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How to port your mobile phone number

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There is an overabundance of new mobile phones becoming available all the time, and one way to ensure that you can keep up to date with the latest trends without spending a fortune calling and texting your loved ones to let them know your new number all the time, is to keep your existing number when you buy a new phone or even change network provider – you can do this by transferring (porting) your mobile phone number.

In order to transfer your current mobile phone number to a new phone and/ or network, you will need a Porting Authorization Code (PAC) from your current mobile phone network provider. This can be obtained over the phone – make a note of it as you will need it when you decide to transfer the number.

The PAC code itself is a nine character code comprising usually of three letters followed by six numbers. This code is normally only valid for 30 days, so plan carefully when exactly you want to transfer the number to another phone/ provider.

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Choosing mobile broadband: Built-in broadband laptops or dongles?

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With many home broadband customers taking the leap and adding mobile broadband to their list of everyday technological luxuries, it won’t be long before the rest of the UK follow suit and join the mobile broadband revolution.

Mobile broadband not only offers fast and easy internet access on the go, but also is an affordable alternative to home broadband connection when on the move or in an area where there is no Wi-Fi connection available. Ideal for businessmen and women, students, people who like to travel, in fact anyone who surfs the web a lot. To cater for all customers’ needs, there are now many options available for obtaining a mobile broadband connection; these include mobile broadband ‘dongles’ and Laptops with built-in broadband.

‘Dongles’ are the most commonly used of the two options, although laptops with built-in broadband are becoming more popular all the time – the offer of a free laptop to potential mobile broadband customers has a lot of appeal, often saving them hundreds of pounds. The benefits of using a mobile broadband ‘dongle’ are that they are discreet and portable, very easy to set up (simply plug in and go), and are available with a wide range of affordable packages. In terms of design most dongles have a similar appearance, comparable in size to a small mobile phone; they attach to your computer or laptop via a short USB cable and are usually white, black or silver. Also available are USB sticks, which are smaller in size (the same size as a flash drive/ memory stick) and plug directly into your laptop or computer without a cable.

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Completely Remove Old Data From Your PC

Everyone wants their computers to be fast and efficient. You probably spent a lot of time evaluating the processing speed of various computers when deciding on which one to purchase. However, while a new computer may perform at a very high speed, it tends to get slower and slower over a period of time. This is primarily due to various downloads and upgrades which you perform overtime. The common symptoms of a computer that is slowing down are an increase in the loading time of programs, a delay in system start-up, slower Internet access and so on.

There could be many reasons for the slow down of your PC, but one of the main reasons is the presence of old and unnecessary data which is present in your computer. These stray bits of redundant data hamper the optimum performance of your PC by clogging the system. It is possible to enhance the speed and overall performance of your computer if you completely remove old data from your PC.

The following are some of the top tips that can help you clear this old data from  your computer and resolve the “my computer is slow” problem:

Remove Old Data from Your Registry

A computer registry is a centralized database that contains important configuration information related to system software and hardware. Whenever a software or hardware is installed or uninstalled from your Windows PC, its configuration data is added or removed from the registry. A lot of times, small pieces of unwanted information get left behind in the registry, especially if the component is not uninstalled properly. Over a period of time, these stray pieces of information can add up to a huge pile of unwanted data and cause bloating of the registry. This leads to a delay in accessing the registry and an overall slow-down of your computer.

You can increase the speed of your computer by removing this junk data with the help of a trusted registry cleanup tool. A good registry cleanup tool improves computer speed by:

1. Cleaning your Windows registry of unnecessary data.

2. Consolidating broken files in your registry.

3. Repairing error entries within the registry.

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