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Getting Mobile Data Cheap Without Regularly Swapping Sims

We all know someone that boasts about how many sim cards they’ve got – and we’re not talking drug dealers here. There’s long been an obsession in the geekier corners of our communities that revolves around getting the best mobile deals by using multiple sims in complex ways to get the cheapest deals.

The gist of the way people do it is to order free sim cards from the mobile networks that are on specific tariffs and then swap between them on your mobile handset, unless of course you’ve got several that you like to carry around. Personally, while I do have a drawer full of old iPhones that I’ve gradually upgraded through over the years, I can’t say that carrying several of them around with me all the time appeals.

Similarly, the thought of constantly switching over the sim cards isn’t exaclty exciting to me either, even if it does save me a few quid. Yes, I know that some people will be shouting at their screens now to somehow alert me to the face that dual sim phones exist, but a lot of the people I’m talking about deal with way more than two sims at any given time, and what’s more, spending a fortune on a dual sim handset isn’t exactly going to stack up against saving a few pounds a month on my airtime bill.

Sticking to the single smartphone with a single sim idea, there’s also the downside of people trying to call or text – the chances are the wrong sim will be in the phone when that contact is made, so the best i can hope for is to pick up a voicemail later or to respond to text messages on delay.

The secret today is much more about how you use your phone than mucking about with multiple sim cards. The place to start is a free sim card on a major network with a ton of data included every month at no additional cost. The great news is they’re everywhere at the moment, and you can achieve it either on prepaid pay as you go deals, or alternatively look at a sim only contract instead. Typically you can get several gigabytes included and all you need to do is top up by a few quid (rarely more than £10) each month. Similarly with sim only, £10 will get a huge data allowance.

So, what about calls and texts I hear you ask? Actually I didn’t hear a thing – it’s nothing more than a guess, but you should be asking!

Simple – use data to do both wherever possible. Let’s face facts here, a huge amount of people have iPhones, so if that’s you and your mates, you can just iMessage and FaceTime (or FaceTime Audio if you hate video calls like me) to use the mobile data connection instead of the traditional calls. If you’re not an iPhone owner (or calling/texting someone that’s not), you can use Skype instead. That’s just one example too, Skype is widely available as a smartphone app, but it’s far from the only one.

What’s more, a large chunk of tariffs that include large data allowances also include at least a small number of calls and texts too – and you’ve often still got your top up balance to use if you really need to too.

Hopefully that’s a great run down of just why multiple sim cards and switching phones should be a thing of the past, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t order a new sim. As with most things (gas and electricity spring to mind), staying on the same tariff too long often gets expensive, so make sure you’re getting a good deal. It’s so easy to switch, and you can almost always take your phone number with you too – there’s no excuse to pay more than you need!

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Removing Asbestos Risks In And Around Liverpool

The word asbestos has so many negative connotations, and immediately makes you think of older people suffering with chronic lung diseases. While that’s certainly a very real risk of inhaling air contaminated with asbestos fibres, how real is the risk to the general public?

Asbestos has been used a lot in buildings in the past – most often as a fireproofing material in areas like staircases in big buildings. There’s a distinct irony in the fact that it was actually included in buildings with the intention of making them safer, yet as time has gone on, it’s become clear that the use of asbestos in construction processes is anything but safe. Actually, the risk has been deemed so serious that the substance has been completely banned from use for around twenty years. That means that a significant number of homes and business premises are actually asbestos free – and that’s almost certain if they’re less that two decades old.

Liverpool does, on the other hand, have more that its fair share of older housing, public buildings, offices and factories, and with that comes a greater risk. What’s more, it is believed that the North West had a higher than average use of asbestos in new buildings in the 1960s and 1970s, meaning that there’s also a good chance that those post war buildings might have some nasty surprises lurking.

The good news is that you don’t need to immediately call for the asbestos removal Liverpool experts, as the main risk comes from the materials being moved or otherwise disturbed, which makes the majority of the provision needed when you either modify or demolish a building. Of course, construction in the first place would also be a significant risk, but as that’s now illegal, it can be ignored in this case. While it’s true that general wear and tear over time can be an issue, buildings remaining in good condition are unlikely to become a risk in the near future.

The removal process is actually relatively straightforward, and more so if you’re hiring someone to do it in your home or business buildings. Quite simply, it’s not something you can do yourself, so it’s as simple as getting a quote and agreeing terms to proceed. It’s also not as expensive as it used to be, and there are plenty of regulated companies in Liverpool and around the Wirral available to help. just go to your preferred company, or use a tool to get a free quote on an asbestos removal website. Just pick up your mobile phone and make a free phone call.

They’ll get in touch, usually in a matter of hours, and you can provide more information about the removal work required. In fact, it’s often easier to invite them to come and view the area themselves, and that’s usually a good time for them to complete a survey to assess any risk and what action needs to be taken. Sometimes it’s actually best to do nothing – if there’s no risk at present and it’s very unlikely to change, sometimes it’s better to leave the asbestos where it is. Of course, if you’re looking to demolish buildings, that’s less likely to be the case, but for the average home-owner, simply getting the professional advice to confirm to action is necessary gives valuable peace of mind.

To summarise, there’s no need to panic if you suddenly find yourself with reason to believe that you’ve discovered the presence of asbestos. There’s a good chance there’s no threat to your health, but you should seek professional help if you’re concerned. Simple tests can be used to determine the scale of any risk, and professional contractors will be able to tell you more about any work that needs to be completed, and give you estimates on likely costs. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that asbestos kills, even if that can take decades. It’s not worth taking the risk and ignoring your fear, so get the help you need and find out either way.

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