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When does a phone become a phablet?

When does a phone become a phablet?

On: Saturday, 13 July, 2019
In the beginning, there was the mobile phone. And it was good. So good, in fact, manufacturers began packing more and more features into each handset. Over time, basic handsets evolved into web-enabled and app-powered smartphones. In 2010, ...
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The cost of using your phone abroad

The cost of using your phone abroad

On: Wednesday, 10 July, 2019
If your first name is Sheikh, or your idea of jumping in the car involves summoning a chauffeur, overseas data roaming costs probably aren’t much of a concern. For most of us, however, the costs of using our phones abroad can be quite fri...
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Keeping your smartphone safe on holiday

Keeping your smartphone safe on holiday

On: Tuesday, 2 July, 2019
It might be hard to believe, but we’re already a third of the way through summer. Despite endless rain (and even a tornado at the Isle of Wight Festival in mid-June), we’re approaching the time of year when millions of people head off o...
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How does NFC work?

How does NFC work?

On: Friday, 28 June, 2019
There was a time when checkouts and cash desks echoed to the sound of shoppers rummaging around in their purses for coins and notes. Today, you’re more likely to hear the confirmatory beeps of contactless payment processing systems. From ...
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Can smartphones pick up malware?

Can smartphones pick up malware?

On: Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
When desktop computers represented our only link to the wider world, it was inevitable they would be targeted by miscreants and troublemakers. Annoying worms and corrupting viruses soon mutated into more destructive forms of malware, includ...
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Six ways to extend the gap between phone charges

Six ways to maximise battery life

On: Friday, 14 June, 2019
It’s a measure of how crucial smartphones have become that we’ve invented a term to describe the fear of being without them. Nomophobia sounds like a name Charlie Brooker or Armando Iannucci might have come up with, but it’s a conditi...
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Identifying network blackspots around the UK

Identifying network blackspots around the UK

On: Tuesday, 11 June, 2019
There’s a popular misconception that mobile networks don’t have blackspots in urban areas. The reality is often different, as many frustrated customers will readily acknowledge. Even in city centres, a traditional building with thick st...
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Does my next handset need 5G?

Does my next handset need 5G?

On: Monday, 10 June, 2019
Although it represents a quantum leap from the dial-up speeds of 3G, 4G connectivity isn’t really fit for purpose any more. Meteoric growth in demand for internet-hosted entertainment, communications and other services has seen 4G network...
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