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Rugged Mobile Phones for the Outdoors

by kenlo on ‎28-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎23-06-2014 14:04 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



If you work outdoors or you spend a lot of time taking part in outdoors activities and sports, you may prefer not to carry an expensive, top-of-the-range smartphone such as the iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus or Nokia Lumia. Although some of these top smartphones include chemically toughened glass such as Gorilla Glass which provides some protection against drops and scratches, they are still at risk of being damaged by dust particles or contact with water (for example during heavy rain or dropping your phone in the toilet!).


For people who want mobile phones which are protected against impact, dust and water, there are a class of “rugged” mobile devices. These devices are certified to be waterproof and dustproof and often feature specially designed glass displays which are guarded against the force of drops and impacts. These rugged handsets can either be used as a replacement for your primary phone or can be kept as a secondary phone purely for use when outdoors. In this article, we look at the range of rugged mobile devices available on the market. We also look at how to assess the level of protection they provide against the elements.


Do you have the oldest phone on giffgaff?

by naiha on ‎28-02-2012 16:51 - last edited on ‎27-10-2014 10:28 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



In honour of the Mobile World Congress which is happening this week...


Unlock BlackBerry free

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎27-02-2012 09:14 - last edited on ‎23-12-2014 22:53 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



Have you got a BlackBerry? Is it locked to one Network? Well thanks to one of our partners, you can now unlock your BlackBerry for free!


Android User Interfaces: HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz and others compared

by kenlo on ‎16-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎23-06-2014 14:05 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



Not all Android phones are created equal. Despite the fact that Android is now the most popular smartphone operating system in the world, there are some significant differences in the way that Android devices from different manufacturers look and work. Much of this is due to the user interface layer added to Android by smartphone manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.


In this article, we look at the most popular Android user interface layers: HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, Motorola’s MotoBlur and Sony Ericsson’s Timescape. We’ll also look at Google’s vision for the future design of Android and how you can customise your Android device with wallpapers, widgets and new skins.


Top 10 Budget Mobile Phones

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎11-02-2012 11:00 - last edited on ‎18-03-2014 01:49 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



Following on from our post a couple of weeks ago on the best mid-range phones comes our round up of ten of the best budget smartphones on the market right now. These are phones that can be had for around (or in most cases under) £100 and can do the basics. Perfect if you’re after a cheap phone primarily for calling and texting but wouldn’t mind seeing what other features and functions you can get on a shoestring. With giffgaff goodbags starting at £10 a month it’s never been cheaper to start using a smartphone.


Being a social business and customer service challenges

by handy giff-staffer clairekav on ‎09-02-2012 19:38 - last edited on ‎27-10-2014 10:28 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



Increasing use of social channels such as Facebook and twitter has changed the way customers interact with their service providers. Seeking a path of least resistance – no longer are people willing to wait at the end of the phone waiting for a customer service agent to pick up or searching through hundreds of pages of no so “Frequently asked questions”.




Mobile Chat and Instant Messaging Applications: BBM & Alternatives

by kenlo on ‎09-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:37 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



BlackBerry services launched here at giffgaff last week. For £3/month, you can add the BlackBerry add-on to your goodybag giving you full access to BlackBerry Messenger and other BlackBerry services. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the BlackBerry Messenger service. We’ll also look at some alternatives for owners of iPhone and Android smartphones such as WhatsApp, Google Talk, iMessage and Facebook Chat.


BlackBerry Curve 9360 review

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎05-02-2012 10:00 - last edited on ‎23-06-2014 14:07 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



Take a look at this short review of the BlackBerry Curve 9360.  Don't forget you can now get BlackBerry Services (BIS) with a BlackBerry Add-on for an extra £3 with giffgafff.




In the UK, our lives have been transformed by our mobile phones. Smartphones have given us access to the internet on-the-go and we’re increasingly using our phones for shopping, commerce, GPS navigation and more. Meanwhile, the development of international calling and roaming has made it possible for us to instantly get in touch with almost anyone in the world by dialling just a few digits – it doesn’t matter whether they’re in the Great Plains of America or at the summit of Everest. We can even communicate across linguistic barriers with some clever translation technologies.


Whilst mobile technology has led to some exciting social benefits here the UK, the social benefits of mobile technology in developing countries are even more exciting. Mobile phones have been found to be closely linked to economic growth and development in developing countries. Mobile technology is able to develop these social benefits by offering low cost and convenient access to mobile banking, health and educational services and by encouraging trade.


Blackberry...the wait is over.

by handy giff-staffer tom on ‎01-02-2012 12:49 - last edited on ‎27-10-2014 19:13 by handy giff-staffer zobia22



I’m really pleased to announce that from today you’ll be able to get Blackberry services on giffgaff.  You can now get a

Blackberry add on to your goodybag for an additional £3, which will give you access to full Blackberry services, such as BBM...

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