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Is it really worth paying a big monthly subcription for a flashy smart phone when you mostly only use it to make calls?

PaxAmerica
4 weeks ago
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Leannexxx

No it's not at all would definitely say get a smart phone but what works for the individual it's better buying one out right

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PaxAmerica

Leannexxx Do you mean buy the handset with cash and then get a cheap Simcard?

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Leannexxx

PaxAmerica yeah sorry was writing quick my little one was trying to get my phone 🤣

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PhilipMarc

I have a contract with Three that I'll end in June, but before doing so I'll request a PAC so I keep the number (it's one of the easiest to remember I've ever had, e.g. 078 555 80 200).

Then at home you got your WiFi so you don't need to use mobile data.

Buy a PAYG phone and an ideal sim pack. I'm with RWG currently.

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Pfs

You can buy phones and spread the cost like on giffgaff or just pay as go like do I also bought a Samsung s21 on amazon and just stuck my sim card in. Reconditioned and it is like brand new and also came with a plug and charger wire. £250 but now they're cheaper Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G 128GB Black Unlocked (Renewed) amzn.eu/d/2DDLPFr

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Pjran

I use a secondhand iPhone, admittedly not the latest but it’s fine for me.

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tumblespots

I have an old type non smart phone, primarily so that I could call for help if I broke down. I'm not good with technology and haven't got enough life left to learn how to competently operate a new smart phone, besides I believe they are terribly expensive and I'd never take out a contract, if I can't buy it outright (cheaply) then I'm not interested.

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Pinkspirit

tumblespots I'm with you l have a Samsung phone, android l think as technology is not my forte, (what's a smart phone?) l brought it new in 2017 and will not change it unless l drop it and break the screen or it dies on me, I'm on a Tesco tariff of £7.50 a rolling month, which is so much data (no idea but I've never gone over) and unlimited calls & texts, as long as l can make calls, send texts, take photos and put things in the calendar, I'm a happy bunny 😊🐰

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tumblespots

Pinkspirit I'm on PAYG and don't spend much on it at all!

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eyeballkerry

Unfortunately I had to upgrade my phone otherwise there are certain things I can not do on it. I always buy my phone outright.

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BonzoBanana

Well I have a Xaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 6GB/128GB phone from cashconverters which was £80 and my RWG contract is £35 for 2 years (i.e. less than £2 a month) for 250 minutes, 250 texts, 2GB data. This is plenty for me because I always use wifi when I can. It does 4K video, 100 Megapixel images and has a nice operating system. It runs all the latest apps and has long battery life. I'm very happy with it and my contract is all I need. The phone will probably last me another 2 years I hope. One feature is important to me which is FM radio support. If I go on long walks I like to use the FM radio as it takes very little from the battery and makes the walk more pleasant. I also listen to mp3s and podcasts on my walks.

While it has an amazing camera compared to most smart phones I actually prefer to use a real camera with decent optical zoom and easy access to settings. The phone's sensor is very small so is susceptible to grain unless its a very bright day and like most phones it will use software to remove grain but then you aren't getting a true image. You are getting a image that started poor and the phone's processing power has cleaned up.

www.mi.com/uk/product/redmi-note-10-pro/specs/

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martinlufc5637

I bought mine up front and pay £11.50 a month for unlimited calls and txt with 60gb of data, no way would I pay £35+ a month

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Pjran

If you search on eBay for the Tesco site, they have lots of secondhand cheap .iPhones

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jms19

I think having some form of smart phone makes things a lot easier but totally agree it doesn’t have to be the latest model.

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BonzoBanana

I reminds me years ago someone bought an iphone and it was something like £1500 for the contract over 18 months or 2 years and within the first month he had dropped it and there was a large crack on the screen. It still worked but around the crack you couldn't see everything. That would annoy me but saying that I saw a builder who had a phone that was so bashed up you wouldn't believe it yet he was still using it, the screen was heavily damaged but it still made calls and so forth but was amusing to see. Even the plastic of it was scratched to hell.

I'm happy with phones at the value end of pricing and don't see the point of upgrading to the latest model frequently.

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Emerge11

I got mine from eBay as a grade A and It was cheap. I also got a sim card only deal from 02 and I pay £3.88 a month. 500 min, 500 SMS and 500 MB of data. I dont use them much as I use WIFI at home. Its not much but the price I pay Is perfect.

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BonzoBanana

Emerge11 To be honest often with my 2GB of data I don't use it all however I do keep off youtube mostly when out and about as I know that will deplete it quickly. I save youtube for when wifi is available but apart from that compromise 2GB data is fine. I never use all my 250 minutes or 250 texts either. I probably only send a couple texts per month and probably have at least half of my minutes free.

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Emerge11

BonzoBanana Yes YT or any streaming websites eats your data. I use mine through WIFI when available. I hardly use my min too or text messages, but I am happy with what I pay.

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HappyComperZoe

Not at all, your paying for all the extras you won’t use lol.

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DeBunny

So many things require apps these days, parking, tickets even the doctors. So it is becoming a requirement. I'd just buy one second hand or use a relatives old one (that's what I always do!) Then you can get a contract on your sim card around £3-£18 a month if that! Just for your phone contact. Usually texts are unlimited these days, it's often just the internet you pay for, but you won't need much if you have wifi at home. Just make sure the phone will be available and compatible for the next few years.

It shocks me that people are paying £50-£200 a month for their mobile phone contracts 😥

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