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Why buy a Dual-SIM Phone?

Why buy a Dual-SIM Phone?

What is a Dual SIM Phone and how does it work?

A Dual-SIM Smartphone is a single phone that can hold two SIM cards. This allows you to have two numbers and two identities at once, so you could make or receive calls and send or receive texts on either number and give each number only to people of your choosing. If you’re already on the line on one SIM, and another call comes through on the other SIM, you can choose to put your first call on hold while you take the second or the second call will go to voicemail, ensuring you don’t miss a call. Dual-SIM devices feature a SIM Manager, so you can decide various capabilities such as which is your main SIM and manage data usage separately. The SIM’s can also have different call and text rates.

What are the benefits?

  • Separate business and pleasureDual-SIM devices allow you to keep work and play separate with the potential for one SIM card for business and one for personal use. And you’ll be able to differentiate between work and personal calls before answering the phone. Better yet, you can get properly reimbursed for work calls with a clear line between personal and business expenses. 
  • Cheaper rates abroad Dual-SIM phones are highly useful for trips abroad as you’ll have the ability to put a local or travel SIM in one slot, that will match the country’s cheaper rates. 
  • More storageHaving two SIM cards means double the storage and the choice to store different content on each SIM, or to use one as a back-up.

What Dual SIM Phones are available?

Dual-SIM phones from the larger brands such as Sony, Motorola, LG and Huawei include the Sony Xperia E5, Motorola G4, LG X and Huawei G8.

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How to download iOS 10 & What’s new

How to download iOS 10 & What’s new

Apple’s new software update iOS 10, became available for download from the 13th September 2016. Here’s how you can get the update:

1) Firstly, back up your device via iTunes or iCloud. Below are the instructions for each:

Back up via iTunes:

  1. Make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  3. Choose File > Devices > Back up.
    If you’re using iTunes 10.7 or earlier, right-click the device and choose Backup Now.

Back up via iCloud:

  1. Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup. If you’re using iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
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  2. Make sure iCloud Backup is on.
  3. Tap Back Up Now.

2) The easiest way to update your device is to do so wirelessly, or ‘over air’. Plug your device into a power source or ensure you have over 50% battery and tap Settings > General > Software Update.

3) Tap “Download and Install” to download the update.

4) Tap Install when the download completes if you want to complete it now. Tap Later to install the update later. If your device is passcode enabled, it will ask you to enter the passcode before installing the update.

If you can’t update wirelessly, you can update via iTunes.

  1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Plug in your device to your computer.
  3. In iTunes, select your device.
  4. In the Summary pane, click “Check for Update.”
  5. Click “Download and Update.”

Tips:

  • Make sure your device has enough space for the new operating system, you can check this by  going to Settings > General > Usage to see how much space your content uses. If you’re running low on room, you can use iTunes to create space or remove content from your device.

Which Apple devices are compatible with iOS 10?

iPhone:iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus,

iPad: iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4.

iPod: iPod Touch 6th Gen.

What’s new?

Siri

The biggest change to Apple’s Siri – other than the fact it will be launched on Mac devices – is the opening to 3rd-party developers. This means you’ll be able to activate non-Apple apps and functions via voice control. For example, “WhatsApp Nancy that I’ll be five minutes late”. Supported apps include Slack, WhatsApp, Uber, Lyft, Shutterfly, Pinterest, Map My Run, RunKeeper and more.

QuickType & Multilingual typing

Apple has also brought Siri intelligence to the keyboard. Content cues are included to offer more suitable and relevant suggestions when typing. QuickType is also more proactive at bringing in data from other apps and offering it as part of your responses. For example, if someone asks where you are, it will offer your location as a suggested response; if someone asks for a person’s email address and iOS thinks it knows who that is, it will suggest the relevant contact details. There is also support for multilingual typing, so you’ll be able to type in two languages at the same time without having to switch between keyboards.

Messages

iOS 10 transforms the way you message on your iPhone. Allowing you to send messages with your own handwriting, send celebration messages such as “Happy Birthday!” or “Congratulations!” with animations that take over the screen and add personal touches such as fireballs, heartbeats, sketches and more. You can even slap stickers on top of bubbles or use them to dress up photos.

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Add a dramatic effect to your latest news with ‘Invisible Ink’, that allows you to hide a message or photo until your recipient swipes to reveal it. Further new updates include ‘Tapback’, allowing you to send one of six responses including a heart, exclamation mark, haha and a thumbs up. And as you type your iPhone will make automatic suggestions for emojis based on what you’re saying, you’ll then be able to replace a word with an emoji with a tap. Finally, you can now easily access your favourite apps to create and share content, make payments and more directly from the iMessages app.

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Safari

Previously in iOS 9, Apple’s mobile browser Safari allowed you to have 36 tabs open, iOS 10 allows you to have an unlimited amount of open tabs and will give you the option to close all tabs at once, rather than having to individually go through each one.

Photos

iOS 10 also gives you the ability to get more from your snaps with upgrades to the Photos app. You can rediscover your favourite and forgotten occasions from your photo library by automatically surfacing them in Memories. Memories scans all of your photos and videos and finds your favourite events, trips and people. There’s also a new Memory Movie function that transforms your pictures into a mini video that can be instantly edited. Apple has also included new facial recognition technology within the app, making it easier to find pictures of your friends and family.

If you have an iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE or 9.7″ iPad Pro, you have the option to take RAW images through the rear-facing camera, allowing you to capture a much higher level of detail, useful for those looking to professionally edit photos. However, these files will of course be much larger in size.

Music

iOS 10 also brings a whole new design to Apple Music, including a simplified menu with Library, For You, Browse and Radio tabs all in a easy to find area of the app. The ‘For You’ section recommends new songs for you every day, while the major visual design will include onscreen lyrics for some songs. Better still, whilst taking Live Photos, your music will continue playing, allowing you to enjoy uninterrupted music sessions.

Maps

Apple Maps can now take reservations, allowing you to book a table through apps like OpenTable and a ride with Uber – without having to leave the Maps app. Maps is even able to proactively deliver directions based on where you’re most likely to head off to next, based on your personal routine or the appointments in your calendar. Once your route is planned, Maps will be able to search along the route for the closest petrol stations, restaurants and coffee shops, and provide an estimate of how the stop will impact the length of your trip.

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Better yet, if you have a car with CarPlay, iOS 10 can remember where you parked your car, first discovered by 9to5Mac, Apple Maps will now know when you disconnect your iOS device with your phone from the car’s Bluetooth. You’ll receive directions back to your vehicle and have the ability to edit the location of your parked car with an updated location and add more context to the dropped pin, for example by adding the level or bay number.

News

Apple News have also benefited from a redesign, becoming cleaner and simpler. Subscriptions have been added into News, as well as ‘Breaking News’ notifications.

HomeKit & new Home app

Apple is getting serious about smart homes and the internet of things, and has launched a dedicated app, Home, for controlling all the appliances that are compatible with HomeKit. If you open up Home, you’ll see all your Home-Kit compatible accessories, no matter which company makes them, and you can easily control all of them from one Hub. Many of these feature 3D Touch shortcuts, for example, you can force-tap and slide on a dimmer app to adjust lighting levels.

Apple Home App

A favourite feature of Home is ‘Scenes’ which is effectively a pre-customised set of adjustments across a range of accessories that you can activate with a single tap or Siri command. In Apple’s demo, the user is getting ready for bed and taps a button in Home labelled ‘Goodnight’. This invokes an entire raft of smart-home instructions: it locks the door, adjusts the thermostat, draws the curtains and so on. Similarly, there could be a ‘Good morning Siri’ command that gets your home ready for the day. Home will be built into iOS’s Control Centre, and Home notifications will be interactive – Apple demonstrated a door notification that can be 3D Touched, bringing up a live feed of the door camera and the ability to unlock the door.

General redesign and user experience

Apple has unveiled Raise to Wake, which makes your iPhone light up, and go to the Home screen, when you simply lift it up. Onscreen notifications have also become more interactive, particularly as there are now lots of 3D Touch shortcuts that let you respond to notifications without leaving the lock screen. You can accept invitations, respond to messages and stay in a messages thread live, all on the lock screen. Or see live animated progress of your Uber driver after 3D touching an Uber notification. Finally, ‘Slide to Unlock’ will be removed and replaced with ‘Press home to open’. Doing so, will prompt you to enter your passcode or will unlock the phone if you use Touch ID.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours

Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours

Design

Since the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium paved the way for 4K phones, 2017 is expected to see a number of devices follow suit – including the Samsung Galaxy S8. The 4K screen would replace the previous QHD resolution panels, and certainly offer extraordinary levels of detail in both photo and video. The introduction of a 4K screen has looked even more likely since the Samsung Display at the Society for Information Display for virtual reality devices showcased a 5.5 ultra-high definition 4K display with a pixel density of 806ppi, in March. Further rumours include a curved display and a recent comment from Samsung Mobile President Dong-jin Koh claimed: “Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup.” So it’s likely that the S8 will have a far more exaggerated curve than the slightly curved back edge of the Galaxy S7. The metal and glass body is likely to stay the same however a completely new design is also possible.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours

Key Features

  • Improved camera
    Rumour has it, Samsung has been working a new camera, which will be between 18 and 24 megapixels, a hefty increase from the 12 megapixel camera featured in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models. It’s also expected that the camera will have a wide f/1.4 aperture, compared to the narrow f/1.7 aperture belonging to the S7. However, other rumours suggest that Samsung could introduce a dual-lens, as seen in the Huawei P9.
  • USB Type-C
    USB Type-C is capable of supplying far more power, up to 100W, compared to a conventional USB 2.0 connection at just 2.5W. It also supports different “protocols” which means you can have adaptors that can output other types of connections including HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, etc – from a single USB-C port. Given that the Galaxy Note 7 has USB Type-C it’s very likely the new S8 will too.
  • Snapdragon 830 processor
    The Snapdragon 830 isn’t official yet, but rumour has it, it’s the name of the next major flagship smartphone chip from Qualcomm. It’s likely to be faster, smaller and more efficient than the Snapdragon 820 – or at least those are all areas Qualcomm is likely to try and improve. That extra power will really come in handy if Samsung plans to put a 4K screen on the Galaxy S8 or use it for high-end VR content.
  • Further expected features:
    – 6GB RAM
    – Fingerprint scanner
    – Micro-SD card slot
    – Waterproof body

Release

If Samsung sticks to tradition, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 should launch in early 2017, most likely the day before the Mobile World Congress starts, with MWC 2017 set to kick off February 27th.

Everything you need to know about the new Apple iPhones

Everything you need to know about the new Apple iPhones

Design

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the first iPhone’s in history to feature a water and dust resistant enclosure, giving the new Apple flagships a whole new level of durability. While the new iPhone’s have certainly toughened up, the premium design has also been taken up a notch with an all-new beautiful black, featuring a matte finish and deep, high-gloss jet black. Keeping in line with last year’s models, the 7 has the same 4.7″ display as the 6S, and the 7 Plus has the same 5.5″ display as the 6S Plus. However the retina HD display is 25% brighter with a wider colour gamut and features 3D touch.Everything you need to know about the new Apple iPhones

Retina HD display is 25% brighter and features a wider colour gamut

Both models are constructed with 7000 series aluminium and are also available in Apple’s signature silver, gold and rose gold finishes. The home button has been re-designed to be more durable, more responsive and more pressure sensitive. Working in tandem with the new Taptic Engine, the advanced solid-state button gives you precise tactile feedback as you press. As before, the home button offers fingerprint Touch ID for secure unlocking and payments via Apple Pay.

Key features

The 12MP Apple camera has been updated in the iPhone 7 by adding optical image  stabilization, an ƒ/1.8 aperture, and a six-element lens to make it even better for shooting photos and videos in low light. The optical image stabilisation reduces blur associated with motion and handshake, while a sensor helps the lens counteract movement, allowing for 3x longer exposure than the previous 6s. While the larger aperture allows up to 50 percent more light onto the camera sensor than iPhone 6s and the four smart LEDs flash 50 percent brighter than iPhone 6s.Everything you need to know about the new Apple iPhones

“3x longer exposure compared to iPhone 6s,
50 percent more light onto the camera sensor than iPhone 6s,
Four smart LEDs flash 50 percent brighter than iPhone 6s.”

The new 7MP FaceTime camera has also been updated, so not only does it offer a higher resolution but it also uses wider colour capture. When it comes to the iPhone 7 Plus, it has the same 12MP wide-angle camera as the iPhone 7, but it also combines a second telephoto camera that shoots as one with the wide-angle camera. This means you’ll be able to take advantage of a higher quality zoom from farther away and an all-new depth of field effect.

The new iPhone’s feature Apple’s latest iOS 10, which includes updates to Siri, Messages, Safari, Maps, Music, Photos, News, HomeKit and QuickType and Multilingual typing, as well as a general re-design and improved user experience.

Click here for full information on all the new features in iOS 10

Apple iOS 10

Not only has Apple’s operating system been completely updated, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also feature the A10 Fusion chip which is 2x faster than the iPhone 6 and has the longest battery life ever in an iPhone.

Everything you need to know about the new Apple iPhones

When it comes to sound, the iPhone now comes with stereo speakers, for the first time, delivering two times the audio output of the iPhone 6S and increased dynamic range. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come with EarPods that have a Lightning connector. However if you’d still like to listen with your old headphones, you can do so by using a 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor which is also included in the box.

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Finally, Wi-Fi and Cellular have been improved to offer faster LTE with the best worldwide roaming. Offering you 3x faster LTE than the iPhone 6 at 450 Mbps for data downloads and with up to 25 bands of LTE you’ll have the best worldwide roaming available in a smartphone.

Spec overview

iPhone 7

  • 4.7″ Display
  • A10 Fusion Chip
  • 12MP Rear Camera
  • 7MP FaceTime Camera
  • 4K Video
  • Touch ID
  • Splash, water and dust resistant
iPhone 7 Plus

  • 5.5″ Display
  • A10 Fusion Chip
  • 12MP Rear Camera*
  • 7MP FaceTime Camera
  • 4K video
  • Touch ID
  • Splash, water and dust resistant

*with wide-angle & telephoto cameras

Availability

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be pre-ordered from September 9th and will be available from September 16th in Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. If you are a Callmaster Mobile customer and would like to apply for the waiting list, please click here or contact your account manager, phone: 01252 854352 or email sales@callmastermobile.co.uk.

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Exclusive six-month Apple Music trial with EE

Exclusive six-month Apple Music trial with EE

EE is the first UK operator to offer an exclusive six-month Apple music trial, which will be available from September 1st 2016 for new and upgrading customers taking out a pay-monthly or SIM-only plan. After the trial, customers will have the option to pay £9.99 per month for an individual membership, £14.99 per month for a family up to 6 people or £4.99 for a student membership. For those not on EE, a shorter 3 month free trial is available via the Apple website.

“We’re delighted to be the first UK operator to offer Apple Music, with its incredible catalogue of songs, playlists, and Beats 1 radio.” – EE CEO Marc Allera

Apple launched the music streaming service worldwide on June 30th and already has more than 15 million paying subscribers on-board. In an attempt to differentiate itself from competitors such as Spotify and Google Play Music, Apple has added exclusive content and Siri integration to Apple Music.

Exclusive six-month Apple Music trail with EE

When signed into Apple music as a non-member using your Apple ID, you’ll be able to view and follow artists on Connect – a blog platform that allows artists to share their posts, photos, videos, and tracks with subscribers, and love, comment and play Connect content, as well as listen to Beats 1 radio station – that broadcasts live to over 100 countries 24 hours a day. However as a member, you’ll be able to do all of that and; download music for offline listening, enjoy unlimited listening from the Apple Music library, add Apple Music content to your library, keep up to 100,000 songs in your iCloud music library and receive expert music suggestions.

Exclusive six-month Apple Music trail with EE

Apple’s Music service is compatible with the iPhone 4S and newer, iPad and Apple Watch running the latest iOS, PC’s and Mac’s running the latest iOS, vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay, Apple TV 4th Generation, Android devices OS 4.3 and up and Sonos. However it’s worth noting that voice control for Apple Music is not available on Android devices as it is run by Apple’s Siri.

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