Posts Tagged ‘free stuff’

Picture 2 Free BT Directory Enquiries service for people with disabilitiesIf you’re a BT customer with a disability, and find it hard to use Directory Enquiries, then here’s some good news for you – they have a special service for you, which you can use for free.

So what do you do? Or what do you need to do if it is a member of your family or a friend who wants in on this service?

What To Do

First, dial 195 and ask for the registration department. If you prefer, you can just dial 0800 587 0195. Then, a form will be sent out to you, to fill in.

This is likely to need confirmation from your doctor, nurse or consultant, just so you can confirm that you have problems accessing information through the usual channels.

Once everything has been okayed, you’ll be issued with a PIN card and once you have that, you can use it within a couple of days of it being issued.

Then, to actually use the service, dial 195, where you’ll be asked for your PIN and your name. Once that is confirmed, you can use directory enquiries for free.

As well you know, big businesses are an incredibly needy bunch. They pester you with text messages and mailshots and, if you’re canny, you can play them off against each other.

And so, to Dan May from Twitter, who replied to a promotional tweet from O2, after they’d promised to send pizza to anyone who replied to them with their address. Giving your address away in public on Twitter? Whatever floats your boat mate. Anyway, Dan didn’t get his free grub and decided to register his disappointment, threatening to join Three instead.

 

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Then, Three piled in, and ended up sending him five pizzas and fours tubs of ice cream (through Pizza Hut). You can see that here.

O2 weren’t having any of that, and said that Dan could have free pizza every week for the rest of the year if he went with them instead. And O2 were good on their promise too.

From his DMs…

freepizzao22 Want free pizza? Play companies off against each other on Twitter

Talking to Metro, Dan said: “I couldn’t believe it. I only sent out a couple of tweets and they both went all-out to compete against one another. It’s a great marketing campaign, it really worked. I was really impressed with 3 after being disappointed by O2 but they certainly won the customer back.”

Dan there, talking like he works for a marketing company.

An O2 spokesperson, only too happy to chip in, added: “We often like to surprise and delight customers and we’re pleased that we were able to put a smile on @dpmay’s face by giving him free pizza until the end of the year.”

‘Surprise and delight’. Honestly. Anyway, if we can learn anything from this, it is this – always try and pit companies against each other. It might not work, but for the price of half a dozen tweets, it is certainly worth a punt.

Vote To Play for free on PlayStation

August 4th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

playstation plus1 300x169 Vote To Play for free on PlayStationIf you’re a PlayStation nut who happens to be a PlayStation Plus member, you’ll know that you can download free games every month.

Well, Sony have unveiled a new service called Vote to Play, where you can vote for the games you’d like to be able to get for free. The game with the most votes will be free on PlayStation Plus, and two other games will be discounted in the process.

If you are thinking that you don’t want to read this any more and get straight at Vote To Play, and get a good look at it, switch your console on and have a look at the ‘What’s New’ section, okay?

John Koller VP of Platforms Marketing at SCEA, said: “I’m thrilled to announce a new PlayStation Plus promotion that literally puts the choice in your hands – Vote to Play.”

Granted, that isn’t a fascinating insight from Koller, but it is proof that it is happening and that we’re not making things up. Whether or not the games will be any good, is another matter entirely.

This feature will be available to both PS4 and PS3 owners, and according to Sony, it will “take place at regular intervals throughout the year.” So it isn’t likely to be a monthly occurrence.

Nothing has been said about when the first votes will take place, and if you’re thinking that this is just the thing to entice you into buying a PS+ account, remember this – you stop getting access to the games if you stop paying for PlayStation Plus, so often, it is worth looking to buy the game on the cheap elsewhere.

Free movie rental from Chromecast

July 27th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

chromecast 300x199 Free movie rental from ChromecastIf you’ve got Chromecast or an Android TV device, you can get yourself some free movies.

To celebrate the second birthday of Chromecast, there’s free rental on a bunch of films, so how do you get at them? Well, open up Chrome on your desktop and through the Chromecast extension (install it if you haven’t), visit this website and ‘redeem all offers’.

You’ll then need to click the Google Play offer in the top corner of the page, and boom! You’ll have a rental voucher for free. It can be applied when you checkout any film on the Play Store.

Now, it doesn’t work in all countries, but seeing as it is such a simple process, you may as well see if it works for you. It might tell you that you’ve “redeemed the maximum number of free rentals”, so it seems there’s a limit on the offer too. It has worked for some UK-dwellers.

HD movies are available too, so knock yourself out with some free films.

Sky offer free broadband for 12 months

July 13th, 2015 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sky Sky offer free broadband for 12 monthsSky are offering Sky Fibre broadband, which would cost you £10 a month usually, free for 12 months. Is there a catch? Course there is. However, if you were thinking about switching to Sky, then this is worth a gander.

This offer is extended to anyone who is switching to Sky Fibre when they take Sky line rental. Sky say that there is no obligation beyond the one-year contract. The line rental is £16.40 per month.

Of course, with this deal, there’s a 25GB download limit to contend with too. That means you can stream around 4 or 5 films in HD and that’s your lot. It might not be enough if you’ve got a family who are all using the internet all the time.

However, if you have basic needs for your internet usage, then this isn’t a bad introductory deal and worth having a look at if you want to save a tenner a month.

That said, it is worth shopping around because, for just shy of £20 per month, there might be a host of other, more preferable contracts that will tickle your pickle.

What’s the skinny with Windows 10?

June 23rd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Windows 300x300 Whats the skinny with Windows 10?We’re about a month away from Microsoft doling out Windows 10, and for the most part, they’re giving it away for free, which seems awfully nice of them.

That said, there’s always a fair amount of trepidation when there’s a new Windows knocking about, because some releases have been so very, very abysmal. This new one is going to be used across all Microsoft devices, so they need to get it right. That includes the Xbox, and no-one wants to make gamers mad because some of them have a lot of time on their hands and a unique ability to take things personally.

The new OS will not be like previous releases, as this will be one that you get regular updates for, so you’ll always have the latest system, for no additional cost.

The Start Menu is back, and it’ll have something like the live tiles from Windows 8. There’ll also be a new browser called Microsoft Edge, which will be integrated with Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana (imagine if that old Windows animated paper clip if it could talk and flirt with Clean Bandit on the telly).

In an attempt to get this working well from the off, Microsoft developed this with the ’Insider’ programme, which basically gave Windows fanboys the chance to give the company feedback before it was unleashed on the general public.

windows 10 500x312 Whats the skinny with Windows 10?

The Windows Insider had a huge amount of numbers mucking around with Windows 10, to spot bugs and provide reports on which bits of the new operating system were frustrating or made no sense (something they’ve not done too well on in recent years). 4.4 million people signed-up to get the chance to play with Windows 10 over the last 9 months. Mercifully, it was a mixture of techie sorts as well as people ordinary folk who use computers in an every day way.

Those who helped the testing of Windows 10 used a feedback app to offer their thoughts, which Microsoft have decided to keep in the version that gets released next month, so you can tell them what does and doesn’t work.

If you want in, have a look on your toolbar and you’ll see a little Windows logo – hit that and you’ll be able to bagsy your place in the queue to get Windows 10 for free.

Google to point at free apps

June 15th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

whatsapp1 Google to point at free appsThere’s so many apps out there, that you can mince your brain trying to find any useful ones. Well, Google is going to try and help, by pointing at their favourite free apps, so you can get all manner of things to clog up the memory on your Android phone.

Of course, there’s been a host of clunky, cumbersome free giveaways in the past, especially when the developer was offering a paid-app, for free, for a limited period.

Well, according to Android Police: “The offer isn’t immediately apparent when you first open the Play Store. A banner advertising “New Family Fun” appears at the bottom of the screen. Clicking that will take you over to the family section, where you should see another banner advertising a free app of the week from PBS Kids. The banner doesn’t tell you specifically which app is up for grabs, which is kind of awkward. When you click to get more information, the purchase prompt pops up instead.”

There, you’ll see that the pop-up will show you which app is being given away for. You might not want what is being offered, but it is worth checking, in case you do, as it won’t cost you anything.

So go to your Play Store page now, and have a look and obviously, keep checking back in.

bad photoshop 300x300 Photoshop turns 25: heres the best FREE alternativesWould you believe it! Adobe’s Photoshop is now 25 years old! In all that time, it has changed the way we view things – some tasteful, some awful, some so funny you wish you could Photoshop the urine from your trousers from laughing at a model with three limbs.

Anyway, Photoshop isn’t cheap to those who want to play around with photo editing software now and again, rather than spend their time using it like a pro. Of course, there’s people who will swear by it, but if you’re looking for a free alternative, then there’s a number of programmes you can try.

Whether you’re looking de-wrinkling yourself or just cropping photos and making a collage of something, there’s a load of options you can get stuck into.

Naturally, if you know how to get cracked products from torrents, then this might not be the best list for you. Indeed, there are other round-ups of alternatives available online for paid-for products, but for the best free PS alternatives, these could be just the trick for you.

Seven Best Free Photoshop Alternatives

Gimp [download]

This open-source programme is a good all-rounder and available for OS X, Windows and Linux. It takes a little while to get your head around it, but once you do, you can manage all manner of things with it. Very good indeed and

Aviary [download]

A capable, solid image editor with resizing and touch-up tools for you to use. This one is liked because it is more straightforward than some others, so won’t batter your brains with impenetrable jargon.

Pixlr [download]

Pixlr has a decent tool for everything you’re likely to want to do to an image unless you’re a graphic designer. However, some of Pixlr’s advanced apps ask you for an annual subscription.

PicMonkey [download]

PicMonkey is free, browser-based image editor with a solid feature set for simple photo touchups, adding text to images and adding frames. Images can be taken from a computer or various cloud services, including Dropbox and Flickr. A paid-for upgrade removes the ads and gives access to more fonts and effects.

Fotor [download]

tor is a free image editor that’s available on just about any platform either in app or web app from. It has a good selection of tools, each with an easy-to-use sliding scale of effect. Batch editing is a bonus, as are the filter tools.

Paint.net [download]

Easy to use and great for simple cropping and photo manipulation. You can’t do gigantic amounts with it, but if you want something simple to sort out some pictures, this freebie is the job for you.

SumoPaint [download]

A browser equivalent of Photoshop is a decent photo editor. Again, some of the more advanced features will cost you, but if you want to resize something, crop it or another basic edit, then this is worth checking out.

Amazon to give away £140 worth of apps!

December 23rd, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

amazoninstant Amazon to give away £140 worth of apps!Do you have an Android device? Well, here’s some good news for you, just in time for Christmas!

Amazon customers will be able to partake in a huge app giveaway, with a bundle worth $220 (£140) from the Amazon appstore.

The promotion will start tomorrow (December 24th) and will run until Boxing Day (December 26th) and will be doling out a number of apps for free, that usually cost you money. Amazon have done things like this before and they’ve given away some really cool apps.

This bundle includes apps and games from Sega, Rovio and Halfbrick Studios, so there’ll be some goodies to download. One of the apps being given away normally costs $64.99, which is pretty exciting.

You can click here to find out more, or keep visiting amazon.com/appstore.

Croatia’s Soundwave: buy two tickets, get one free

December 16th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

festival mudbath 300x168 Croatias Soundwave: buy two tickets, get one freeThe Soundwave festival Croatia is a cavalcade of hipster, and no mistake. However, it is a festival that is friendly, intimate, cheaper than Glastonbury, with less hippies and much nicer weather.

Next August, it will return for a 7th time, which means that there’s probably people who won’t go because they liked it before everyone knew about it. You’ve met the sorts. The kind of people who like to keep everything to themselves so they can say they’re bored when anyone brings anything up.

Anyway, if you have some hipsters in the family and want to get them a nice present or, indeed, you’re a bunch of people considering going to Soundwave, you need to know about this deal.

As the headline already told you, if you buy two tickets, you’ll get a third ticket absolutely free. Not bad eh?

On the bill are Alice Russell, Fatima, LTJ Bukem, Deep Medi gaffer, Mala. More acts will be announced at it’ll have the usual film screenings, food and occasional nudity and people puking up yellow foam from taking too many pills and the like, just like a proper festival.

Click here to get the tickets.

Free Christmas shopping emulator for all!

December 5th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

christmas shopper emulator Free Christmas shopping emulator for all!If you’re doing all your shopping online this Christmas, and miss the mayhem of the high street, don’t worry your peculiar little head about it. That’s because GAME (stop shouting) have released a game you can play called ‘Christmas Shopper Simulator’.

So what exciting things can you do? Well, you can buy things and go up escalators and, most importantly for the Christmas shopper, you can walk into people and be a thunderous pain in the hole by stopping abruptly. Basically, GAME have made something a bit like Goat Simulator, taking something mundane and making it utterly preposterous.

And it is completely free.

GAME says: “Prepare to be mildly thrilled and as excited as is reasonable to expect… Introducing Christmas Shopper Simulator! Embark on an epic quest to do a bit of Christmas shopping, complete with all the disappointment, frustration and suspension of the laws of physics that you’d find in a real shopping centre!”

They add that you can: “Complete missions in order to give your day, and indeed your entire existence a whole new degree of meaning!” as well as; “wonder constantly whether there’s something more important you could be doing!”

Not a bad little PR stunt and you can watch the video below or, if you’re wanting to go straight to GAME to get it for nothing, click here.

Free stuff with the Morrisons PudPod!

November 17th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

pudpod hero 258x300 Free stuff with the Morrisons PudPod!There’s nothing jollier than a van done up as a massive Christmas pudding handing out treats is there? Well, there’s about 5,000,000 things more jolly.

Either way, Morrisons are sending a massive pudding on the road!

The supermarket is taking the Pud Pod – or, inevitably #pudpod – on to the road to call at 32 locations around the UK ahead of Christmas. ['The Pudmobile' would've been better - Ed.]

The mobile pudding will also be handing out vouchers and free food as part of its ‘Make Christmas Special’ campaign this season.

Shoppers that visit the #pudpod will get £5 off a Christmas shop at Morrisons and will also get free samples from the Christmas range, including mince pies, panettone, roast turkey and pigs in blankets (bacon wrapped sausages, not actual porcines in a picnic rug).

If you want to follow the #pudpod, and if you have a largish Morrisons in your manor, then it’s likely you get a visit. Gander over here for further details.

We hope that we see it hijacked and entering into a high speed chase a la OJ Simpson, for a truly wonderful festive shoot-out that sees Morrisons being the unwitting star of 24 rolling death news.

Sky Broadband: Free, for a bit

November 11th, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sky Sky Broadband: Free, for a bitIf you’re shopping around to a new broadband provider, you can take Sky Broadband Unlimited for a “free 3 month test drive”.

They say: “We’re so confident in our broadband that we’re offering existing Sky TV customers the ability to switch to Sky Broadband Unlimited on a 3 month free trial. If you’re not happy within 3 months you can leave without paying a thing.”

If you’re not a Sky TV customer, you can go whistle.

This ‘no commitment’, ‘no set-up cost’ and ‘no line rental cost’ is helped by the fact that, if you already have Sky TV, half the hard work is already done and they don’t have to send a man ’round your house to fix it up for you.

After the trial, if you like Sky’s service, it’ll cost you £7.50 per month and a Sky line rental will cost you £16.40 per month. There’s cheaper deals out there, that’s for sure.

If that sounds like your thing, visit Sky’s offer page.

How much for the world’s most expensive burger?

October 7th, 2014 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Restaurants love getting things that aren’t usually expensive and then tarting them up so they’re wildly pricey. It’s cheap PR and, in this instance, we’re suckers for meat on bread.

We’ve already drooled over pizza burgers and the fabulous nine-patty burger on Bitterwallet, and now we’re looking at some place in Chelsea called Honky Tonk who claim to have made the world’s most expensive burger.

We’ve already seen the most expensive ready-meal at £314, but this burger dwarfs the price of that, coming in at a whopping and preposterous £1,100.

worlds most expensive burger 500x332 How much for the worlds most expensive burger?

So what makes this burger so good then?

Well, it is embellished with gold leaf, lobster and caviar for a kick off, and has 220g of wagyu beef and 60g of venison in it too. In the middle of the burger, there’s a black truffle Brie that creates a “liquid pocket” once cooked.

The whole thing is seasoned with Himalayan salt and the lobster is poached in Iranian saffron. There’s also maple syrup bacon, hickory smoked duck egg and the aforementioned beluga caviar and gold leaf.

 

The bun isn’t just some crusty cobbler from down the shops. It is seasoned with Japanese matcha, which is a sort of green tea powder and for a bit of wet, there’s cream mayonnaise and a mango and champagne jus and grated white truffle.

It has over 2,000 calories and has the awful name of ‘The Glamburger’ and is a publicity stunt created in tandem with those gits at Groupon, who just so happen to be giving one of the burgers away for free. Sadly, you’ll have to go to Chelsea and put up with all the Hooray Henry sorts and women in riding boots called Chlamydia.

Amazon are giving away loads of apps for free!

September 26th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

amazoninstant Amazon are giving away loads of apps for free!Once again, Amazon are giving away a load of apps for free. Yes, you’d normally pay for these particular ones.

There’s 29 apps on offer, and the offer is available until 12pm on September 27th. So act sharpish if you want some.

There are games and other useful things to be had like alarm clocks and dieting things.

You can get your paws on Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Paper Camera and Office Suite Professional, as well as a Sonic the Hedgehog game and the popular Threes. You can even get an Air Harp, which is much less space-consuming than a real harp.

Some of the apps look like a load of rubbish, but those are the breaks with a deal like this. You really should check them out for yourself.

To download these paid apps for free, head to this Amazon Appstore page.