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Goodbye Orange @EE, and hello @ThreeUK! #makeitright

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Goodbye Orange, and hello Three!

I’ve been with Orange for over 18 years, but times are changing, and I no longer feel it represents good value for money for me, and looking around at the other airtime mobile carriers, I think Three has all the features and more I need now.

  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • 30GB a month data allowance
  • WiFi Calling
  • 4G coverage at home, and at work.
  • Feel at Home destinations in 42 countries.
  • 4G Super Voice

and all this costs me less, than what I’ve been topping on Orange for many years!



I’m surprised how easily it was to port my old Orange number to Three, Orange just handed out the PAC code, and I entered it into the My3 application, and within 24 hours, it had been transferred to Three.



So if you have my existing mobile number it’s not changed it’s the same!

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Pokémon Challenge Google Maps: – I’m a Pokémon Master!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

You’ll need to watch the Pokémon Challenge Google Maps, to understand, and collect all 185 Pokémon!





PS The Challenge has ended, it was for 1st April 2014 only!

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$1,000,000 on The Simpsons: Tapped Out!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The first post of the New Year, so a Happy New Year 2014, and I hope it’s a Prosperous one for you….

Since my office colleague introduced me to the The Simpsons: Tapped Out!, I’ve been hooked…

Just collected $1,000,000, just wish it was real!


The Simpsons: Tapped Out!

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iPhone 5 DS Review

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

I’m going to purchase on of these…

the iPhone 5 DS

because it’s got all the features an iPhone user needs!

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Barclaycard! What is this PayTag crap?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It’s Friday, the end of the week, Bank Holiday Weekend, and I’m going to have a RANT!

In the post the other day I received this item from Barclaycard, it’s called a PayTag.


It’s a contact-less payment system,

the instructions state “Just snap off your PayTag sticker and remove the protection backing. Then, just stick it onto the back of your mobile”.

Hang on, lets just rewind there…..Then, just stick it onto the back of your mobile..

WHAT, Why would I stick this crap, on the back of my nice new shiny Nexus 4!

I do wonder if Barclaycard had surveyed it’s customer asking them if they wanted to stick this crap, on their new shiny “eye-candy” expensive mobile phone!

A comment from one colleague “why would I stick that on my phone worth a couple of hundred quid!”

Not very scientific, but I surveyed 6 colleagues in my department, ALL of which have just purchased new shiny mobile phones

  • Google Nexus 4 (4)
  • iPhone 5 (1)
  • White Nokia Lumia 920 (1)
  • HTC (something) (1)

Not one of the above people, after showing them the PayTag, wanted to stick this crap on their shiny new mobile phone!

My phone shares the same pocket as my wallet, so why would I not just get my wallet out with my Barclaycard!

Barclaycard, here’s a thought, why not just Develop an iPhone or Android App!

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Andy’s Google Nexus 4

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

time to move on…and enter the 21st Century

I already have an iPad1, Amazon Kindle Fire (which has a customized version of “Amazon Android”), I wanted something different, rather than a common iOS based iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.

enter the Google Nexus 4

So, I’ve recently purchased a Google Nexus 4.






(it’s also got the same name as the off-world Replicants in my favourite film!)

and the Nexus 4 is brilliant, time to cash in Apple shares!

I’m currently testing GiffGaff network based on O2, which at present (18 Feb 13), is the cheapest mobile network for truly Unlimited Data.

I usualy use Three (3) for my iPad, MiFi and laptops, but Three (3) is getting expensive.

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Andy’s Mobile Phone Collection and History (1992 – Almost Present!)

Monday, February 18th, 2013


This has been a blog, I’ve been working on for the last month, that has been marked as Draft, and I could not publish until now, because Lindsey also reads my blog, and this topic conceals a little secret!

These are most of the mobile phones I’ve owned and used. It’s a very modest collection of mobile phones compared to some mobile phone owners, that change phones every few months or years. – well I think so! (for a gadget minded, nerdy, IT Consultant!)

I first owned a Nokia 101, followed by a NEC P4, in 1992, (not displayed, they must be in a box somewhere), and then in 1994, purchased a Nokia 232 (far left in picture) from People’s Phone on the High Street. These were all GSM Analog phones.

In 1998, I upgraded to my first Digital phone which was a Nokia 5110, on Vodafone (not displayed, in another box!), later in 1999, I switched to Orange and purchased a Nokia 7110e (almost the Matrix phone!), one of the first WAP (Internet phones) using GPRS. Used Windows CE based Smartphones on O2 in 2004, with the XDA IIs and Windows Mobile 5 and 6 on the XDA Mini S, these were slow, small screens, had memory leaks, required daily reboots, and so I carried on using my faithful Nokia 7110e, in 2004, the students at a local school, use to mock me about the “brick of a phone I had”. In 2006, I needed a tri-band phone for holiday in Mexico/Cuba, so purchased a Nokia 6230i. I also acquired and tested a 3G phone, on Three’s Network, a LG U8120, and emergency phones I keep in the car the VX1.

So my current daily mobile phone is still a Nokia 6230i. (phone on the far right of picture)….until now…See Part II tomorrow.

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Andy goes for a long walk, and finds his Local Mobile Phone Masts!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Never a boring day, today I went searching for my nearest mobile phone masts. The only trouble was I could see them, but had a few difficulties, in finding the access road leading to the actual base transmitter mast sites. I left my car, and went walking up a hill, across fields, and found the base transmitter mast sites, took some photographs below of the sites, and then walked back down the access road from the site, only to find, it was miles from where I left my car. A lovely warm day, and fantastic views, across the Vale of York.

The O2 and T-Mobile transmitter sites, are just inside the Kilnwick Percy Golf Course, as you can see in the photographs, graffiti artists, have already “tagged” the site, it wasn’t me!

In one of the pictures below, I highlight with a red circle, where I live in the distance.

I found evidence of an O2 and T-Mobile transmitter mast, and a Vodafone transmitter but could not see any visible documentation, for mobile company 3. (Three). I suspect one of the antenna on the transmitter mast must belong to 3 (Three).

The reason for my visit, was to check, if I could “beam” a 2.4GHz WiFi signal back to my house, to check line of sight. I could, so I have clear line of sight to errect a new 16 dbi Yagi antenna, to improve my 3G UMTS/HSPDA signal, and improve and hopefully get a better download speed using wireless technology.

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Wired or Wireless, ADSL or 3G? that’s the question?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I’ve recently been running trails using 3G Wireless Internet with Celltime Provider Three and O2, you are probably thinking I’m as mad as a badger! (well once upon a time, I did study Electronic Communication Engineering, so I know a little about Radio Frequencies! – (thanks to Mum & Dad! for the funding!).

But check the results below, and this is with a -85 dBm signal (boffin speak for GOOD! or three bars good buddy! have you got your ears on!), using the internal antenna on a Option GlobalSurfer III (3G Router). I’ve recently noticed that Three have upgraded their transmitter to now support HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), well what does that load of gibberish mean, well other than the UMTS or 3G symbol changes to “H” on my phone or router. It means that rather than max speed of 3.6Mbps, the max speed could be 7.2MBps or 14.4MBps. Yes via Wireless!

At present I’m getting faster wireless speeds than wired!

Eclipse Internet Three 3G Internet
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by Three 3G speedtest by
Eclipse Internet ADSL pingtest by Three 3G pingtest by
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by Broadband Three 3G speedtest by Broadband
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by My Broadband Speed hree 3G speedtest by My Broadband Speed
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by Thinkbroadband Three 3G speedtest by Thinkbroadband

I generally use this 3G router, because when normal wired ADSL fails, it automatically fails back or fails over to 3G Wireless Internet, and after the recents drop outs and faults, I noticed my 3G wireless broadband was faster!

Option GlobalSurfer III 3G Network Router

Option GlobalSurfer III 3G Network Router

I need to complete some more calculations, and purchase a directional Yagi antenna, so I can get a stronger signal = more signal = more power = faster throughput and downloads! (does that sound like Captain Kirk to Scotty the Engineer – Give me more power! Scotty! )

Microwave Wireless Aerial or Twig!

Microwave Wireless Aerial or Twig on biscuit tin!

This aerial is not correct, the VSWR (sorry boffin alert) is too high, and not correctly matched at 3G frequencies! It reminds me of long ago with a DV27 on a biscuit tin!

I now understand, when I visited China, why they did not role out copper wires to peoples houses for telephones, they just jumped to wireless 2.5G communications (whilst the UK, was still using GSM! (2G)).

Well Good Buddy Signing Off!, 10-10.

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 10 – Andysworld Gift to you!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Currently experimenting with giffgaff Mobile phone network based on O2, because they have Unlimited Mobile Internet for £10 a month, which also includes 250 minutes of talk time, plus texts if you are interesting in Texting. Various Goody Bags (tariffs to select). And if you click the link, and Request a SIM, after activation you’ll get a fiver credited to your Account. (after top-up and registration).

See Tariffs


Get a free Giffgaff Sim

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