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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

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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.

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Do you have the oldest phone on giffgaff?

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

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

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Unlock BlackBerry free

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎27-02-2012 09:14 - last edited on ‎07-07-2014 18:32 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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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!

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Top Mobile & Tablet Stories Of The Week

by wsjudd on ‎26-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎18-03-2014 02:03 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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The Mobile World Congress is only a day away, and already dozens of big announcements have been made from the biggest smartphone and tablet makers in the business. No matter if you're a fan of Android, Apple or Windows Phone, you'll find something to be excited about in this week's headlines. Let's get right into it, starting with Apple.

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Best of 5 A Day [26th February]

by handy giff-staffer zobia22 ‎26-02-2012 16:24 - edited ‎14-08-2014 15:29

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Hi guys! Hope you're enjoying this sunny Sunday afternoon :smileyhappy: Here is 'best of 5 a day' chosen by you! 

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Nokia Lumia 710 review

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎25-02-2012 10:00 - last edited on ‎23-06-2014 14:04 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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The Nokia Lumia 710 is the second Windows Phone handset to launch in the UK. It offers many of the features of the Lumia 800.  Find out more and see a video review of the Lumia 710.

 

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5 a Day [24th February 2012]

by the_joseph on ‎24-02-2012 15:41 - last edited on ‎14-08-2014 15:30 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Fast Jets, fast bikes, awesome buildings and epic quotes.

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Friday Poll Results: Does the company you work for block social networking sites?

by the_joseph on ‎24-02-2012 11:43 - last edited on ‎14-08-2014 15:30 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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2 Weeks ago we asked you if the company you work for blocks social networking sites? 314 of you let us know.

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giffgaff.com update

by handy giff-staffer kimatgiffgaff on ‎23-02-2012 18:48 - last edited on ‎27-10-2014 10:28 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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It's been a few weeks since the last site update post. I apologise for that, we’ve been extremely busy with the launch of BlackBerry services, monitoring the site, spotting bugs and fixing them and of course planning our marketing activity for 2012! You probably have noticed a few the changes already,  the list below compiles the most important ones.

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App of the Week - Review of the Netcounter App (01-03-2012)

by wsjudd on ‎23-02-2012 09:00 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:32 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Recently we have seen an emergence of the Apps market. In the third quarter of 2011, more than 2.4 Billion Apps were downloaded. However are any of them any good? This is your weekly guide to the innovative, creative and productive Apps on the Android Marketplace.

 

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What is BBM?

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎20-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:33 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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What is BBM - BlackBerry Messenger, and why do we like it so much?  Find out about getting set-up on BBM and the benefits.

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5 a Day [19th February 2012]

by Community Manager on ‎19-02-2012 17:21 - last edited on ‎18-03-2014 01:56 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Surely you know the drill by now. No? Oh ok, well here's a load of exciting stuff from the internet. Enjoy!

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The Latest iPad 3 Rumours - Retina Display, Quad-Core, LTE & More

by wsjudd on ‎18-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎18-03-2014 01:56 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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The iPad 3 is one of the most highly anticipated gadget launches of the year, and of course the Apple rumour machine has been running non-stop since the iPad 2 was launched around this time last year. With multiple leaks over the last few days and weeks, it looks like we’ve now got a solid idea of what this tablet will look like – and it’s quite an upgrade over last year’s iPad.

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5 a day 17th February Best of the week

by tobias_b on ‎17-02-2012 13:56 - last edited on ‎18-03-2014 01:57 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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It's the end of the week (hooray!) and here is the best that the 5 a day has offered this week........

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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

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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.

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App of the Week - Review of the Advanced Task Killer

by cricpk on ‎16-02-2012 07:00 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:33 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Recently we have seen an emergence of the Apps market. In the third quarter of 2011, more than 2.4 Billion Apps were downloaded. However are any of them any good? 
This is your weekly guide to the innovative, creative and productive Apps on the Android Marketplace.

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎15-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎23-06-2014 14:11 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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The BlackBerry Bold 9790 - the latest addition to RIM's Bold range.  What do we think of the design and build, and how does the Bold 9790 compare to other BlackBerry handsets?  Find out here.

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Best Windows Phone apps

by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg on ‎13-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:36 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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It's been just over a year since Microsoft introduced the new Windows Phone operating system, with some great apps available from the Windows Marketplace.  However with 50,000 apps to choose from - where do you start?  Here's a review of our favourites.

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giffgaff 2 year infographic revisited

by the_joseph on ‎13-02-2012 11:34 - last edited on ‎19-08-2014 16:05 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Back in November, giffgaff turned two. To celebrate this fact one of our members, joshaw, created an infographic summarising these two years. See what we've done with it since.

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Top Mobile & Tablet Stories Of The Week

by wsjudd on ‎12-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎26-06-2014 15:41 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Good evening, giffgaff community members! It’s often hard to keep up with the flurry of news from the gadget world, so this article seeks to gather the biggest headlines in one easy place. To keep things simple, I’ve divided up the news into three parts, one for each of the major players: Android, Windows Phone and Apple. (Sorry, BlackBerry.) Let’s get right into it!

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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

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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.

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Best Windows Phone apps

by wsjudd on ‎10-02-2012 18:00 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:36 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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It's been just over a year since Microsoft introduced the new Windows Phone operating system, with some great apps available from the Windows Marketplace.  However with 50,000 apps to choose from - where do you start?  Here's a review of our favourites.

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Friday Poll Results 10/02/2012

by handy giff-staffer zobia22 ‎10-02-2012 11:17 - edited ‎19-08-2014 16:07

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Last week we asked you: 'how attached are you to your mobile number?' The top answer that most of you voted for is: 

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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

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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”.

 

 

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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

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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.

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'Unlock a phone, Unlock a chicken' is back.

by handy giff-staffer tom on ‎08-02-2012 10:15 - last edited on ‎27-10-2014 19:13 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Sometimes you need to let something speak for its self but before you click the play button... Last summer we ran a campaign called ‘Unlock a phone, Unlock a chicken‘. The campaign  not only gave people a splendid giffgaff SIM to pop in any unlocked mobile phone, but when the SIM was ordered through the campaigns Marketing channels, giffgaff would donate money to Wood Green, The Animals Charity...

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A round-up of the best free Photo Sharing Apps

by daisyw on ‎06-02-2012 12:16 - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 15:37 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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My name is Daisy, I am the new office manager here at giffgaff. I love my job, no day is the same and I get to be super busy which suits me just fine. It’s great being part of the team and I look forward to getting to know you all!

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5 A Day [5th of February]

by handy giff-staffer zobia22 ‎05-02-2012 15:46 - edited ‎18-03-2014 01:45

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Today's 5 a day is filled with some very cool social media statistics, a cute boy showing off his dancing skills and more! Oh, and if you haven't already, please vote for Vincent for the 'community manager of the year' awards. Click here to vote! 

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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

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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.

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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.

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5 a Day [3rd February 2012]

by Community Manager on ‎03-02-2012 17:11 - last edited on ‎18-03-2014 01:44 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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All this stuff is pretty cool in one way or another. Enjoy!

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Friday Poll Results 03/02/2012

by anthony_c on ‎03-02-2012 14:49 - last edited on ‎19-08-2014 16:07 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Last week's poll results are in!

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Life, The Universe and The Agent Team

by handy giff-staffer adele_s on ‎02-02-2012 15:31 - last edited on ‎27-10-2014 19:13 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

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Let me introduce myself as some of you will have already been chatting to me or in contact with me before now! My name is Adele, and I have recently joined giffgaff as the Member Services Delivery Manager - although I have been helping out in giffgaff for quite some time...

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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

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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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