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Samsung Pay to be released in the UK by the end of this year

Samsung Pay to be released in the UK by the end of this year

Samsung Pay saw it’s first birthday on August 20th 2016 with more than 100 million unique transactions across seven different countries including South Korea, United States, China, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Puerto Rico and Brazil. And finally, it’s expected to be released in the UK by the end of this year.

How does Samsung Pay work?

Samsung Pay combines NFC and a new MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technology to allow you to make payments using your Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The pay system stores a digital copy of your credit or debit card on your phone in the form of a digital token – rather than the actual card details. Every payment you make creates a unique transaction token, so that your card cannot be cloned or stolen.

How do I use Samsung Pay?

Firstly you’ll need to download the free app from the Google Play store and add your credit or debit cards. From the home screen or lock screen, you swipe up from the bottom, running your finger over the fingerprint reader. From there you can choose which card you want to pay with, before tapping your card to the reader and completing the transaction.

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What are the compatible handsets and where can I use it?

Samsung Pay is available for use on the Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Active, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 handsets.

As Samsung Pay uses both NFC and MST technology, it should theoretically work in any shop with a contactless reader and be compatible whether the checkout terminal supports NFC or the traditional magstripe found on debit and credit cards. Although it’s yet to be announced which banks will be supported, it’s likely Samsung will court the same high street banks as Apple and Android Pay which include the Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, M&S, MBNA and Nationwide.

How to increase internal storage on your Android device

How to increase internal storage on your Android device

A new feature in Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow is called Adoptable storage, also known as Flex storage. This new feature allows you to use external storage on your device as internal storage, allowing you to buy a more affordable device with low internal storage and boost it cheaply by adding a micro-SD card.

How to use Adoptable storage

Firstly you’ll need to ensure that you have a device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a micro-SD card slot. Then head to Settings > Storage & USB, and tap on the MicroSD card. You’ll see the option to “format as internal”. Select this option and the process starts – please note that you’ll lose any current data on the card so it’s best you use a new card without any data that could be wiped. Once formatted, you’ll be given the option to migrate data from your phone to the new storage provided by the Micro-SD card, thus freeing up space on the original internal storage.How to increase internal storage on your Android device
If you want to know what is stored in each section, you can tap through and explore the contents, seeing what apps are living in which area. We recommend you use the biggest card you can for maximum benefit and also remember that you will not be able to hot swap it, as it will only work in the phone you set it up on. Finally, please note that once the storage has been ‘adopted’ it becomes part of the phone system and is no longer removable – if physically taken out apps and services will crash.

Compatible phones include

HTC One A9, Moto X Pure, LG G4 and LG V10. Unfortunately Samsung and LG have confirmed that the Galaxy S7 models and LG G5 will not support the feature.

Performance warning

Class 4 and Class 2 micro SD cards are not recommended for adopted internal storage usage as the performance of these cards is typically 10x slower than internal storage performance. Instead we recommend use of a high speed card such as UHS-1 type. High speed cards can be identified by the logos below:

How to increase internal storage on your Android device

Overall, we recommend internal storage for those who want to store large applications, games and data, plan to keep the card in the device and have the problem of storage constantly filling up. However portable storage is best if you frequently swap cards, use SD cards to transfer content between devices and rarely download large apps.

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BT & Nokia collaborate on 5G development

BT & Nokia collaborate on 5G development

5G will be the fifth generation of mobile network, and is expected to dramatically out-do the performance of the current 3G and 4G networks. In fact, Ericsson predict that 5G’s latency will be around one millisecond – un-perceivable to a human and about 50 times faster than 4G. Although it was estimated that 5G wouldn’t be rolled out until 2020 at the earliest, the collaboration between telecoms giant BT & mobile manufacturer Nokia may move 5G networks closer.

BT have agreed to work with Nokia on potential customer use cases for 5G technologies, the creation of 5G Proof of Concept (PoC) trials and the development of the emerging technology standards and equipment. The trials will focus on the technology enablers for 5G, as well potential commercial services including ultrafast mobile broadband, mission-critical services and the ‘Internet of Things’.

BT & Nokia collaborate on 5G development

“Our EE mobile business already boasts the biggest 4G network in the UK, which is set to cover 95% of the country by 2020. We will build on that foundation to develop the next generation of LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G services over the next few years. It’s still early days for 5G technology, but experience tells us that a collaborative approach is key to success.” – Howard Watson, CEO of BT Technology, Service & Operations.

Once 5G is up and running, it will be able to carry more data, at higher speeds, and will be able to move around obstacles, giving you greater coverage. 5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. Fast track to 2014 and Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second!

New EE Small Business Promotion has launched

New EE Small Business Promotion

EE’s promotional offer for small business’s has launched and will be running until the 15th September 2016. For just £38 per month on a 24 month plan, usually £52, you’ll be able to get your hands on a huge amount of 4G+ data – just like fibre, unlimited calls & texts and 180 minutes & 180 texts to and from the EU + USA. Saving you £14 per month and a total of £336 over the 24 months.

£38/month
25GB Double Speed 4GEE Data
Unlimited calls & texts
180 mins & 180 texts to and from the EU + USA

The 180 minutes & 180 texts to call and text to and from Europe & USA can be used for:

  • Calls/texts from UK abroad
  • Calls/texts from inclusive countries to inclusive countries
  • Calls/texts back to the UK while roaming in inclusive countries
  • Calls received while roaming
  • Calls to check Voicemail

The countries included are:
Europe (Andorra, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Bartholomew, St Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City) USA and US Virgin Islands

Please note: Latvia and Lithuania are NOT included

Tablet offer

You’ll also be able to get double data on 36 month plans versus 24 month plans, with the tablet also coming at a much lower monthly cost. The plan also includes a 500MB Roaming allowance per day in the EU, so you can keep doing business worry-free whether you’re at home or abroad.

EE Tablet

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Get in touch

If you’re interested in EE’s latest promotion or would like further information, please do not hestitate to get in touch, we are always more than happy to help.

Email: sales@callmastermobile.co.uk or Phone: 01252 854352.

Why choose CMM as your telecoms provider?

  • Personal service
    Take advantage of your own dedicated account manager, who will ensure you receive a telecoms strategy that is best for your business. With personalised guidance and advice on networks & tariffs, handset choices, data usage, insurance requirements, security issues, roaming costs, and more.
  • Free support from a UK based team
    From handsets to emails to billing, Callmaster Mobile provides free support throughout your entire contract and will manage all communication with your mobile provider – so you can say goodbye to call-centre style support.
  • Great value, competitive deals from any UK business mobile network
    Throughout the years, Callmaster Mobile has forged relationships with the major networks including EE, Vodafone and O2 to provide customers with great value deals on their business mobiles.

Moto G4 Review

Moto G4 Review

Budget Phone of the Year winner – TrustedReviews

Design

With a Full HD 5.5″ display, the front of the Moto G4 sports a minimalist design, free from branding and buttons of any sort, apart from a small silver-rimmed speaker opening at the top. And it’s not just the front that’s been stripped back, the G4 is the thinnest Moto G yet. When it comes to the back, the previous rigid back has been replaced by a soft-touch textured plastic for easy gripping. Like it’s predecessors, the back can be popped off and replaced with separately sold back-plates to offer you colour customisation. As well as a choice of 8 coloured backs, you can choose to have a dark moon or metallic silver front and frame, pick between a variety of 5 colours for the accent, add engraving to the back for just £5.00 extra and choose a personalised greeting that will appear whenever you re-start your device. Unfortunately, the G4 isn’t IPX7 water-resistant like the Moto G3, however a special coating ensures it is still splash-proof. Finally, the G4’s sim slot works with both a Micro and Nano card, allowing you to have two SIM plans or phone numbers in one phone.

Moto G4 Review

Chalk White, Raspberry, Lava Red, Pitch Black, Cobalt Blue, Foam, Dark Fig & Deep Sea Blue.

Features & specs

The G4 runs on an un-touched version of Android Marshmallow, with the objective of clutter-free, simplicity and faster performance. No duplicate apps, no bloatware, no skinned menus or superfluous features. Just Android the way Google designed it. Better yet, the G4 is more likely to get newer versions of Android – such as the latest Android Nougat, and security updates before other phones as it doesn’t need to be tweaked.  A few small additions however include ‘quick shake’ to open up the camera, a basic Help app, FM radio and you’ll be able to view your latest notifications and the time when you pick up the G4 thanks to a glowing display. The G4 also supports Marshmallow’s Adoptable Storage so you’ll be able to format the microSD card as internal storage. Meaning you could insert a 64GB card, and boost your 16GB to a whopping 80GB. Offering a huge improvement from the G3’s 8GB. You can also take advantage of free storage with Google photos, allowing you to stay automatically backed up and organised, and take advantage of two years of storage at original quality. When it comes to power, the G4’s battery is designed to give you a full day of power without needing to re-charge. You can also purchase the TurboPower™ charger for around £25 to give your Moto G up to 6 hours of power – from just 15 minutes of charging.

Specs at a glance

  • 5.5″ Full HD display
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 2GB Ram
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage – expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Dual-SIM available
  • H 153mm x W 76.6mm x D 7.9mm to 9.8mm
    Weight: 155g

Overview

While the G4 may lack a fingerprint scanner and NFC technology available in other flagship smartphones, there is no denying that the 4th gen Moto G offers impeccable value for money. With impressive speeds, a full HD display, powerful battery life and a 13MP camera, the G4 is an ideal money-saver, and really does out-do it’s budget rivals. For more information on the Moto G4 and information on SIM free and pay-monthly prices, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via Email: sales@callmastermobile.co.uk or Phone: 01252 854352.

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Apple phishing email

Apple phishing email

Various phishing schemes are being run by scammers posing as Apple, in an attempt to fraudulently acquire your personal information such as your account password or credit card information. The latest scam shown below is an iTunes purchase invoice:
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This link for ‘Report a Problem’ leads to the following page that requests your Apple ID information:

Apple report a problem

Even more deviously, the links at the top – ‘Store, Mac, iPhone, Watch, iPad, iPod, iTunes, Support’ – have been linked to the official Apple website, to give you a false sense of trust:

Apple Website Phishing

Unfortunately, these scammers are getting better and better at producing material that looks legitimate.

As a general rule, never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you can verify that the recipient is who they claim to be. In the case of Apple, we highly recommend you avoid using any links you receive in emails, and instead go directly to the official Apple site from your web browser and log in from there.

However, if you think the URL is legitimate and you click on the link, you can still check that it’s a trusted website and business. Modern browsers such as Safari 5, Firefox 7, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer 10 display the company name in green if the site has been issued an Extended Validation (EV) Certificate and is a legitimate website/business.

The iCloud service uses EV Certificates. Just look at the address bar in your web browser when you log in to iCloud.com. You will see “Apple, Inc.” displayed in green, so you know that the site is legitimately Apple:

Safari

Firefox

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are always more than happy to help: support@callmastermobile.co.uk 

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