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    What phone do I get?

    My contract with 3 has finished and it is time to get a new phone. Unlike many of you, I really don't need a flash phone and in fact I am looking to lower my monthly cost which is currently £26 as I am nowhere near my text and phone limits.

    My current contract gives me plenty of minutes and texts, as well as free calls to other 3 users which currently includes 2 of my 3 children - although that may change of course, especially as their contracts The main advantage is that I get unlimited data.
    I don't really use apps except edugeek of course, a couple of music/tuning apps and a few others so I am not looking for anything flash. I DO use the internet quite a lot, especially the satnav bit.

    It seems that I can go down to £19 a month and get a Sony Experia J and I think this is good enough but I am not sure. I might be able to get a better phone on another network for about the same price but I won't get the all-you-can-eat data. I am not sure how much data I actually use and I am having trouble finding out.

    Has anyone got one of these phones or can offer me any advice?

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    Think this site and a few others were mentioned on the gadget show

    http://www.rightmobilephone.co.uk/

    http://www.billmonitor.com/

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    Mobile Phones | Compare over 800,000 Mobile Phone Deals | moneysupermarket.com

    Compare the deals here and see which one is the best for you

    Here are some suggestions for you

    Galaxy S3 looking good on £16.61 plan or Galaxy note 2 ( £21.67 ).

    Sony Xperia Z ( £23.83)
    HTC One (25.83 )
    Good Luck!!

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    All I'll say is don't look at an S4 or you'll come away with it. Had my grubby little mits on one in Tesco today and the screeen is well - wow! if I wasn't a few months off renewal I'd have had one there and then. A bit bigger than the S2 but not pocket unfriendly.

    Tesco had it on 500 mins, 500 Text and 500Mb for £26 IIRC with free handset (24 months) - the only worry is the 500mb data.

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    Ta, but the cost is the issue - I need it to come down. Not interested in a Galaxy S4 - as I say, I really don't use it enough to pay the price. I don't want a huge phone, either.
    Tesco have a Galaxy mini for £20 with lots of texts and calls and 500mb data - that might be OK.
    Its a pain having to sign up for 2 years too
    The thing is, I don't know enough about the phones and whilst I can look at reviews, I hoped that someone had experience of them. @apur32 Who was the £16.61 plan with - I didnt find that one?
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    http://www.moneysupermarket.com/mobi...ung/galaxy-s3/

    Check this out.

    It is with cash back

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    I'm happy with my carphonewhorehouse deal. 500MB data, 250 minutes of calls and 5000 texts for £7.50 a month. OK it's a Galaxy Ace and doesn't support flash (unless you mess around with it) but it suits me. The only thing is, their minutes seem to be a lot faster than my watch.

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    If you really don't use apps - why not go down to an old fashioned phone - I still use an old Samsung and get 10 days between charges and it only cost about £35

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    I have the Nexus 4 it's a lovely phone. It's £23 on three with 300 mins, unlimited texts and data. I'm sure you could haggle a better deal with them though as they would still be making a big profit margin on this phone aim to get it under the £20 mark and you have got yourself a good deal. Reason I like the phone is it comes without all the extra stuff you don't need which eats your battery and slows your phone down etc, plus when a new version of android comes out you get it really quickly.

    LG Nexus 4 - LG Mobile Phones at BuyMobilePhones.net Ltd.

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    Ugh. £12 a month, Virgin Mobile, Galaxy Ace 2. More than enough features to satisfy day to day use, decent size screen. 5000 texts, 5000 minutes, unlimited calls to other Virgins, unlimited data. That's a "repeat customer" deal I have but worth asking them anyway IMO. It's cheaper if you have Virgin services too (I don't)

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    Or another cracking phone Samsung S3 for £20 a month, 300 mins, 5000 texts, unlimited data on three. Samsung Galaxy S3 - Compare Samsung Galaxy S3 Contract Deals

    Depends what your used to as £26 is IMO quite a lot a month to pay so your probably used to a fairly decent phone. Problem I think with going for something not as good as the S3 or Nexus 4 in two years its going to feel really outdated and slow.

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    Utterly pointless if you don't need that sort of thing. I think spending more than £20 on any phone contract is utterly pointless unless you can really justify the use of the phone. Some of the S4 contracts work out slightly better than loan & sim only unlike *anything* else on the market.

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    I've had a play with the Sony Xperia J. Not a bad phone at all - very light weight, sturdy construction, responsive to use.

    I'd suggest asking Three what they can do for you with that phone.

    T-Mobile managed to give me the HTC One with unlimited data, unlimited texts, 2000 minutes, and unlimited t-mobile minutes for £21 a month, plus £10 for their insurance per month (which I can cancel after 3 months if I want to), so I'm sure Three could do you a good deal.

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    Utterly pointless in your opinion. I'm just saying from my experience having recently upgraded from a Motorola Defy which was cheap at only £12 a month but after 12 months of a 24 month contract it really started to get slow with all the new apps that were coming out and OS upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrowlands View Post
    Utterly pointless in your opinion. I'm just saying from my experience having recently upgraded from a Motorola Defy which was cheap at only £12 a month but after 12 months of a 24 month contract it really started to get slow with all the new apps that were coming out and OS upgrades.
    The answer to that is simple - stop installing so many apps and updates... The OS timeframe for Android phones is a lot shorter than, say, Windows on a PC. So a similar comparison would be installing Windows 8 on a 5 year old PC with 1GB RAM etc...



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