How to make the most of the World Cup using your Smartphone
Are you fully immersed in the World Cup experience yet? Football fans are no longer satisfied with just watching the games on TV whenever they can, as they are now able to use smartphones to track every match and all tournament news.
In fact, your phone will allow you to make the most of the month long event in so many different ways; and given it only comes around once every four years, who wouldn’t want to be completely wrapped up in World Cup mania?
Watching the game live, later or in highlights
There are 64 matches in total and they are being televised by ITV and BBC. This means you will need both the BBC iPlayer app and the ITV Player app on your smartphone to watch all the games. These apps will work on iOS and Android devices as well as Windows Phone. You will need a televising schedule to know which matches are being aired on each channel.
If your mobile device is an Amazon Kindle Fire, you can use the TVPlayer app to watch the games instead. This app is also available for iOS and Android, but the drawback is that it will only work if you are in the UK.
Don’t pay more than you need to!
Be careful! Before you start downloading anything on your smartphone, it is worth checking your data plan with your service provider. Streaming a lot of data can be costly if you are on a PAYG contract. If you only have a small data allowance, choose a low cost mobile broadband provider. You may be able to switch your contract but check this out with your current provider. You might be able to bargain more if you call up your provider and talk to them directly. Sometimes the sales team can up your contract and data allowance for a good deal. Typical prices you might be able to obtain include 1GB of data for £1 (That one is through Mobi-Data.) If you’re unsure how much that 1GB would get you in terms of footy time, check out the Mobi usage guide. For instance, 1GB might roughly gets you around 10 hours of decent quality video streaming. That equates to 6 full matches with some spare change to boot.
Using the data to access more than TV can get you
The beauty of following the World Cup through your smartphone and the data you have available is that you can stream matches after they’ve aired and watch them whenever it is convenient. This means you can fit the tournament around your schedule, as opposed to the other way around.
Of course, watching a match just once is often not enough. With a smartphone, you can relive special moments and favourite games over and over, until they expire. If your screen time is limited by work or other duties, you can always catch the World Cup Breakfast highlights show on the BBC iPlayer which will give you a quick ten minute wrap up to keep you up-to-date.
Having access to past matches at your finger tips
If watching the games in Brazil isn’t enough, you can watch matches in previous World Cups through BBC World Cup Rewind, available from your iPlayer.
Making the event more sociable
You can share your opinions and emotions with tons of other likeminded football fans. The World Cup page on BBC’s website is a good starting point, as it also gives you the latest information and stats from all matches. Twitter and Facebook are of course other popular venting avenues, and avid sports followers should also consider installing the SportsYapper app which is basically Twitter for sports fans.
Another great way to make the World Cup more sociable and fun is through having informal competitions with your mates to see who can more accurately predict tournament results. The World Cup Guru app available for iOS for example, allows participants to predict match outcomes and ranks you and your friends on a big leaderboard. With so much bragging rights at stake, you and your mates will no doubt be all fired up when watching each and every game.
Possibly one for younger fans, the Pipsports’ app available for both iOS and Android allows you to add real-time data like player stats and goal information to your sporting photos. The best thing is that you can share your creation with other users from all over the world.
Another fun thing to do is to collect the virtual Panini stickers into a digital album. Younger fans will love trading stickers with others across the globe, as well as learning all the facts and figures that come with their sticker packs. Older fans on the other hand, will enjoy reminiscing the good old days when many collected those much prized Panini trading cards in old shoeboxes.
There are five free virtual packs a day to open and you can join or create groups of collectors, and even be entered into the Hall of Fame.
Do you have recommendations for other great apps to go with the World Cup? Let us know what these are as well as how your smartphone is changing your World Cup experience.
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