With the new football season underway many of you will be hoping for empty calendars at weekends so you won't get pulled away from the TV. But there will be times when you'll have to peel yourself off the sofa and do something more productive than watch the big match. Luckily, with a smartphone or tablet you can keep up with everything that's going on wherever you are. Here's Carphone Warehouse's guide to some of the lesser known ways to stay tuned to the footy.
With O2 and Vodafone joining EE in providing a 4G signal at the end of August there's plenty of choice when it comes to finding the right deal for you. All the networks will provide fantastic internet speeds so all the apps and websites below will load and run more quickly than on the old 3G networks but Vodafone gives you a little extra that could completely change your season. If you sign up to 4G with Vodafone you'll get a free mobile subscription to Sky Sports 1 and 2*, meaning you'll be able to watch all of Sky's football coverage at smooth speeds wherever you are.
If you're not looking to upgrade to Vodafone 4G right now and you're not a regular Sky Sports subscriber, it's still possible to watch live football on your smartphone. BskyB has launched a great app called Sky Sports TV, which gives you the full Sky Sports package (1, 2, 3, 4, F1 and News) for a £4.99 per month subscription and there's no minimum term**. It works on iPhone and Android and is a great way to get live football on the cheap.
It's all well and good being able to watch the football but if you don't know which match is on, at what time and on what channel you're probably not going to see much. That's where Premier League TV Listings + comes in. it's simple, easy to use and does what you want it to. You'll see who's playing, when the game is on and what channel it's on. You can also scroll through the whole season finding the matches you want months in advance. If you miss a match the app is updated with the final score too so you can quickly get up to date on the day's games.
If you can't watch the game live don't worry, you can always watch all the goals later with ESPN Goals. Not only can you watch video clips of all the goals from every Premier League match minutes after they happen completely free, the app now comes with ESPN studio-based video analysis and in-app social media links.
If you want to conserve some of your data but still want to keep up with a match as it happens listening to live radio commentary is your best bet. TuneIn radio is an app that lets you listen in on more than 70,000 radio stations via the internet. That means you can listen to every match in league football, whether it's the big game on BBC Radio 5 Live or a League 2 derby on local radio. You'll be able to find more football coverage than even Sky Sports can muster.
If you want a one-stop-shop for all your footballing news, from live scores to injuries updates, then Mirror Football is the app for you. It's completely free and gives you the best of the Mirror's online football coverage in a good-looking, interactive app. Updated 24/7 you'll never be kept in the dark about the latest developments in English football.
As many of you know, the official Premier League website runs a free fantasy league for fans every year, but the app that lets you keep tabs on your team while you're on the move costs. Enter Fantasy Football Buddy. This independent app can link into your Fantasy Premier League team, letting you make substitutions, change the captain, check up on individual players and monitor your leagues. It's the easiest way to keep your team on top form whatever you're doing.
There's loads of football games for smartphones that will keep even the biggest football nut entertained. First is the simple and addictive Flick Shoot. As the name suggests, you flick the screen to shoot and score increasingly difficult goals (Available on Android and iOS). Next is Guess the Football Club, an app for those of you who think you're an expert in world football. A team's badge will pop up and all you have to do is use the letters provided to spell the team's name. Simple but challenging (Available on Android). If you're more of a football manager then try out Top Eleven. It's a free game that has you create and train a football team to compete in matches against other players, think of it as a free version of Championship Manager (Available on Android and iOS).
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