2013’s uSwitch Mobile Awards took place at London’s historic Café De Paris in November. Once again, we gathered together to celebrate the very best of the mobile industry in a year marked by the launch of super-fast 4G and some stunning devices.
Best Pay Monthly Network
Best PAYG Network
Best Network Coverage
Best Pay Monthly Value for Money
Best PAYG Value for Money
Best SIM-Only Value for Money
Best Customer Support
Best Perks / Freebies
Best for Roaming
Fastest Network - Powered by RootMetrics
Best Operating System
Best Online Retailer
Best High Street Retailer
Most Easy to Use Phone
The uSwitch Mobile Awards 2013 promises to be the best yet. Taking place in Piccadilly’s beautifully restored art-deco venue Café De Paris, we’ll be bringing together all the manufacturers, networks, press and the personalities who made 2013 one of the most exciting years ever in the world of mobile.
But this isn’t just any industry awards ceremony. In keeping with the venue’s glamorous jazz-age heritage, we’ll be bringing you the cream of London’s cabaret and burlesque performers. And to keep the party flowing, we’ve enlisted Café De Paris’ team of mixologists to create unique, themed cocktails for the evening.
To ensure the leading lights of the industry get the recognition they deserve, we’ve polled the nation with Our Mobile Awards Survey and assembled a Mobile Awards Judging Panel boasting some of the sector’s most respected names.
Hunter Skipworth is technology editor at Digital Spy. A lover of all things tech, he has been a mobile fan since the days of the Nokia 3210. Hunter has a good knowledge of the current mobile market and prides himself on making sure he tests out every handset. He is also a bit of an expert in the world of apps. Currently in charge of Digital Spy's tech output, Hunter covers just about every possible gadget you can think of.
Gareth Beavis is Mobile Phones Editor of TechRadar, overseeing hugely in-depth reviews of every mobile phone on a daily basis, based on an embarrassing passion for shiny, pocket-friendly devices. Gareth also recently finished second in a 24 hour dance marathon and held the world record for Backwards 10-pin Bowling - but still rates mobiles as his favourite thing.
Verity Burns is a technology journalist and multimedia editor of What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision and whathifi.com. As well as reviewing all manner of home entertainment tech on a day-to-day basis, she presents the site's video content and is in charge of the brand's burgeoning smartphone and tablet coverage. Verity has been writing for gadget mags and websites since 2006, and has previously held roles at Stuff, MSN Tech and Pocket-Lint.
Rob Kerr is the Contributing Editor of comparison site Omio and a journalist with more than 12 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as WIRED, PC Magazine, The Register, The INQUIRER, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he's seen them grow from just being just a business tool, to a necessity in everyone's everyday life.
James Day is technology editor for The Metro - the world’s largest free newspaper and the third biggest newspaper in the UK. A self-confessed barometer for geekdom and gadgets, James brings a wealth of hands-on experience playing, reporting and delivering the latest news to around 1.3m print readers every weekday and 4.2 million online readers.
Mark has been the technology correspondent for BBC World Service for the last four years. He reports on all aspects of tech for the BBC’s international radio arm which has more than 200 million listeners in 28 languages worldwide. He also regularly appears on BBC World TV and is a frequent contributor to the BBC’s online technology page.
Chris Barraclough is Devices Editor for Mobile Choice Magazine, with four years of mobile tech journalism experience. He reviews the latest smartphones and tablets as well as apps and mobile games, and still can’t believe he gets paid to play with gadgets all day. In the past he’s worked for a variety of titles such as Tech Radar, T3 and What Laptop, and in his spare time he’s an award-winning crime writer, publishing gritty mature thrillers that he hopes his mum never accidentally reads.
Jonathan heads up our uSwitch Mobile Phones news team. With more than 5 years experience in the technology sector, Jonathan has worked on some of the biggest stories the industry has seen. When not immersed in all things techy on behalf on uSwitch, Jonathan also contributes to the Guardian supplements, G2 and The Guide as well as MixMag magazine.
Chris is the Editor of Pocket-lint.com, the UK's largest independent news and reviews website, covering all aspects of consumer electronics, digital lifestyle and online trends. Chris has been with Pocket-lint since 2008, previously working in research publishing, running a number of titles spanning engineering and advanced materials.
Chris has a passion for technology, but not for technology's sake, and is a firm believer that the user experience is the most important factor when it comes to the latest gadgets and devices. Chris makes regular appearances on television, radio and in national newspapers.
Dew joined uSwitch straight from university driven by his passion for the web and specialises in tenacious news reporting and iconoclastic comment on the latest mobile phone developments. When not writing about tech, Dew can be usually found doing photography and saving the galaxy in Mass Effect.