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Fonez Black Friday Deals 2019

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Get Ready For Our Biggest Black Friday Yet!!

Here at Fonez we’ll be pulling out all the stops for Black Friday sales 2019. This year the world-renowned sales day falls on Friday, November 29th and just like last year, we promise to deliver the best deals on Phones, Tablets, Laptops and Accessories, online and in-store throughout Ireland.

Black Friday Smartphones


Our smartphone catalogue is now bigger than ever and you can expect to find the best Black Friday promotions on the following phone brands:

 Black Friday iPads

Apple iPads

We will be packing a massive range of iPads into our Black Friday promotion this year with models to suit any requirements. 

Black Friday Laptops


Grab a bargain MacBook laptop with us this Black Friday. With a wide range of models and specs in-stock, options won't be an issue when selecting your bargain laptop.

Check back to this article to keep up to date with our latest Black Friday promotions. We will also be running our sales in-store at Galway, Cork and Letterkenny.

The Fonez Galway Hurdle

The Fonez Galway Hurdle


Join us in our very own Fonez Galway Hurdle! We have a huge range of prizes to give away to the first 23 ambitious competitors to complete the racecourse. The race will take place at 2 pm next Wednesday the 31st of July. Starting at the tree outside Jurys Inn at the bottom of Quay Street, you'll be given the first puzzle to solve then you can proceed on to the next one. Solve all 5 puzzles and win up to €500! 


To be eligible to enter you must like and share the Facebook post used to promote the competition.
The map of the racecourse can be downloaded below. 

Get ready...Get set...GO!!!

  • Accumula Collaborator

Apple Developing A Method To Charge Your iPhone Over Wi-Fi

     "Apple is investigating ways to charge iPhones and iPads wirelessly and without contact using the signal emitted by radio frequencies such as Wi-Fi, a patent filing has revealed.

     The indication the company is working on the system will raise hopes that the end of having to physically plug a cable into a mobile device in order to charge it could be around the corner.

     The filing reveals Apple is looking at ways to re-power its devices using mobile, Wi-Fi and millimetre wave signals. It proposes directing the electromagnetic frequencies, normally used for data transmission, towards device as a "beam" of energy.

     Long-range wireless charging isn't a new concept and Apple has been working on different ways to achieve it for a number of years. It first filed a patent for a way to wirelessly recharge an iMac at a distance of one metre back in 2010.

     Rumours suggest that Apple is planning to introduce wireless charging to the iPhone for the first time this year in time for its 10-year anniversary. Adding weight to reports, the company joined an industry group called the Wireless Power Consortium in February.

     However, the method of wireless charging that Apple could use is still unclear.

     It had been claimed that the iPhone would not feature the short-range "inductive" wireless charging used on the Watch and rival phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8.

     Instead, Apple was said to be waiting to introduce wireless charging on the handsets only when it had developed a long-range system.

     Apple patented a separate "inductive charging station" concept for the iPhone last Autumn, paving the way for short-range wireless charging on the iPhone 8. The upcoming handset is rumoured to come with a glass case that could support the feature. "


Source: Cara McGoogan,

  • Joseph Flaherty

Nissan Build Phone Signal Blocker Into Cars To Halt Phone Distractions

     "Nissan doesn't want you texting while driving its Juke.

     There are apps available that attempt to make your phone less of a distraction while you drive, but now, Nissan has taken the concept a step further with its own compartment that blocks mobile phone signals. Even though people can put on a Bluetooth headset or set up automatic replies to texts, drivers still love to play with their phones rather than keep their eyes fixed ahead of them on the road.

     Nissan knows this, obviously, as it has developed a Faraday cage. Nissan said the prototype, called Signal Shield, comes built into the arm rest of its Juke crossover vehicle, and it promises to eliminate distractions caused by calls, texts, and other notifications. Keep in mind the product is not entirely new, as Michael Faraday discovered in the 19th century that conductive materials block electromagnetic fields.

     Nissan's spin is essentially a place where you can rest your phone while you drive - and all cellular, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi signals will be blocked. If you want to access tunes on your device, you can always connect it to the Juke via USB or aux cable. You can see a demo of the Signal Shield in the promo video below.

     Signal Shield is certainly an interesting way for Nissan to tackle distractions, but unfortunately, at the end of the day, we think people who use their phone while driving will continue do so, even if they have a fancy Faraday cage sitting inches away. "



Source: Elyse Betters,

  • Joseph Flaherty

Jelly - The World's Smallest 4G Android Smartphone

     "Unihertz, a start-up based in China, has introduced Jelly on Kickstarter, the world’s smallest 4G capable Android smartphone. In fact, the Jelly smartphone is so small that it can easily fit in your coin pocket. Smartphones might have gotten bigger in the last couple of years with the 5.5-inch display becoming standard, but looks like this company wants to change all of this.

     Jelly isn’t just a small Android phone, it runs Android Nougat 7.0 and will cost over $100. There's also a Jelly Pro version. The project has already managed to raise $133,934, much more than the original pledge of $30,000 goal. However, actual shipping for the Jelly will start only in August of 2017. So what does Jelly offer to users? And why are people signing up for this device?

     Well, the unique selling point clearly has to be the size. The idea of a smartphone fitting into your coin pocket has people intrigued. Plus, it helps that this a 4G-enabled device, and according to Jelly it will work with most major GSM networks.

     Now the display on this phone is only 2.45-inches, with 240×432 pixels resolution. Dimensions of the Jelly smartphone are 3.6-inches x 1.7-inches x 0.5-inches (LxWxH), so yeah this is pretty tiny. Interestingly this can support dual-Nano SIM cards, and has a fully replaceable battery with the company promising three days working time (for average usage) or up to seven days on standby. The battery size is 950 mAh.

     But that’s not all. Jelly comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (expandable to 32GB via a microSD), while there’s a Jelly Pro version as well with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The phone sports a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor and has a 2MP camera on the front and an 8MP rear camera.

     Jelly will come in three colours: Pearl White, Space Black and Sky Blue. Jelly also has support for WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0. Sensors on the phone are: G-Sensor, Gyroscope, and Compass. Unihertz has also created an armband and you can just mount the Jelly phone onto it, and then use it as a fitness device. "



  • Joseph Flaherty