Due to current economic circumstances in the witch home, no, I can't afford to buy a phone, and said circumstances are why I need to reduce my contract cost
In that case… another option is to phone up and see if you can add a second contract into another one that one of your household has?
T-Mobile have been ringing me up offering it. Not sure of the deals though.
Few ideas. Get all the family on one network and bring your costs down with free calls/texts between them. Check out the mobiles section on hotukdeals - just got my PAC off Three today (an achievement) and am tempted. Once you request your PAC they often phone back with better deals too....
Three have offered a Galaxy Ace or the HTC desire C (which seems to be a lower spec than my current one) with 2000mins, 5000 texts and all you can eat data for £15pm
Or a Lumia 620 for £20pm
Thoughts? Reception is pretty rubbish at home but I suspect that is the phone - it used to be OK.
Deals seem reasonable - unless you know better...
Lumina 620 but you knew I was going to say that.
Yes, I did, I know you are a windows phone fanboi - but explain why please
It's at the lower end of the contract price scale but retains very good performance (although not as fast for gaming!). The camera is great quality and the phone feels very rugged in my opinion. Battery life is great and in bright sunlight, WP8 will alter the screen to make it readable outside which makes a huge difference. Once you get used to Live Tiles, you will not want to go back. WP8 community seems very pleasant too.
Downside is WP8 has a lack of apps at the moment, although it makes the news sites interesting every time a new high-profile app appears and a buzz starts generating from the community. Live Tiles take time to get used to until you suddenly click and go "Ahhh, so I pin this and that from the app instead of just the launcher." Many first party apps are rubbish and paid third party apps tend to be the better alternative (typically round the 80p mark but you won't need many). Sadly I have to report I had a few crashes with no clue if it was the app or OS.
Overall, I think the Lumia 620 is worth it for the budget end of the smartphone market. It's no powerhouse but does what it needs to do and feels like a quality piece of kit. You will find yourself a bit stumped using Windows Phone 8 at first due to the jarring experience of changing over but this is because it works completely different to any other phone OS on the market. Suddenly you will find yourself using it naturally with no hassle or quibble as everything falls into place and just clicks together. Definitely try one at the stores before committing, demo units sold it to me.
I find the platform is just a whole bunch more focused at getting stuff done rather than trying to be a universal hammer.
As above it is a bit of a change and that is because it is different, it was designed from the ground up to get phone stuff done. Of course then then chucked it on W8 desktops but touch is what it is designed for and does well.
Last edited by SYNACK; 13th May 2013 at 03:00 PM.
I am a bit of a dinosaur with phones and for some reason it takes me a long time to get used to a new one - far more than any other tech. I am a bit worried about a windows phone in case I can't work it!!
Have a butchers at this: Pay monthly - Mobile phones - Tesco Mobile
Down the bottom end, some of the deals look really good and I know from experience (OH anyway) is that she is more than happy with her Samsung Ace and is not too clogged with apps.
Also you don't really need unlimited data or texts as you will not use more than 5000 txts per month or use more than 500Mb of data per month, as for the calls then maybe change the amount of free minutes per month.
Happy hunting MSSB
Last edited by bossman; 13th May 2013 at 11:16 PM.
Right - I was all ready to take the Galaxy Ace from Tesco Mobile at £15 a month but when I rang 3 they offered an HTC Desire C (slower processor but more RAM and space than my current Desire) at £9 (bit of a reduction from my current £25!!) with 300 mins, 5000 texts and 250GB internet. I can pay £11 if I want double the internet.
The only thing is the size of the phone - hope it isn't too big for me.
Please don't tell me it is rubbish - unless you have very good reasons (I have 7 days to send it back)
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