Smarty Vs Voxi

Hi all, I’m out of contract with BT Mobile and am seeking to change provider. I have been happy with BT, but I’m leaving their broadband services soon and will therefore lose my £5 discount, making my BT Mobile plan less competitive. Previously, I loved going through TopCashback and Quidco and signing up to 12 month SIM only contracts and reaping the cashback. However nowadays, I’m actively looking to reduce the amount of Direct Debits I have, and really like to keep things simple. I now much prefer one month ‘Pay As You Go-like’ plans, which allow me full control of how much I’m spending, and give me the ability to leave at any time I choose. I’ve already taken GiffGaff out of the equation as their plans simply aren’t as competitive as Smarty or Voxi, and from past experiences I am not a fan of the data throttling GiffGaff use. Voxi offer 10GB for £15 a month, with ‘free’ social networking data, using the Vodafone network. Smarty offer 8GB of data for the same price, with a discount on unused data, using the Three network. I use on average around 7.5GB a month, so either would suit me. Is anyone on here on either network, and what are your experiences with them? Previously, I’d only consider Smarty since MBNL has provided (and probably still does provide) better 3G coverage in Wales. However Cornerstone has caught up significantly with MBNL recently, so I’m now in a position to use Vodafone or O2 based networks. I would never have said that a year ago! 0.

Hi all, I’m out of contract with BT Mobile and am seeking to change provider. I have been happy with BT, but I’m leaving their broadband services soon and will therefore lose my £5 discount, making my BT Mobile plan less competitive. Previously, I loved going through TopCashback and Quidco and signing up to 12 month SIM only contracts and reaping the cashback. However nowadays, I’m actively looking to reduce the amount of Direct Debits I have, and really like to keep things simple. I now much prefer one month ‘Pay As You Go-like’ plans, which allow me full control of how much I’m spending, and give me the ability to leave at any time I choose. I’ve already taken GiffGaff out of the equation as their plans simply aren’t as competitive as Smarty or Voxi, and from past experiences I am not a fan of the data throttling GiffGaff use. Voxi offer 10GB for £15 a month, with ‘free’ social networking data, using the Vodafone network. Smarty offer 8GB of data for the same price, with a discount on unused data, using the Three network. I use on average around 7.5GB a month, so either would suit me. Is anyone on here on either network, and what are your experiences with them? Previously, I’d only consider Smarty since MBNL has provided (and probably still does provide) better 3G coverage in Wales. However Cornerstone has caught up significantly with MBNL recently, so I’m now in a position to use Vodafone or O2 based networks. I would never have said that a year ago!.

Voxi is now available to under 30s. It was until recently only available to under 25s. I’m 28 by the way, so fully eligible for either Voxi or Smarty. It’s just that I’m torn between the both. They each have enticing benefits, and each have their downsides. Voxi having more data than Smarty for the same price, Smarty having a slightly better 3G network than Voxi, Smarty give a refund on unused data, where Voxi don’t, Voxi allows roaming whereas Smarty doesn’t (currently).

Voxi is now available to under 30s. It was until recently only available to under 25s. I’m 28 by the way, so fully eligible for either Voxi or Smarty. It’s just that I’m torn between the both. They each have enticing benefits, and each have their downsides. Voxi having more data than Smarty for the same price, Smarty having a slightly better 3G network than Voxi, Smarty give a refund on unused data, where Voxi don’t, Voxi allows roaming whereas Smarty doesn’t (currently).

I forget what the key differences are between Three and Smarty, like when it comes to roaming and access to VoLTE etc. Voxi is just a Vodafone plan. There might be lots of branding around it, but I am 99% sure that as far as the network is concerned it’s just any ordinary plan and as such you get all the same features.

I forget what the key differences are between Three and Smarty, like when it comes to roaming and access to VoLTE etc. Voxi is just a Vodafone plan. There might be lots of branding around it, but I am 99% sure that as far as the network is concerned it’s just any ordinary plan and as such you get all the same features.

Another extremely enticing thing to mention is that while it isn’t mentioned on their website, I presume that I will get 4G while roaming in Europe should I go with Voxi. There is no roaming available at all with Smarty. A different offer that has recently come to light is the iD Mobile 10GB for £10 deal on a 30 day contract. A fantastic deal in my eyes. However, I’m fully aware of the negative aura that seems to surround iD on Trust Pilot and other review sites. And they seem to make it difficult to leave. Plus while I’d rather stick to an MBNL operated network, Three (Smarty, iD) just doesn’t have as good a 4G network as Cornerstone. Heck, I’ll probably just use both Voxi and iD for the month and keep the SIM that I prefer at the end of the month.

Another extremely enticing thing to mention is that while it isn’t mentioned on their website, I presume that I will get 4G while roaming in Europe should I go with Voxi. There is no roaming available at all with Smarty. A different offer that has recently come to light is the iD Mobile 10GB for £10 deal on a 30 day contract. A fantastic deal in my eyes. However, I’m fully aware of the negative aura that seems to surround iD on Trust Pilot and other review sites. And they seem to make it difficult to leave. Plus while I’d rather stick to an MBNL operated network, Three (Smarty, iD) just doesn’t have as good a 4G network as Cornerstone. Heck, I’ll probably just use both Voxi and iD for the month and keep the SIM that I prefer at the end of the month.

preecey wrote: » Voxi is now available to under 30s. It was until recently only available to under 25s. I’m 28 by the way, so fully eligible for either Voxi or Smarty. It’s just that I’m torn between the both. They each have enticing benefits, and each have their downsides. Voxi having more data than Smarty for the same price, Smarty having a slightly better 3G network than Voxi, Smarty give a refund on unused data, where Voxi don’t, Voxi allows roaming whereas Smarty doesn’t (currently). Don’t see how Three have a better 3G network than Voxi, Vodafone have U900 (and often 2 carriers of it) serving 99%+ of the country’s population which is going to give better indoor coverage.

preecey wrote: » Voxi is now available to under 30s. It was until recently only available to under 25s. I’m 28 by the way, so fully eligible for either Voxi or Smarty. It’s just that I’m torn between the both. They each have enticing benefits, and each have their downsides. Voxi having more data than Smarty for the same price, Smarty having a slightly better 3G network than Voxi, Smarty give a refund on unused data, where Voxi don’t, Voxi allows roaming whereas Smarty doesn’t (currently). Don’t see how Three have a better 3G network than Voxi, Vodafone have U900 (and often 2 carriers of it) serving 99%+ of the country’s population which is going to give better indoor coverage.

bikerlad wrote: » Smarty are doing 25% off unlimited data for life at the moment, so £18.75p/m, available till 16th July, A massive thanks for the heads up. I’ve recently put in a request to cancel my Virgin Media services and have been looking for something to replace the internet element of their service. This, combined with the extra two months free, is now my first choice. I have excellent 4G coverage at home from all networks and as I’m not a gamer, this will be perfect for my needs. Think I’m going to combine this offer with a shared Now TV account from a relative. This combo will save me a fortune – even if I did accept any retention offers from Virgin.

bikerlad wrote: » Smarty are doing 25% off unlimited data for life at the moment, so £18.75p/m, available till 16th July, A massive thanks for the heads up. I’ve recently put in a request to cancel my Virgin Media services and have been looking for something to replace the internet element of their service. This, combined with the extra two months free, is now my first choice. I have excellent 4G coverage at home from all networks and as I’m not a gamer, this will be perfect for my needs. Think I’m going to combine this offer with a shared Now TV account from a relative. This combo will save me a fortune – even if I did accept any retention offers from Virgin.

bikerlad wrote: » Smarty are doing 25% off unlimited data for life at the moment, so £18.75p/m, available till 16th July, I’ve recently put in a request to cancel my Virgin Media services and have been looking for something to replace the internet element of their service. This, combined with the extra two months free, is now my first choice. I have excellent 4G coverage at home from all networks and as I’m not a gamer, this will be perfect for my needs.

For £5 per month (base), plus £1.25 per gigabyte, you get a no-frills phone service. In fact, at launch, roaming isn’t available at all, though it is expected at some point.

You can also buy some monthly base bundles – £7.50 for 2GB, £10 for 4GB and £15 for 8GB. Better still, any unused GB credit will be refunded back to you for the following month.

The morality of doing this under net neutrality rules is questionable, but the wording has been careful, as it was when Three started its “Binge” campaign for streaming, and EE’s ongoing free Apple Music subscription – it’s not giving you free or prioritised data. It’s paying for it for you. Subtle, but enough to satisfy the lawyers.

MVNOs use the existing transmitters of the main networks Chris Merriman @ChrisTheDJ 01 September 2017 Tweet Facebook Send to 0 Comments NOT ONE but two new mobile networks have joined the ranks of MVNO operators in the UK today – new sister brands for the big boys. SMARTY from Three is aimed at SIM-only deals with transparent pricing. For £5 per month (base), plus £1.25 per gigabyte, you get a no-frills phone service. In fact, at launch, roaming isn’t available at all, though it is expected at some point. You can also buy some monthly base bundles – £7.50 for 2GB, £10 for 4GB and £15 for 8GB. Better still, any unused GB credit will be refunded back to you for the following month. It’s a return to a more civilised mobile age in many ways, as pioneered by Sky Mobile last year, which was the first company in many a long year to allow rollover data. Meanwhile Vodafone has announced Voxi, a network specifically aimed at the ‘yoof’ segment of the market – it’s actually officially aimed at under 25s. Again a SIM-only MVNO, it allows users to work with social and chat apps – including Facebook Messenger, Instagram. Whatsapp, Twitter and Snapchat to name a few, without it eating into their data. The morality of doing this under net neutrality rules is questionable, but the wording has been careful, as it was when Three started its “Binge” campaign for streaming, and EE’s ongoing free Apple Music subscription – it’s not giving you free or prioritised data. It’s paying for it for you. Subtle, but enough to satisfy the lawyers. The 30-day 4G plans are 2GB/£10, 5GB/£15 and 15GB/£20 with unlimited calls and texts. If you run out of data, you can still use the bundled apps or buy more for 1GB/£3. It’s a significantly more expensive deal than SMARTY but it does offer more chance of freebies. The difficulty is going to be that unless you can analyse how you use your data beforehand, you won’t know if Voxi will be right for you. Voxi also plans to offer “passes” to video and music content without busting their data allowance too but those will be added later. Voxi and SMARTY join the plethora of existing MVNOs including ID Mobile from Dixons Carphone, Virgin Mobile as well as offerings from most of the major supermarkets and those aimed at those calling abroad like Lebara. This year has also seen the further rise of the international virtual SIM with services like ChatSIM which offers text and messaging for £12 a year globally. µ Tweet Facebook Send to Topics Infrastructure Mobile vodafone three.

NOT ONE but two new mobile networks have joined the ranks of MVNO operators in the UK today – new sister brands for the big boys. SMARTY from Three is aimed at SIM-only deals with transparent pricing. For £5 per month (base), plus £1.25 per gigabyte, you get a no-frills phone service. In fact, at launch, roaming isn’t available at all, though it is expected at some point. You can also buy some monthly base bundles – £7.50 for 2GB, £10 for 4GB and £15 for 8GB. Better still, any unused GB credit will be refunded back to you for the following month. It’s a return to a more civilised mobile age in many ways, as pioneered by Sky Mobile last year, which was the first company in many a long year to allow rollover data. Meanwhile Vodafone has announced Voxi, a network specifically aimed at the ‘yoof’ segment of the market – it’s actually officially aimed at under 25s. Again a SIM-only MVNO, it allows users to work with social and chat apps – including Facebook Messenger, Instagram. Whatsapp, Twitter and Snapchat to name a few, without it eating into their data. The morality of doing this under net neutrality rules is questionable, but the wording has been careful, as it was when Three started its “Binge” campaign for streaming, and EE’s ongoing free Apple Music subscription – it’s not giving you free or prioritised data. It’s paying for it for you. Subtle, but enough to satisfy the lawyers. The 30-day 4G plans are 2GB/£10, 5GB/£15 and 15GB/£20 with unlimited calls and texts. If you run out of data, you can still use the bundled apps or buy more for 1GB/£3. It’s a significantly more expensive deal than SMARTY but it does offer more chance of freebies. The difficulty is going to be that unless you can analyse how you use your data beforehand, you won’t know if Voxi will be right for you. Voxi also plans to offer “passes” to video and music content without busting their data allowance too but those will be added later. Voxi and SMARTY join the plethora of existing MVNOs including ID Mobile from Dixons Carphone, Virgin Mobile as well as offerings from most of the major supermarkets and those aimed at those calling abroad like Lebara. This year has also seen the further rise of the international virtual SIM with services like ChatSIM which offers text and messaging for £12 a year globally. µ Tweet Facebook Send to Topics Infrastructure Mobile vodafone three.

But what makes Voxi stand out in the endless sea of SIM only deals? Apart from the fact that Voxi sits on the cheaper end of the scale, the real selling point is its ‘endless guarantees’. That means unlimited calls and texts, unlimited use of social media and endless roaming, you can find out more about this below.

Like we said above, Voxi piggy backs on Vodafone’s coverage, that means roughly 99% coverage across the UK. Want to make sure you’re covered where you are? You can use Voxi’s coverage map to see how covered you are.

Endless social media: With Voxi, one of the key selling points is the completely unlimited use of social media you get. That means you will never use up your data while using Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Pinterest.

While there’s no doubt that this is an excellent offer, you might be wondering what else is available. Well luckily, now is a great time to grab a SIM only offer. With affordable options at each level of data, you are spoilt for choice.

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I’ve recently started using Voxi and am very happy with it. On their basic bundle, for.

Because the O.P. doesn’t look to need all that data etc., they would, in my opinion, be better off using Smarty, e.g. “Extra Small” (1Gb, unlimited minutes and texts) at.

The only drawback with Smarty, I have found, is that contact is only possible via their website. Although if there is a need for that they have responded in less than a day. At least, if you find the Three signal poor or non existent for your needs, it’s a month’s payment lost.

“ Why don’t you just buy a new phone and keep your existing sim if it’s working for you? Originally posted by BarGin ” The OP has a Galaxy Fame, in this instance a new phone is probably recommended. The Fame is a 6 year old 3.5.

“ The OP has a Galaxy Fame, in this instance a new phone is probably recommended. The Fame is a 6 year old 3.5” screen mobile with only 512MB of RAM/2GB storage and can’t get newer firmware than Android 4.1.2 iirc, meaning many apps won’t run and it’s likely not seen a security update in years. Originally posted by d123 ” Correct! Although the reason I want a new phone is actually just that I want a bigger screen that I can see better!.

“ The OP has a Galaxy Fame, in this instance a new phone is probably recommended. The Fame is a 6 year old 3.5” screen mobile with only 512MB of RAM/2GB storage and can’t get newer firmware than Android 4.1.2 iirc, meaning many apps won’t run and it’s likely not seen a security update in years. Originally posted by d123 ”.

The OP has a Galaxy Fame, in this instance a new phone is probably recommended. The Fame is a 6 year old 3.5.

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The number of UK mobile networks continues to expand with new MVNOs popping up rather frequently. Today I’ve learned about two more options for those on the lookout for a new SIM-only plan. Three has just launched Smarty, and Vodafone is readying Voxi (from 8th Sept), both offering particular attractive qualities, depending upon your data usage patterns.

All the plans are 30 day rolling contracts that include unlimited UK minutes and texts. At the time of writing Smarty hasn’t put into place calling abroad, roaming (calls / texts / data), or premium number support but promises that it is “working on it”. Hopefully it will mirror the Three Advanced plan roaming countries and terms of use.

It’s with data use things get funky, but in a good way. Smarty says that all the standard plans have £5 allocated to provide you with unlimited calls and texts and any data aloowance has been added at £1.25 per GB. You start with what you feel is a comfortable plan and if you under utilise the data you paid for, you will get credit back on your bill next time around. Credit is calculated in MBs and at the same rate as you bought it. So you won’t get short changed as data is not bought back in rigid GB sized chunks for example.

The particular appeal of Voxi is that heavy social media users shouldn’t impact their data allowances when using key social networks / apps, as follows: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter and Viber. That would be much more attractive if it included YouTube and Spotify, for example, but we know those apps/sites are rather data hungry.

Voxi sounds superior to Smarty in that its roaming terms are already published. You can use your phone as you do at home in 50 destinations at no extra cost – including countries outside the EU, such as Switzerland and Turkey. If you are wondering, the unmetered data use within the aforementioned social media apps also applies when roaming. Voxi SIMS can be pre-ordered now.

Plusnet Mobile (who operate on the EE network), until yesterday were offering 5Gb Data, 1500 min and unlimited text for £10 a month, 30 day contract. Believe it’s reverted to 4Gb now, still a great deal.

For £30/month, VOXI offers an “endless data plan”, giving you unlimited data for use on any app or service. You’ll also get access to Vodafone’s 5G mobile network, offering download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 4G.

In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the one-month plans with endless social data. We’ll also discuss VOXI’s unlimited data price plan before looking at optional extras, handset compatibility and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll summarise how you can keep your current phone number when moving from another mobile network to VOXI.

On the cheapest £10/month plan, you’ll currently get 8GB of data (normally 6GB of data). This increases to 20GB of data on the £15/month plan (normally 15GB of data) and 45GB of data on the £20/month plan. On these plans, you’ll also receive “endless social media data” in addition to unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.

On the most expensive £30/month plan, you’ll get unlimited data (or what VOXI calls “endless data”). The unlimited data allowance can be used on anything you like and isn’t restricted to only social media apps. On the £30 plan, you’ll also get access to 5G coverage, providing you have a 5G-ready handset and providing you’re in a 5G coverage area.

For any out-of-bundle usage (e.g. when you’re travelling abroad outside Europe, calling special-rate phone numbers or making international phone calls), you’ll first need to top-up your account with some additional credit.

To benefit from endless social media, you’ll need to have an active plan on VOXI. You’ll also need to have some of your regular data allowance remaining on that plan. If you’ve already used up your regular data allowance, you’ll also lose access to endless social data. To restore it, you can either pay £3 to add 1GB of extra data to your plan or you can wait until the following month when your data allowance refreshes.

“Endless data” on the £30 plan differs from “endless social media” on the £10, £15 and £20 plans as you’re not limited to only using it with certain types of app. On the £30 plan, the unlimited data allowance can be used with whichever app you like (including things like video streaming, music streaming, gaming and web browsing).

According to VOXI, their endless data plan is available for £30/month as an introductory offer. This offer is currently scheduled to end in February 2020, after which the price will increase to £35/month.

VOXI works on a pre-paid basis. If you like, you can decide to opt out of their monthly plans to use the service on Pay As You Go. However, if you decide to do this, you’ll no longer be able to use mobile data on your phone (though you’ll still be able to use data over wi-fi). You’ll be able to make and receive phone calls and text messages on traditional Pay As You Go.

For customers who decide to opt-out of VOXI’s monthly plans, your VOXI SIM card will remain active for 180 days since your last chargeable activity. After 180 days of inactivity on the SIM card, you’ll be given a warning that you’ll need to use your SIM card in the next 90 days. If more than 270 days have passed without a chargeable activity, your SIM card will be suspended and your phone number will be deleted. Any Pay As You Go credit remaining on the account will also be lost at the same time.

At the time of writing, this is the best value deal at the £10 per month price point. It’s more than the 6GB per month you’ll get on giffgaff and significantly more data than the 4GB per month you’ll get on SMARTY. On larger mobile networks like O2 and Vodafone, you’ll normally get even less data and on a longer contract.

For the same monthly price, it’s possible to get unlimited data on other mobile networks like Three. However, you’ll need to undergo a credit check for this and will need to sign up for a contract. Alternatively, you can get 40GB of data per month on giffgaff’s one-month rolling goodybag.

If you’re buying a mobile phone from the VOXI website, there are a selection of handsets available to buy from Apple, Huawei, Samsung and Sony. Unless you decide to pay the full cost of the handset upfront (which tends to be much more expensive at VOXI than at other SIM-free retailers), you’ll be taking a 30-month consumer credit agreement with PayPal Credit. You’ll need to undergo a credit check to use this service.

With VOXI’s 5G network, it’s possible to get download speeds of up to 1,000Mbit/s (1Gbit/s). However, average download speeds will normally be closer to 150-200Mbit/s in practice (up to 10 times faster than a normal 4G connection).

Meanwhile, if you’re travelling outside of Europe, extra charges will normally apply for using your VOXI price plan there. A list of the relevant charges for each country can be found on the VOXI website.

To do so, start by ordering your new SIM card from the VOXI website. You’ll then need to ask your current mobile network for a PAC Code, either online or by text message. They’ll need to provide this to you free of charge within one minute of your request.

Between September 2017 and May 2018, only customers who were aged 25 or under could join the VOXI service. This was expanded to cover customers aged between 26 and 30 from May 2018 to April 2019, before the age restriction was removed entirely in April 2019.

Hi there, Unfortunately, I don’t think VOXI offers any itemisation for individual calls and texts that are made on their service. It might be possible, however, for you to achieve the same result using a relevant parental control app that provides this functionality.

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VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone and is often compared to giffgaff which is a low-cost sub-brand of O2. The two networks offer fairly similar amounts of data (e.g. both normally offer 6GB of data for £10 and 15GB of data for £15). For this reason, it probably boils down to coverage and network preference, as well as features like the endless social media on VOXI.

Anyone can now sign up to VOXI, regardless of their age. Before April 2019, VOXI had an age restriction so you had to be under-30 when signing up to the network. This age limit no longer applies for new customers.

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VOXI hasn’t confirmed what sort of 5G speeds you can expect, but based on Vodafone’s speeds they’re likely to average between around 150-200Mbps. However, to take advantage of 5G you will need not just 5G coverage but also a 5G phone and a 5G plan.

Vodafone (and by extension VOXI) uses the 800MHz, 1400MHz and 2600MHz bands for 4G. The 800MHz band is long range and good at penetrating walls and other solid objects, which makes it useful in both rural locations (where there aren’t many masts) and more built up areas.

But it doesn’t have the available capacity of the 2600MHz band, which makes the latter better for busy areas with lots of simultaneous connections. The 1400MHz band sits in the middle in terms of strengths and weaknesses. For more in depth information, check out our 4G frequencies guide.

All of VOXI’s plans last just 30 days, so you have the flexibility to change or cancel them whenever you want. That’s true on both Pay Monthly and SIM Only (which have the same selection) though on Pay Monthly you will have to pay off your phone over 30 months. Plans also all come with unlimited minutes, texts and picture messages.

VOXI only currently offers one 5G plan and it stands out through unlimited data. The main highlight of VOXI’s 4G plans meanwhile is the ability to use Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Viber and Facebook Messenger as much as you want, without it eating into your data allowance. The only requirement is that you have some data left, but if you run out you can buy a 1GB add-on for £3.

Tethering is allowed by VOXI, with the only data restriction being your own data allowance. That means you can use your phone’s mobile data connection to get other devices – such as tablets – online. You can also use the endless social data and any other endless data passes you have when tethering a phone, laptop or tablet. However, tethering a console, TV, Chromecast or the like will cause data to come out of your normal allowance.

According to an Ofcom complaints report from late 2018, Vodafone has more complaints than any network other than BT Mobile or Virgin Mobile, at 8 per 100,000 customers. This is however a slight improvement on a previous Ofcom report.

The report additionally gave Vodafone 2/5 for customer service, ease/speed of contacting and value for money, and 1/5 for incentives. So that doesn’t bode well for VOXI’s customer service.

VOXI is a promising, good value network giving you a lot of flexibility. Its main strength is social media and instant messaging, since you can use them without delving into your data, but the availability of 5G, unlimited data, free roaming and tethering also makes it competitive with other networks.

VOXI is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) powered and run by Vodafone. But it stands out from Vodafone – and other UK networks – in a number of key ways, most notably the fact that you can use most popular forms of social media without eating into your data allowance. VOXI isn’t perfect though, so to help you decide whether it’s the right network for you we’ve put it through a full review, as well as detailing its coverage. Summary Pros Cons Free social media use No Pay As You Go Good value Limited plan choices Flexible plans Our Rating.

While it’s easy to compare prices, working out what extras each offers can be a dizzying experience. With that in mind, we’ve pulled out the selling points for each of the UK’s major mobile networks to help you decide which appeals to you.

It’s far from the cheapest option, but if you’re looking for lots of choice, you won’t find much better. Vodafone also has a handful of reasonably-priced SIM-only deals.

O2 has a wide choice of phones, including iPhones, Samsung Galaxy models, OnePlus phones, and more. You can pick between new and refurbished models, and there’s plenty of low-cost options if you’re on a tight budget. Or, if you already have a phone, it has a broad selection of SIM-only plans too.

Three lets you choose popular phones from the likes of Apple, Samsung, Google, OnePlus, Sony and more. That means you get quite the range of options – from all singing and dancing uberphones like the iPhone XR or Samsung Galaxy S10 to cheap ‘n’ cheerful budget devices like the Huawei P Smart.

One great thing about Three is that its phones are all sold unlocked, so if you want to switch networks, you can. Three also offers a decent selection of SIM-only plans.

You can buy handsets outright, or pay monthly, alongside one giffgaff’s rolling data plans – or ‘goodybags’ as it calls them. It also offers an excellent range of SIM-only plans.

BT Mobile offers both SIM-only and pay monthly plans to suit all sort of types of user. The SIM-only options range from a low-cost 500MB plan to one with a hefty 40GB. If you already have a handset you like, or want to buy one outright, there’s plenty of choice with BT.

BT also now offers new handsets on pay monthly contracts. It’s a well-curated selection that include flagships like the latest iPhone and Samsung phone, as well as more affordable devices from Huawei. Different plans are available that range from a modest 1GB data per month to 60GB, so there’s a plan to suit most types of user.

Asda Mobile doesn’t offer contract deals on handsets, nor can you buy them online – the only way to get a phone is to pop along to an Asda store that sells them and purchase one outright. There’s a decent range at good value, ranging from budget ones to iPhones, but it varies a lot from store to store. Still, rest assured that Asda mobile SIMs will work in any handset.

With Sky Mobile, you can get a SIM-only plan with a choice of data allowances – all of which include unlimited calls and texts. If you’ve got Sky TV, you can get unlimited streaming included free.

If you’re looking for a new phone, you’ll find no shortage of choice from EE. You’ll find a wide variety, including iPhones, Samsung Galaxys and more.

Carphone Warehouse’s network iD Mobile may be a fairly new kid on the block, but it’s already making an impact with some of the most affordable 4G plans around. Its deals are built around basic value, flexibility, and simplicity, with a few little extras like capped plans and data rollover to let you save even more money.

Virgin Mobile doesn’t have the biggest choice of phones, but it does have most of the ones you’d expect to see from a major network. iPhones, Samsung Galaxies, and Sony Xperias are all present and correct. There’s also mid-range goodness and a few budget options, along with a tablet or two. They’re available on regular contracts or on Freestyle, which separates your bill into the handset cost and tariff cost.

As for SIM-only deals, you’re in luck. Virgin Mobile offers a very nice range of plans, all on ‘Flexible Freestyle’ so you can upgrade or downgrade your allowance whenever you want. There’s also the classic pay-as-you-go option if you don’t want to commit.

Despite being a relatively small network, Tesco Mobile does the lot. You can get phone contracts on a decent range of handsets, including everything from the latest iPhones to cheap mobiles; and a nice spread of SIM-only plans. That includes 12-month deals, 30-day rolling ones, and PAYG – though you get more choice and better value if you pick a 12-month plan.

All its plans are 30-day rolling SIM-only deals – you can’t get handset contracts from VOXI – and, best of all, you can use some of the most popular social media apps free of charge. Eight apps are covered, including Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, and WhatsApp, and using them won’t use up any of your monthly data allowance.

Lebara deals in SIM-only plans. It works as a pay-as-you-go system, only you can use your credit to buy bundles of calls, texts, and data that last either seven days or a month. Best of all, the bundles you can get include ones with minutes and texts to numbers in countries around the world. It’s a great way to phone friends and family abroad nice and cheaply.

It uses Vodafone’s network, so coverage for calls and texts reaches around 90% of the population, with 3G coverage not far behind. There’s no 4G on Lebara right now though – only 3G.

Plusnet Mobile only does one thing, but it does it well – and that’s SIM-only deals. The smallest has 500MB of data a month and a wonderfully low price, while the largest has 4GB with unlimited calls and texts.

In its bid to help you save money on your mobile plan, each deal is great value, and you can set a Smart Cap so you don’t spend too much over your monthly allowance. You’ll also get an added discount if you’re already a Plusnet broadband customer, along with all the benefits of the company’s award-winning customer service.

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Sky Mobile contracts are available with a variety of handsets, from the latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy model to mid-range phones from Huawei – with data allowances up to 40GB. Oh, and you’re not stuck with your allowance – you can change it whenever you like.

Report 4 months ago #2 I’ve not tried Smarty but the 2GB deal on the front page seems like a pretty good value as well. That said, I’ve been on VOXI’s 6GB monthly plan for a while and I’ve barely ever been out of signal and never had any troubles. Great service, tbh 0 reply.

I’ve not tried Smarty but the 2GB deal on the front page seems like a pretty good value as well. That said, I’ve been on VOXI’s 6GB monthly plan for a while and I’ve barely ever been out of signal and never had any troubles.

Report Thread starter 4 months ago #3 Thank you! (Original post by Joseph Joestar) I’ve not tried Smarty but the 2GB deal on the front page seems like a pretty good value as well. That said, I’ve been on VOXI’s 6GB monthly plan for a while and I’ve barely ever been out of signal and never had any troubles. Great service, tbh 0 reply.

Thank you! (Original post by Joseph Joestar) I’ve not tried Smarty but the 2GB deal on the front page seems like a pretty good value as well. That said, I’ve been on VOXI’s 6GB monthly plan for a while and I’ve barely ever been out of signal and never had any troubles.

(Original post by Joseph Joestar) I’ve not tried Smarty but the 2GB deal on the front page seems like a pretty good value as well. That said, I’ve been on VOXI’s 6GB monthly plan for a while and I’ve barely ever been out of signal and never had any troubles.

The PHP programming language is great for code development, but many will argue that embedding its terse statement syntax into HTML can be difficult to manage. Smarty makes up for this by insulating PHP from the presentation with a much simpler tag-based syntax. The tags reveal application content within the presentation in a clean, intuitive manner. No PHP knowledge is required to manage Smarty templates.

PHP uses 9 punctuation chars, and Smarty uses 3. Even with this simple example, you can begin to see how the syntax noise is greatly reduced by Smarty. Moving on, let’s try a foreach loop:.

In the short example above, Smarty saved 110 characters, or a 36% syntax reduction. Also notice that Smarty takes care of boilerplate functions wherever it can, such as the empty() test in the above example. Smarty cleans up the syntax of templates, making them less fragile.

There are few things we Brits love more than freebies, discounts and special offers. And with phone networks all vying for customers, most contracts will come with some added extras and incentives to gain and retain your business.

The music-streaming service is Apple’s answer to Spotify, giving subscribers access to over 30 million songs. With regular subscriptions costing £9.99 a month, this actually gives music fans a significant saving.

The best boost is undoubtedly the data, which gives you an extra 500MB after three months, then 1GB after another three months, then 1.5GB and so on.

EE offers a good range of incentives, particularly for new customers. Existing customers unfortunately miss out on some of the freebies but with discounts on days out and the fastest 4G speeds in the country, there’s enough on offer to reward loyalty.

Depending on how popular the tickets are, the website might crash, or you might be entered into a never-ending queue to re-enter the site. And even if you do get through to buy tickets, you’ll be faced with a whole minefield of login questions, seating plans and quizzes to prove you’re not a robot. All within what feels like an unreasonably short time limit.

Considering that a Netflix subscription normally costs £7.99 a month, you could save up to £95.88 over the course of a year. And you’ll get to watch all the latest episodes of The Crown, Stranger Things or Orange Is The New Black without paying for it.

If you love going to music gigs and comedy shows, you’ll definitely enjoy all the advantages reserved for O2 customers. The O2 Priority app is our favourite rewards app currently available, giving you everything from a free snack or drink with your lunch to the chance to win a car or a holiday.

Although it’s still early days, Three has already teamed up with a number of major brands including the AA, Uber, ao.com, Deezer, FitBit and Vue, so it promises to be worth the wait for loyal customers.

While Three’s Wuntu app is still very new, it promises to deliver regular discounts and competitions with a number of big-name brands. Three’s Feel at Home, however, is where customers can make a real saving. By allowing you to use your monthly allowance while you’re abroad, frequent flyers will save themselves a lot of money and hassle while roaming.

The deal means that Red Entertainment users can stream shows including The Grand Tour, American Gods and vintage episodes of Parks and Recreation for the duration of their 24-month contract. And, now that Amazon Prime has got the rights to 20 Premier League matches, it’s great news for football fans, too.

Even so, it can still be a bit of a hassle to transfer all your data onto your new phone. To take some of the strain out of it, Vodafone customers can pop into their local store and get all their contacts moved over. Customers on a Red or Red Value bundle can also get their photos, music and videos transferred too.

If the worst should happen to your device and you have to send it away for repair, Vodafone will actually lend you a courtesy phone while yours is being fixed. So, you can stay connected until your phone is working again.

If you’re on a Red Value bundle, you will get some really great perks. If not, there’s not much in the way of freebies. However, should your phone ever break, a free courtesy phone will make a huge difference to you while yours is being repaired.

VOXI’s biggest draw is this social media savvy offer. Anyone who takes out one of its bargain SIM-only plans will get access to the biggest and best social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram without having to use their data allowance.

Recommend a friend to VOXI and you get a £10 Amazon voucher. You’ll need to wait two months, with both you and your friend using the network throughout that time period, in order to qualify.

Millions of people pay for data that winds up going unused or gets rolled over to the following month. SMARTY takes a different approach, giving you £1.25 back for each GB that you don’t use. So, if you’re on its £6.25 a month plan and don’t use any data, your next bill will only be £5.

Like VOXI, SMARTY’s plans are not technically contracts. They last 30 days and don’t require a credit check, making it easy to take them out. Just let them know when you want to leave and you’re good to go to another network. Monthly payments are made in advance, rather than arrears, so the deals always have consumers’ best interests in mind.

If you take out SMARTY’s £25 per month unlimited plan, which includes all–you–can–eat data, calls and texts, you get a £20 Amazon voucher thrown in for good measure. To take advantage you need to activate your Smarty SIM by 22nd May.

Naturally, if you choose to change your plan to a pricier option in that time, you’ll get the cost of your original plan taken off your monthly payment. You need to do so by 22nd May to take advantage.

SMARTY’s cheap plans and excellent coverage already make it an excellent option for budget conscious smartphone owners. Its perks are excellent, too, especially the free two-month offer.

Need more than one person on a contract? No problem. If you take out a 12-month SIM-only plan you can get a second, 30-day SIM for your partner or kids. Deals for second, third or fourth SIMs are cheaper than the main SIM, making it a winner for those looking for group savings.

BT offers international roaming on 47 destinations, including the entire European Union, non EU European states and parts of the Caribbean. This isn’t quite as extensive as Three’s Feel At Home, but it does at least mean no nasty bills when you come back from major holiday destinations such as Spain, Greece and Italy.

If you want a lot of people on one plan, BT Mobile is the place to be. Its coverage, backed by EE, is second to none, while its Family SIMs plans is also first class.

While some of the major networks, such as O2 and Virgin Media, let you roll over your unused data at the end of the month, you can only roll over data from the previous month. So, you can’t stockpile a huge trove of unused data.

With Sky Mobile, however, you can roll over unused data at the end of each month and store it in an online ‘piggybank’. That data will be there whenever you want to use it for up to three years at no extra cost, so you never lose what you’ve paid for.

If you’re an existing Sky TV customer, or if you’re only interested in a data allowance, Sky Mobile will almost certainly help you to save money and data. If you’re not a Sky TV customer and you still use traditional calls and texts, Sky Mobile is probably not the network for you.

Tesco Mobile customers on pay as you go can actually get three times the amount they top up once a month. So, if you top up £10, Tesco Mobile will give you an extra £20 of credit for free, giving you £30 in total.

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For an operator that trades on its simplicity, it’s no shock to learn that SMARTY has just five plans – x-small, small, medium, large and unlimited. The x-small plan offers unlimited texts and calls as well as 1GB of data, the small plan offers the same with 2GB of data, the medium plan also serves up unlimited texts and calls with 4GB of data and the large plan promises unlimited calls and texts alongside 8GB of data. The unlimited plan offers exactly that – unlimited calls, text and data.

All plans are available on a rolling monthly basis, so there’s no minimum term, and you can use your entire allowance for tethering. This means you can connect a tablet or PC to your mobile data connection by creating a personal wi-fi hotspot on your smartphone. And because you pay in advance, SMARTY doesn’t require a credit check. If you’re looking for a pay-as-you-go plan however, then you’re out of luck – SMARTY doesn’t offer any.

SMARTY’s customer service team is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm (except for Bank Holidays), but this is limited to online chat and email only as, ironically for a mobile phone network, there isn’t a telephone number to call. There’s also a database of frequently asked questions to consult, should you need something simple answered.

Being a new, and relatively minor, operator means SMARTY doesn’t feature in Ofcom’s complaints figures, nor in its customer satisfaction rankings (although host network Three does). As ever, online reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt as customers tend to report negative experiences more frequently than positive, but from the limited sample on TrustPilot, SMARTY has an average rating.

SMARTY’s price plans certainly compare favourably with the competition, especially when you take into account the absence of a minimum term contract. But in line with its no-frills approach, there are no added perks to speak of. What’s really unique about SMARTY is how it handles your data allowance. Several operators now offer ‘data rollover’, which means any unused gigabytes can be used the following month. SMARTY does things differently and actually gives you a discount on your next bill.

This is limited to just the data portion of your contract (you still pay a base rate for calls and texts) so is a great way to make sure you’re not paying too much for data. If you have the opposite problem, you can actually add-on extra data, which never expires.

There’s also the possibility of getting a free month’s allowance. If you refer a friend, you’ll both get a free month. This can be done for multiple friends, so if you get 12 friends to sign up, you’ll get a whole year free.

Because SMARTY uses Three’s network, you should be in good hands. Its 3G and 4G networks cover 97 per cent of the UK population and the operator has been rolling out new spectrum over the past few years to spread coverage even further, especially indoors.

According to the most recent tests from independent benchmark firm RootMetrics, Three ranks second in the UK behind EE for overall performance and second in the reliability, data and text categories. It is joint first in the call category, but its speeds trail behind both EE and Vodafone.

Generous data allowances and unlimited calls and texts do separate SMARTY from the competition at the price points at which it competes. Plus, free roaming in the EU and a pay-as-you-go system for anyone travelling outide the EU will keep many customers happy. However, the absence of an actual phone number for customers to call as the first point of contact will be a dealbreaker for some.

Tariffs and plans Phone and device range Customer service Value for money Network coverage Conclusion SMARTY is a new SIM-only mobile network that promises to be simple, transparent and good value. It is one of several mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the UK that use one of the ‘big four’ networks – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – to deliver their services. SMARTY is owned by and runs on the Three network (similar to how O2 owns giffgaff), but what does it bring to the UK market, how is it different from Three, and is it worth taking a look? We go through the details. Tariffs and plans For an operator that trades on its simplicity, it’s no shock to learn that SMARTY has just five plans – x-small, small, medium, large and unlimited. The x-small plan offers unlimited texts and calls as well as 1GB of data, the small plan offers the same with 2GB of data, the medium plan also serves up unlimited texts and calls with 4GB of data and the large plan promises unlimited calls and texts alongside 8GB of data. The unlimited plan offers exactly that – unlimited calls, text and data. All plans are available on a rolling monthly basis, so there’s no minimum term, and you can use your entire allowance for tethering. This means you can connect a tablet or PC to your mobile data connection by creating a personal wi-fi hotspot on your smartphone. And because you pay in advance, SMARTY doesn’t require a credit check. If you’re looking for a pay-as-you-go plan however, then you’re out of luck – SMARTY doesn’t offer any. Compare SMARTY SIM-only plans Phone and device range SMARTY doesn’t offer any phones/handsets at all so you will need to have one already. If you want to keep your existing phone number, you can – you’ll just need to get a PAC code from your current provider in order to do so. Customer service SMARTY’s customer service team is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm (except for Bank Holidays), but this is limited to online chat and email only as, ironically for a mobile phone network, there isn’t a telephone number to call. There’s also a database of frequently asked questions to consult, should you need something simple answered. Being a new, and relatively minor, operator means SMARTY doesn’t feature in Ofcom’s complaints figures, nor in its customer satisfaction rankings (although host network Three does). As ever, online reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt as customers tend to report negative experiences more frequently than positive, but from the limited sample on TrustPilot, SMARTY has an average rating. The main complaints tend to be about SIM delivery and getting cut off for using the SIM card for commercial reasons. SMARTY makes it clear that its SIMs are for personal use only and that anyone seeking a business arrangement should look elsewhere. Value for money SMARTY’s price plans certainly compare favourably with the competition, especially when you take into account the absence of a minimum term contract. But in line with its no-frills approach, there are no added perks to speak of. What’s really unique about SMARTY is how it handles your data allowance. Several operators now offer ‘data rollover’, which means any unused gigabytes can be used the following month. SMARTY does things differently and actually gives you a discount on your next bill. This is limited to just the data portion of your contract (you still pay a base rate for calls and texts) so is a great way to make sure you’re not paying too much for data. If you have the opposite problem, you can actually add-on extra data, which never expires. There’s also the possibility of getting a free month’s allowance. If you refer a friend, you’ll both get a free month. This can be done for multiple friends, so if you get 12 friends to sign up, you’ll get a whole year free. Network coverage Because SMARTY uses Three’s network, you should be in good hands. Its 3G and 4G networks cover 97 per cent of the UK population and the operator has been rolling out new spectrum over the past few years to spread coverage even further, especially indoors. According to the most recent tests from independent benchmark firm RootMetrics, Three ranks second in the UK behind EE for overall performance and second in the reliability, data and text categories. It is joint first in the call category, but its speeds trail behind both EE and Vodafone. It’s worth pointing out that because Three doesn’t have a 2G network, there is no 2G coverage. So if you were planning on using a really old mobile phone, you can’t. And unlike Three, there’s no support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE), also known as HD Calling. Check SMARTY mobile coverage Conclusion SMARTY’s pitch to be the first choice for consumers who just want a no-frills SIM card is a compelling one. Having just five plans without any minimum term really does simplify matters, and the ability to get a discount on your bill for unused data is unique. Generous data allowances and unlimited calls and texts do separate SMARTY from the competition at the price points at which it competes. Plus, free roaming in the EU and a pay-as-you-go system for anyone travelling outide the EU will keep many customers happy. However, the absence of an actual phone number for customers to call as the first point of contact will be a dealbreaker for some. iD Mobile operates on a similar ethos, but its overall package is much more developed and it can offer handsets too. But its cheap SIMs can’t compete with SMARTY’s allowances and prices. SMARTY could eventually become the operator to beat in the cheap SIM-only market, and if you’re looking for something well-priced and straightforward, it’s well worth a look.

If you get to the end of the month and you’re left with unused data, Smarty will take money off your next bill. For each 1GB you’ve not used, Smarty will deduct £1.25 from your bill.

Priced from £7.50 per month, Smarty’s Small, Medium and Large plans all operate on a month-to-month rolling contract basis. So you’re not locked in for a long time and can cancel whenever you like with 30 days’ notice.

Why choose SMARTY? Money off your bill for unused data If you get to the end of the month and you’re left with unused data, Smarty will take money off your next bill. For each 1GB you’ve not used, Smarty will deduct £1.25 from your bill. Simple, keenly priced plans and no long contracts Priced from £7.50 per month, Smarty’s Small, Medium and Large plans all operate on a month-to-month rolling contract basis. So you’re not locked in for a long time and can cancel whenever you like with 30 days’ notice. UK-wide coverage with Three’s network SMARTY uses Three’s network. That means you’ll get 91% 4G coverage across the UK.

For a number of years, Buyapowa has been the go-to referral marketing platform for the telecoms industry. Clients such as Three and O2 have benefitted enormously from our technology but, equally, we’ve benefitted from working with them – developing our understanding of the telecoms sector and its customers at a rate and to a degree which would never have been possible without such incredible hands-on experience. And it’s that experience which enables our team of experts to help craft unique but consistently effective programmes for each of our telecoms clients.

This is a sector where referral isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must. Now that 94% of UK adults own a mobile phone, the opportunity for growing the market is slim – so switching has become the number one focus. But, with so many brands fighting for potential customers’ attention (and direct debits) within relatively narrow parameters of differentiation, acquisition can often feel like a battle of attrition where multimillion pound advertising campaigns become a game of snap and every blow is met with a parry.

That’s why referral has emerged as a critical channel for acquisition. A potential network switcher sees dozens of adverts, each proclaiming the best coverage, the cheapest prices, the best customer service, but it’s only by listening to their friends’ real-life experiences that they’re able (and motivated) to make a choice. Referral not only provides a vehicle for those conversations but it becomes the engine: actively engaging existing customers and rewarding them for talking to their friends, while simultaneously incentivising conversion among

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