Can you guess the Black Mirror episode from the emojis?

Season five of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian drama Black Mirror is just days away.

The latest season will deliver three hour-long episodes featuring Miley Cyrus and a host of big screen stars, and will be available to view exclusively on Netflix.

The show now enjoys global appeal and, to many, is unrecognisable from the relatively humble beginnings of its premiere season, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2010.

Brooker’s creation continues to enjoy widespread acclaim. Season four’s sci-fi epic USS Callister won three Emmy Awards last year, among a flurry of nominations.

And to mark the show’s return, Better Buy Insurance is testing fans’ knowledge of Black Mirror with a unique visual quiz.

We’ve plotted the storylines of classic episodes using only emojis. Can you guess them?

Love and ‘Appiness: How to create the perfect dating profile!

Online dating can be a daunting experience. There are thousands of profiles on the web and on dating apps, each with the same goal: finding love.

So, how can you can stand out from the crowd? Whatever your situation may be, and whatever you’re looking for, rest assured that with these helpful tips you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of finding that special someone.

First impressions count

Despite what you might hear, the best way to give your profile a boost is to include a number – and variety – of photos. So, yes, the five selfies you have standing in your bathroom mirror with the same top on have to go. Really. A picture says a thousand words, so you should use this space on your profile to showcase your hobbies, interests or anything that is special in your life.

 It’s all about you!

Granted, this tip might seem a bit obvious, but it’s crucial that your profile conveys who you really are. What details make you, you? You might not like them yourself, but a potential date might just love them! The biography on your profile lets other people understand you that little bit better and might even be a conversation starter! Embrace your uniqueness, there may be over 7 billion people on the planet, but there’s only one you.

Your bio could be make or break, so make sure you keep it relevant – save the deep and meaningful stuff for another time and keep it positive – let people know what you love, not what you hate! Above all, make sure it’s easy to read, well-structured and concise.

Be honest

Whether you’re tall, short or somewhere in between, it’s important to be upfront and honest. The last thing you want is for those little white lies to come back and haunt you! Online dating is full of people pretending to be something they’re not, so authenticity is key!

The truth is, there aren’t any hard and fast physical parameters that make someone an ideal partner. Whatever your shape or size, there’s going to be someone who finds you attractive.

As well as being honest about who you are, you should be honest about what you want. If you’re looking for a short-term relationship or just for somebody to walk the dogs with on a Saturday afternoon, you should mention it. By doing this you can filter out people who just aren’t going to be right for you and you’ll be one step closer to finding your ideal partner!

Why our own model of the world informs our beliefs about sharing passwords in a relationship

Would you trust a partner not to access your personal accounts after a break-up?

New research conducted by mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance suggests that nearly two-thirds of Brits (65%) don’t.

We asked performance trainer and life coach Jamie Skipper to share his views on the debate around trust and privacy in relationships.

As a life coach and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, I’ve coached hundreds of clients with “trust issues”.

I’ve also had the great pleasure of working with clients on their relationships and have even been a mediator between husband and wife.

And the one thing that always comes to the surface is the issue of trust.

In this context, the question many may ask is ‘why wouldn’t you share your passwords with your partner if you have nothing to hide?’.

To answer that, go back 30 years and ask yourself if you’d share your personal diary with your partner.

Your every thought and feeling about your life, in every changing moment?

You might answer ‘yes’, but I want you to really think about that for a moment.

We don’t keep diaries these days in the digital world, although we do have apps and notepads that can replace it.

Imagine your life on your smart phone – everything – your contacts, your messages, your social media, pictures and videos, everything stored digitally in the palm of your hand!

I believe trust starts with ‘the self’.  Everyone has different values and beliefs and we need to respect those, and when we think about our own individual view of the world, there’s no right or wrong.

In this context, both of the following statements, ‘If you have nothing to hide then you would share your passwords’ and ‘If you trusted me, I wouldn’t need to share my passwords’ are right according to your beliefs.

Know thyself before you ask your partner for their password or to share their phone.

Respect other people’s privacy and individuality, respect their model of the world and remember that your beliefs are not necessarily theirs.

Some people keep journals or notes on their phones, or they may have messaged their friends about an argument you had, or a friend may have confided in you and sent a personal message that is between friends.

It doesn’t always mean that someone is cheating on you if they don’t want to show you their phone or share their accounts with you.

Would you trust a partner not to access your personal accounts after a break-up?

“He was logging on to my Facebook account and deleting my male friends!”

New research conducted by mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance suggests nearly two-thirds of Brits (65%) say they’d change their passwords, while nearly four in ten (38%) say they wouldn’t feel comfortable about a current partner having access to their personal accounts.

We asked subjects from our survey group to share their own experiences of social media and exchanging passwords in a relationship.

Becky from Manchester admits she wishes she’d changed her password following a recent break-up with a boyfriend.

“My ex knew my passwords to everything and when we broke up he was logging onto my Facebook and Instagram, and unfriending and unfollowing pretty much every boy I had on there,” said Becky.

“I only found out because my friends asked me why I had unfriended them, when I knew I hadn’t.

“I had a hunch it was him, so I confronted him, and he said he did it because he didn’t want me speaking to them.

“He was on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, snooping and reading all my messages, and deleting everyone for about a month before I realised.”

Sarah, who is from Sheffield, says she discovered something unexpected when snooping on a partner’s phone.

“I was in a relationship with a guy who had cheated on his ex-girlfriend with me before breaking up with her to be with me,” explains Sarah.

“A couple of months passed with no problems, I trusted him and we had a great time.

“But he eventually became a little distant and started acting the way he had when he was cheating on his ex-girlfriend.

“I approached him about it and he told me I had nothing to worry about and that I was being paranoid, but he continued to act strange.

“One day when he’d gone to the bathroom, I snooped on his phone and found that on a night where he’d told me he had gone to bed, he had actually gone to meet another girl.

Sarah adds: “I broke it off with him. Having spoken to the girl since, I know nothing happened, as she found him ‘cringey’ but I’m still glad I got out when I did.

“I haven’t snooped on another partner’s phone since, however I probably would again if I felt he was lying to me about something important.”

iPhone XS Insurance and launch info

Got the new iPhone XS? You might want to think about iPhone XS Insurance!

As you might have already noticed Apple have the brand new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max going on sale on Friday 21st September. After the iPhone X last year caused a stir with it’s eye watering price, Apple have only gone and done it again!

The cheapest iPhone XS is £999 to buy sim free, this is the 64gb model but the Apple iPhone XS Max 512gb is £1449 believe it or not!

As you would expect, here at Better Buy Insurance we will of course be offering iPhone XS Insurance from Friday 21st September and our pricing is already on our website.

Our insurance pricing starts at £8.99 a month or £99.99 of you’d prefer to pay a year upfront. This is for the iPhone XS 64gb model. As you would expect our premiums go up as the cost of the handsets go up and the top of the range 512gb iPhone XS Max will cost £12.99 a month or £139.99 a year to insure with us. As always we are offering a Best Priced Guaranteed and further details of our guarantee can be found here – Best Price Guaranteed.

Apple are really shouting about how good their new phones are and Tim Cook, the top man at Apple, has been defending the prices they are charging in the press today.

All the info as you would expect is on the Apple website but here are just a few of the highlights:

  • OLED displays give customers the most accurate colour the industry has ever produced.
  • The XS Max has the biggest display seen on an iPhone to date, it has a 6.5 inch display.
  • The glass on the XS and XS Max is the most durable ever used on a smartphone.
  • Apple also tell us the level of water and dust resistance has improved from previous models.
  • The handsets are made from surgical-grade stainless steel.
  • Their advanced face ID is now the most secure in the market place.
  • Phones have the most powerful chip used to date which makes the phones super fast.

Our summary is that it’s a very good but expensive phone and if you buy one and need insurance here at Better Buy Insurance we are happy to help.


iPhone 9 news & iPhone 9 insurance

iPhone 9 news

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Yes, the time of year when tech sites write stories about when they think the new Apple iPhone will launch, what it will be called, how much it will cost, how big the screen will be and how different the camera will be compared to the iPhone that was launched 12 months ago.

Well here at Better Buy Insurance we’ve been reading as much Apple iPhone gossip online as we can take and we can share the following rumours:

  • Most out there think that one of the iPhones released will be called the iPhone 9. It looks like there will be at least one other mobile released at the same time, maybe 2.
  • It sounds like you will be able to pre-order on the 14th September and it will be on sale on Friday 21st September.
  • The screen could be quite a bit bigger than the screen on the iPhone 8. One site we read thinks it will be a 6.1 inch display and the phone will be made from aluminium.
  • The iPhone 9 will probably have a typical retina display with a pixel density of 330 ppi.
  • The smartphone might well have a single rear camera similar to that on the iPhone 8 with a dual aperture system a bit like the Samsung Galaxy S9.
  • The design of the screen could be very similar to the super expensive iPhone X (all screen design).
  • Face ID to replace Touch ID.

iPhone 9 insurance

So those are the main rumours we’ve picked up. What we are sure about is that when the iPhone 9 launches you will be able to insure it here at Better Buy Insurance. We can’t tell you how much the insurance will be at present because it’s not clear how much the phone will cost. Some out there think it will be the same sort of price as the iPhone 8 but quite a few think it will be priced much lower, maybe around the £500 mark.


A guide to keeping your gadgets safe in the home

Home insurance is used as a safety net for many of us, giving us the opportunity to replace anything that is damaged or stolen, but unfortunately insurance cannot compensate for the loss of sentimental value and the feelings of violation which can occur.

To prevent costly and sometimes upsetting replacements, we’ve pulled together the top five ways to keep your gadgets and personal items secure in your home.


  1. Use protective casing
    Screen protectors and protective cases are a must to keep your gadgets safe, especially with the sleek designs of handsets nowadays. Dropping your phone is very easily done and the results can be catastrophic, leaving you with a shattered screen at the very minimum. Protective cases are manufactured to be shockproof with enhanced grip, leaving you with peace of mind that accidents can happen but shouldn’t result in a smashed phone.

  2. Think ‘out of sight, out of mind’
    Don’t leave anything on display that may tempt a thief to break in. This applies to your phone, but also tablets, laptops or car keys. Similarly, refrain from leaving a spare key in an obvious place such as under a flower pot or where a passer-by could see you hiding it.

  3. Don’t leave your phone ‘on the edge’
    Be vigilant about not placing your phone on the edge of any worktops or other surfaces. This costly mistake accounts for many phone disasters every day and is super simple to remember. Another smartphone tragedy which can be avoided is dropping it down it the toilet. This is much more common than you might think, so take extra care when using back pockets.

  4. Keep out of reach of pets (and babies)
    Mistaking a chewy toy for the latest tech is an easy mistake to make, right? You’d think so with the amount of times pets get their teeth into our devices. Similarly, curious babies and toddlers love to spin a smartphone round in their hands before dropping it on the floor, which can also lead to damage. To prevent this, never leave your phone or any other valuables lying around – you never know what will look like a toy to your furry friend or giggly baby.

  5. Don’t advertise your whereabouts
    Don’t disclose future holiday plans with tradesmen or anyone unfamiliar and be careful of broadcasting holiday plans or pictures of yourself while you’re away on social media. Whether you’re leaving the country or just popping next door, it’s important to keep all doors and windows locked when you’re out too. Many break-ins are opportunistic, so be sure not to make it easy for them.

To insure your phone with Better Buy Insurance just click here

A guide to the best messaging apps for your mobile

Our latest research shows that 40% of us Brits find making a phone call stressful and that text message, WhatsApp, Snapchat and other forms of communication are dominating the way we contact friends, colleagues and loved ones. With so many different messaging apps available, we’ve pulled together details of the top five messaging apps to download.


By far the most popular and well-known messaging app, WhatsApp is free to download and can be synced with your phone contacts. You send text, photos, voice and short video messages to contacts, and the app is continuously updating and adding new features. However, the phone does require phone functionality so can’t be used on all devices and in the past there has been concerns around privacy and data sharing.


Viber, although not as popular as WhatsApp, encourages you to “Connect. Freely” with its app for Windows 10, Mac and Linux computers, and iOS, Android and Windows phones. The app lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users on any device or network.

The app is known for being easy to use and it also reads your phone settings and contacts. It also offers HD-quality voice calls, video calls, and messages with text, photos, and stickers. It has also introduced encrypted messaging features to the app, with a color-coded icon indicating chat security and encryption. You will need a SIM card and phone functionality.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is a dedicated messaging app that builds on Facebook’s existing chat format and adds more mobile messaging features. Users need a Facebook account and can send other users the usual chat messages, as well as voice messages and voice and video calls to other Messenger users, with extra features like GIF support and photo and location sharing. Just make sure to manage your settings to prevent Facebook from sharing your data.


Slack has been a huge hit for corporations and small businesses alike with its mix of messaging, scheduling, management tools, and app integration. The app covers your IM basics with real-time messaging synced across devices and also supports file sharing, direct and group messaging tools. Slack archives your messages, allowing you to search through old messages, channels and shared files, and includes integration with a variety of services such as cloud storage, Asana, Zendesk and more. Premium plans provide more features, such as expanded file storage and better app integration.


Snapchat is known for being popular among younger users. At its core, users can send each other ‘Snaps’ — photos, short videos, or messages that are only visible for a limited time before disappearing. Over the years the app has added more features such as filters and photo editing tools, a more advanced story sharing system, bitmojis, adaptive chat and more, evolving constantly in a fast-moving social media landscape. It’s a fun way to stay in touch with friends.

Gary Beeston, adds: “There are such a vast range of different apps available, whether you want to chat to your parents, stay in touch with colleague or just gossip with your friends. Once you’ve found the perfect app for your needs you won’t have to stress about a phone call.”

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.