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  • SSE logo Get FREE broadband for two years with SSE! Announced on 16 Apr 2015 Expires on 16 Sep 2015

    It’s not usually hard to find a free broadband deal here on Broadband Genie, but this new offer from SSE is one of the best we’ve ever seen. Sign up for a participating SSE Broadband deal...

  • Get a free superfast broadband installation for your business with the Broadband Voucher Scheme

    Do you have a small business that would benefit from faster broadband? Connecting Cambridgeshire's Livia Oldland explains how you could upgrade for free with the Broadband Voucher Scheme. Digital technology has revolutionised the way we work, shop and socialise, and never is that more apparant than at Christmas. Christmas 2014 was a busy time for for online retailers. A survey carried out...

    by Matt on 07 January 2015 1 Comment
  • The UK loves online shopping - 45% will do Christmas on the web

    As we saw from last week’s carnage the American tradition of Black Friday is now firmly entrenched in the UK. But this shopping frenzy isn’t just limited to scraps in the electronics aisles of supermarkets, online stores have also been attracting those who are after a calmer sort of bargain hunting, with big names like Amazon running week-long sales and the now-annual Cyber Monday signalling a...

    by Matt on 02 December 2014
  • Black Friday carnage on the web - Argos, Very and more topple under pressure

    By now you've probably seen the footage of fights breaking out over cheap electrical goods in supermarkets (top tip: Blaupunkt TVs are cheap all year round), but this absolute chaos isn't just restricted to the real world, it's also felled some web site operators who seem to have neglected to warn their sys admins to expect additional traffic.  Still, the web remains the best option...

    by Matt on 28 November 2014
  • iWatch revealed: the Apple Watch is here

    Ending years of speculation, Apple has announced its first wearable technology in the form of a high tech wrist watch. Imaginatively dubbed Apple Watch, it bears more than a passing resemblance to many existing smartwatches but also introduces a few new features of its own. With a square, full face display the design isn't a million miles from competing models like the Samsung Gear and LG...

    by Matt on 09 September 2014
  • Streaming showdown: Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick

    Smart TVs are becoming more popular with UK telly addicts according to OFCOM, which last year reported that 7 of households now had an all-singing and dancing net-connected set somewhere in their home. That’s still a relatively small number though. Despite indications that we’re upgrading our TVs more often the slightly higher cost of a smart TV may be putting off potential buyers. ...

    by Matt on 22 August 2014
  • Mobile Broadband Road Trip 2014 in detail

    We recently published the outcome of our 2014 Road Trip, a test of the UK’s mobile broadband providers which aims to put mobile internet under scrutiny in real-world conditions. The Awards page shows the key results in various categories so if you just want to see where each network ranked head over there, here we’re going to delve into a bit more detail about the testing and results. ...

    by Matt on 14 July 2014
  • Next-gen consoles and broadband: using the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 online

    It’s been eight years to the month since the Xbox 360 went on sale and heralded the start of a new generation of consoles. This was followed by the PlayStation 3 a year later in November 2006 (or March ‘07 for us in the EU, the slackers).  That’s not a bad run, especially when the first Xbox only lasted around five years, but developers have about reached the limit of what...

    by Matt on 21 November 2013 1 Comment
  • The Wi-Fi Journey: public wireless hotspots vs mobile broadband

    The UK's mobile networks spent billions at last year's spectrum auction to bag a share of the frequencies allocated for 4G services. But an executive at one leading hotspot provider claims this might have been a waste of money: that public Wi-Fi is so widespread and so good mobile broadband has been rendered obsolete. It’s a bold claim, and one we couldn’t allow to go unchallenged,...

    by Matt on 20 November 2013 1 Comment
  • Guest post: 5 things to consider when getting broadband in a rented property

    Considering its importance to modern life, internet access is all too often overlooked by people hunting for a new home to rent. So here are 5 things that we think you should always consider when it comes to getting broadband in your new property. Long contracts Many broadband contracts (and many of the best deals) extend for a minimum of 12 or 24 months, which can often be longer than the term...

    22 October 2013