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Mobile phone - John C. Kirk

Nov. 21st, 2008

10:34 am - Mobile phone

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From:totherme
Date:November 21st, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
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You can get pre-pay phones like this or this for a tenner.

That last one's a sony-erickson too. I've had a couple of those with fewer than the average number of mobile-phone problems. My erickson t39 lasted many years of active service and abuse.

There's even a clam shell for that price.

I don't see any point in going into a store unless you're going to haggle with them. And for budget phones, there's not going to be a lot you can offer them.

On the other hand, if you find what you want online, you might be able to get some money back by joining a site like this. Those sites are designed to game the online advertising system. You click through from them rather than browsing directly to the online store, and then you buy what you were going to buy anyway. The online store tracks you with cookies, and pays some money to the cashback site, who in turn pay (a percentage) to you.

Similarly, if you sign up using the link above, then I get some kind of minor bonus. I'm not going to go around spamming my friends with that kind of thing - and if you can find a cashback site offering a better deal you should use it. But, all other things being equal, it certainly seems to be better to use a cashback site than not to.

I haven't looked into the best prepay tarrifs - but the likes of moneysavingexpert have. That's a good site generally btw.
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From:totherme
Date:November 21st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
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And for budget phones, there's not going to be a lot you can offer them.

...should of course have read And for budget phones, there's not going to be a lot they can offer you.

...

I think I may need more sleep.
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From:johnckirk
Date:November 21st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - that's very useful. My current phone cost me £70, reduced from £180, so I assumed that it would cost at least £100 for a phone without a contract, and I'm glad to see they're so cheap.

My previous phone was a Sony Ericsson, possibly the T68? I didn't get on very well with that, because the little joystick thing in the middle stopped working properly, so instead of going down a row I had to hold it to the right until it scrolled over :)

I had a look at the Orange online shop, but they'll only deliver to my home address, so I'm probably better off going to a store (if it's the same price). Also, that means that I can get it a bit sooner; I'm concerned that I may have SJA messages/texts piling up in the meantime.
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