i got one of these last week as a refurb for £49.99 working very well so far, since WFH I've noticed how many cold calls per day and it was doing my nut in. using Virgin land line and must show caller info to work ebay.co.uk/itm/CPR-V10000-Landline-Call-Blocker-w-10000-Known-Additional-2000-Nuisance-Calls-/173792476239?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286 refurbs are under Amazon seller drop down too
Unplug my electric (confused) How does that help then XD
It's an easy thing to fix on a mobile with an app like Truecaller , it blocks nearly every spam call. On a land-line it's not so easy, it might be possible to get an android based land-line phone, then install Truecaller? Not sure if it would even work though
Are you Jim Browning? That's exactly what he would say (y)
Already done it. I've noticed that ISPs are much more open to removing the landline than they used to be. A few years back it would be more expensive to NOT have one, but now they're offering specific no-line discounts. Everyone has a mobile. Landlines are a waste of time for many. I didn't even know what my landline number was, so I sure as hell knew that any calls were almost certainly unsolicited and the thing never got answered anyway. Best rid of it.
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Does anybody know if you Would order this first or contact o2 first, in the event you want to switch your existing o2 contract/number to this contract?
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No cashback anywhere?
Not with three it isn't and 02 is better calls on 3g than 4g at our house.
Ta. Oh that was many moons ago now!!
Phones: Keeping the World in Touch
Telephones appeared in the late 19th century and within 20 years they had become mainstream in the United States and Europe. Nowadays, there are more mobile phone devices in the world than people. Everyone seems to be on their smartphone and almost every home has a landline. It’s fair to say that without phones modern life wouldn’t be possible.
Whether you are looking to upgrade your basic mobile to a state-of-the-art smartphone or you need a new landline, this buyer’s guide explains the kinds of phones on offer today, and how to find the best phone deals possible.
Although the modern phone was invented by Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell in 1875, communication across long distances was nothing new. People had been sending telegrams for decades, and before that carrier pigeons, beacons and semaphore had all been used to transmit information across miles of territory.
What changed in 1875 was that speech could now be conveyed. For the first time, people could talk to others who could be miles away, or even across the ocean following the first New York to London call in 1927. By 1935, it was possible to phone locations on the other side of the world. Phones connected every continent, thus revolutionising the way we communicate.
After World War II, innovations continued. Push-button phones replaced devices that used rotary dials. The idea of cellular phones was suggested by AT&T in 1971 and fibre optic cables came along in the 1980s. During the 1990s, mobile phones took off, as did the internet, culminating in the marriage of the internet superhighway and telephones when the first smartphones arrived in the 2000s.
These days, phones function as speech transmitters, web browsers, maps, messagers, gaming devices, calendars, fitness aids – among many other things. It’s easy to see why the UK has become a smartphone obsessed nation, and why it’s so important to people to have the right phone in their pocket or home.
How Do Phones Work?
Before looking at the types of phone available, it might be handy to recap how phones work. Modern mobile phones are very different to the kind pioneered by Graham Bell. Mobiles use variable capacitance (the ability of materials to store electric charge).
As you speak, the acoustic waves created by your voice act on sheets of metal in the phone which act as a capacitor. One of these responds to pressure by moving, changing the distance between the two sheets. When the distance grows, more charge flows out of the capacitor and this variable flow of current is translated into a flow of data that represents your voice.
This current is then turned into radio waves by your smartphone handset, which communicates with a nearby receiver, which in turn sends the signal onto a target close to the person you are trying to call. The data is then unscrambled back into radio waves and beamed to the handset of the recipient.
What You Can Do With Modern Phones
The major change in phones over the past ten years has been the vast increase in their capabilities. Nowadays, actually speaking into a phone isn’t its sole purpose. It’s still important, for sure, but most phone companies try to build in myriad functions to attract customers.
Smartphone users will be familiar with what modern models can do. They can take photos and videos, browse the web, make calls, send SMS and WhatsApp messages, stream videos, store audio libraries and films, play games, run mapping apps, turn themselves into virtual casinos or stores, provide nutritional advice, send notifications of upcoming events – a whole host of other functions that users have come to rely on.
You might not be aware that landlines are experiencing a similar uptick in their functionality. Gone are the days when speed-dial was an exotic innovation. Nowadays, landlines can routinely link up with smart devices in the home, controlling TVs, cookers, heating and fridges. They also come with Wi-Fi as part of the package, enabling you to use apps like Google Voice to make calls across the web – cutting costs in the process.
Although many people may question the need for another smartphone, this kind of innovation is becoming mainstream, with companies like Siemens and Panasonic investing heavily in smartphone-landline hybrids.
The Different Types of Phone Available Today
When it comes to purchasing a phone, you’ll find plenty of choices at listings sites like HotUKDeals and major retailers like Carphone Warehouse or Currys. Here are some of the basic varieties to look out for:
Basic mobile phones – At the lower end of the mobile market, it’s hard to get hold of non-smartphone varieties, but some brands still offer very limited handsets at an extremely low price. Models like the Alcatel 10.16 or the Nokia 105 are durable, functional and very, very cheap. You won’t be able to play FIFA, but you can browse the web (in a basic fashion), set alarms, make calls and listen to music.
Low-end smartphones – There’s a wide range of smartphones to choose from, so don’t leap for iPhones automatically. Models like the Blu Vivo 6, the BQ Aquarius X5 and the Wileyfox Swift 2 are all fitted with cameras, a decent amount of RAM and disk space. They may not have the specs of elite phones but they will usually be hundreds of pounds cheaper, so if you aren’t a serious mobile tech fan, they could be ideal.
Premium smartphones – The elite of the smartphone world remains iconic brands like the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy (although you can find cheaper J class models in the Galaxy range, too). Models like the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge offer plenty of RAM, slick interfaces, great customer support, high-spec cameras and longer battery life than cheaper models.
Phablets – We’re not going to deal with tablets in this guide, as they really are more like mini-computers, but “phablets” are an alternative to smartphones. A fusion of phones and tablets, phablets like the Google Pixel XL and the OnePlus 3T have larger screens (5.5 inches and larger) than conventional smartphones and tend to be suited to stylus use as well. If you love to doodle or make notes, they could be the models for you.
Corded landlines – The kind of landline we all grew up with, many home phones sold today are still reliant on power cords to link the phone unit and the handset. They may be less mobile than cordless varieties, but corded phones are handy for desks and tend to come with more business-friendly features. For example, the Siemens Gigaset can handle four calls at once, has space for 1,000 contacts, synchs up with laptops easily and can also hook up with cordless phones across the home or office.
Cordless landlines – Increasingly popular in recent years, cordless landlines provide complete freedom to wander around as you chat (within the limitations of the charge held by your phone). Features to look out for include the number of extra phones that can be connected – as you may need to situate a few around the house. You may also want to add smart controllers for home devices, and internet browsing functions as well. Some models, such as Panasonic’s Link2Mobile range, can also use Bluetooth to hook up to your smartphone while you are near the landline receiver, allowing you to use it as an extra handset.
Phones with special capabilities – There are also landlines for users with special requirements. For instance, you can purchase phones with larger buttons and displays, helping those with visual impairments, and Braille varieties are also available. Some models can be toggled to increase the volume significantly, for those who are hard of hearing, while some include brightly flashing call notifications.
One trend to look out for is the convergence of mobile phones and landlines. Increasingly, landlines are being used to call via the web, and smartphones are serving as landline handsets. Expect this trend to continue, with the likelihood that you won’t actually need a landline in the near future: in some cases, a smartphone and Wi-Fi will do the job on its own. However, for now, standard landlines are the go-to option for home usage and, as you can see, there are many available options.
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How to Choose the Right Landline
When it comes to choosing the type of phone for your home, there are a number of things to look out for.
Firstly, you’ll need to think about whether you need a corded phone in your home. Many people advise that homes have at least one corded phone, as it will (usually) provide a reliable connection should other phones be unavailable. However, as cordless and mobile technology develops, this seems less important. Then again, if you are very concerned about having phone service every single hour of every day, a cordless phone will provide some reassurance. Moreover, they tend to offer better sound quality as well (as no wireless transmission gets in the way of your signal), which can be important for those who are hard of hearing.
If you go for a cordless phone, which many people do, check the kind of range it provides. You don’t want to walk down the garden, only to be cut off at a crucial moment. Check the sound quality as well. Lower quality phones can sound muffled and indistinct, something that most phone users will want to avoid.
Additional features could make a difference too (though you’ll pay more for extra functionality). For instance, you may need an elaborate answering machine with your phone. Some offer an hour of recorded calls, others less than 15 minutes, so check before you buy, as you don’t want to miss any messages.
Caller ID could be handy as well, although not all phones provide it. Caller ID allows you to see who is calling (or at least, whether it is a registered contact), and you can tell who has tried to call as well. Most Caller ID systems also let you hide your own identity if desired, another handy feature.
Other features include the ability to switch to hands-free mode at the touch of a button. Charging time matters as well (and you’ll be surprised by how quickly cheaper landlines can run down), as does the physical interface used by the phone. Many advanced models come with LED screens that can provide visual notifications and clear menus to customise your phone.
What about smart cordless phones? Seemingly the wave of the future, could they be the right option to go for? Although they may seem exotic, smart landlines actually could save you plenty of money, so they are well worth considering. Sure, they may cost more right now, but you can download apps that enable you to call via the web for almost no charge. Some also come with video cameras on the front, enabling you to carry out video calls.
The downside of smart landlines (aside from the cost) is probably that they sap charge more quickly, and are more complicated for everyday users. Then again, you should be able to get to grips with them easily if you are a regular smartphone user. And, just as importantly, they are becoming more popular and more advanced all the time, so look out for the latest models.
Finding the Right Phone Accessories
Whether you purchase a smartphone or an advanced landline phone, the accessories you choose could make it easier to use, protect it from harm and add to its functionality. Here are some of the most useful phone accessories to consider:
Cases – Allow you to customise the look of your smartphone, with brightly coloured and branded designs on offer from fashion companies like Urban Outfitters and River Island. You can also use services like Photobox to create custom-made covers with photos or your own patterns.
Holders – Allow you to clip your smartphone in place, whether that’s on a tabletop or in your car. Companies like Halfords have a huge range of holders for motorists, enabling your phone to double up as a GPS navigation device.
Chargers – Phones need to be fed a constant diet of electrical current and you can buy replacement chargers for any common models. Even better, you’ll also find swivel chargers from manufacturers like Belkin, which enable you to charge multiple phones, and power banks, which act as a supplement for digital devices when your charge runs out on the road.
Landline accessories – You can also buy plenty of specialist landline accessories, including headsets, replacement cabling and ports, marker pens to add your identification information and separate caller ID units.
How to Find the Best Phone Deals
Everyone has different telecommunication needs. Some people hardly need a landline, they are so well connected via the internet and their smartphone. Others rely on landlines to stay in touch with the outside world, and aren’t comfortable with smartphones at all.
Most people end up somewhere in between. We use mobile phones as part of everyday life, and feel the need to say up to date with our choice of handset, but we also feel the need for a landline – generally one that provides good mobility and sound quality.
Even then, everyone is different. Some people will like the idea of smart landlines which blend smartphone and traditional phone functions. Others will want a powerful corded desktop unit with heavy-duty call waiting functions. With so many phone choices around, it’s entirely up to you.
However, whatever phone you choose, always try to get the best possible price. Smartphones in particular vary dramatically in price for the same handset between different retailers. Don’t just settle for the first shop you visit. Check high street brands like Currys, John Lewis, Tesco, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, Apple and Three – you’ll find wide variation.
Even better, make a habit of checking HotUKDeals whenever you buy a phone. We post the latest phone deals from those high street retailers, along with online merchants like Amazon, eBay sellers, uSwitch and ShopTo. There are deals for both landlines and smartphones, as well as accessories (and contracts), so shop around the smart way by going online.
Pick the right time to shop as well. If you know that Samsung are readying a big launch, but don’t mind owning the previous model of Galaxy, just before the launch is a good time to look for deals as retailers will want to get rid of older models. Black Friday in November is also prime bargain hunting territory, as are the January Sales.
Save Money on Telecommunications at the HotUKDeals Phone Listings
Everyone wants a landline or mobile phone they can rely on to do what they need it to do. But getting a good deal on your phone is equally crucial. You can find the latest offers on landlines, smartphones and accessories at the HotUKDeals phone listings, so pick up a cut-price phone today.
23/05/2021Expires on 23/05/2021Posted 4 h, 34 m agoPosted 4 h, 34 m ago
the power banks are about the only thing worth having imo
Gutted, bought the Note 10 Pro direct from them a week ago. Great phone. Their packaging is awful though.
I can't recommend you buy from them direct... Stuff arrives quickly, but if theres a problem you will be pulling hair. I'm on week 3 of trying to get a replacement....they are using every trick in the book to delay action (devil)
Is it only for purchases direct from Xiaomi? Or other retailers included.
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The right is there; the time and inclination to take the risk might not be.
Right to repair (strong)
Probably for the best as you could have found it was tampered with once you took it to Apple, then refused service.
Useful comment (lol)
Bought one from them this seller a month ago. Phone worked for about a week and then randomly the screen started flickering different colours. After a day the phone refused to turn on! Sent back and I am still waiting for a refund. Just a tip (hopefully you will have no problems like I did) cheapest electricials offer free returns but their prepaid label only covers £100 insurance. Defo advise using your own return label with higher insurance for peace of mind. Ps.. the Phone did have Apple warranty..just couldn’t get any appointment!
I have the 5 ii and recommend it to anyone. It's still slightly bigger than I'd ideally like a compact phone to be but I still think it's a brilliant phone.
I agree somewhat, what I will say is the 1ii is such a nice size. It's very thin, width and thickness, so it's a one handed phone really. Insane how much lighter and easier it is to handle than my iphone
Compact phone fans Mate
I posted a deal for the 1ii, it's only £550 brand new. It's (imo) a better version of this phone, and a steal at that price considering it's not a refurb
Still miss my Oneplus One. Will probably go back to 1+ when this Mi 10t Lite is a bit older...
I'm pretty much warning everyone to stay away from OnePlus phones. I had major issues with the OnePlus 8 Pro just constantly randomly turning off. I wasn't angry about that, phones go wrong sometimes. I was angry at the hugely poor customer service from OnePlus. My experience with their technical team was bad as they were slow to respond and unhelpful when they did eventually respond.
Just out of interest what were the issues and which phone? I have a OnePlus 8 and no issues whatsoever.. just curious as I've seen your same comment on other OnePlus deals from today. Regardless, this is still a deal.. so heat from me (y)
EllieBrighton234: I would really not recommended this brand. The phone might be okay but if it goes wrong then good luck getting any help from OnePlus. Their customer service is so bad I've had so many issues just getting someone to look at and diagnose my old phone which was still within their warranty. Terrible company
You're welcome, I don't want anyone else making the same mistake I did
Thanks for the feedback :) it's good to know these things
This is what I'm trying to explain to you if you actually understand. OnePlus customer service is awful. No chance of a refund if it's outside their initial 30 days of purchase. If people still want to buy OnePlus devices then good luck to you and to them!
what do u mean by "technical" issue. if it don't work properly sent it back.
Amazon won't be interested if you have a technical issue with the phone. It's under manufacturer's warranty then so good luck with that
It's not a lower model, its a 2021 model whereas this a 2020 one, just because its a A5X doesnt mean its worse than a A7X series phone It has a 720g which is basically identical to this model OIS + better main sensor, Newer GW3, this uses a GW1 120HZ The A52 is a better overall phone and the 5g variant has a faster SOC
Why da fok is a lower model better?
A52 is cheaper and better , much better camera setup, 120hz, Can be had on amazon spain for under £300, a52 5g is normally found also similar price
I’ve had iphone 11 and iPhone 12 (not mini) The battery on the 11 is noticeably better. (I used to get home from with with 50-60% battery with the 11. It’s more like 35-45% with the 12. Same brightness, same settings, same apps, same usage. The 12 is nicer to hold, due to slimmer bezels, and the screen IS a higher resolution but it’s hard to notice when they’re not side by side. The 12 is also a little quicker, and it does low light video which I’ve tested a bit, but not been able to fully use yet. All in all, the 11 is a great phone and at the time of the release of each, was a better buy. At current RRP I’d recommend 11. Though offers on the 12 seem better at the moment. £512 isn’t the best price it’s been, but it’s the best price it’s been for a while. And is still a good deal. Just my contribution for anyone contemplating them (y)
Hmm. I don’t see how the 12 Mini is so much better. Performance and Cameras are very similar. Screen of 12 Mini is better technology but much smaller. Battery life is no competition. The 12 Mini presents too many compromises for the small form factor, I’ve tried one myself.
The iPhone 12 mini might not be for everyone but I am comparing difference between the 2 models and at a £31 difference, this iPhone 11 is way over priced.
“Slightly smaller screen” - it’s a completely different form factor! Granted better for some, but definitely not for all.
12 Mini Battery is terrible though, about half that of the 11!
21/05/2021Expires on 21/05/2021Posted 21 h, 24 m agoPosted 21 h, 24 m ago