FreedomPop ‘free’ SIM

Maybe times are changing in the mobile world with the introduction here in the UK of the first free mobile phone service. It sounds good and I believe if handled correctly, it could be a life saver..

Here’s a quick breakdown and here’s my reasoning on why it could be really important.


For (as of writing) a mere £6.99 as a one off payment including postage and activation fee you can have a mobile phone 3G SIM that will give you 200 minutes of talk time to any UK mobile or regular Landline, 200 SMS (text) messages and 200mb of data a month…  FOR LIFE !

Surely that’s a bargain ??  Well if you apply carefully, it is !

They must somehow have a way to make money, you ask ? Yes, as usual the devil is in the detail.. When you apply take careful note of the small extras.. Things like more pro or premium answer phone features.. Double the minutes and data offer….. Free but for a month or so….

They’re all there and actually quite clearly stated but before you do the usual clicking agree / next / next… Make sure you read the small print, often at the bottom of the screen.. The trial of free double data/talk/text automatically starts charging your card when times up.

Another point of note is the automatic top up that occurs. To be fair they seem good value prices for minutes and data but I see this as a much better deal for a different reason.

The leave in the car / at work / holiday shack / bug out bag or den SIM in a simple phone that’s always available for emergency.

My SIM is on the way… Check back shortly for my experiences and thoughts along with my recommendation on a handset.

Thanks for checking in 😉

ManyCam – The Perfect live streaming Webcam tool..


I have been playing with the Live Streaming service from YouTube.. It’s great, pretty easy to use and assuming you have a reasonably fast upload speed, it’s reliable.

I have put together a video on how to use the rather brilliant ManyCam studio software. It has a great feature in that you can connect to the YouTube live streaming and include lower thirds, switch between cameras and even use a mobile phone as a remote reporting camera !

You can download ManyCam from and they have a useful free version (doesn’t support streaming though).

Check back for the link and a more in-depth write up..