Omio News Blog

Category Archives: Mobile Phones How To

Top mobile phone tariff add-ons for your late summer holiday

The traditional holiday season has now come to an end, many of us are thinking about a late summer getaway. Omio is looking into ways for you save money, on using your mobile phone abroad.

We are rounding up what each mobile phone network offers as a holiday addition to its tariffs, to avoid that nasty bill shock, upon your return. These add-ons are not only ideal for a holiday, but also for those travelling for a long periods of time outside the UK. Perhaps, for those taking a gap year between college and university.

O2

200px-O2_logo.svg

O2 pre-empted the need for a holiday-orientated addition to its tariffs, back in May this year. It launched O2 Travel, which came with a tag line of “use your mobile worry free when abroad”.

This allows people travelling within Europe to have a 25MB roaming data allowance, for £1.99 a day. A low-cost calling feature accompanies it. There is a one-off charge of 50p for connecting a call – where the following minutes are then taken of the tariff’s minute allowance.

This will save on the high cost of data roaming for updating or reading social networking sites, along with calling phone numbers either locally or even back in the UK.

The scheme started in July and is available as an add-on to monthly, and business customers. People on O2 Pay and Go can also use the bolt-on, excluding BlackBerry users. Unfortunately, only the mobile broadband feature is available to them and international calls start at 28p a minute and 7p, to receive them.

O2 Travel is available for use in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Monaco, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Users of the mobile phone network are still supported outside the above, and in over 200 countries. The cost for using the handset in those different places varies.

Vodafone

200px-Vodafone_logo.svg

In June, Vodafone announced a similar add-on to O2, under the moniker of EuroTraveller. Pay monthly and business customers can use all the benefits of their tariffs while travelling in Europe, for £3 a day. This means that whatever minutes, text message bundle and data allowance Vodafone customers have – they can use on holiday, without incurring any additional fees.

For example, a pay monthly customer using Vodafone EuroTraveller can make three 10 minute calls, send 10 text messages back to the UK and use 5MB of mobile Internet and pay £3 (plus the UK price plan). This would previously cost more than £17, on Vodafone’s old roaming prices.

Vodafone customers can opt into the scheme by dialling 5555. This cost includes VAT and will only be charged when in used abroad. The benefits also extend to receiving calls and text messages, as they are free, just as they would be in the UK.

The EuroTraveller add-on can be used in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus (exc. Northern Cyprus), Czech, Republic, Denmark (inc. Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France, French West Indies, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece. Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy,(inc. San Marino and Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (inc. Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (inc. Balearic Islands and Canary Islands), Sweden and Switzerland.

Three

200px-3-brand.svg

Three launched its Euro Internet pass, in June. It allows its pay monthly customers to access the Internet from their mobile phones, outside the UK, for £5 a day. It stops users worrying about how much a bill is being run up, when they tweet, tag, browse, upload, search or use Google, while on holiday.

There isn’t any calling or text message features to this, only unlimited mobile Internet use. The Internet is one of those things that you can use without realising how much time has passed and how much it has cost. Therefore, this is a worthy add-on to have on holiday.

The bolt-on has been designed for just browsing, so video streaming might not be as good as it is in the UK and tethering isn’t included.

Three customers wishing to use the service abroad just need to open their mobile browser at http://mobile.three.co.uk/europass. It does revolve around UK time, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what the time it is back home.

The Euro Internet Pass can be used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (incl. Azores & Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (incl. Balearic & Canary Islands), Sweden, Vatican City, Monaco.

Orange

200px-Orange_logo.svg

Orange has a 3-in-1 bundle for travelling abroad, which is a calling, text message and a roaming data allowance – for both monthly and PAYG customers. This starts with a 30MB limit for £3 a day or £20 for 30 days, for use within Europe. The weekly deal includes 50 minutes and 100 text messages, to use over the seven days. The data allowance can be increased to 150MB for £50, and 500MB costs £150.

This can be used with the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe (inc St Barthelemy and St Martin), Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (inc Azores and Madeira), Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Satellite, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (inc. Canary and Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City (Italy)

Orange has also launched a range of applications for the real-time monitoring of a phone abroad, under the name of Travel Angel. It is available for Android, BlackBerry and Apple devices. This detects whatever country it’s being used in and if there isn’t a roaming bundle, it can recommend one that can be instantly bought. Alerts can also be set, to inform when a pre-set threshold is approaching.

Outside the EU, the 3-in-1 bundle starts at £6 a day for 30MB and reaches £15 – depending on the country. The 30 day, 30MB begins at £20 and climbs to £40. A 150MB data allowance is priced at £75 and hits £125, while 500MB cost £175 and reaches £400.

T-Mobile

200px-T-Mobile_logo.svg

T-Mobile launched its Internet & Broadband Travel Booster add-on, in June. This is a roaming data allowance for use abroad. It is designed for both mobile phones and also dongles, on consumer and business tariffs.

Costs start at £1 for 3MB, which lasts for 30 days – or until it is reached. This limit can be increased to 10MB, for £2.50 or 50MB costs £10: for use in Europe. The fee is added to the monthly bill, or deducted from any pay as you go credit.

The Internet & Broadband Travel Booster can be used in Azores, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Reunion and Vatican City.

Outside Europe, the price starts at £5 for 3MB and reaches £25. 10MB starts at £10 and hits the ceiling at £75, while £37.50 will get you 20MB and that price stretches to £140 – depending where you are in the world.

Nokia N97 / Nokia E75 Ringtones, Download Them All!

nokia-n97-vs-nokia-e75

The Nokia E75 might have only just been released and the Nokia N97 isn’t due for a good few weeks, but already the ringtones that ship on these new devices have already made their way to the web!

Whether you want a discreet tone or something more infectious, you’ll be bound to find your perfect sound from these two download packs courtesy of the Symbian Blog!

Get the Nokia N97 ringtones here.

Get the Nokia E75 ringtones here.

If you’re feeling really crazy, you can even take these Nokia ringtones and put them on a different phone… Trust me, the iPhone could certainly benefit from some different ones…damn you Marimba!

Samsung S8300 Tocco Ultra Tips And Tricks!

Mobile Choice offers the latest in a long line of tips and tricks, offering some tasty morsels of insider information regarding the Samsung Tocco Ultra.

They are all covered in exquisite detail by Natasha Stokes, Editor of Mobile Choice. Check it out!

Then take a peek at our Samsung Tocco Ultra review to see what we thought!

Get Free 0800 Calls On Your Mobile With 0800Buster!

0800Buster

0800 numbers are great, as it makes phoning up a call centre to complain free!

As we all know, complaining to our internet provider/phone company/gas provider is not a joy, but the privilege of not paying makes it a great way to spend an evening, as well as get any problems fixed.

However, these 0800 (and 0500/0808) numbers do cost money when dialling from a mobile, which means no shouting whilst on public transport or in the bath without incurring charges of up to 40p per minute.

Also, the networks do not include your free minutes in these calls, so there was no easy way to avoid big mobile bills…until now!

0800 Buster (www.0800buster.co.uk) has a bunch of landline numbers which you can call and then be rerouted to the relevant freephone service. This means all the 0800 calls on a mobile an be charged at local rate, and even free if you get included minutes on your tariff!

Simply go to the site, use the (randomly generated) number given at the top left, then ring your 0800 number when prompted, and press # to call!

Now, to call my electric company. There’s been no juice in Wembley since 6am!

Source: MoneySavingExpert

LG Arena KM900 Tips And Tricks!

Mobile Choice offers a few nifty tricks and tips for the brand spanking new LG Arena. True story, they call them nifty and nifty they are!

Ways shown to get the most out of your Arena include setting alarms, editing your favourite contacts, and music library syncing. They are all covered in detail by Natasha Stokes, Editor of Mobile Choice. Check it out!

Not fallen in love already? Then check out our LG Arena reviews to see what we thought!

How To Add Facebook Status Updates For Contacts On Nokia 5800 XpressMusic!

Big ups to MixSynth for sending us these these tips to make the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic even more friendly…with Facebook status updates! There are a few steps, but now you can keep tabs on your mates wherever you are…

nokia5800xpressmusic-2

ON YOUR COMPUTER

1. Log in to Facebook
2. Go to the Facebook profile of the friend you want updates from.
3. Look at your browser’s address bar; note down your friend’s “id” number (the number to the right of the letters “?id=”)
4. Type the following in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter: http://www.facebook.com/minifeed.php?filter=11
5. Add the letters “&id=” to the end of the text in the address bar, followed by your friend’s “id” number; hit Enter
6. Click the orange “RSS” icon in the address bar (Firefox) or tab bar (Internet Explorer)
7. You should see a feed of your friend’s most recent status updates; if not, try again from step 1
8. Note down the entire URL of the feed in the address bar; it should look something like this: http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=XXXXXXXX&viewer=XXXXXXXX&key=XXXXXXXXXX&format=rss20 (where X’s are random numbers/letters)

ON YOUR 5800 XpressMusic

9. Select your friend in the Contacts Bar and press the “three lines” button
10. Press “Edit web feeds” then “Add web feed”
11. Change the “Title” to “XXX Facebook Status” or something similar (where XXX is your friend’s name)
12. Enter the URL of the feed you noted down where it says “Web address” and press “Done”
13. Your friend’s most recent status update should now be displayed when you select their icon from the Contacts Bar; if not, check you entered the feed URL correctly; you might also need to restart the phone

Repeat the above steps for up to four contacts in your Contacts Bar.

Don’t forget to refresh the feeds (RSS icon with “reload” arrows next to it) whenever you want to check for updates.

Cheers Mixsynth! Another cool way to use the “Human Interface” that Nokia was so excited about