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Carphone Warehouse are launching their own mobile network come May this year and it'll be called I'd. Running off the Three network you'll get some of the best data speeds around.

The plans will be 12 months and come with options to cap them so you don't blow a months wage on your bill. It will also offer roaming at no extra cost in the same countries as Three allow you to.

Basically it's a Three contract sold to you by Carphone Warehouse.

Here's the press release which gives you an idea about how the prices will look. The first mega offer from iD will be the Samsung A3, available for a limited time on a 12 month 4G plan with 300 mins, 5000 texts and 1 GB data for £19.50

After all the press releases and the price plans are announced that is when people will decide if it's good value.

I reckon that EE and Vodafone won't be working with Carphone for much longer.

London 23 April 2015: Today, Carphone Warehouse announces iD, a new mobile network that is built around what the customer wants and addresses consumer frustrations with current mobile phone plans.

iD – available from May and operating on the Three network – will launch with a set of market-leading, introductory offers promising the mobile user increased contract flexibility, greater access to free data roaming and the best value 4G available on the UK market.

Commenting on the launch, Graham Stapleton, UK CEO at Carphone Warehouse, said: "We've been listening to our millions of customers' network requirements and desires for years. In doing so we have identified some common challenges. People want greater flexibility from their plans and are fed up with the 'one size fits all' approach. In fact, a recent study by Which? found that overspend on mobile phone charges in the UK amounts to £5.42billion each year – showing just how many people aren't on the right plan for them. We are also a generation obsessed with the mobile internet and accessing data and services on the move – things people are either paying too much for or just aren't getting. Addressing these challenges forms the basis of the first wave of plans from iD."

At launch, the new network will solve three core customer frustrations

Bill Shock – for those who want to make the most out of their money and like the reassurance and security of a standardised bill each month; delivered through controlled and capped plans at the lowest price on the marketUncertainty when using your phone abroad – for those who travel abroad frequently but are hindered by inflexible plans. iD's roaming plans cover more European countries than anyone elseFlexibility – 12 month contracts for those who want great value 4G, with the flexibility of shorter term commitment

Graham continues: "This is just the beginning. We know that there are lots more customer issues and frustrations with existing mobile plans that we're eager to tackle. We want this network to be focused on the individual and we will continue to listen to customers over the coming months, asking them to help develop and evolve iD

iD is the first major initiative from Dixons Carphone and will be available to customers from May 2015 via all Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World stores, as well as online channels. For more information and to register interest visit _

The first mega offer from iD will be the Samsung A3, available for a limited time on a 12 month 4G plan with 300 mins, 5000 texts and 1 GB data for £19.50

iD from Carphone Warehouse is going to be a new superfast 4G mobile network with a difference. It’s built around you, the customer. Find out more.
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£100 cap on bills if your phone is stolen

UK networks EE, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone will only charge their customers £100 against their bill if their handset is stolen. You'll need to report your phone stolen within 24 hours to both network and police to be covered though.

It's not law mind, all the networks are doing it on a voluntary basis. It is though good news as if someone with sticky fingers takes your phone they'll probably ring a premium rate number to mame money or have a chat with friends abroad.

Pay As You Go won't be covered under the new scheme as they only carry a limited amount of credit and a bill can't be run up.

A whopping 300,000 handsets are stolen each year according to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) with Citizens Advice says seeing some turn to them for help with bills reaching up to £23,000 .

Three introduced this protection for its customers in January this year with EE introducing it in the coming weeks. Those of you on O2 will be covered from September 2015. Virgin Mobile will cover you from July and the summer will see Vodafone introduce the cap.

Tesco already cap their contracts at £50 so you can't go over that amount and for those of you on Giffgaff there is no contract in place so if you contact them and the police you'll be seen right.

This is all part of a new Code of Practice that the networks have signed up to. As part of that the following need to be made clear to customers. Much of it is common sense.

Out of bundles charges – by providing clear and transparent pricing information, alerts when they reach data bundle limits or the ability to monitor usage.

Roaming – providing information on how to turn off data roaming and avoid roaming charges.

Premium Rate Services and in-app purchases – provide a barring function so consumers can protect themselves against unauthorised or inadvertent calls to premium rate voice services, and protections against in-app purchases.

Keep in mind though your data could prove the most valuable to a thief. Pictures, passwords and login details to online banking and other accounts do get stored on our phones and on the black market they are worth thousands.

Using sim and phone codes to get access is a very good way of keeping your phone, data and bank balance safe. Downloading Android Device Manager also enables you to wipe your data if you handset goes missing. -
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If you've been doing the rounds looking for a Samsung Galaxy S6 with 32GB of storage if you quick step it over to Clove Technology you can get hold of one.

Stock is limited though and you can choose the Black or White model. I've not been a big fan of Samsung over the years but I have to say the S6 is a really nice device. It feels like a premium phone and comes running Android 5.0 right out of the box.

Here's why you might want one:

Android 5.0 Lollipop - updated with new features for 2015

Samsung Exynos octa-core processor - incredible power and performance

32/64/128 GB storage - plenty of storage space for all your documents, media and applications

Quad HD display - a more immersive experience, with more detail and clarity, along with an improved outdoors viewing experience

Metal and glass body - a new premium and solid design that makes the S6 look more of a premium product.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. If you want one hit the link below and get one whilst stock is available. 

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Samsung Galaxy S6 (SIM Free / UK) If purchasing for use outside of the EU, you may wish to read the information regarding the international region lock on new Samsung stock - please refer to the end of this description. This information refers to both the UK and EU sourced models of the Galaxy S6* The wait is finally over ! The Samsung Galaxy S6 has landed, running Android 5.0 Lollipop. There are plenty of reasons to buy a Galaxy S6, so let's t...
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Among some of the games with 70% off include Plants vs Zombies, Monopoly Millionaire and Dead Space. In total there are 23 games with prices starting at 15p. This is a time limited offer so if you fancy picking up any of the titles you'd better grab them now.

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Google Keep. Shopping lists, remember to take a meter reading, save a URL for later or just make sure you don't forget something.

Google Keep is awesome, so much so that on the joint Google account my wife and I run for pictures, household paper work on Drive we use it as a live shopping list. If something needs getting but isn't on the list whoever is in the shop can see what's been added.

Google Keep also works super on your Android watch. Read more on the Android post below.

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The LG Watch Urbane is to be made available from the Google Play store by the end of this month. Those of you in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States will have first dibs. UK customers might just be able to get one for the Bank Holiday Weekend.

LG have said that they will announce price at the time of launch and don't expect it to come as cheap as some of the current Android Wear devices. As a guide Clove Technology have it priced at £269 / $403 US / $522 AUS and €377. They are expecting first stock on Friday 30th.

There will also be a host of new features when the next instalment of Android Wear gets pushed out including Wi-Fi integration, new hands-free features, drawable emoji to name just a few

As for specs, the latest watch from LG has a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB LPDDR2 RAM, 4GB internal storage and 410mAh battery. Available in rose gold and silver color options, the smartwatch is certified IP67 for dust and water resistance.

Who will be picking one of these up? You can get an order in with Clove Technology here -

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Three UK have announced that they will be rolling out VoLTE in the autumn of this year. It stands for Voice over LTE or you'll be able to make calls over a 4G connection in HD and you won't have calls drop out.

You'll need a VoLTE enabled handset and they include the Nexus 6, Sony Xperia Z3, Galaxy S5, HTC M9, Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Three will be pushing out a blog post tomorrow with all the info you need on how it will work and when to expect it. You'll need to be in a 4G area so hopefully we'll hear more on where they'll be rolling that out.

One thing that I'm thinking though is if you're on a tariff with not a great deal of data you might get through what you do have pretty quickly.

I'm guessing that once the service has been turned on you'll be able to select VoLTE from the mobile network settings menu. People you call will have to have the option enabled to take advantage of it.

Three have also said eventually the inTouch app will be sent packing when calling over WiFi gets pushed out.

EE and Vodafone are also set to go live with their VoLTE services this summer.

We'll find out more tomorrow.

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App update - NatWest

The NatWest mobile app is getting better with each update. In the latest update the team have brought some exciting new features for their super mobile app.

In the what's new box you'll find the ability to view any standing orders and direct debits. Perfect if you've just been paid and want to make sure you are on top of what will be leaving your accounts.

A great extra that NatWest offer their customers is the chance to take money out of your account just by using the app. If you've lost your card open the app, hit the ATM symbol, choose your amount and you'll get a code to punch in the ATM and you've got your dosh.

This used have to have least £25 in your account but with the latest update that drops to £10.

Chuck in being able to increase your overdraft or apply for a new one, download on as many devices as you want and search for payees via name NatWest have given their customers a very handy app. All we need now is the option to but lunch or a ride home with with just our phone

This also fits in with how our habits are changing with the ability to bank on the go and you can read a little more on that here -

You can get the update via the link to Google Play below. Should the app become unresponsive at login you'll be directed on how to put that right. Some users have had issues.

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App update - BBC Sport

A nice update to the BBC Sport app and for cricket fans you can now get push alerts for wickets, innings and results for county cricket teams. With the widget the BBC have now added top stories so you can keep on top of the last few games in the football, will AFC Bournemouth make it to the Premiership?

Add in stability improvements and a Chromecast fix to top it all off. You can pick it up via the link to Google Play below.

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