Essential phone coming to the UK

A new Android mobile phone is to launch in the UK, the Essential PH-1 handset comes from Essential Smartphone, a company set up by Andy Rubin, a former Google Executive.

 

Phone info

The phone will also launch in Japan, France and Canada, the company hope that this will be a boost to sales after mixed results in the US.

The handset will cost around £330 but crucially will not, for the time being, be distributed by The Carphone Warehouse or any UK network.

The handset comes with a generous 128 GB of storage as standard, a cool edge-to-edge Quad HD display. It is available in four colours: Black, Pure White, Stellar Gray and Copper Black. The handset is robust due to solid Titanium casing and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass.

 

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Mr Rubin was co-founder of Android Inc that was purchased by Google in 2007. He was the man behind pushing the technology to become a big player in the mobile market. He founded a hardware incubator called Playground Global which focuses on Robotics.

The handset was generally fairly well reviewed – Wired Magazine gave the handset a score of 8/10. However, iFixit magazine said they found the handset ‘almost impossible’ to repair because it is so hard to open.

The company have said that the PH-2 is on the way so it’ll be interesting to see if the Essential can make in-roads into the seemingly unassailable grip of Apple and Samsung on the world smartphone market. We would think that a distribution deal with a big network or Carphone Dixons would be crucial if they were to really become a big player. We wish them the best of luck.

 

Essential phone insurance

If you want to insure your new Essential mobile phone you can of course do so here at Better Buy Insurance. Insurance starts from just £2.99 a month.

Apple launch PRODUCT RED iPhone

Apple have announced the launch of PRODUCT RED, which is a range of products coloured Red (not surprisingly) where some of the proceeds from these products will go to help those living with HIV / AIDS.

 

PRODUCT RED launch date

The US giant announced the launch of an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus PRODUCT RED Special Edition which will be available online from 13th April, orders can be made from 10th April. Pricing for the new handsets starts at £699 in the UK.

 

Geographical availability

Initially at least the handsets will be available in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark,  France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy,  Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, UK and US, with the handsets becoming available in other countries in time.

 

Other PRODUCT RED products

Also available is a new PRODUCT RED iPhone X Leather Folio priced at £99in the UK.

Other PRODUCT RED products include:

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones,

Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker

As well as accessories for other iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches.

 

The proceeds

Proceeds from the sale of products will go to the Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide support to people with HIV / AIDS. Since 2006 Apple have donated $160 million to the fund. This equates to 800 million days of ARV medication that helps prevent the transmission of HIV from months to babies.

Stylish new handsets all in a good cause, sounds good to us and it almost goes without saying that all the PRODUCT RED mobile phones can be insured here at Better Buy Insurance.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models can be insured for only £6.99 a month or £74.99 a year. We have one simple policy that covers loss, theft and damage, more details can be found at our website.

Moto phone sales growing

Moto sold around 1.5 million devices in the UK over the last 12 months. The Moto G is proving a strong seller in a market that is marginally in decline.

UK Managing Director Miles Norman said that the company had enjoyed growth of nearly 30% in Quarter 4 year on year.

Moto are now pushing for third place in the UK in the hugely competitive world of mobile phones. Interestingly another old war horse from the early years of mobiles is also in the running. Nokia have enjoyed some success with new updated versions of old classic phones and some brand new phones too.

Moto is, of course, the name now used by Motorola for their mobile phone division. Like Nokia they were in a much more dominant position in the mid to late 90s with their iconic flip phone designs.

The company is working hard to try and cement and improve on their strong position in the market. The Moto Z range of mobile phones are getting great reviews.

Features on the camera such as selective focus, selective black and white shots and shoot like a pro are proving popular. The phones also come with shatter proof screens that are guaranteed to not shatter. The processor is very fast giving the users a great high-speed experience. The phone also comes with a selection of click on accessories called Moto Mods – these change the nature of the handset as soon as they are clicked on. For example, the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer. It is exactly as it sounds. A mini printer on the back of your phone – take a photo and print it out. The Amazon Alexa speaker – good quality music with the added support of Alexa. The list is impressive – a zoom camera, a higher booster speaker, and mini projector, an extra battery pack, a game pad and stylish wood shell for a cooler look to your phone.

As we move into a world with 5G could Moto be the manufacturer who will break through and challenge Apple and Samsung as an alternative to the big two in market share shaking up the mobile phone market? No one can afford to sit back. Exciting times.

Samsung Galaxy S9 release date

The latest and greatest phone from Samsung has finally been unveiled and if you pre-order you can get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ on Friday the 9th March. If you don’t pre-order you will need to wait another week.

But is it the greatest phone that Samsung have ever produced? Well if you read the reviews online from the industry experts the answer is probably yes with a but. The but is that it’s the best phone yet but only slightly better than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Price

If you are going to upgrade from the S8 to the S9 it’s not going to be cheap. The Samsung S9 64gb is priced at £739 sim free and the S9+ 128gb is £869. It might be that Samsung fans that still have the S6 or the S7 might be tempted and the S8 owners might hang on for the S10.

So how is it different from the previous phones from Samsung?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera

Well the big change is the quality of the camera, if you want to know the technical stuff explaining how and why the camera is so great you might want to check out the Samsung website. From what we’ve read it does sound pretty good.

It also has a slow motion facility which if you like a bit of slow motion might just convince you to upgrade.

The thing that your friends are going to be showing you down the pub however will be the animated cartoons of themselves that will mimic their expressions. Samsung are calling these AR Emojis, they are a bit like the Animojis that Apple have given anyone who bought an iPhone X but these are human rather than animal. Not for everyone but it just shows what mobile phone manufacturers need to do to differentiate themselves from the competition.

If you want to sign up to Samsung Galaxy S9 insurance you can do so here at Better Buy Insurance. Cover is just £5.99 a month or £64.99 a year.

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If you’d like to see what the wider market is offering in terms of insurance pricing and cover we’d recommend the comparison sites Go Compare or Money Supermarket.

Broadband news for people in the country

Folk living in rural areas might finally have some good news on the horizon for better broadband speeds. Two developments announced recently suggest that significant improvements will be seen relatively soon.

Church buildings might help WiFi and 4G signals

Firstly, the Church of England and various Government Departments have announced that the Church’s buildings could be used to enhance both WiFi and 4G signals.

Many church buildings are in rural communities and they are often situated centrally within these communities, combining this with the fact that they have towers or spires they make perfect locations to send out a signal. The other factor that helps is that they are in place, so there are no big costs associated with building towers or local planning hurdles to jump through.

4G services for rural users

The second exciting development for rural broadband is that EE, the mobile phone arm of BT, has announced a scheme to bring high speed 4G services to nearly 600,000 rural properties.

EE will attach a special box to a subscriber’s home and this ensures a strong, reliable connection to the network’s 4G services. This service is about double the price of a normal broadband connection but it could be a lifeline to farmers, children studying and small business owners.

It makes perfect sense for EE to offer this service to make extra revenue from the infrastructure it is building associated with rolling out the new Emergency Services Network, the service taking over from the old radio communications network for the police, fire and ambulance services. Currently the network covers 90% of the country and this will increase to 95% over the next couple of years.

So rural users should be better connected by one of the two schemes very soon. This is good news for those living out in the country and for the conservative party who have been under considerable pressure to roll out super fast broadband to everyone in the UK, not just those living in towns and cities.

Broadband – is it over when mobiles get 5G?

The SIM only MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) GiffGaff recently released a report suggesting that data usage will soar with the launch of 5G mobile phone services.

Their report suggested that users will be using up to 100GB of data via their mobile phones by 2025.

Massive increase in data usage

The vast majority of this massive increase in data usage will be driven by video streaming of films, sports events, programmes, face to face connectivity, tutorials, lectures, comedy shows, live music events etc.

Even if they are half right it represents a dramatic change in our habits compared to how we use our phones and gadgets nowadays. This is especially true given that current data usage per month is somewhere between 2 and 3GB.

Where does this leave fixed line broadband services? Will someone visiting your home still ask for the Wi-Fi code for their mobile phone or will they simply use their 5G handset which is likely to be faster and more efficient.

It is possible to envisage a scenario whereby people living in an area of good 5G coverage will simply not bother to set up a broadband service which will cost, at today’s prices, anywhere from £20 to £30 a month. They will use the connectivity of their mobile for all their needs.

Broadband shares drop

This might be something in the minds of the City, the share price of TalkTalk, the broadband specialist, has dropped dramatically over the last few years. As recently as Summer 2015 the price was over £4, at the time of writing today it is hovering around £1.10.

BroadBand companies look to be in for a tough ride over the next few years competing with high speed mobile phone connections.

In urban areas and areas of strong mobile coverage the need for a broadband connection will diminish and this is the core bread and butter markets for broadband companies, i.e. densely populated areas that can be serviced relatively easily.

Now it appears that they might be marginalised and have to fight each other over the more difficult rural areas to maintain market share let alone grow.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we are ready and waiting to insure your brand new 5G handsets as soon as they become available.

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iPhone X news

The iPhone X has been very popular here at Better Buy Insurance since it launched with a bang back in November 2017.

Most expensive iPhone

It’s the most expensive phone that Apple have ever produced. The iPhone X 64gb launched at and still costs £999 here in the UK and the iPhone X 256gb was and still is £1149. These prices are if you buy the phone sim free, deals of course are available if you buy the phone with a contract.

To insure these precious and expensive phones will cost £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year if you do so here at Better Buy Insurance.

If Apple are right with their sales predictions we might not be insuring as many of these phones as we have been. Reports are in that Apple have slashed production of the iPhone X models despite the phone selling like hot cakes in the three months since launch.

Limited availability

Apparently they have asked their suppliers to reduce the number of handsets produced from 40 million to 20 million (quite a reduction). News of this hit the share price quite hard before a slight recovery.

From an outsider looking in maybe Apple believe that a lot of people who want such an expensive phone have already gone out and bought it and demand will fall away. Leaving customers unwilling to spend over £1000 on a phone to upgrade to the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 7.

 Biggest quarterly profit in history

Regardless of all this speculation what we do know is that Apple are expected to announce a profit of over $19 billion, not for last year, oh no, for just the last three months of 2017! This will be the biggest quarterly profit in history so we shouldn’t feel too sorry that they might not sell as many iPhone X phones as they first hoped.

Interesting times in the phone world and I’m sure other manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Huawei are keeping a close eye on all of this ahead of their own new models coming out in 2018.

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iPhone battery slow down

As you may have heard, Apple have recently admitted and apologised for slowing down older iPhone models. This is something that many people have suspected for years.

The theory on the street was that Apple would deliberately slow down older iPhones to encourage those customers to upgrade to more up to date and more expensive iPhone models. The more frequently customers upgrade the more cash gets added to the mountain of money Apple has already accumulated ($200 billion approx).

iPhone Battery Life

Apple have denied that this is the reason they were slowing down older phones. They say that it was done to ‘prolong the life’ of the batteries/ iPhones. They have also announced that they will now be selling much cheaper replacement batteries to anyone with an iPhone 6 or older. The price was £79 for a replacement battery, this will drop to £25 so a pretty significant saving.

It’s not clear that the apology and the battery price drop is enough for everyone because they are facing 8 lawsuits in the US alone and this number may of course rise.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we offer iPhone insurance to any customer with an iPhone that is less than 6 months old (at the time they take out insurance with us).

We cover all iPhones including the new iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus models and the price for insurance is just £6.99 a month or £74.99 a year.

We also cover the iPhone X, both models (64gb & 256gb). iPhone X insurance costs just £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year.

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Samsung S9 news

Phone insurance is what we do here at Better Buy Insurance but we also like to share information about new phones that our customers are likely to buy and might then insure with us.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 were very popular handsets and even though they only went on sale in the UK this year (2017), the internet is going crazy with speculation about the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

When will it go on sale?

The first piece of gossip is regarding the date the S9 might go on sale. Some think January, some think February and others think March. Samsung usually launch their new phone in the UK in April or May so although there is much disagreement about which month, the vast majority of industry insiders think the new Samsung will launch earlier than normal.

What will it look like?

According to the experts the front of the new S9 will look much like the S8, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it I guess. The screen might be slightly larger but it will most likely keep the all-screen front and the neat curved edges. The back of the phone is another matter with one source suggesting there will be big changes to the rear of the handset. Unfortunately this source didn’t say what the changes would be but others think a dual-rear camera could be added and some changes might be made to the fingerprint sensor on the back.

Will there be any other changes?

It sounds like there will be quite a few technical changes that you might not notice but should improve performance. One thing you might notice is an improved Iris scanner that is already present on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Samsung are keen to get banks onboard with this so Samsung customers can use it with their banking apps.

What will the new Samsung S9 cost?

With the new iPhone X models costing £999 or £1149 for the top end version you might be worried that the new Samsung might also cost a grand or more. From what we’ve been reading you shouldn’t worry too much. It sounds like the S9 and S9+ will be priced at about the same price points as the S8 and the S8+ so probably £689 for the S9 and £779 for the S9+. Not cheap but cheaper than the iPhone X!

How much will phone insurance cost?

If we are right about the price of the handsets then here at Better Buy Insurance cover will be just £5.99 a month or £64.99 a year.

We are so confident this will be the best priced phone insurance you can find we offer a Best Price Guaranteed.

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Dixons Carphone profit worries

The mobile phone retailer Dixons Carphone is under pressure to close some of its stores as the city fears a sharp reduction in profits when the company gives an update later this month.

The share price has already fallen from over £3.50 12 months ago to just £1.67 today. There was a profit warning back in August when Dixons Carphone revealed that customers were hanging on to their mobile phones longer before upgrading to the latest models.

Risk that stores may close

City analysts reckon that pre-tax profits could be as low as £63m down massively from £144m a year ago. This is why that some are suggesting that the company might have to look closely at its model which might mean some stores need to close.

Reports suggest that the Apple iPhone 8 launch was disappointing for Apple and for other mobile phone retailers like Dixons Carphone. Luckily the more expensive iPhone X, despite its eye watering price tag, is selling really well so maybe this will be a bit of good news when Dixons Carphone give their next update to shareholders.

For readers interested in buying the Apple iPhone X, the 64gb model is £999 and the 256gb model is £1149. It’s the sort of phone that might make you think about insurance!

Buying an iPhone X from Dixons Carphone?

At Dixons Carphone insurance will cost you £15.99 a month or £179.99 a year.

Here at Better Buy Insurance it’s only £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year.

We are so confident in our pricing at Better Buy Insurance that not only do we offer a BEST PRICE GUARANTEED on the iPhone X, we also offer it for all other makes and models of mobile phones. For further details about our BEST PRICE GUARANTEED please visit the website.

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iPhone X sales

Apple may have just had their best weekend for sales in their history. Although they haven’t shared any figures, Jun Zhang an analyst who works for Rosenblatt Securities has calculated that they might have sold 6 million iPhone X models.

It’s a long weekend (4 days) that’s being looked at, but no matter how it’s worked out the numbers are staggering. In a regular 4 day period 1.75 million iPhone X phones are sold so if these figures are right they more than tripled their normal sales rate.

18 iPhone X units sold every second

If you are still struggling with such big numbers it works out something like 17 or 18 iPhone X units sold every second over a 4 day period!

Before the top end handset was launched many said that such an expensive mobile phone wouldn’t sell. It’s looking fairly clear that despite the price tag of £999 for the iPhone X 64gb and £1149 for the iPhone X 256gb these smartphones are selling like hot cakes.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The next big smartphone launch is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S9. I’m sure the Samsung senior management are now thinking that maybe they should offer a handset in the same price range. Maybe they too will bring out 2 handsets at the same time as it seemed to work pretty well for Apple.

If you are one of the 6 million customers that bought the 10 year anniversary phone you might want to think about insurance. Here at Better Buy Insurance we offer iPhone X insurance for just £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year and these prices cover both models.

We are so confident that you won’t find better cover or a better price anywhere else we offer a Best Price Guaranteed which you can check out if you click below.

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Mobile phones stolen at Royal Blood gigs

After reports of mobile phones being stolen at their concerts in Cardiff and Reading, the band, Royal Blood, have warned their fans to be extra vigilant and to keep a look out for their mobile phones and wallets when attending their gigs.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested with a staggering 53 mobile phones that were thought to have been stolen at a concert in Birmingham.

It would suggest that the band are being targeted by a gang who think that there is enough chaos in front of the stage for phones to be taken without the knowledge of the owners. Or when the owners do notice it’s too late.

Phones worth £1000 being stolen

These days with phones costing £1,000 in some cases, like the new Apple iPhone X, thieves could be stealing literally thousands of pounds worth of equipment in a matter of an hour or so.

This is not the first time thieves have targeted concert goers. A man was arrested after a concert by The Courteeners at the Brixton Academy in 2014. It was thought that he was wearing a tracksuit under his jeans and he simply slipped the phones down the tracksuit once other gang members had pickpocketed unsuspecting concert goers.

Thieves target concert goers

Sadly, it seems that thieves are happy to target concert goers in this way, many of whom are young and might find themselves in difficulty without a phone to contact friends or family if they get split up after a concert.

Royal Blood continue their tour tomorrow in Bournemouth then Brighton before heading off to continue the tour worldwide. If you are going to these gigs or any others please be careful with your phones, especially when taking photos or videos.

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iPhone 8 rumours

The new iPhone 8, or whatever Apple decide to call it in the end, is due to launch in September or maybe October if the rumours online are to be believed. It seems that the launch could be delayed so it could well be October by the time we see the iPhone 8, the iPhone X or maybe they will just call it the iPhone?

It’s looking like Apple may also launch an iPhone 7S and a 7S Plus at the same time but the iPhone 8 is the phone the Apple fans are most excited about.

iPhone 8 limited release

One analyst thinks that supply of the iPhone 8 will be limited for the first month or two which if true could mean longer queues than normal on the day it goes on sale. It looks like a restricted supply of key components may well be the cause of this problem so some customers might have to wait until later in the year to get their hands on the 10 year anniversary phone.

Other unconfirmed news is that the iPhone 8 will come in 3 colours – black, silver and gold. It won’t have the home button iPhone users will be used to by now and instead will have an edge to edge display meaning more room to view images/ videos etc.

There is all sorts of internet chatter about facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor that works from under the screen. These apparently are causing some challenges so it remains to be seen if these will feature in the new smartphone.

Most expensive iPhone ever?

What everyone agrees on is that it could well be the most expensive iPhone that’s been produced to date. Could the top end iPhone go over the £1000 mark? Whatever it’s called and whatever it costs you will be able to insure your new iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus or your iPhone 8 here at Better Buy Insurance.

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Mobile phones being grabbed by gangs on mopeds

Mobile phones are being snatched by gangs targeting pedestrians in London. Pedestrians who are using their mobile phones are finding that gangs on mopeds are coming up to them and grabbing their mobile phones from literally right under their noses before the unsuspecting victims really know what’s happened.

Some of these gangs have been spotted carrying knives, hammers and other weapons but thankfully most snatches are completed without the use of violence.

People are being urged to be more careful when using their phone when out and about especially texting at the side of the road where a gang can easily swoop and grab the handset as it is being held out whilst the user sends a message or browses the internet.

Arrests made in connection with mobile phone thefts

In the last few days four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the theft of mobile phones on Thursday 4th May. The boys were aged between 15 and 18. All have been charged with conspiracy to rob. It has been recorded that the gangs committed 30 robberies in just over an hour.

There have been a number of incidents in Battersea South London where gangs have been riding around on mopeds with no number plates on which leads police to suspect the mopeds themselves have been stolen. The driving can be extremely dangerous and of course they are not covered by insurance. In one incident, a gang weaved in and out of tables outside a restaurant.

Police stop chasing moped gangs

Local residents in Battersea say their lives are being blighted by these crimes and are keen for the Police to take stronger action. It is felt that one contributing factor is that the police have stopped chasing moped gangs in the fear of causing accidents which might lead to serious injury or even deaths.

The Met Police are deploying plain clothes officers in an attempt to reduce the number of incidents.

This sort of mobile phone theft is of course covered if you have insurance with Better Buy Insurance. For a quick quote and for more info just click below:

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4G coverage in the UK

A report from the National Infrastructure Commission has highlighted the relatively poor 4G services in the UK compared with other countries. The report puts the UK in 54th place in the world, behind the like of Romania, Peru and Albania, for coverage of 4G services.

5G services from 2020

Andrew Adonis, the former Labour minister, said that the government must not make the same mistakes when rolling out the next generation of mobile services known as 5G. The public can expect to see 5G services coming on line from 2020 which will provide even faster and broader services. These services will be the backbone of the much heralded ‘Internet of things’, where a whole load of devices will become connected and allow for remote control.

Andrew Adonis’ criticisms of 4G were based around the poor coverage in rural areas and along communication links such as roads and railways. He was very clear in stating that business is being held back by the limitations on these services.

£5 billion to improve 5G coverage

The network operators have committed to improve coverage and reduce ‘not spots’ – areas of poor coverage. They have committed a pot of £5 billion to turn things around. This will be welcome news to those trying to run businesses in areas of poor coverage. It will also help out those who suffer from poor internet coverage due to outdated infrastructure or even no service in their area. A good 4G signal easily allows a PC, laptop or Tablet to be used for surfing web services.

The new services provided by 5G will be a new dawn but it will mean everyone needing to change their handsets to a 5G enabled one. With the new 5G services due to launch in 2020 there is a little time to prepare.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we will of course be insuring all 5G handsets when they launch. In the mean time you can insure your 4G handsets here at Better Buy Insurance.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 – latest news

Samsung have had a terrible year with all the problems they had with the Note 7, so the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 can’t come soon enough for them.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date

The expectation is that the phone will be available as soon as February or March 2017. That said, there is no way Samsung will risk the overheating problems they had with the Note 7 so they might spend more time than usual testing the phone which would delay things to maybe April or May.

Word online has it that Samsung might say goodbye to the home button with this phone launch so that the screen can be even bigger. The other big rumour out there is that the display could be 4K, this would make sense as Samsung are really promoting the Gear VR headset.

Dual camera module with telephoto zoom lens

The recent top end Samsung phones have been quite impressive in the camera department and the expectation is that Samsung will add a dual camera module with telephoto zoom lens, that’s what the Apple iPhone 7 Plus has and Samsung will want to keep up for obvious reasons.

When the S7 launched the TV adverts made a big deal about the phone being waterproof. You may remember the poor lad in the advert waiting for a phone call from a young lady he met and when he finally gets the call he drops his phone in a sink full of water! Well after the money they spent on that marketing campaign it would be a huge surprise if the S8 wasn’t waterproof, they might even improve the IP (Ingress Protection) so it’s even more resistant to water and dust.

Finally, if you like a selfie or two the S8 could be worth waiting for. A few bloggers have been talking about something called ‘Smart Glow’. This is a ring around the camera lens on the back of the phone that can light up when you get notifications and also light up when the camera detects a face. The face detection could improve the users ability to take selfies we understand. Brilliant if you like that sort of thing.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Price

Pricing is likely to be similar to the S7 but with their reputation in pieces after the Note 7 the key thing with this phone is that it doesn’t over heat!

Whatever the specs and whatever the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8, here at Better Buy Insurance we will be ready and waiting to insure your new phone. Our ‘Best Price Guarantee’ applies to all phones including the new S8, our excess is low and our cover is second to none.

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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus review

As with all new phones the initial thing you look for is the appearance and to some extend the Apple iPhone 7 disappoints a little. Now, don’t get me wrong it looks great, it just doesn’t look that much different from its proceeding cousins.

iPhone 7 Screen

The new phone has some great features that undoubtedly makes it a great phone. First up, it has a fantastic screen allowing really great browsing, gaming and video. The handset boasts a 4.7-inch colour gamut display. The iPhone 7 also boasts fantastic stereo speakers so listening to music, radio and podcasts is a pleasure.

For all the specs, the best place is probably the Apple website.

Waterproof iPhone

Secondly – we love water resistance. This has to be a must nowadays for all new phones. As one can see from the marketing Apple and Samsung are making a big deal over the fact that their handsets can take a dip and still be working.

Fantastic camera

The cameras are also fantastic – there is one pointing front and one backwards making selfies dead simple. The quality is superb. It has a 12MP sensor with a good wide aperture, a new lens giving us better quality pictures with better colours as more light is let in.

iPhone 7 Price

But – does the Apple iPhone 7 have to be quite so expensive. The entry level model begins at £599 – which is just for the 32 GB version. You can expect to pay significantly more than that for the higher GB versions.

The new iPhone has ditched the traditional headphone jack, which many will find a pain. Old headphones can be used but only after a connector has been purchased which might make some feel a little peeved given the price they are being asked to fork out initially.

This does allow the use of ‘wireless’ headphones called Apple AirPods – great quality headphones that leaves you tangle free although there are significant downsides. Firstly, they can be lost easily as they’re not connected and are quite small. They need charging after 5 hours and there’s the extra cost, they come in at £159 making a visit to your local Apple store a potentially wallet bruising experience.

The long and short of it is the new iPhone 7 is a cracking handset and we can only really suggest that you’ll love it once you’ve come to terms with the price.

We will watch with interest the launch from Apple in September 2017 as this date marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the iconic iPhone brand. It seems too much to think it will be business as usual when such a landmark date comes around. One suspects that Apple will have something big up their sleeve.

For now, if you’ve just upgraded to the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and you want to protect your new and very expensive handset, here at Better Buy Insurance we insure ALL Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models for just £6.99 a month or £74.99 a year.

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Better Buy nominated for ‘Best Gadget Insurance Provider’

Better Buy Insurance nominated for ‘Best Gadget Insurance Provider’ in the Insurance Choice Awards 2016.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we are delighted to announce that we’ve been nominated in the “Best Gadget Insurance Provider” category in the 2016 Insurance Choice Awards. It’s a pleasure to be nominated but we need your help to win.

How to vote for us

To vote for us, simply click here and share a quick review! It takes about two minutes, and you could win one of 6 x £100 prizes for your time! It also gives us really useful feedback which we use to make improvements to our products, our pricing and our website.

 Voting closes on the 28th October.

About the Insurance Choice Awards

The Insurance Choice Awards have been launched to help consumers find the best insurance companies on the market. These are the only insurance awards in the UK decided by YOU, real customers, and not ‘industry experts’, so only YOU can decide who wins.

Smart Money People, who run the awards, are the UK’s leading independent review platform for financial institutions. Mike Fotis, founder of Smart Money People said: “It’s our mission to help consumers find the best products and providers on the market. There are hundreds of insurance companies in the UK, and customers often tell us that on the whole they are less happy with their insurers than their banks, so the Insurance Choice Awards is setting out to find out what customers really think about their insurers, and to help us find the best insurance providers.”

Telephone Preference Service rolled out to mobiles

Ofcom has teamed up with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to make it really easy for mobile phone users to stop or reduce the number of unwanted calls they receive to their mobile phones.

18 million landline numbers on the ‘do not call’ list

Apparently lots of people have registered their landline numbers with the TPS but not many have registered their mobile numbers. Over 18 million landline numbers are now on the ‘do not call’ database the TPS looks after. This compares to just under 3 million mobile phone numbers.

Maybe people out there don’t realise they can register their mobile number and this is why Ofcom and the TPS are trying to give it some publicity and make it easy to do.

How to register your mobile with the Telephone Preference Service

To register and reduce the number of annoying sales calls you get just text ‘TPS’ followed by your email address to the number 78070. You will then get a reply confirming that your mobile number has been added to the ‘don’t call’ database.

The Telephone Preference Service reckon it can take up to a month before the service is totally effective but you should see a reduction in the amount of nuisance calls you receive after just a few days.

For more info why not visit the Telephone Preference Service website:

www.tpsonline.org.uk

iPhone 7 rumours

When will the iPhone 7 go on sale?

If Apple sticks to the usual schedule then the iPhone 7 will be on sale in September this year. There is talk from good sources that the launch date this year might be brought forward but we still think September is the most likely month for the launch.

Will there be changes to the design?

Very likely yes. There wasn’t a great deal of change from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s and usually the big change happens when the number changes. Apple have been going through a tricky time of late so they will be doing everything they can to make sure the iPhone 7 sells in big numbers.

The first rumour about the design is that it will be even slimmer than the iPhone 6s, some bloggers reckon it could be as much as 6mm thinner. They won’t want the battery life to suffer so if they do go thinner they will need some smaller more efficient technology inside the phone. Making the new iPhone 7 slimmer could also mean they have to get rid of the headphone jack. This would be quite a move to make and would have all sorts of implications, we are not convinced about this.

One rumour we do believe is that Apple will bring the world a phone that is waterproof and dustproof. This is something that Samsung and others already have so it’s about time Apple caught up in our opinion.

What about the screen?

There is some talk that the screen and therefore the phone will increase in size but most sites in the know think Apple will stick with the same size as the iPhone 6s for now. More likely is that the resolution of the screen will increase, there might even be some protection added so if you drop the phone bumpers around the screen hit the floor first. We’re not quite sure how this will work especially if Apple are looking to slim down the phone, this change is unlikely.

Other possible changes?

Those in the know reckon the megapixels won’t go up in the camera but there will be some other features added to the camera such as optical zoom, image stabilization and other clever camera type stuff.

We’ve read in a few places that the iPhone 7 could well have a hexacore A10 chip which will increase performance massively. The home button might well be changing and could end up being more of a sensor than a button. It’s probably going to be pressure sensitive so different things will happen depending how hard you press the sensor/ button.

How much will the iPhone 7 cost?

Most websites think the pricing will be very similar to the iPhone 6s pricing, which is as follows (sim free):

iPhone 6s 16gb – £539

iPhone 6s 64gb – £619

iPhone 6s 128gb – £699

 

iPhone 6s Plus 16gb – £619

iPhone 6s Plus 64gb – £699

iPhone 6s Plus 128gb – £789

 

And once you’ve got your shiny new iPhone 7 if you want to insure it, here at Better Buy Insurance we are happy to help.

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iPhone sales and revenue down at Apple

For the first time in 13 years Apple has reported a decline in their revenue. The fall in revenue is down to a drop in sales of the incredibly popular iPhone. The iPhone accounts for approximately two-thirds of Apple’s revenue so if iPhone sales drop then the Apple share price will drop which is exactly what has happened.

A big part of the problem is coming out of China. Apple made $18.4bn in the 2nd quarter of 2015 but this has dropped right down to just $12.5bn in the last 3 months.

iPhone 7 launches in September

As you might expect Apple are staying upbeat and they are hoping for big things from the iPhone 7 when it launches in September. Online bloggers reckon it will be waterproof, dustproof and might even have a new and improved home button.

The clever people at Apple are also working on an electric car, some sort of virtual reality device and with $233bn in the bank only a fool would write Apple off so watch this space!

iPhone remains a best seller

Despite some macro economic problems in China the iPhone is still a massive seller and here at Better Buy Insurance we are always happy to insure any make or model of mobile phone.

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Apple launch new iPhone SE

You’ve probably heard that Apple have recently launched the new iPhone SE.

It comes in 4 colours – silver, gold, space grey or rose gold and you can choose from 16gb of memory or 64gb. Apple reckon that not everyone wants the larger more expensive phones they have been launching of late such as the iPhone 6s and the 6s plus (which is even bigger than the 6s).

iPhone SE price

The SE is also a bit easier on the pocket. The 16gb model is £359 sim free and the 64gb is £439.

It’s 4 inches in size, has a 12 megapixel camera and it seems to do everything you would want it to do including live photos, touch ID and Apple pay.

iPhone SE available for sale in September

It didn’t launch with the same amount of hype that you can expect when the iPhone 7 is available for sale in September this year but it seems to be a pretty good smartphone for a reasonable price.

If you’ve got one and want to insure it we will be more than happy to insure it for you.

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