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Things to Do in Ireland this July

Things to Do in Ireland July

Looking to have some fun in the sun with the family this July?

If so then you’ll be happy to know there’s lots of great things going on across Ireland this July including spectacular street festivals, outdoor activities in enchanting surroundings and more.

Alcatel Review Roundup

Alcatel Smartphone Roundup

On the hunt for a brand new smartphone but unsure which brand and device are the best option for your needs?

No matter what you’re looking for in a smartphone you’re bound to find it in one of the following Alcatel smartphones, all of which will be available to purchase online or from your local Tesco Mobile store in the very near future.

Best Photo Apps For Holiday Snaps

Photo Apps

Summer is officially underway and as a result many of us are starting to look forward to our well-deserved summer holidays.

Make sure you capture the magic of your summer holidays this year with these fantastic photo apps, all of which have been chosen specially for the summer season.

Best Podcast Apps in the World Today

Best Podcast Apps

With so many different podcast apps out there today, it can be a tough decision trying to decide which app is the right one for you.

Fear not however, as in today’s blog we’re taking a look at the very best podcast apps in the world today for iOS and Android devices.

Tesco Mobile’s Top Apps of April 2018

Tesco Mobile’s Top Apps of April 2018

Approximately 10,000 smartphone apps launch every day for iOS and Android devices, which is pretty amazing when you consider how the mobile app industry has existed for just ten years!

With so many apps released on a daily basis it can be a little tricky to stay abreast of the apps that deserve your attention, so we’ve put together a quick list of the best new apps of April to help you find your new favourite applications.

Some More Smartphone Security Tips

Some More Smartphone Security Tips

Smartphones are susceptible to a variety of security flaws and criminal attacks but with the right knowledge and the correct set of actions you can protect your device from most threats.

Our previous security blog covered the smartphone settings you can change to improve a device’s security and in today’s post we’re discussing some of the other steps you can take to make your device even more secure.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: The Best Camera Smartphone Yet?

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro is an incredible top-end smartphone fitted with one of the most impressive cameras we’ve ever seen in a smartphone.

Capable of producing stunning photographs and a wide variety of beautiful shots, the Huawei P20 Pro is highly recommended if you have an interest in smartphone photography.

Things to Do in Ireland This May

Things to in May Ireland

Looking for fun things for you and family to do during the month of May?

The last month in the season of spring will hopefully be a bit warmer than April and if the sun does decide to finally make appearance here a few fun events you should definitely attend.

The Latest Smartphone Rumour

The Latest Smartphone Rumour

If there’s one thing we love here at Tesco Mobile it’s a good smartphone rumour.

Five months into 2018 and we’ve already seen the release of the iPhone 8, Huawei P20 Lite and Sony Xperia XA2, but what other smartphones are rumoured to launch this year?

Sony Xperia XZ2: Sony’s Most Exciting Smartphone Yet

Sony’s Most Exciting Smartphone Yet

Sony Mobile recently revealed the hotly anticipated Sony Xperia XZ2, a flagship smartphone packed with impressive features and a seriously powerful camera.

It’s easily Sony’s most exciting smartphone yet and in today’s blog we’re going to breakdown the various features of this very cool device.

Tesco Mobile’s Top Apps of March 2018

Top Apps 2018

On the lookout for some new apps to spice up your smartphone?

Last month saw the debut of a whole host of fantastic new apps including IKEA’s super handy Place app, Lonely Planet’s social media platform for travellers and the mobile version of the immensely popular battle royale game Fortnite, so there’s definitely something for everyone on today’s list.

Apple is Working on a Foldable iPhone

Apple is Working on a Foldable iPhone

While there have been plenty of rumours over the years about a Samsung foldable smartphone, it now appears that tech giant Apple is working on its very own foldable device.

Apple’s foldable iPhone is expected to launch in 2020 as part of what will be a burgeoning foldable smartphone market and will really have to utilise some innovative features if it wants to stand out from the foldable crowd.

Smartphone Setting Tips to Improve Security

Smartphone Setting for Security

When it comes to protecting yourself and your family against cybercrime, it pays to spend some time learning about the best practices for safe smartphone use.

Some smart and simple setting changes can greatly increase the security of your smartphone, ensuring its contents and your data are protected against cybertheft and other malicious actions.

The following blog contains some very simple-to-implement smartphone setting changes that increase security and reduce the risk of cybercrime.

Keep Your Kids Safe with These Parental Control Apps

Keep Your Kids Safe with These Parental Control Apps

Keeping your kids safe on the internet can be a bit of a worrying task at times, especially if the youngsters in question have their own smartphone.

Smartphone owners seem to be getting younger every year, which is why it’s so important for parents to start off on the right foot and encourage safe smartphone usage.

This blog contains essential talking points parents should cover when discussing internet and smartphone safety with their kids plus some recommendations for parental control apps.

Things to Do in Ireland this April

Things to Do in Ireland this April

Spring has finally arrived and while the wet weather is still hanging around there are plenty of great things for you and the family to do during the month of April.

From the appetising West Waterford Festival of Food to the creative Accenture CoderDojo at the Silicon Docks, April is shaping up to be one of the most exciting months of 2018 yet.

The Best Reader Apps to Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

International Childrens Book Day

Did you know that Monday, 2nd of April, was International Children’s Book Day? An annual event aimed at encouraging children and young people to read, International Children’s Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to get your little ones reading more.

In honour of this very special event, we’ve rounded up a few of the most popular reader apps on the market so your kids can have access to inspirational books everywhere they go!

Here Comes the Xperia XA2

Sony Xperia XA2

The recently released Sony Xperia XA2 is a beautiful camera-centric smartphone that offers photography fans and filmmakers plenty of nifty features to play around with.

An ergonomic smartphone with an impressively durable body, the Sony Xperia XA2 is a welcome addition to Sony’s mighty line of Xperia devices and a must-have for snap happy people.

The Best Easter Events for Families

The Best Easter Events

Looking for something fun to do with the family this Easter Weekend?

No matter where you live in Ireland, there’s quite a few family orientated events scheduled for the Easter Weekend, so if you’re stuck for ideas simply read on for some handy inspiration.

Great New Apps for Smartphone Lovers

New Apps for Smartphone Lovers

One of the best things about being a smartphone user is the sheer volume of apps that are released for iOS and Android devices on a monthly basis.

We’ve scoured the internet for the cream of the crop of new apps for you to download, all of which are free-to-use and available to download today.

Places to Visit this March

Places to Visit in March

There are plenty of great places to visit in Ireland this March and we’ve rounded up some of our top choices for you and the family.

Fun Things to do During St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin

Fun Things to do During St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Festival is just around the corner and with it a host of fun-filled things for the whole family to do.

Running from Thursday, March 15th, until Sunday, March 18th, you’ll find lots of great events taking place right across Dublin, the very best of which we’ve rounded up in this blog!

6 Reasons to Switch to Tesco Mobile

6 Reasons to Switch to Tesco Mobile

If you’re thinking about moving network or are getting ready to purchase your very first smartphone, here are 6 reasons why you should join Tesco Mobile – Ireland’s Most Recommended Network.

The Best of Mobile World Congress 2018

Mobile World Congress 2018

Mobile World Congress 2018, the world’s premier showcase for upcoming smartphones and mobile technology, has closed its doors for another year.

Thankfully, this year’s event was just as jam-packed with amazing new devices as previous years, all of which are due to hit the market during the course of 2018.

Here Comes the Samsung Galaxy S9

The official launch of Samsung Galaxy S9 | Tesco Mobile Blog

This week saw the official launch of the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone and S9+ variant at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

Packed with innovative new features and a powerful new camera, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is all but guaranteed to be another incredibly popular smartphone and a massive hit for the South Korean electronics giant.

Introducing the Huawei P Smart: Entertainment with No Limits

Introducing the Huawei P Smart - Tesco Mobile

If you’re on the lookout for a cost-effective smartphone offering unrivalled entertainment and an impressive photography experience then you’ll be delighted to know that the Huawei P Smart has finally arrived on our shores.

This beautifully designed smartphone truly has something for everyone and is one of the most rewarding mid-range smartphones we’ve ever seen.

How to Choose the Right Smartphone Plan for You

The Best Apps for Cool Kids - Tesco Mobile

Here at Tesco Mobile we pride ourselves on offering our customers the very best smartphone plans in the land.

Whether you’re looking for a bill pay plan or a prepay plan, you’ll find exactly what you need and more at your local Tesco Mobile store.

The Best Apps for Cool Kids

The Best Apps for Cool Kids - Tesco Mobile

Apps can be a great source of entertainment and education for children but with so many apps out on the market it can be tough trying to decide which ones are worth your children’s time.

Fear not however as Tesco Mobile has you covered and our handy roundup of the best apps for cool kids will point you in the right direction towards the most recommended and rewarding children’s apps of 2018 so far.

The Best Apps for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Apps

Spoil that special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day with help from these three handy Valentine’s Day apps.

These wonderful little apps cover food and drink, places to stay and of course the all-important flower bouquet, and all three are free to download so you can tap your way to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day this year for less.

Things to Do in Ireland this February

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There are plenty of fun things for the whole family to do this February, so we’ve put together a quick list of some of the events taking place this month that have caught our eye.

From the return of an acclaimed international film festival to the celebration of one of Ireland’s most beloved cultural treasures, this February is truly shaping up to be something special.

2018’s Biggest Smartphone Rumours

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We're not long into 2018 and yet there’s already been plenty of chatter on the Internet about the secret smartphones rumoured to be in production that may see the light of day this year.

Apple, Samsung and Sony are all believed to be working on successors to some of their most popular smartphones, so let’s take a quick look at the most recent allegations to gauge which of these devices are likely to hit the market over the course of 2018.

Jargon Buster: Smartphone Videos

Smartphone Videos | Tesco Mobile Blog

Modern smartphones tend to come with a variety of video modes and styles for users to shoot with, offering them lots of control over the finished product.

In today’s Jargon Buster blog we’re taking a look at these modes and styles and how they impact your recordings.

Smartphone Trends of 2018

Smartphone Trends of 2018 | Tesco Mobile

2017 was another stellar year for smartphones and saw the introduction of some incredible new features including edge-to-edge displays, facial recognition security and slow motion video recording among others.

Most of 2018 will be spent perfecting the above features but we can also expect to see some newer smartphone trends taking centre stage, such as OLED displays and foldable smartphones.

Activities to keep you busy for the last weekend of Dry January

Dry January | Tesco Mobile

The first month of 2018 is coming to a close and with it the New Year’s tradition many Irish people have taken up in recent years: Dry January is almost over!

Dry January encourages social drinkers to give up alcohol for the first month of the year for the purpose of starting off the year healthy, happy and with a bit more money in their back pocket.

A Quick Guide to Wearables

Wearable technology – Tesco Mobile

Wearable technology (wearables) is a type of miniature computer that can be worn under, with or on top of your clothing.

Wearables are often similar in concept to the smartphone but offer less features and are typically designed for a specific purpose e.g. health and fitness tracking.

The Best Free Health and Fitness Apps of 2018

Free Health and Fitness Apps

Good news for people who made it their New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy in 2018: it’s never been easier to get fighting fit, and thanks to the below health and fitness apps you can do it for absolutely free!

Whether you’re just starting off on your fitness journey, looking for new tools to help you along the way towards those health and fitness goals or need some assistance with your diet, you’ll find there’s an app for you!

Highlights of CES 2018

Highlights of CES 2018

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing the latest and greatest technology products set to hit the market in the coming year.

As expected, this year’s CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center was jam-packed with some truly incredible tech products, the best of which we’ve gathered here!

Save Money this January with These Smart Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

The Christmas and New Year period is typically quite heavy on the wallet, so much so that many of us spend the month of January anxiously awaiting our first paycheck of the year!

January can be quite a dreary month due to the lack of funds but why not use this time wisely and start saving money for the year ahead?

Introducing Our Added Value ‘Do More’ Sim Only Plan!

'Do More' Sim Only plan

Great news for fans of serious money saving smartphone plans: our added value ‘Do More’ Sim Only plan is now live!

Designed to give you so much more for less, Tesco Mobile’s ‘do more’ Sim only plan is available for a limited time only running until 28/02/18.

Awesome Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Apps

They say there’s an app for everything and if you need help maintaining your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll be happy to know there is indeed an app for that.

Whether you want to lose weight, get fit or quit smoking, the following apps will help you stay on top of your New Year’s resolutions in 2018.

The Sweetest Santa Tracking Apps

Santa Tracking Apps

We’ve rounded up the very best Santa tracking apps for iOS and Android so you and the little ones can keep track of St. Nick ahead of the big day!

From the super cool official Google Santa Tracker to NORAD’s incredibly cute Santa tracker, these awesome apps will provide plenty of fun ahead of Father Christmas’s visit.

Samsung S8 vs iPhone 8: Who Wins this Christmas?

Samsung S8 or iPhone 8

Arguably the two biggest smartphones of 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Apple iPhone 8 are set to duke it out for the prestigious ‘Most Popular Smartphone of Christmas’ award.

Before you cast your vote in this most contentious competition, we invite you to review the facts of the matter in regards to this smartphone smackdown.

Huawei P10 Review

Huawei P10 Review

The Huawei P10 is an impressive smartphone that boasts a forward-thinking design and a pretty nifty dual-lens camera.

The ideal device for photography fans, the Huawei P10 is a fun and easy-to-use smartphone that represents Huawei at its best.

The Most Exciting Smartphone Releases of 2018

Smartphone Releases in 2018

If you thought 2017 was an amazing year for smartphones then you’ll be blown away by what’s on the cards for 2018.

From the long-rumoured Nokia 9 to Samsung’s mysterious foldable smartphone, we’re predicting 2018 to be the best year yet for smartphone releases.

Find the Perfect Smartphone this Christmas with Tesco Mobile

Perfect Smartphone for Christmas

When it comes to picking the perfect smartphone for friends, family or even yourself this Christmas, it pays to drop into your local Tesco Mobile store.

We’ve got an amazing selection of smartphones to choose from, and whether you’re looking for a smartphone with the latest tech or one for taking pictures or playing video games, you’ll find the perfect model at Tesco Mobile.

Awesome Christmas Countdown Apps

Christmas Countdown Apps

Keep up the festive cheer during the countdown to Christmas with these awesome (and free) Christmas countdown apps!

From a cute advent calendar countdown app that comes with daily mini-games to one that features a beautiful 3D Christmas tree, these countdown apps will keep your spirits up during the wait for the big day.

Top 10 Christmas Gadgets!

christmas gadgets

One of the best things about Christmas is, of course, seeing what crazy new gadgets have hit the market!

In honour of this timely tradition we’ve rounded up the top 10 coolest gadgets of Christmas 2017.

Get Ready for The Late Late Toy Show!

The Late Late Toy Show

This year’s The Late Late Toy Show takes place this Friday, December 1st, at 9:35pm on RTÉ One!

The Late Late Toy Show is one of the biggest TV events of the year and something of a cultural institution here in Ireland: it was watched by a whopping 1.4 million people last year!

How Much Data Do You Need?

Smartphone Data Explained

Are you unsure of how much data you need for your smartphone on a monthly basis? Are you having difficulty understanding how your data allowance is calculated? Perhaps you’re unsure how much data your favourite apps and services use? Fear not however, as in today’s highly informative blog we’re breaking down smartphone data byte by byte so you can quickly get clued-up on this all-important topic!

Ireland’s Most Spectacular Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets in Ireland

Ireland is home to some pretty spectacular Christmas markets, all of which are jam-packed with stalls selling everything from our favourite festive foods to incredible Christmas gifts.

Ireland’s Christmas markets are truly special and a guaranteed fun-filled day out for the whole family, and we’ve rounded up our very favourite Christmas markets from across the country.

Tesco Mobile’s 14 Day Sale Bonanza!

Tesco Mobile Stores

To celebrate the start of Tesco Mobile’s 14 Day Sale, we’ve rounded up the amazing offers available from today until November 29th.

Yes that’s right, you’ve got a whole two weeks to avail of these incredible bill pay and pay as you go offers, but please be advised that all offers are available only while stocks last.

Christmas on Ice Returns!

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Dundrum on Ice, Dublin’s premier ice skating experience, has returned to the Dundrum Town Centre!

From now until January 14th, Dubliners can enjoy the 500m² of cool, crisp ice from the highest quality seasonal ice skating experience available in the city.

Jargon Buster: Smartphone Cameras

Jargon Buster: Smartphone Cameras

Today’s smartphone cameras are powerful little devices capable of taking truly stunning shots and replicating the same kind of photo quality you’d typically find in high-end cameras. However, smartphone camera jargon can be a little confusing, so in today’s blog we’re going to run through the most common smartphone camera terms so you know exactly what to look for when purchasing a new smartphone.

Spooktacular Halloween Games!

Halloween Recipes Apps

Today is the most spooktacular day of the year; Halloween has finally arrived! There’s nothing quite like a Halloween fancy dress party, and whether you’re entertaining children or adults on this most haunted of days you’re guaranteed to be a hit with the zombies next door if your party features these frightfully fun Halloween games!

The Spookiest Halloween Apps!

Halloween Recipes Apps

Halloween is an excellent opportunity for mums and dads to show off their cooking skills, and to help ensure your family has the best Halloween ever we’ve stalked through the Internet to find the very best Halloween recipe apps you and your kids can download today!

The Spookiest Halloween Apps!

Halloween Apps

Readers beware you’re in for a scare as today’s blog rounds up some of the spookiest Halloween apps for iOS and Android devices! From creepy stickers to eerie soundboards, our spooky Halloween app has everything you need to turn your smartphone into the ultimate scare machine!

Jargon Buster: Operating Systems Part 2

Smartphone Operating System

Welcome to the second part of our Jargon Buster blog on smartphone operating systems. In part 1, we covered the basics of smartphone operating systems, and in this entry we’ll be taking a look at the two biggest operating systems of today.

Samsung’s Foldable Smartphone Out 2018

Samsung’s Foldable Smartphone

Earlier this month, Samsung CEO DJ Koh confirmed that the South Korean company would finally be releasing one of the company’s most anticipated products next year, a foldable smartphone. Samsung has been working on a foldable smartphone for some time and first showed off a prototype of such a device all the way back in 2011.

Jargon Buster: Operating Systems Part 1

Smartphone Operating System

A smartphone’s operating system, in a sense, can be regarded as the phone’s ‘brain’. The operating system, or OS, is the software responsible for managing and running your smartphone, similar to how a PC may run on Windows or an Apple computer runs on iOS.

Tesco Mobile Ranked No. 1 in Latest CXI Report

Tesco Mobile CXi

The CXi Ireland Customer Experience Report is an annual report which ranks businesses from all over the country based on their dedication to providing the very best services and customer support. We’re delighted to announce that Tesco Mobile Ireland has ranked number 1 in the Telecoms Sector.

Alcatel Idol 5 Review

Alcatel Idol 5 Review

The Alcatel Idol 5 is the definition of a cost-effective yet competent smartphone, offering users access to lots of great features typically found in high-end smartphones. This smartphone, coming soon to Tesco Mobile is definitely one for social media fans and budding phone photographers and comes with some pretty nifty additions.

Getting to Grips with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Apps to make Life less Complicated

The recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an incredible device and a must-have for any true smartphone aficionado.

Boasting an unrivalled 6.3-inch display, excellent front and rear cameras and the pretty handy S Pen stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is at the cutting edge of smartphone technology.

Life’s Complicated 3 Apps for Simpler Living

Apps to make Life less Complicated

As we all are well aware, life is complicated at the best of times but with these handy apps you can achieve a simpler, more enjoyable life. From to-do list organisers to mediation apps, the following apps are designed to make life a wholly uncomplicated affair.

The Very Best Music Apps

Music Apps

With so many high-quality music apps out on the market, it can be hard at times to know which one is truly the best option for your musical needs.

Fear not however, as today’s blog takes a quick look at the very best music apps available to download today so you can quickly and assuredly pick the right app for you.

Apple announces the iPhone 8

iPhone 8

Last Tuesday saw the unveiling of the iPhone 8, iPhone X and iOS 11 alongside other new products during the Apple Special Event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, California.

It was definitely one of the most anticipated technology events of the year and we’re happy to say we were blown away by everything Apple announced.

Huawei P10 Lite Review

Huawei P10 Lite Review

When it comes to cost-effective smartphones, you’ll be hard pressed to find a device that offers as much value for money as the Huawei P10 Lite.

A handy and fun-to-use smartphone packed full of great features, the Huawei P10 Lite is fast becoming one of Huawei’s most popular phones and is not hard to see why.

Tesco Mobile’s most recommended Plans

tesco most recommended plans

Tesco Mobile is delighted to announce we have been recognised as the Most Recommended Network in Ireland by NPS for the eight time running! Net Promoter Score (NPS) is an independent tool used to determine the relationship between a business and its customers; a high NPS means a good relationship between both parties while a low one is typically a sign of bad customer relations.

What to Expect from the iPhone 8

iPhone 8

While Apple is yet to officially reveal the long-awaited iPhone 8 smartphone, we do have a fairly good idea of what features will likely be included.

Thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated tipsters, leakers and insiders, we can safely say Apple’s latest smartphone will support face and eye scanning, wireless charging and augmented reality among other features.

Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 Tips

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is without a doubt one of the hottest smartphones of recent years and one of Samsung‘s most highly praised devices.

In today’s blog we’re going to take a look at some forward-thinking tips you can use to tailor the Samsung Galaxy S7 to your own personal liking.

Moto G5S Review

Moto G5S Review

The Moto G5S is a special edition version of the recently released Motorola Moto G5 smartphone from Lenovo, a device many suggested could be the best budget smartphone of 2017.

The updated Moto G5S features a number of improvements over the original model including an upgraded design, battery and camera and is a great option for photography fans and people on the go.

School Lunch Recipe App Roundup

Great Apps to Help Your Kids in College

Are you ready for the new school year and everything that comes with it? Starting school can be a stressful time for children and parents alike, which is why it’s a good idea to be as prepared as you can be.

Our handy school lunch recipe app roundup features some of the very best recipe apps available to download right now, all of which are jam-packed with healthy and tasty lunch ideas for little ones.

Great Apps to Help Your Kids in College

Great Apps to Help Your Kids in College

September heralds the start of the new education year and for many young people the beginning of their college experience. College can be quite intimidating at first, which is why it’s important that our not-so-little-ones start off on the right foot and take full advantage of everything college has to offer them. The good news is there are plenty of apps designed to help your kids successfully transition from secondary school to third level education.

Great Upcoming Smartphones Everyone Will Love

Smartphones for Everyone

This year has been one of the greatest so far in terms of smartphone releases. We’ve already seen the launch of amazing devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the HTC U11 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and we have even more to look forward to in the second half of 2017. Today’s blog forecasts some of the upcoming smartphone releases of 2017 that everyone is going to love, namely the Nokia 8, Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8.

Top Time Saving Apps for Busy Families

Time Saving Apps

While the summer may not be quite over yet, many mums across the country are starting to prepare for their kids’ return to school. With so many things to do, it can be a little difficult at times to stick to your schedule. Fear not however, as these handy time saving apps will help you keep on top of everything and ensure you and your kids are ready for the new school year.

Get Your Family Ready for Electric Picnic


Electric Picnic is without a doubt one of Ireland’s most unique festivals and a must-attend event for Irish music lovers of all ages. It’s also 100% family friendly and a highlight of the year for many Irish families, but of course the festival will be no fun for you and the kids if you forget to bring the right equipment! As Electric Picnic 2017 is just around the corner, we’ve compiled a quick prep list of festival essentials you can use to ensure your family is 100% festival ready!

Google is Adding a ‘Google Feed’ to its App

Google App Update

Google is currently in the midst of adding a brand new feature to its Google app for iOS and Android devices, one that’s designed to make it easier for mums to discover and explore the topics that matter most to them.

Handy Apps for August Family Breaks

Apps for August Family Breaks

The summer may be coming to a close but there’s still lots of time to get a quick August family break in before we say slán to sun for another year. For today’s post we’ve rounded up a couple of handy apps that will help you and the family to make the most of your August break!

Xperia XA1 Review

Xperia XA1 Review

The Sony Mobile Xperia XA1 is a best-in-class device that comes with one of the most advanced smartphone cameras on the market.

Apps for Fun-Filled Days Out

Fun Filled Days Out Apps

The weather in Ireland can be temperamental at best and wet and windy at worst so it’s important to get out and about while the weather is pleasant. Make the most of the fleeting Irish summer and have as much fun in the sun as possible with these excellent outdoor apps.

Best Back to School Apps

Back to School Apps

Although the Irish summer is still in full swing it’s never too early to start getting ready for your little ones’ return to school. These handy little apps will help with your preparations and in some cases can also be used to assist in your kids’ education.

The Very Best Festival Apps

Festival Apps

Summer is fully underway here in Ireland which means that it is officially festival season! Prepare for the best festival ever and ensure you have as much fun as possible with these forward-thinking festival apps.

Apps for Keeping the Kids Entertained When Travelling

Apps for Children

Getting to and from your destination is without a doubt the most stressful part of any holiday, and it can be even more stressful if you have young children in tow. However, there are plenty of great apps out there designed to keep your kids entertained when travelling, and the following are some of the most popular.

Alcatel U5 Review

Alcatel U5 Review

The Alcatel U5 is the latest cost-effective option from popular manufacturer Alcatel and comes with lots of creative selfie features for a fun-filled yet affordable smartphone.

Snapchat Introduces Controversial Snap Map

Snap Map

Last week saw the addition of a brand new feature to Snapchat, one that has since been accused of violating Snapchat users’ privacy and identified as a potential tool for stalking. Named Snap Map, the new feature is essentially a geotagging function that allows users to tag their geolocation and share it with friends and other users on the app.

Huawei Y6 2017 Review


The Huawei Y6 2017, also known as the Huawei Y6II, is an excellent budget smartphone packed with plenty of great features, an impressive camera and an intuitive interface.

Our Very favourite food delivery App


Did you hear about Facebook’s new Order Food feature for the social network’s web and mobile app? Although still in its testing stage, the new Order Food feature will allow users to search for local restaurants, order food and pay for it all through their Facebook profile.

Motorola Moto C Plus Review


The latest addition to Motorola’s fantastic range of affordable smartphones, the Motorola Moto C Plus is a sweet and simple device ideal for people looking for a reliable entry-level Android smartphone.

Get Fit for Your Summer Holidays with These Great Apps


Now that the summer has finally reached our shores, you’re likely thinking about your upcoming summer holidays. In light of this wonderful time of year, we’ve compiled a list of the very best apps you can download to help you get fit for your time in the sun!

Jargon Buster: Smartphone Chargers


Welcome to another entry in our Jargon Buster series, where we explain some of the most frequently used technical terms of the smartphone world. In today’s post, we’re looking at smartphone chargers and the different options available today.

Apps for When the Weather Changes


While we’d all like to pretend that summer in Ireland equates to three whole months of fun in the sun, the likelihood is we’re probably going to see some rain during this time, and by rain we mean torrential downpours. Thankfully, just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun-filled day and these great apps will keep you entertained come rain or thunderstorm.

Top 3 Apps for Irish Holidays


The summer has finally arrived and with it (hopefully) a good few months of some fantastic weather. While many people are looking forward to their holidays abroad, an increasing number of Irish people are deciding to stay in the country during their sabbatical.

Coming Soon to Your Android Smartphone


Google’s annual I/O developer conference took place earlier this month and among the many important announcements at the event was plenty of good news for Android smartphone owners. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at what’s in store for your Android smartphone in the very near future.

Scientists Develop Self-Charging Smartphone Battery


Great news for smartphone owners everywhere: a team of scientists from Montreal is hard at work developing the world’s first solar-powered self-charging smartphone battery!

Although the team is still a long way off from a finished product, good progress has been made and the scientists are confident that their technology could one day be used to power a wide variety of portable devices including smartphones.

Samsung Launches Wemogee


Samsung has been very busy the past few months. In addition to finally unveiling the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, the company’s Samsung Electronics Italia division recently launched Wemogee, the world’s first emoji-based chat application designed to help people with aphasia and other language disorders express themselves easily in an effective manner.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Review


After months of waiting, the Samsung Galaxy S8 finally went on sale last month. With its almost bezel-less display, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is without a doubt one of the most aesthetically pleasing smartphones ever manufactured, and the ideal device for taking and viewing pictures and video content on.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review


Looking to purchase a top quality smartphone at a cost-effective price? Then you may want to consider the Samsung Galaxy S7, a beautiful device that comes with impressive features including a powerful camera and a crystal clear display screen. It’s available for just €149.99 on our €30 a month plan with 15GB of data, 500 minutes and 500 texts.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera Modes Guide


The Samsung Galaxy S8 finally went on sale last month. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is without a doubt one of the most aesthetically pleasing smartphones ever manufactured, and the ideal device for taking and viewing pictures and video content on. In today’s post we’re going to take a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S8’s camera modes for pictures and videos and how these can be used to improve your shots and videos.

Getting to Grips with the HTC RE Camera


The HTC RE camera is a small and sturdy point-and-shoot companion camera for the HTC One A9s that offers a fun and easy method for taking pictures and recording videos on your smartphone. It’s currently available for free as part of a special offer: purchase a HTC One A9s on bill pay or pre pay in-store and you will receive your HTC RE camera for free

Jargon Buster: Smartphone Screens Part 2


Continuing on from our previous Jargon Buster blog about smartphone screen resolution, today’s entry takes a look at the different types of display panels found in modern smartphones and what each display panel offers in terms of visual quality.

Jargon Buster: Smartphone Screens Part 1


There’s a range of different smartphone screens featured in different devices, but if you’re not familiar with what each screen type offers then you’ll likely be unaware of the various advantages of each type. In today’s Jargon Buster we’re going to examine some of the most common abbreviations used to describe smartphone screen resolution.

Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Review


The Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is an update of Huawei’s popular P8 smartphone originally released back in April 2015. With so many new devices available to buy today, you may be wondering if an updated version of a smartphone first released two years ago could be worth your money.

Bitmoji App Review


Bitmoji is a super fun app for iPhone, Android, iPad and Chrome that you can use to create, edit and send your own personalised emojis. Bitmoji is the mobile app companion of the highly popular Bitstrips cartoon platform and was first released on iTunes and the Google Play Store all the way back in 2014.

HTC Desire 650 Review


If you’re looking for an inexpensive smartphone but still want access to the same kind of features you’d find in mid-range device then you should check out the HTC Desire 650, coming soon to Tesco Mobile Ireland. The HTC Desire 650 is cost-effective smartphone and the successor to HTC’s popular Desire 630 model.

Emoji Update 5.0 Includes 69 New Emojis


Emoji fans everywhere rejoice: the Emojipedia has revealed that a total 69 new unique emojis have been added to the Emoji 5.0 update scheduled to take place on June 30th of this year. There’s quite a lot of variety in these new emojis, and some of our favourite additions include a breastfeeding woman emoji, a woman with headscarf emoji, a mermaid emoji and a woman zombie emoji.

New to Tesco Mobile this April


It’s another exciting month for Tesco Mobile this April as we see the arrival of two amazing new smartphones and the relaunch of some great pay plans. We also have a fabulous special in-store offer for the HTC One A9s, and we’ll be taking a look at the unveiling of the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8.

Top Three Easter Apps


Easter is nearly upon us and in honour of this most chocolatey time of year we’ve compiled a list of the top three Easter apps you can download right now! From the fun filled Egg A Sketch to the slightly addictive Hidden Egg Hunt, these Easer apps will keep you entertained during this special holiday.

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S8


Following months of rumours and quite a few notable leaks, Samsung took to the stage at special events in New York and London on March 29 to finally unveil the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is without a doubt one of the most talked about smartphones in recent years.

Smartphone Recording Tips


While most people use their smartphone to take pictures or record videos, there are quite a number of people who use their devices to record audio only. Modern smartphones typically feature quite advanced microphones, and while limited in size these can be used as a competent microphone substitute for recording music, interviews and notes.

Selfie Apps


Did you know that the very first selfie was taken in 1839 by a man named Robert Cornelius? Selfies may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but in truth taking pictures of ourselves has been a long favoured pastime by professional and amateur photographers alike. However, thanks the inclusion of front cameras in modern smartphones, selfies have never been as popular.

Smartphone Memory


One of the most common needs of most smartphone owners is a device with a large memory capacity capable of storing large amounts of various types of content. From images to videos, games to documents, phones have transformed from the talk and text tools of yesterday into the miniature laptops of today.

Travel Apps - Holiday Apps


Planning a holiday is no longer a complicated process like it once was. Long gone are the days of hashing out the details of your trip in a travel agent’s office; thanks to modern technology booking a holiday can be a quick and simple process you can complete on your smartphone. But with so many companies offering their own travel applications, it can be hard choosing which one is the best for you.

Mobile World Congress


Following on from our previous blog about the most exciting launches from the first day of this year’s Mobile World Congress, we now have a roundup of the remaining great smartphone launches that took place during Mobile World Congress 2017.

Sony Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ review


The Sony Xperia X Compact and the Sony Xperia XZ are two powerful smartphones packed with a whole load of features designed with the modern smartphone user in mind. Read our full review to get a full breakdown for what is on offer in these smartphones

Jargon Buster Smartphone Security


Thanks to recent advances in technology, smartphone security is now better than ever. From the Touch ID fingerprint scanner found in iPhones to the pattern lock found in many Android phones, an increasing number of modern smartphones are including advanced security methods with the goal of keeping the contents of your smartphone safe and secure.

St Patrick's Day Free Official App


The annual celebration of all things Irish is right around the corner; it’s almost time for St. Patrick’s Day! The official St. Patrick’s Festival 2017 app is available for iOS and Android, and is billed as an all in one guide to everything that’s taking place during the festival. It covers all the major events in Dublin, in addition to some of the bigger international events.

Acatel Shine Lite Review


The Alcatel Shine Lite is designed with selfie lovers in mind and is a great option for people looking for a competent camera smartphone at a cost-effective price. The Alcatel Shine Lite features a 13MP rear camera suitable for taking a wide variety of shots, and a 5MP front camera perfect for selfies. Both the rear and front camera have a flash, so you don’t have to worry about low lighting ruining your next Instagram selfie.

Mobile World Congress


Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile industry conference, took place this week in Barcelona, Spain. Many members of the mobile industry use the Mobile World Congress to launch new devices, and this year is no different to previous events. From Nokia to Sony, a number of the biggest smartphone manufacturers took to the stage last week to reveal upcoming devices

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Review


This month at Tesco Mobile sees the arrival of two updated models from Samsung’s Galaxy A series: the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. The 2017 editions are the third version of these incredibly popular Samsung Android smartphones, and come with updated features that reflect recent innovations in the smartphone world.

The Nokia 3310 is Making a Comeback and Doing it in Style


Fans of retro mobile phones everywhere will be happy to know that the Nokia 3310 is making a comeback later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Once described as ‘the most reliable phone ever made’ the Nokia 3310 first launched all the way back in 2000 and sold 126 million units making it one of the greatest selling mobile phones ever.

Reintroducing the Huawei P9


Looking for a powerful smartphone at a cost-effective price? Then we highly recommend you check out the Huawei P9, an excellent high-end device available for free on our €30 plan. The Huawei P9 features a range of efficient functions designed to help you take stunning high-definition photographs and videos, so if you’re looking for a smartphone capable of capturing professional quality images then this is the device for you.

Free Valentine’s Day Apps


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many of us are trying to work out what we’ll get for that special someone in our life. It can be a difficult task, but there are easier ways to show the one you love just how much you care. If you’re looking for a simple way to show how you feel then these four free Valentine’s apps could be exactly what you need.

Top tips for recording on your smartphone


Most modern smartphone cameras are capable of recording high definition videos, but this does not guarantee high-quality content. Smartphones are very easy to record on, but it’s just as easy to produce an unwatchable video. To avoid this, try out the following tips and see how they help you record impressive smartphone videos.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Gear Fit2


Samsung currently has a great deal available for fitness fans to avail of; purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and claim a Samsung Gear Fit2 for free. The offer runs from 12th January to the 28th February 2017.The Galaxy S7 Edge is a powerful smartphone while the Gear Fit2 fitness tracker is one of the best fitness trackers out there.

Beware of this gmail hack


Google has identified a major scam which has been circulating through its Gmail service. The scam starts with an email from a source that looks trustworthy and includes a PDF attachment. Or at least it looks like a PDF, it’s actually an image file with an embedded link that takes you to a new Google login page.

Smartphone Resistance to Dust and Water

Smartphone Resistance to Dust and Water

An increasing number of smartphones, including the Apple iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7, feature some level of dust and water resistance. This resistance varies from model to model, with certain smartphones providing greater protection than others.

Tips for running with your smartphone

tips for running with your smartphone

It’s that time of the year again and we all know that making those new year resolutions can be complicated. When the fun and excess of Christmas is over and you’re looking to get back to regular exercise and get fit again. This doesn’t have to be a chore, getting outside and moving is a great antidote to being cooped up all day.

Four Fitness Apps for the New You

four fitness apps for the new you

If you’re planning on losing weight and getting fit this year then you’ll be glad to know that help is at hand. Fitness apps can really benefit your workouts, helping you to keep track of your progress and stay on top of your goals. There’s a whole range of fitness apps out there but the four in our article are among the very best.

The new My Tesco Mobile App


The app is available on iTunes and Google Play and is totally free to download. Once you’ve got it, just type in your Tesco Mobile phone number and follow the simple registration process. It’s even easier if you’re already registered!

Motorola Moto E3 Review


The Moto E3 features a 5 inch display - plenty of room for work or play or anything else you like to do. Inside there’s a fast processor and plenty of RAM, and it’s all brought together by a streamlined version of the Android operating system, version 6.0.

Tesco Mobile January Sale


It’s time for some serious savings as the January sales have arrived at Tesco Mobile! If you’ve had your eye on getting a phone, now’s the perfect time. The Tesco Mobile January Sale kicks off with top notch Bill Pay offers. The handsets include top picks from Apple, HTC and Samsung - check them out below

Android Pay Now in Ireland


The future of mobile payments is here, with Android Pay. This new technology is effortlessly simple. Once you’ve added your credit or debit card to your phone all you have to do is unlock the handset and hold it out to the terminal. That will complete your purchase in seconds! It all works through the magic of the Near Field Communication.

Alcatel PIXI 4 6" Reveiw


Smartphones are amazing devices with giant high definition screens, fast data and top notch cameras. That means they’re great to use and carry with you every day but it eats into your battery life. This festive season you’ll definitely want to have a phone to hand so use these top tips to keep your phone juiced up.

Get Better Smartphone Battery Life With These Tips


Smartphones are amazing devices with giant high definition screens, fast data and top notch cameras. That means they’re great to use and carry with you every day but it eats into your battery life. This festive season you’ll definitely want to have a phone to hand so use these top tips to keep your phone juiced up.

Make Christmas less complicated with Prepay Offers at Tesco Mobile


Christmas can be complicated - there’s no denying that. There are people to see and parties to attend. Christmas trees to decorate and dinners to make. And somehow in the middle of all of that you also have to find the time to buy ALL the presents! Tesco Mobile is here to help with not only a range of great handsets but also a special Prepay offer.

Tesco Mobile Roadshow – VR fun for the family


Tesco Mobile is going on the road this December, bringing fun for all the family. The Tesco Mobile Roadshow is a brand new experience where kids and their parents get to sit in Santa’s sleigh and go on a spectacular ride. It all comes to life through the magic of virtual reality, with headsets that let you step into a stunning new world.

Will the Apple iPhone 8 have a 3d camera?

iPhone 8 - 3D Camera

The Apple iPhone 7 has only recently been released but attention is already turning to next year's model. It’s likely that the iPhone 8 will be released in September 2017 and as always people are looking to find out what features it might include, with the rumour mill already in high gear.

Christmas Apps - Make Christmas less complicated

Xmas Apps

Christmas is a wonderful time of year but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. With presents to buy and guests to entertain, as well as making sure everyone is sorted for Santa, it can be pretty complicated. Luckily Tesco Mobile is here to help, with our guide to the best apps that take the stress out of Christmas.

Jargon Buster - Smartphone Camera Tips and Terminology


The camera is one of the most important features to consider when buying a new smartphone. It’s something many of us use everyday, for social media, video calling or preserving precious memories. The amount of technology which is crammed into a tiny camera unit is truly impressive and is constantly changing and improving.

6 Day Sale at Tesco Mobile – great mobile phone deals for Christmas!

mobile-phone-deals-xmas Christmas is getting closer but before you can settle into the festive season you have to get those all important gifts. Happily Tesco Mobile is here to help with some extra special offers during their 6 Day Sale. It all kicks off on Thursday the 24th of November and runs for six days with a range of handsets at great prices.

Moto G4 Play Review

Moto G4 Play

The Moto G4 Play is the latest in the very popular Moto range, which brings top specs and a great look at an affordable price. It all starts with powerful specs inside, including a speedy processor and plenty of memory on board.

Our Best Smartphone Camera Tips - Let There Be Light!


The best camera is the one you have with you and that’s never been more true when it comes to mobile photography. That’s because the camera technology inside our slim handsets is improving all the time, with additions like large sensor sizes and high dynamic range photography.

App Focus: Prisma

Prisma App

This week in App Focus we’re showing you a way to bring something totally new to your photos with Prisma. A whole lot more than another photo filter for your smartphone.

Get more with Tesco Clubcard!

Tesco Clubcard

When you’re with Tesco Mobile you know you’re getting great prices on phones, a reliable network, fast delivery of your new handset and award winning customer service. There’s another extra bonus for each and every customer in the form of Tesco Clubcard rewards!

The Apple iPhone - Landing at Tesco Mobile

Apple iPhone

The iPhone is landing at Tesco Mobile, and there’s a handset for everyone with our wide selection. Right now you can get the iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 with pricing to suit every pocket.

iPhone 7 Review

iPhone 7 Review

The latest stunning Apple phone has just landed at Tesco Mobile Ireland! The iPhone 7 combines the highest quality materials with cutting edge technology and an unrivalled user experience.

Dundrum on Ice

Dundrum on Ice

Tesco Mobile is proud to be one of the headline sponsors of the ice-skating venue around which arrives back at the Dundrum shopping centre on the 27th of October and runs right through the festive season.

Jargon Buster

what do you get for your mobile data

Welcome to Jargon Buster! At Tesco Mobile, we’re all about making things as easy as possible for our customers, and that means making sure that everything you read makes sense. This week we’ll be answering the question – What does mAh mean?

What Do You Get For Your Mobile Data?

what do you get for your mobile data

Mobile data can be a bit intimidating, especially at first as you get to grips with terms like gigabytes and download speed. At Tesco Mobile, we’re all about making thing less complicated and that includes breaking down the jargon when it comes to knowing what you get for your mobile data allowance.

HTC One A9 Review


The HTC One A9s is coming soon to Tesco Mobile Ireland and it’s definitely one to look out for if you’re looking for a phone with stunning style. This phone has a dual finish metal body that’s not only designed to put up with drops and scratches...

Sony Xperia X Review

Sony Xperia X Review

The latest Sony flagship has arrived at Tesco Mobile, and you can buy it online today. The Xperia X has a five inch screen and seriously speedy specs but it’s best feature is definitely the camera. The 23 megapixel model on the back starts up and shoots in just 0.6 seconds...

Motorola Moto G4 Review

Motorola Moto G4 Review

The latest Motorola phone is the Motorola Moto G4 and it brings top performance and ease of use at an affordable price. The Moto G4 is made for life, with a large screen and big battery as well as welcome splashproofing - because sometimes the worst does happen! ...

Huawei P9 Lite Smartphone Review

Huawei P9 Lite

If you’re looking for a slim and stylish handset which doesn’t sacrifice on specs, the Huawei P9 Lite is one to watch out for. It starts with the 5.2 inch Full HD screen which is designed to cover more of the front of the phone while also delivering a range of colours...

How to use a US cellphone in Ireland


US cellphone owners who want to use their device in Ireland should be aware of the international rates they could be charged for when making calls or sending texts while in Ireland. There are two easy ways to avoid astronomical phone bills when in Ireland; unlock your cellphone and use a local prepay SIM card or purchase a prepay cellphone in Ireland.

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