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Nokia Lumia Windows Phone: Reviewed and Compared to Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S

by kenlo on ‎29-11-2011 10:00 - last edited on ‎20-06-2014 16:53 by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg



Since Nokia announced in February that they would be moving to the Windows Phone platform, Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices have been eagerly awaited in the industry. The Nokia Lumia 800 finally launched in the UK this month and it’s been turning a lot of heads. But what is Windows Phone 7 actually like? How does the Nokia Lumia 800 compare to other top smartphones which run Android or iOS? Are there more devices to come in the Lumia family? Is it possible to use a Nokia Lumia device on giffgaff?


giffgaff turns two!

by vincent on ‎25-11-2011 12:31 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:32 by ayla_15

Today giffgaff turns a whole two years old! Hooray, hooray for all of us :smileyhappy:


Mobile Maps, Navigation Applications & How GPS, Wi-Fi, Network Positioning Works

by kenlo on ‎22-11-2011 12:00 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:33 by ayla_15

In our on-going series of articles about mobile technology, we’ve been looking at various different parts of your mobile phone and how they work. We’ve also been asking for your thoughts on which features you’d put in your ideal phone for giffgaff members. Would it have a hardware keyboard or a software keyboard? Would voice-control features such as Siri be an essential feature for you? Would you have a LCD display or an organic LED display? Would it run Android, iOS, Windows Phone or something else?


In this latest article, we look at location-based services and positioning technology. Many modern smartphones can determine your current location using GPS, wi-fi or the mobile network. These technologies allow you to use your phone to find local businesses or for navigation. But how do these technologies actually work? Is battery life a big worry with these technologies? How can mobile phones utilise your current location in order to become smarter?


Mobile payments - Is your Mobile Phone the future of Money

by rightmobilephone on ‎21-11-2011 08:06 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:34 by ayla_15

If you've ever tried to feed notes into a supermarket's automated checkout, found a dodgy pound coin in your change or lost a fortune on a night out, you'll know that cash isn't perfect. Wouldn't it be great if we could replace it with something more up-to-date? If that's what you're thinking, the giants of tech are thinking what you're thinking too. Thanks to Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, your mobile phone could be your wallet too.


10 things you didn't know about mobile phones

by zerodudex333 on ‎18-11-2011 12:58 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:35 by ayla_15

Mobile phones grow at such a rate, I find it quite surprising that the vast majority of users have no idea how they work - even when they use it every day!


Because of this mobile phone urban myths spread around all the time, some true and some far from the truth!


Here's 10 things you (probably) didn't know about mobile phones..



News about our launch of Blackberry.

by handy giff-staffer gaffer on ‎18-11-2011 12:25 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:36 by ayla_15

I mentioned in my blog on Tuesday that we’d be looking at the timing of our Blackberry launch given the website capacity problems we have been experiencing over the last few weeks. Our concern is that the demand for Blackberry could make matters worse if we launched when the site is less than perfect.


So we’ve conducted the review today and we’ve made a decision to delay the launch of Blackberry for a short time.


Unlock Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎16-11-2011 16:21 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 18:14 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Find out about Unlocking your Samsung Galaxy Mini and see how easy it is to apply giffgaff settings.


Recent Problems with giffgaff’s service.

by handy giff-staffer gaffer on ‎15-11-2011 12:06 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:38 by ayla_15

Over the last couple of weeks many of our members’ experience of giffgaff has been a long way below the standards they deserve. Our website has sometimes been slow with things like topping up and activation whilst in the background some of our processes such as applying queued goodybags haven’t completed successfully.


There has been a knock on impact on our member services team – they have seen a big increase in queries related to the above problems and as a result have taken longer than we’d like to work through all the replies.


So the purpose of this blog is to explain what's happened and what we're doing to put things right......


Your 5 a day {11th November}

by giffgaff Educator on ‎11-11-2011 16:16 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:38 by ayla_15

The one thing you need to do today is vote on the charity poll! Go - do it now and come back and see the oddness we have in store for you today.  


Friday Poll Results: Bonfire Night

by the_joseph on ‎11-11-2011 11:32 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:39 by ayla_15

This week we asked what you were doing, if anything, to celebrate the 5th of November - Bonfire night.


The results were explosive!


Nokia's new phones: a Windows win?

by rightmobilephone on ‎11-11-2011 08:36 - last edited on ‎20-06-2014 16:51 by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg



After months of speculation they're finally here: Nokia's first Windows Phone smartphones will go on sale on the 16th of November. The Lumia 800 isn't just a smartphone, though. It's the first shot in a new technology battle. Fed up with Apple and Android getting all the attention, Nokia and Microsoft want to be the Phone Kings once again.


A Brief History of Telecommunication part 3

by matt_bird on ‎10-11-2011 10:58 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:40 by ayla_15

Having already discussed the invention of the phone and the birth and growth of the networks, this week we look at the growth of the copper cable infrastructure in the US and at home.


Mobile Phone Displays: LCD vs Organic LED Displays

by kenlo on ‎09-11-2011 12:00 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:41 by ayla_15

In our on-going series of articles, we’d like to find out what the ideal mobile phone might look like if it were designed by giffgaff members. What kind of specifications would it have? Would it have a hardware keyboard or a software keyboard? Would voice-control features such as Siri be an essential feature for you?  Would it run Android, iOS, Windows Phone or something else?


In this latest article, we look at mobile display technology. As giffgaff members, you can make the most out of the multimedia features of your phone with unlimited data on our giffgaff goodybags. That means you can use your phone to watch YouTube videos, browse the latest photos from last night’s party on Facebook and to tweet your snaps from the front row of the concert. You can also use one of our SIMs in your tablet with a giffgaff gigabag. In order to get the best multimedia experience from your smartphone or tablet, you’ll want a sharp, vibrant and high-resolution display. We’d like to find out which type of display you prefer. Do you prefer LCD displays, organic LED (OLED) displays or something a bit different like an electronic ink display?


Ideas Board update

by vincent on ‎08-11-2011 15:24 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:42 by ayla_15

As most of you will know, at giffgaff we have a specific part on our boards dedicated to capturing your ideas. We work very hard with you to ensure the ideas people come up with are right for giffgaff and our community. And we continue to work to implement as many as we can. With the end of the year fast approaching and everyone looking forward to fireworks and snow we felt it would be a good time to have another look at the ideas board and what we've done in the last couple of months.


giffgaff community hits one million posts within two years

by vincent on ‎07-11-2011 15:51 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:44 by ayla_15

We've hit an amazing milestone together after just under two years of starting the giffgaff community. Together we've all contributed to the success of giffgaff and make this community what it is today. I've thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and long may it continue. I'm very excited as I can now reveal that last Monday the giffgaff community hit an amazing 1 million posts!
So this week we've been looking back at some of our favourite threads from the past two years to share with you. Enjoy ^^ 

Your 5 a day {4th November}

by giffgaff Educator on ‎04-11-2011 16:02 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:45 by ayla_15

Surfers being eaten by whales, laughing rats, child vs the world, pac ghostbusters and the science behind you going blind daily for 40 minutes. 


Friday Poll Results: Your favourite type of horror film?

by the_joseph on ‎04-11-2011 08:56 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:52 by ayla_15

With Halloween having passed, we asked you what your favourite type of horrow films were.


The results are spooky.


How to Build an App

by zerodudex333 on ‎02-11-2011 17:26 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:53 by ayla_15


Mobile apps and games have become very popular, and have helped to make some companies with innovative ideas a good income. 


But what makes a good app?


Learn some pointers byzerodudex333here..




A Brief History of Telecommunication part 2

by matt_bird on ‎01-11-2011 11:52 - last edited on ‎20-11-2012 22:54 by ayla_15

This week we look at the deployment and growth of mobile networks as we know them


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