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 It will also help out those who suffer from poor internet coverage due to outdated infrastructure or even no service in their area.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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