The Most Important Phones of the Decade

For better or worse, no gadget exemplifies the 2010s more than the smartphone. Smartphones helped propel the meteoric rise of social media apps like Twitter, Instagram, and most recently TikTok, while also giving millions of people an incredibly powerful and practically always available pocket camera (much to the detriment of old-school camera makers). Read More >>

MWC 2019: Xiomi’s Mi 9 and Mi Mix 3 5G are Coming to Europe

Xiaomi is at MWC announcing a bunch of new phones for the European market, specifically the Mi 9 and the Mi Mix 3 5G. You may have heard about those already, because Xiaomi has already spilled a lot of details for the Mi 9 for its Chinese launch, and the 4G Mi Mix 3 is here already. Read More >>

The iPhone XR Is Apple’s New Real Big Deal

Apple does not typically do budget devices, but as they go, the iPhone XR comes pretty close. While hardly cheap (a budget phone should be under £400, not £750!), it represents a calculated attempt at creating a more affordable device that isn’t a tremendous compromise. Something powerful enough that you can enjoy the perks of having the latest tech, without having to spend top dollar. And that’s an extremely big deal, especially if spending $1000 on a phone feels like too much for you. Read More >>

Automatic Phone and Broadband Compensation is Coming in 2019

If you've recently suffered a botched broadband installation or endured a long, internetless wait for line repairs, this won't help much as it doesn't kick in until 2019. But the good news for the sad disconnected people of the near future is that automatic compensation payments for interrupted services or delayed repairs are coming. Read More >>

The Phone Repairs You Probably Shouldn’t Try At Home

Having a broken phone is not a situation you want to be in for long but there’s always the question of whether to stump up the cash for a professional repair or have a go at fixing it yourself (assuming you’ve no insurance or warranty coverage). This should be your guide for deciding when to tackle some DIY repairs and when to leave it to the experts. Read More >>

Nokia’s 3310 Launches on May 24th

Nokia's return to the lumpen old days of "feature" mobile phones now has a UK price and release date, with the refreshed and relaunched Nokia 3310 costing ironic hipsters and very old people £49.99 -- and hitting the streets on May 24th. Read More >>

Police Paid Criminal’s £45,000 Phone Bill

North Wales Police has an unexpectedly huge £45,000 hole in its budget, after paying off an enormous phone bill that was run up by a criminal under its protection. Read More >>

Man Gets Stuck In Toilet While Trying to Get Friend’s Phone Back

It’s a cautionary tale and it’s one about letting the tech you love go. And not climbing into literal shit holes. Read More >>

The Best Smartphone For Every Need

“What’s the best smartphone?” It’s a question I hear at least once or twice a month. Read More >>

Why This iPhone 6 Costs More Than £34,000 [Updated]

What appears to be an iPhone 6 prototype popped up yesterday on eBay, and the current bid has already reached $7,100 (£4,865). [See updates below.] The seller, who describes the phone as “vintage,” said they bought it from a friend. It appears to be missing an FCC logo, serial number, and IMEI number: Read More >>

Time to Scrap Fixed Line Rental, Says Ed Vaizey

The UK's ISPs and phone companies are being summoned to the government's media office, where they will be asked to come up with methods and systems that might completely do away with the idea of paying a fixed line rental fee for a home telephone -- even if you never use it. Read More >>

Asus Zenfone Zoom Review: Taking a Closer Look at an Optical Zoom Phone

Your phone has been lying to you. Every time you zoom in to catch that perfect shot of that expensive gourmet burger you’re not actually zooming in. The software in your phone is really just cropping the image and blowing it up. To actually zoom your phone would need an optical lens, but the theory is that optical lenses tend to be too big, too bulky, and too delicate for a phone. The Asus Zenfone Zoom puts that theory to the test – much like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom – by cramming a 3x optical zoom lens into a phone not much thicker than Asus’s budget-friendly Zenfone 2. Read More >>

TalkTalk Loses 100,000 Callers After Hacking Scandal

Phone operator TalkTalk has released its latest set of financial figures, in which it makes frequent reference to the "cyber attack" that saw masses of subscriber data made public. It estimates that around 95,000 people dropped their contracts due to the hack, with overall subscriber numbers falling by 101,000. Read More >>

Police Redirect Festive Calls to Confused Civilian’s Mobile

A comical number mix up saw a member of the public fielding Scottish police calls over the Christmas period, with the confused man apparently taking a total of 16 serious business calls to his mobile phone. Read More >>

Blackberry Venice Android Phone Must be Real – It’s on Someone’s Desk

The odd yet extremely interesting Blackberry Venice device has been photographed out in the real world, with a phone enthusiast placing it atop his whitest surface and taking photos of its intriguing curved display, pop-out physical keyboard and custom build of Google's Android OS. Read More >>