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GiffGaff. One of the biggest things in my life lately.
In this review I will attempt to cover every aspect of GiffGaff which will in the end make you most likely fall in love with it - as it is (in my opinion and that of many others) the best Network in the UK.
(inbox me if you want a sim card with £5 free credit on it)
******** What Is It **********
GiffGaff is a Pay as you go, mobile phone, network set up on 25th November 2009 less than two years ago.
GiffGaff's selling point is literally its outstanding prices and cheap rates.
Here is what they say on their homepage: We're a SIM only, pay as you go mobile provider. But we're not like those big mobile companies because we keep our costs low and pass on the savings to our members..
And this review will tell you why!
******** What Can you get? *********
You can top up with an O2 voucher, a GiffGaff voucher, debit card or payback (i'll explain about O2 and payback shortly)
If you decide to top up and keep your credit as airtime which you can use on anything the prices are as follows:
UK calls 8p (per minute)
UK Texts 4p (including landlines)
Voicemail 8p (per call)
This alone is pretty good... Now the fun begins..
GiffGaff has a fairly unique selling point; its 'goody bags'. If you buy a goodybag (from your balance/credit airtime) Which means you pay one thing and get to have the goodybags content for a month from when you buy it.
£5 Goodybag will get you - Unlimited texts (and until they sort out their internet prices on 4th April 100mb internet per day)
£5 'hokey cokey' - get 60 UK mins, 300 texts and an extra free minute for every minute you get called (by someone on another network)
£10 (most popular) - 250 UK mins, Unlimited texts, Unlimited Internet Data usage.
£15 - 400 UK mins, Unlimited texts, Unlimited Internet Data usage.
£20 - 600 UK mins, Unlimited texts, Unlimited Internet Data usage.
£25 - 1,500 UK mins, Unlimited texts, Unlimited Internet Data usage.
Perhaps I forgot to mention that all GiffGaffers get free texts and calls to other GiffGaff members ( A great incentive to get someone to join - i.e. the girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband - whatever you've got going on ;) - and another incentive which i'll tell you about in a minute). This is available provided you top up atleast £10 once every 3 months (so the system isn't abused).
As you can see that is truly outstanding rates. For £10 month unlimited internet, texts and 250 UK mins is simply unheard of. Most sim only contracts (that tie you down for 12 months) would offer you at most 200 UK mins, 100mb data and unlimited texts - let alone free texts and calls to other members of that company. The savings at GiffGaff are amazing... and thats just the beginning...
(further detail and comparisons can be seen here: http://giffgaff.com/index/pricing)
****** Community *******
I've been with GiffGaff since November 2010 - And I seriously don't regret it... I was drawn in by the rates and soon discovered the amazing payback you get from GiffGaff. Yes GiffGaff pay their customers. This is because GiffGaff is soley looking to give people cheap rates, it can do this by rewarding customers for doing (a much better job) at running the service then anyone else... We 'GiffGaffers' basically run the company. The head of GiffGaff is contactable with a message, you never feel tossed aside or unwanted.
GiffGaff offer you £5 for every person you get to activate a sim and the person being recruited also gets £5 free airtime. So say you get 4 recruits in one month you've got £20 (which can be paid back to you in the payout sessions in June and December).. So thats one way in which you are rewarded...
The other is via the lovely GiffGaff community.
GiffGaff don't have a call centre - now before you get nostalgic, think, you're last call centre... did it involve you being put on hold for what seemed forever, did the people not understand you're problem, could you barely understand them because it was a foreign call centre, was it a massive stress that at the end of the day could have been resolved much easierly then having to constantly state and spell your name, postcode date of birth etc. etc.!!! GiffGaff deals with customers problems in one of two ways.. Which are quite intertwined.. 'The community' full of people that know GiffGaff inside out (such as me ;D) that race to be the first person to solve you're question. You will, without a doubt get an immediate response with customer service the likes of you'll never have seen before. This is because GiffGaff gives the people answering your questions rewards (payback).. If you have a problem related or non-related i assure you the giffgaff community will most likely solve it... If its anything technical and account related their is a specialist team of people 'called agents' who you can ask help with anything such as porting your number over, or Data bar, age verification etc.
Not only is the response time, knowledge and answer unbeatable - but the people on the GiffGaff community are actually just genuine nice people that you soon get to know. You can have a real conversation with one of the corporate heads of GiffGaff - and he is a nice cheery ginger fellow :P ... They even have little games in the off topic section, if you ever get bored....
The Community's payback is sectioned into bands at the end of every month of how much you helped and contributed with the top end usually recieving about £22.50 per month... every 6 months they payout about £160,000 to their GiffGaff customers!
****** How is it run by us? *********
I said its run by the users because you can literally suggest any ideas that will be reviewed by the GiffGaff team and if it is good it will be implemented... People can show support for ideas and comments by giving 'kudos' another nice aspect of the community.
******** GiffGaff Radio !? ********
Recently they've even started a giffgaff radio !! What other mobile company as its own radio for users to use?
******** What's the signal like? ************
GiffGaff runs off O2's signal - meaning it has the same coverage as O2 and Tesco Mobile (also running off O2). The signal for both 3G and normal signal is therefore Very very good as O2 is renowned for it's great signal coverage. You can check the signal coverage in your area by visiting http://status.o2.co.uk/ and entering you're postcode.
******** Its a fairly new/small company... Is it viable? *************
Many people have asked this and yes, it is currently on a 5 year contract with O2 and has done brilliantly throughout its first year and 4 months. At the end of the contract they may renew their contract with O2 or who knows what - but atleast for 3 years it will be going strong - and most definitely only get better afterwards..
******* 4G ********
4g is the 4th generation of mobile internet that will bring us AMAZING speeds of internet. No one is definite whether GiffGaff will get it when it is introduced (Soon!!) however it is possible as O2 are already looking into and given that GiffGaff are running off O2's signal it looks quite likely... 4G's requirements are for high mobility (Trains cars etc) 100mps (twice my BT broadband wifi at the moment!!) and for lo-mobility (pedestrians etc.) 1Gps. In case you're curious Mps = Megabit per second, Gps = Gigabit per second...
This kind of download and upload speed will have amazing impacts on our life - with the increase of smartphones these days ... Its gonna be crazy!!!
********* Will Goody Bags change? ***********
Its likely they will be improved - made cheaper, as and when they physically can. They also love to hear ideas and deals and often create this temporary goodybags such as the Hokey Cokey goodybag from the 'GiffGaff labs' where they experiment with new ideas to see what people prefer !!!
If you're stuck for ways to get recruits you can even do what I do, sell phones on ebay with the giffgaff sim. its add value (£5 on it) and gives you a fiver !!!
So as you can see, it truly is something remarkable. I personally aim to buy a nice phone in June when i aim to have £120+ and would like to get the ZTE Skate!!! (I'm a bit of a mobile phone nerd) and so I hope that you decide to join the growing company that is GiffGaff and if you would like to join now please do so via this link:
So remember if you want one... Send me a private message
And get £5 free credit when you join ! :D
Please read about what a hardsell is before leaving negative ratings:
'Zingolo, zingolo, ah-many-yama-ya'. Or something equally as incomprehensible. An advert for chocolate in which they don't speak English is... interesting, to say the least.
Imagine the absurdity of a giant floating head that randomly appears from a garage and begins to sing, dance and throw giant living cocoa beans around what appears to be a relatively poor town in Ghana.
Perhaps this aims to make Ghanaians proud of their country and shed light onto those who actually produce the chocolate - whilst perhaps trying to add entertainment by making a famous Ghanaian then fall out the sky and start singing - which everyone appears to know all the words too and dance in synchronisation. However at no point do you see any of the necessary equipment, engineering or sound system that would be required for something of this kind. Also, we are led to believe all these people wouldn't have more pressing issues to attend to - and therefore start to dance and sing out of the blue. In reality this advert consists of a bunch of Africans being filmed whilst they shake their lips and dance - if you can call it that.
At this point I must mention this just the shortened version. They also created a full length version of this completely irrelevant advert which manages to contain even more irrelevance. They managed to add a second 'storyline' in which a man is painting another man to make it seem as though he is flying on a dragon. But Fear not, for if you - like ever other normal human being do not like the longer version you can buy the shortened version on iTunes - yes you get to pay for something you probably don't want to see, but occasionally suffer when it comes on TV.
In all honesty the only good thing about this advert is that, after managing to watch the whole thing through, I discovered that this advert is intended to represent Cadbury's become fairtrade - easily missed if you are too intrigued by the bald fat man in a bright red t-shirt making silly faces.
And so in conclusion, Cadburys have yet again successfully managed to produce an advert with little or no relevance to what they sell - unhealthy and generally overpriced chocolate bars.
I've just written a review on the Logitech webcam we first bought... After finding out that that was a complete waste of time and money, we got this. At the time 1.3 megapixels was actually regarded as quite good.
OW, IM BLIND. the flash is so ridicolously powerful, that you simply cannot use this in a dark environment.
however this isn't as bad as the other webcam because it has a very strong clip that will stop it from falling of the top of any screen - however you may worry it will scatch it somehow and contemplate not using it after all...
My judgement.. again its camera isn't very good or clear, you really need a much better webcam if you're gonna attempt to video call, a glitchy, pixelated and unclear image isn't nice - it fustrates the other person trying to see you and you might aswell have just saved that £10 you wasted, yet again on a webcam.
If you're looking for a webcam let me tell you what you need/want.
something easy to set up.
Something that plugs in and installs almost instantly.
Something that won't take up much space.
And most importantly something that will take great videos and pictures so you can video call with those you love, or just have fun meeting people on sites such as chatroulette (however i warn you the majority of 'people' are just penises)
One day I went to my dads office and there was this webcam - i thought 'cool' we can skype our italian relatives (in italy). We tried it out, and... Fail.
The picture quality is rubbish. It takes ages to install and requires a disc (which we lost). Its almost impossible to get it to stay in place (especially on laptops that move around). And has had more glitches and problems then i care for.
I regret, on behalf of my father, to take the cheaper option. Nowadays you can easily find something of an amazing quality, with High Definition recording and clear microphone for under £100. There is no price on being able to see your own family.
As if that wasn't enough if you're in a dark environment guess what DOESN'T have flash... this webcam
I tell you, its not worth the £7 or so, that you can get it for on ebay.
how would you fancy infinite books on one slim gadget.
the kindle is... like a a cheaper version of an iPad.. only it isn't touch screen... and can't do anything other than read books....
The kindle looks - kinda stupid, what with its buttons etc - for such a big screen it needs to be touch screen
it does connect to wi-fi... but it can only browse the 'kindle store' If you dont LOVE reading then this just isn't for you. meaning they've lost a LOT of potential buyers... And if you love books so much you might wanna read more than just 3,500 that you can store
If you want my advice get a San Francisco (i've reviewed it) Its on android - the best software, has a fair screen size, is TOUCH SCREEN - has the kindle app, and makes it easy to read books in a way the kindle has failed to do ... in bed... The San Francisco will also let you use it to browse the internet, make calls, SMS, emails take photos... loads of things the kindle cannot...
Best of all San Francisco is £90 from Argos, Kindle (without 3G - so you can only use it where you have wi-fi) is £111
I was got it for my Dad for his birthday- hence how i know so much about it.. totally not worth it
The only good thing about it is that its screen is easily viewed outside and gives no glare - but when are you gonna use it outside when most people pay less to get the wi-fi only version !
And in the UK theres hardly ever enough sun to even create a glare !!!
The first time these headphones came into my life, my mum had bought them at the airport in Dixons for about £60... after i finished laughing at her, I tried them, and they were amazing. Even on the plane - where you have SO much background noise - I heard the music impeccably.
So i decided to buy them off ebay for a tenner... and.. to say the least I wasn't pleased... I mean the headphones work great ! - but only when you press a button... :|
I've resulted to blue tack and an elastic band to hold the button down - and yes, now I hear the music really well, you can hear all elements of the music really clearly and you sound as if you're ... the music almost..
I was listening to Deadmau5 and it sounds amazing, you can hear the bass in perfect contrast to the synthesizers. Its really something amazing, and its not even as good as the real headphones.. So i truly reccomend you to buy the real ones and enjoy music the way it was intended to be made.
this is the keyboard that many of you will recognize if you've bought a computer (not laptop - obviously) from DELL within the last 5 years or so. Its design is... minimal and... odd. It functions perfectly well, it's pretty much just an average keyboard - has classic stand underneath to tilt it towards you, a fair long usb wire to plug into your tower and the best aspect of it - the keyboard.
nowadays people tend to prefer laptops - and many don't have a number pad, you will never know just how annoying it is until you've switched from a PC to a laptop. Its soooo much easier to use calculator and type numbers with a number pad - especially if you're keys don't light up on your laptop....
all in all its not very pleasing to the eye but it does the job perfectly, is fairly robust and you won't hit two keys at once by accident. Hard to clean, but thats never gonna change with a keyboard, and is long lasting. My keyboard on my PC has never broken, and i hit my keys quite hard.
If you're going to be 'modern' you might look to buy a keyboard with a 'sleep' button and all sorts, perhaps even a volume knob but again - thats just consumerism for you.. it works fine, be happy!
when buying shoes if you look for branded shoes and you see this you think.. ah Timberland..
Wrong, this is a budget version which costs a lot.
it has made the worst possible impression on me, it looks budget, but costs alot... to be succesful you're either budget and cost little, or look pricey and are pricey. No one wants to walk around with shoes that have reference to not 1, but 2 animals... CAT on the front and Caterpillar on the side.
These shoes are good if you're a lumberjack with more money then you can care for.. but im not.
They dont look as nice as timberlands, they're made of worse quality material and quite frankly i hate them.
I can't even call them cheap and nasty !! they're expensive and nasty.
The only reason i'd buy them was if i was going to use that REALLY hard toe bit to kick the founders of 'Caterpillar in their "sacrum"'
That means arse.
'since when do you get screens like this As part of the Dvd player
is what i said when we first got this.
we decided to splash out on this baby... I've got to be honest ... its a real beauty.. It's truly genius.. a 3" screen - its the size of an average phone. It plays Dvds has a great responsive 'knob' to toggle music, bass, treble, where music is played in the car, radio stations, tracks. This piece of gear really does encompass everything you could ever want and MUCH MUCH MUCH more .
it has an auxillary cable in case you want to play stuff from your own phone or ipod etc.
its called 'Ripspeed' probably related to just how quick it is... We have it in our Audi, and i assure you that if money isn't an issure you should DEFINETLY get this.
Car 'Radio' will never be the same after this. Trust me.
The iPad was meant to be great. the latest thing - it was meant to take the market by storm. And it kinda did - but only idiots.
I don't mean to be rude if you have one but really the best software to run off is by FAR android - look it up or in my review about the San Francisco phone..
ipad's only good feature is its massive screen. other than that it doesnt have flash player. doesnt have a usb port, doesnt have good sound quality, doesn't have a camera and is So simplistic it makes me wanna die.
I could sing all day about how unnecessary the iPad is - about how badly people have been sucked into consumerism and fooled into thinking this might actually be a good product !! i mean.. £400 for one with 16gb and you can only use it on wi-fi
Internet you already have to pay for. It sucks. It sucks BIG time
I've had several ipods in my time. Currently I have a 32gb Ipod touch - but i'll explain how i got to now later.
I bought this ipod from a friend about a few years ago for £30!! I couldn't have been more chuffed... It's a Great iPod. Its attractive, it is slim, it is generally nice to look at and feels great to hold. The iPod runs very smoothly and responds to your touch very well. It Has a suprisingly large display and is very simple to work but with lots of cool functions. It can play music, watch films, view photos, Play lots of great games - available to be bought on the itunes store, turn the ipod into your own alarm clock, use it as a calendar, a stop watch and much more.
ipods are the best thing to happen to apple... lets not lie.
So as i was saying, i was very pleased to have this ipod but then before i knew it - was walking around one day and i was mugged. Took my ipod and that was the end of a great bargain and a great product.. along with my phone :(
Since then i bought a 32gb ipod on ebay that was supposedly broken... fixed in 15 mins and saved £120 on that :D
I was recently introduced to this website called Grooveshark which in a nutshell is like iTunes but with an online (free) streaming library. Even more similar is Spotify - which you have to download, doesn't provide unlimited access and as adverts, we7.com which is online also but includes adverts between songs.
iTunes, Grooveshark Spotify all have one major drawback which is the music on their 'database' is limited, unlike youtube which is open to user uploads. iTunes charge artists to sell their music on iTunes - resulting in a lot of 'unknown' music to go amiss, and almost all unofficial songs and artists finding it harder to get known. Grooveshark has the most 'user uploaded' songs as it is quite easy to do that, but not many (young) artists even know about it - yet. And Spotify is the worst of the two, in my opinion. It has more adverts, only allows you to 5 hours per week, has a very limited music database - but on the upside a good Facebook Extension.
Ideally Grooveshark would become more famous, make its facebook extension easier to use and as good as Spotify's and keep its mobile application (Android and possibly Apple) which is actually pretty good to listen to music on :)
Grooveshark enables you to que songs, make playists, have music similar to the music you're listening to be played next and share all of this with other GrooveShark members. However you don't have to be a member of Grooveshark to listen to music. You don't get adverts. Theres no limit. And you don't have to download anything.
For these reasons, its clearly the best.
Where do i start! How about with, if you could capture the smell of heaven, compress it and sell it for roughly £1 you would most likely have something similar to Glade's 'warm vanilla' air freshner (and not just because the technology isn't advanced enough yet)
I've read other reviews in which people talk of its efficiency to clear the smell of smoke, dogs, the works. In this way i am able to fully review this product. However, I only have to use it to clean the air, which seems to work a treat - just like in the adverts where they promise it will actually clean the air, not just mask the smell. Making it one of the best products I've tried. However I've not only tested it in my house but down in the fish shop in which I work (great fish, if you're ever in Lambeth you should check it out :P) It is literally heavenly to get away from that overwhelming smell of fish and be rewarded with This - as it says - warm vanilla smell.
I've never been great at describing tastes or smells, so i shalln't delve into that realm too far, All I'm gonna say is, It is DEFINITELY worth a try... any of the glade range is really.
By the way, throughout i've referenced 'heaven' - i'm actually athiest, but the idea (paradise) is a perfect way to describe the product, hence my somewhat over usage.
Nintendo - debately one of the best things of my generation. We had the N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, gameboy advance, gameboy advance SP, wii, all the extensions of wii (the boards etc) along with Super Mario... most people of my age's favourite childhood game.
There was also the Nintendo DS... the Nintendo DS lite now the Nintendo DSi and soon the Nintendo 3DS...
The DS was actaully pretty good - although i was pretty loyal to gameboy and gamecube...
The DS lite was essentially an upgrade which was also a success, but then the DSi... exactly the same as a DS lite with a camera in which, to be fair, you can hardly see yourself, its so bad.
My point is, I really quite like Nintendo so i'm not just hating but this DSi - it doesn't cut it for me, an 'upgrade' has to be good to them to pass it off as something new and put it at a really high price. The idea was for kids to take pictures of themselves and add silly things to it and send it to their friends - But it fails to reach an older audience. Its silly and unnecessary, but for me the main problem is that its the Same as DS lite otherwise- which you can easily buy for £40...
------------------------------- A bit about DSi --------------------------
you are able to play against some one via Wi-fi (even if you don't have the same game, usually) and its really quite good fun, especially on those classics such as Mario Kart. On a school skiing trip when i was 14 the whole coach journey there (24 hours) was pretty much just 'download play' on DS Mario Kart - along with the average silliness expected from a bunch of kids.
you can play any DS, DS lite or DSi game... many good ones such as Brain Training, Sudoku and more!
You can go on the online shop and download 'cool things' - but you have to pay... I warn you, its a rip off
Lastly all DS' have 'pictochat' in which you can instant message with people nearby and draw pictures with the stylus.
My reccomendation, if you do buy a DS of any form invest in an RD4 card - it enables you to download any game for free, pretty neat, but illegal - i don't personally have one because i don't play DS enough to bother with one. and if you decide to get a DSi.. do get it in Black because it looks sleek and nice and you don't notice dirt and scratches as much as on the other coloured ones :)
Everybody loves some sort of biscuit, some are more picky than others, but everybody enjoys a nice biscuit. Whether it be with their tea, coffee, as dessert, with milk or just on their own - biscuits are delicious.
As part of the Sainsburys Basics range, they've made milk chocolate digestives, which like a lot of Sainsburys basics taste just the same as the expensive branded stuff such as 'McVities'.
Milk chocolate has always been one of my favourite digestive biscuits along with Rich Tea and a few others.
The way i see it, McVities do all the marketing, then you go to buy them - see the exact same thing for a fraction of the price and you buy that - so well done Sainsburys for that clever idea, as i personally don't like big brands being so rich etc.
Sainsburys also have a other biscuits in their basics range, with which you can make some lovely stuff... for example Bannoffe Pie (my favourite, i wrote a review on it) and much more.
To prove that there was no difference, and to have some fun, we once had a blind test with sainsburys basics pack of biscuits and McVities biscuits.
Perhaps you won't agree, but i personally cannot tell the difference between the two, they're both chocolate digestive biscuits and thats what i like - i don't eat the brand... do I?
If everyone wasn't afraid of looking cheap etc. These would be a lot more popular.