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November 4, 2013

Free sim cards

Free Sim cards for mobile phones, iPhones or tablets needing standard sized sim cards or Micro or Nano sims.

Each of the mobile providers offers users free sim cards to customers who want to go on a Pay as you go deal with them, they all have varying offers depending on how much you top up with them such as free minutes, texts and also mobile internet data so you can keep your mobile connected to the internet.

If you are after a new Pay as you go sim card then we have compiled the place sthat the free sim cards are available form each of the UK mobile network providers so it is very quick and easy for you to request your sim from them.

Most now have the choice of either a Combi Sim (standard sized or Micro) or a nano sim available so you can make sure it fits in your required mobile device or tablet.

Depending on how much you top up each month will determine how much you can use your free Pay as you Go sim card and how much minutes/texts/data is included for you to use. There is normally incentive to regularly top up certain amounts each month such as extra free minutes/texts or mobile data being added

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- Filed under: Mobile Broadband
- Tags: Free sim card, Free sim cards
Author: Mark @ 1:24 pm

August 20, 2013

Planes to get fast broadband connections

Internet access on planes is set to take a step closer as Ofcom look to see if they can give the go ahead to changes that would make much faster WiFi available to airline passengers via the use of Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMPs).

The new satellite system that would be able to be used on planes, ships and trains could totally open up internet access for travellers and be able to deliver internet speeds up to 10 times faster than is currently available to travellers. The availability of fast and reliable internet access on planes is something that we do expect will become a reality before too long, it would allow business travellers  to do even more work and check emails while they are flying and also holiday makers could stream their own movies such as through Netflix or use Facebook.

One of the most common things now that passengers do once a plane lands is turn their mobile phones on straight away to receive their emails and get back “connected” with the world.

The ofcom consultation can be read at: ofcom.org.uk

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- Filed under: Mobile Broadband
- Tags: airplane broadband internet, Broadband on planes
Author: Mark @ 4:25 pm

May 17, 2013

EE to provide 4G Internet at Glastonbury Festival

EE are to provide 4G internet access at Glastonbury Festival this year which makes it the first time a dedicated 4G network has been made available at a UK festival.

Glastonbury which takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset is always bringing new technologies for festival goers, and with social networking now such a huge part of many users day to day lives 4G internet at Glastonbury is sure to be a big hit for many, even if it will mean mobile phone batteries getting run down even quicker!

Along with the 4G access EE will also be increasing 2G and 3G network coverage around the Glastonbury Festival too. There will also be two “EE Recharge” tents on site for festival goers to charge their mobile phones up at, however as always there will be huge queues for the use of these!

EE are one of the official sponsors of this years Glastonbury Festival. Spencer McHugh, the Brand Manager at EE, said:
As the UK’s biggest and only superfast 4G network, we’re uniquely placed to use our technological expertise to help make the Glastonbury experience even better for those on site; from producing the feature packed official app for the festival, providing hundreds of charging points on site in our Recharge tents, through to ensuring festival goers can upload and share all their festival photos and videos to social networking sites at superfast speeds.

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April 9, 2013

EE to double 4G mobile broadband speeds

EE (Everything Everywhere – www.EE.co.uk), the 4G (or 4GEE as they like to brand it themselves) mobile broadband provider is set to double the speeds of their mobile broadband this summer in ten cities across the UK.

EEThe increase in mobile broadband speed would see the current average of 8-12Mb in cities be doubled to be around 20Mb which would be available for both new and existing customers with the headline speed up to a whopping 80Mb!

The ten cities set to get the 4G speed increase are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

EE (who are the company that runs the now merged Orange & T-Mobile) are aiming to have 1 million 4G customers by the end of 2013 and with more and more areas getting access to the 4G services there will be plenty of new customers who will be looking to switch to the faster mobile broadband.
Currently 4GEE from EE is available in 50 UK towns and cities including: Amersham, Barnsley, Belfast, Bingley, Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford , Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Chorley, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Dudley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Luton, Maidenhead, Manchester, Newbury, Newcastle, Newport, Nottingham, Preston, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Shipley, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, St Albans, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Telford, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

By June they hope this figure to have reached 80 locations which should be around 55% of the UK population, by the end of 2014 they hope to have reached 98% of the UK with 4GEE.

The way consumers use data on 4G devices has changed from standard 3G phones according to EE, they say that 24% of all traffic now is for video which is significantly more than on 3G. It is because of things like this and consumers demand for data that EE are future proofing themselves as they estimate that data traffic will grow by as much as 750% by 2016 with an increase of 505 by the end of 2013 alone.

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February 21, 2013

4G Mobile broadband auction raises just £2.3 billion

The 4G mobile broadband auction raised just £2.3 billion, a short fall of £1.2 billion compared to what the Chancellor George Osbourne predicted just 2 months ago of £3.5 billion.

From a financial point of view in terms of the government it was bad news, as Mr Osbourne had pencilled in the expected £3.5 billion into the December autumn statement which showed that the deficit would be smaller in 2012/2013 than it was in 2011/12. However, because of the shortfall in how much was raised from the 4G auction the deficit may well actually have increased slightly.

The mobile operators themselves will likely be relatively pleased with how things panned out at the 4G auction, it was barely 1/10th of what was raised byt he 3G network auction back in the year 2000 when £22.5 billion was raised.

The 4G mobile network auction saw 2 parts of the frequency spectrum available, the most important and more expensive being the low frequency 800MHz band which is needed to provide coverage beyond towns and cities and into rural areas of the country. There was also the higher frequency 2.6GHz band also available which was less expensive.

Of the important 800MHz spectrum all 4 mobile networks ended up with a slice which Ofcom were keen to happen and was the reason that 3 were able to grab a slice for the reserve price of £225m as they won special protection from Ofcom. O2 and 3 did not win any spectrum of the higher frequency 2.6GHz band which is used to deliver faster speeds.

Below is the results of the auction and the winners according to Ofcom.

All monies are due to be paid today for the winning spectrums.

Winning bidder Spectrum won Base price
Everything Everywhere Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and
2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz
£588,876,000
Hutchison 3G UK Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz £225,000,000
Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc) 2 x 15 MHz of 2.6 GHz and 1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) £186,476,000
Telefónica UK Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz (coverage obligation lot) £550,000,000
Vodafone Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz, 2 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz and 1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) £790,761,000
Total £2,341,113,000

It is expected that over the next 10 years that the benefits of 4G services are likely to value £20 billion according the estimates from Ofcom, and once each winning bidder has been assigned their part of the spectrum and it all being signed off and license fees paid consumers can expect to start seeing 4G internet services from more mobile operators from Spring or early Summer 2013.

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October 30, 2012

EE turn on 4G mobile broadband and launch fibre broadband services

Everything Everywhere (EE) today switch on their 4G service in 11 cities across the country today giving them around a 6 month head start on their rivals for being able to offer 4G services.

ee 4g network EE turn on 4G mobile broadband and launch fibre broadband servicesEE is the merged company of T-Mobile and Orange who already have the largest 3G network (due to the 2 companies merging), their new 4G service will offer mobile broadband speeds around 5 times faster than 3G can offer and up to 10 times faster is possible and will even be comparable to many users home broadband connection speeds.

The 4G service on offer will likely  average download speeds of between 8Mb-10Mb with the possibility of the best conditions to even reach up to 40Mb speeds with your mobile device. Obviously the speed being received can vary and depends largely on what device users are using, how close to the 4G mast users are and the number of people on the network.

The 11 cities where EE 4G will be turned on today are Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. It is expected that a further 5 cities will also have 4G available to them by Christmas with more cities and rural locations planned for 2013 and 98% of the population to have 4G coverage from EE by the end of 2014.

EE are investing £1.5 billion in their network which will expand at a rate of 2,000 square miles every month.

Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, said:
Today is a landmark day for our company, the UK mobile industry and, most importantly, the country’s businesses and consumers.

But this is just the start as our 4G network will continue to grow stronger and wider by the day. We’re investing £1.5 billion in our network to be the first company to offer mobile 4G in the UK, alongside the biggest 3G network. Combined with our Fibre Broadband and revolutionary service model we have a pioneering and unique offer to customers across the UK – superfast speeds in the home, superfast speeds on the move and expert service on nearly every high street in Britain.

Along with launching the 4G network EE have also launched EE Fibre Broadband too which is available to 11 million people at present via the BT Openreach network.

New customers can check 4G coverage or buy a 4G device with mobile plan online or from one of the 700 newly re-branded EE shops on the high street.

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April 2, 2012

Ofcom looking to use 600MHz & 700MHz bands for mobile broadband

Ofcom are suggesting that the 600MHz and 700MHz bands of the spectrum could be used to cope with the increasing demand for mobile broadband in the future.

ofcom mobile broadband spectrum 300x170 Ofcom looking to use 600MHz & 700MHz bands for mobile broadbandA consultation has been started by Ofcom “Securing long term benefits from scarce spectrum resources” that will look to keep them reserved for mobile broadband needs in the future. It is thought that mobile broadband demand could rise 80 fold between 2012 and 2030 in a mid-level growth scenario and a huge 300 fold in a high-growth scenario, just underlining the need to be ready for the extra demand. Much of this is due to smartphones and tablet PCs which increasingly use more and more video and data services as technology continues improving.

The spectrum could also be used for digital terrestrial television (DTT), emergency services or applications which use white space technology.

It won’t be a quick thing to get the frequency available for mobile broadband use, an international agreement needs to be done first with the expected earliest date it could be ready being 2018.

Enabling the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband in the UK would require a new international frequency co-ordination agreement. This could take several years to complete and will depend on the position adopted by other European countries. Our current view is that the earliest date this could be achieved is 2018, provided there is sufficient agreement in Europe.

The consultation can be read at Ofcom.org.uk and all interested stakeholders have until 7th June 2012 to respond to the consultation.

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February 23, 2012

Everything Everywhere want to launch 4G broadband this year

Everything Everywhere looking to roll out its 4G service this year earlier than expected providing they get the go ahead from Ofcom.

ee orange tmobile Everything Everywhere want to launch 4G broadband this yearEverything Everywhere which is the main company owning Orange & T-Mobile and who have 27 million subscribers making it the largest UK network is hoping that regulator Ofcom gives permission for them to start the roll out of their 4G network. Along with Orange & T-mobile customers to benefit from this there will also be customers of Three and Virgin Media who will benefit as they utilise the Everything Everywhere network.

From April this year, Everything Everywhere are to start the UK’s first 4G LTE trials over 1800MHz in Bristol, this will help Everything Everywhere learn how 4G LTE works over existing 1800MHz spectrum in urban and suburban areas. Last year a trial in Cornwall was done to test 4G LTE over 800MHz spectrum in a rural areas.

Olaf Swantee, the Everything Everywhere Chief Executive, said:

Everything Everywhere’s vision is to launch 4G for Britain as soon as possible, and the roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ and our 4G trials across Britain are major steps towards delivering on that promise.

The integration of the Orange and T-Mobile networks has already given our customers the widest 3G coverage in the UK – and I am pleased to say that with our advanced HSPA+ roll out they will also benefit from the fastest.

I am also very proud to announce that, subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the roll out of 4G before the end of the year. There is a great opportunity for the UK to have the 21st Century network that it so deserves, putting the nation on a level playing field with other parts of Europe, the USA and Asia.

4G internet connections will will provide mobile broadband speeds of between 8Mb-20Mb a huge increase over 3G internet services which averages speeds of 1.4Mb.
Providing Ofcom give Everything Everywhere approval by May then they should be on target to launch by the end of 2012.

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November 14, 2011

O2 launch 4G mobile broadband trial in London

O2 are today launching the first 4G (LTE – Long Term Evolution) network trial in London and will offer people in the capital access to the new super fast mobile network.

Around 1,000 people will be invited to partake in the trial, this includes business staff at John Lewis. The 4G network itself is made up of over 25 4G sites across London, stretching from Hyde Park to the O2 in Greenwich, it will also cover key areas which include Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank & Kings Cross. Over 40 square kilometers is the combined coverage area.

The trial is due to last for 9 months between now and Summer 2012 with the trialists being provided with Samsung B3730 mobile broadband dongles (there are currently no 4G compatible phones) which are capable of broadband speeds up to 150Mb. According to the Guardian newspaper it is expected that broadband speeds of between 25Mb-50Mb are likely to be the average expected, however when the 4G is rolled out nationally the average speed is expected to drop to between 10Mb-15Mb, this is still faster than the current UK average broadband sped of around 7Mb.

4G uses the same signal space as analogue TV signals, because of this the whole network can’t be turned on until all analogue TV signals have been fully turned off and the auction for the spectrum has taken place (currently scheduled for around 2013). O2 have reportedly spent £500 million upgrading its network this year and probably similar next year to make more of its network to run 4G.

Another impressive stat as to how much 4G is likely to benefit mobile broadband is that the 25 masts that O2 have installed in London for this trial are able to carry more data that O2′s entire 3G network nationally can!

4G is also hopefully going to be a saviour for some areas where fibre broadband isn’t going to be rolled out to so they too can benefit from faster broadband speeds.

There are currently no 4G phones available and in future anyone wanting to connect to a 4G network will need to have a 4G enabled phone, that is why those people trialing the 4G network in London have been given mobile broadband dongles that will be able to fit into laptops and tablet computers.

The Chief Executive Officer for O2, Ronan Dunne, said:

Today’s launch of the UK’s first 4G London trial network demonstrates our commitment to delivering 4G to our customers at the earliest opportunity. The work we are doing now will lay the foundations for our commercial 4G network when it launches in the UK.

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October 11, 2011

4G mobile broadband trials start in Cornwall

A trial of 4G mobile broadband has started in Cornwall to test LTE (Long Term Evolution) services and how it performs in the real world dealing with mobile broadband and fixed line broadband.

The trials are being performed between the telecom operators BT and Everything Everywhere (the name for the joint company of Orange & T-Mobile).
LTE services should offer faster mobile broadband speeds and in the trials will use the 800MHz spectrum which was previously used for analogue TV services.

200 people are signed up for the trial in St Newlyn East and South Newquay, 100 with fixed line connections and 100 with mobile broadband connections. The technology will be being tested to see if it is a feasible and reliable option to compliment fixed line broadband services for those in rural areas where currently they live a great distance from their local telephone exchange and struggle to get a decent broadband speed.

Those who are signed up for the free trial will receive the internet connections for free but will need to give feedback about their experiences with using it.

Chief Executive of BT Wholesale, Nigel Stagg, said:

The final ten per cent of the country is exceedingly difficult to reach with the available standard fixed-line solutions.

Our proof of concept trial in Cornwall will test the capabilities and services that a shared fixed and mobile data network can support.

BT aim to cover two thirds of the UK with it’s new fibre broadband network by 2015, however, with the remaining parts of the country not covered due to financial restrictions (BT will struggle to recoup on their investment as easily with many rural areas) it could well be that 4G technology is what will be looked at to help give the remaining homes without fibre a faster broadband connection.

Ofcom are due to start auctions of the 800MHz network next year.

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