery power) and the accessory dock (which adds USB 2.0 ports) to create a complete computing experience won’t break the bank overall. Thanks to crazyfrog79 @ HUKD!

 

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