It’s Friday! You’ve spent all your money! Let’s do the £5 challenge!

Its Friday! Youve spent all your money! Lets do the £5 challenge!
Black Friday has probably cleared you out, so let’s do our semi-regular look at what you can get for just £5 per month on a SIM-only plan. After all, if you’ve just finished your contract and you’re looking to chop down the costs, it could be an ideal stop-gap. Plus, if you’ve bought a phone for a loved one, knowing that you’re only spending £5 every month on their mobile is a good feeling.

So, if you’re going to get a mobile for a son or daughter this Christmas and you don’t want to pay a fortune in contract fees, this iD Mobile plan is currently our pick. Their “virtual” network runs over the Three UK masts and you’ll get 250 minutes of talk time, 5000 texts and a whacking great 2.25GB of monthly data.

We’ve run a check against other £5 SIM-only deals and nothing comes close frankly.

Oh and yes, I’ll be honest, this is another exclusive deal that we get as an affiliate, so if you do buy it then we’ll get a few pennies to keep the servers running. Yay!

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  • Behind the Dispute Over AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation.

    The government’s objections have raised red flags for those who worry that the White House is using the merger-review process to try to hurt Time Warner-owned CNN, with which President Donald Trump has tangled frequently.

    Here’s a look at what’s behind the deal:

    Why Does AT&T Want To Buy Time Warner?

    As U.S. wireless growth slows down, AT&T has been looking for ways to marry its nationwide wireless business with video, which Americans increasingly watch on the internet.

    AT&T bought satellite TV company DirecTV in 2015. Buying Time Warner would give AT&T more video through such cable networks as HBO, CNN and TBS and the Warner Bros. movie studio. AT&T can deliver this video over the internet, including its cellular network.

    AT&T also hopes to use Time Warner content to support an advertising business that could stand up to Google and Facebook, which dominate the digital-ad industry and are increasingly interested in video themselves. AT&T also could use Time Warner’s video to support its wireless business. AT&T already discounts its streaming service, DirecTV Now, and even HBO, which it doesn’t own yet, to lure customers to its unlimited phone data plans.

    What Will It Mean for Rivals and Consumers?

    AT&T says it will be able to package and deliver video more cheaply, over the internet, rather than in expensive cable bundles.

    But the government worries that AT&T would be able to charge rival distributors such as cable companies “hundreds of millions of dollars more per year” for Time Warner’s programming — payments that would ultimately get passed down to consumers through their cable bills. And the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, warns…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Google Admits Tracking Android Users Even with 'Location' Off

    Google has confirmed it can track the location of Android users via the addresses of local mobile phone masts, even when location services were turned off and the sim cards removed to protect privacy.


    Revealed by a report by Quartz, Google?EU?s Android system, which handles messaging services to ensure delivery of push notifications, began requesting the unique addresses of mobile phone masts (called Cell ID) at the beginning of 2017.


    The information was captured by the phone and routinely sent to Google by any modern Android device, even when location services were turned off and the sim card was removed. As a result Google could in theory track the location of the Android device and therefore the user, despite a reasonable expectation of privacy.


    A Google spokesperson said: ?EU?In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery.


    ?EU?However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.?EU?


    Google requested the Cell ID alongside what is called the mobile country code and mobile network code, which identify the country and mobile phone operator that the smartphone is using. That data is used to ensure the phone stays properly connected to Google?EU?s Firebase Cloud Messaging system, which handles the delivery of messages and notifications to the smartphone.


    A persistent connection is required for the system to work, but instead of staying constantly connected, the phone pings Google?EU?s servers at set intervals. The more pings, the greater the battery drain, so the data collected about the country and mobile networks is used to work out the the minimum number of pings required to stay connected without draining the battery — so called heartbeat…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    You! Buy a gimbal for your smartphone!

    Gimbal. There’s a word you don’t often see being used in everyday conversation.

    “Hey man, how’s your gimbal?”

    “Yeah, good thanks. How’s yours?”

    No often done that.

    Anyway, many years ago, when I could get away with calling things “cool” and wearing hats backwards, I laughed hysterically when I visited the yearly phone event that is Mobile World Congress because someone like this walked past me..

    You! Buy a gimbal for your smartphone!

    I mean sure, he’s probably recording some beautifully stable footage, but it looks like he’s wearing some scaffolding. It looks ridiculous.

    Now though, there’s really cool lightweight smartphone gimbal poles. You stick your handset in and, instead of your usual semi-drunken footage, you get footage on rails. This Zhiyun 3-axis jobby is a nudge over £81 as part of the Black Friday event at GeekBuying but… are they any good? Well, this lady seems to think so..

    You! Buy a gimbal for your smartphone!

    However, we stumbled over this rather epic video review of the Zhiyun (no, we don’t know how to pronounce it either) gimbal by DIY Perks. We like his style. He’s driven into a field so that he doesn’t look weird talking to himself and he explains the whole thing really rather well. Top stuff dude. We’ll steal that and place it on our site.. Boom!

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  • Black Friday – Plusnet have increased the data on their £10 monthly plan

    Black Friday   Plusnet have increased the data on their £10 monthly plan
    OK, this Black Friday thing is sending everybody crazy. Just last week we spotted this Plusnet plan which delivered 5GB of monthly data for £10 every month.

    As you’d expect, it’s a SIM-only offering. The Plusnet network operates on the EE network.

    However, shortly after we saw that Virgin Mobile, who also use the EE network, had got a slightly better SIM-only deal. £10 for 6GB of monthly data.

    Now Plusnet have come back fighting, and have matched the Virgin Mobile deal. Because of the Black Friday madness this is only available until November 30th, but you now get unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 6GB of monthly data for just £10. Head here for the offer

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  • Bank on Mobility

    Bank on MobilityCome on, when was the last time you went to your local bank? My last visit there was to have a chat with the “account manager”. A few years ago he sat me down and basically told me that I was being a little carefree with my money.

    Since then though, I’ve not been. I could probably – if I needed to – have a video call with him if I needed anything, but I do everything else on my phone. So why do we need a bank branch, really?

    This is why 482 bank branches are closing in this year alone. We just don’t use them any more, or at least not to the extent that we used to.

    Sure, I’m lucky enough to have an NFC enabled phone. I can do that “tap to pay” thing at the local Co-op even when I’ve forgotten my wallet and I’m still wearing my slippers. However, the mobility of banking also means that people can take my money more easily. Even the guys who clean out our wheelie-bins accept PayPal and contactless payments thanks to their mobile payment units. You can use Apple Pay or Circle and, if you want to transfer cash, there’s apps for that too.

    Bank on Mobility

    But it’s the banking apps that have really changed things for me. I use Lloyds bank and, in the middle of the Black Friday madness, I can check just how little money is left in the account in just seconds. In fact, just like my move from using the branch to using the internet, I now use my mobile phone to bank more than I do with my laptop.

    In the summer, just before my yearly charity bike ride, I used the app to pay money towards accommodation – it was all done in seconds and we were able to secure a group booking for just over a dozen sweaty cyclists with a friendly local B&B thanks to the speed of the banking app and the fact that you can transfer cash in seconds from one account to another.

    In fact, now, when I talk to my son, he can’t remember me taking him to the bank. We went about 4 years ago to pay a cheque in, but those things now seem as prehistoric as travellers cheques and postal orders.

    Bank on Mobility

    There’s several banks out there and across the world that have mobile only banking. They’re worth checking out, because they can sometimes offer better benefits and interest rates…

    These accounts can also give you other benefits, such as the fact that they’re always open, they’ll have cheaper overheads and lower staffing costs. Why pay more just because your “traditional” bank is still running branches and paying rent and staff? Go for an online bank and you can save yourself cash. Nowadays – unless you really do have a need to regularly speak to someone in a branch – the age of mobile banking means that you don’t need to go to those old-fashioned banks any longer.

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  • KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock – The Alarm Clock Review

    Do you remember in years gone by, long before the age of the smartphone, the height of slumber breaking technology was the radio alarm clock which provided the ability to wake you up via either a local MW Radio station or a screeching buzzer #gooddays.

    Then the smartphone came along and we enjoyed  a shift as a society as we started to get woken up by polyphonic ring tones, well now you can get the best of both worlds with the KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock.

    Choose your start to the day

    The theory behind alarm clocks hasn’t changed over time, you set a time that you want to wake up and then press snooze 5 times when the clock wakes you up, what has changed is the selection of output you can select to wake you up.

    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review

    You can still tune the alarm clock to your favourite FM radio station, or choose a rather effective buzzer, but now you can also choose inputs from Bluetooth, Aux or directly from your iPhone’s music library.

    Setting up the device was straight forward, simply dock your iPhone and the time is automatically set, and the bright screen is very easy to read. It’s worth keeping the manual handy so that you can reference which buttons set the time, tunes the radio and switch audio mode, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.

    A Dock for your iPhone

    Whilst the KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock is styled to look like an old school alarm clock, the addition of a front mounted  lightning connector merges the old with the new. The  XDock 4+ will happily act as a charging point for your iPhone and act as a speaker for your stored music, in addition the sound quality isn’t bad with it’s 1.5″ speakers delivering 3W of sound, not as good as dedicated speakers but pretty good as a bedside speaker.

    There are a few areas where the XDock could be improved, firstly with a sturdy case on my iPhone 6s I found it awkward to dock my phone, even though it has a moveable lightning connector, it really needed some fiddling to get the phone in the correct position , and as this is an Apple focused device a place to charge your Apple Watch might have been a great touch.

    For £60 I would also have prefered a little more solid build quality, after all this is the bit of tech I own that is most likely to be launched across the room

    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review

    A Return to Trusted Technology

    Since my iPhone replaced just about everything else in my tech life, I lost touch with a lot of useful gadgets, the KitSound XDock4+ has put a radio and actual clock back in my bedroom, which it turns out I’ve missed, although not necessarily when it wakes me up when it’s still dark outside.

    Like most modern technology you don’t need a KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock but it makes life a little better.

    You can purchase the KitSound XDock 4+ for £50 here

    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review
    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review
    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review
    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review
    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review
    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review
    KitSound XDock 4+ Bluetooth Speaker Dock   The Alarm Clock Review

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  • iPhone X Built by Students Working Illegal Overtime

    Apple has been accused of relying on students working illegal overtime to build the iPhone X, through its contractor Foxconn, which manufactures the devices in Zhengzhou, China.

    According to the Financial Times, students working at the Foxconn plant, as part of a three month “work experience” placement, were routinely working 11-hour days assembling the newest phone, breaking Chinese overtime laws in the process.

    Student labour is common, and legal, in manufacturing hubs in China. The students must be paid, and the placements must be voluntary, with the number of temporary workers swelling employment at the Zhengzhou factory threefold in the busiest time of the year, the paper reported.

    But, according to the Financial Times, such work experience should be limited to just 40 hours a week. Six high school students, out of a group of 3,000 from one vocational school sent to work at the factory, told the that those legal limits were exceeded.

    In a statement, Apple said: “During the course of a recent audit, we discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China. We?EU?ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime.”

    “At this facility, student intern programs are short term and account for a very small percentage of the workforce. When we found that some students were allowed to work overtime, we took prompt action. A team of specialists are on site at the facility working with the management on systems to ensure the appropriate standards are adhered to.”

    “Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We know our work is never done and we?EU?ll continue to do all we can to make a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain.”

    Foxconn told…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones – A Review

    I like music, I like music a great deal. By now, this should be obvious by the types of review I generally perform for Coolsmartphone. But there are times when I want to keep it to myself and make it a personal experience, and this is when a person needs a pair of headphones.

    Although of course, there are headphones and then there are headphones.

    A cut above

    A good pair of headphones is essential if you take your music seriously, and from the moment you look at the packaging that protects the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones – you know that you are in for something special.

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review

    The packaging itself is built to last, provide a long-term home for the phones and wouldn’t look out of place on your bookshelf. Even the detachable 2-metre woven headphone cable is kept in a neat sturdy container.

    The quality continues over to the actual headphones themselves. The Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones feel substantial and weighty and are made from luxury materials including cowhide & lambskin leather, stainless steel and aluminium.  

    The use of genuine leather may be a serious concern to some of you, but if you are happy with the use of animal products then you’ll appreciate the standout quality that they add. The lambskin is wonderfully soft and the M40s genuinely feel great to wear.

    If you would rather use headphones without animal products then Master & Dynamic also produce the Alcantara collection, which may be of interest.

    The proof of the pudding

    So they look and feel great, but how good do the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones sound? The answer: they actually sound very good indeed… amazing actually. The 45mm drivers provide a very crisp, high definition and very true sound, and very different to my usual Kitsound headphones with their increased bass range.

    Acoustic music in particular, sounds great through the MH40 headphones. It’s probably the closest to being there live that I’ve personally experienced while using headphones.
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review

    A word of warning though. Not all music is produced with this clarity of sound in mind – and where music has been lazily produced it really stands out, with instruments feeling in the wrong place. Actually, this was very obvious with some of Michael Bublé’s tracks that we used in testing. That said, with a good audio source, nothing else I’ve tested comes as close to sounding like that live experience.

    On a personal note; should you happen to like brass band music, then these are absolutely the headphones for you.

    What about the cost of the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones?

    At over £300 pounds, these headphones are quite clearly aimed at the premium end of the market but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t good value for money. The exceptional build quality and aluminium body of the MH40 means that they are going to last you for years, and as M&D uses a process called Physical Vapour Deposition rather than paint, they are going to keep that premium look for some time to come

    Sharing the experience

    A further outstanding feature of the MH40 headphones is the ability to share the music you are listening to with someone else via a second jack socket. This allows someone else to plug their headphones directly into your MH40s. It’s another little feature which really makes the headset stand out.

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review

    Genius

     What, no Bluetooth?

    Unusually for a top of the range set of headphones, there isn’t an option to connect via Bluetooth. The only way to connect the MH40 headphones is via a wired connection. Personally, this isn’t an issue, but those of you who recently purchased a certain flagship smartphone will need to remember where you put your adapter. While it doesn’t decrease the audio quality just keep it in mind.

    These are wired only headphones.

    Master & Dynamic – Master of Sound

    From the moment you open the luxury packaging to the point of listening and enjoying your music, the Master & Dynamic are clearly a cut above the usual headphones.

    Master & Dynamic hasn’t just provided a premium set of headphones – they have provided a premium experience.

    You can purchase for approx £320 from Amazon.

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review
    Master & Dynamic MH40 Premium Headphones   A Review

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  • The Unihertz Jelly Pro – The teeny-tiny 4G phone, hands on and up-close

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    Remember the diddy Unihertz Jelly Pro we covered last week? Well, it’s now here in my hand.

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    Tiny tiny!

    Yes, it really is tiny. A 2.45″ screen with a 240 x 432 certainly makes data entry a challenge. When you’re initially setting up and putting your Google account details in, it’s perhaps best to use the widescreen orientation and then either use TeamViewer or setup some regularly-used applications. Here’s me trying a bit of data-entry..

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    This is a phone which even the makers advise you use as a second handset. In my head, I don’t mind spending a couple of minutes on the slightly-fiddly Google account setup screens and adding in my Skype / Spotify / Strava / WhatsApp details if it means that I can listen to my playlist, record my run and make video calls while I’m out for a jog. It’s small enough to strap to your arm. This is a phone you can leave in your car too, perhaps hooked up to your stereo, so that you can have your Spotify / iPlayer music ready to go.

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    I’ll be testing this more in the coming days and we’ll have a full review online, but I thought you’d like a very quick tour and some snaps of this ultra-small 4G phone. It features an 8 megapixel rear shooter, 2 megapixel front, a quad-core 1.1GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This is all powered by a 950mAh battery and it comes with GPS, a 3.5mm audio port and WiFi.

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    The Unihertz Jelly Pro   The teeny tiny 4G phone, hands on and up close

    The back pops off to reveal the dual Nano SIM / microSD bays.

    Here’s a quick overview in the all-new Coolsmartphone Mobile Video HQ…

    Head to the Unihertz website for more information, where you can buy one unlocked. The Jelly Pro is also available on Amazon for £99.99.

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