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Help with phone
« on: June 08, 2016, 01:19:36 PM »
Attention: luddite and basic person writing.

I have an old phone. Very old phone (bought in 2007). A stupid phone (i.e. not smart, hehe).
A Samsung SGH-E250.
I spend about £10 a year, mostly on texts (PAYG)

Now, I will be texting/calling a lot more in the next few months, so I was looking at the costs.

I'm with T-Mobile (EE), and UK texts cost 12p and to Portugal 10p, with calls at 30p.

I then discovered that Three has a great PAYG, with calls at 3p and UK texts at 2p, texts to Portugal at 25p.
I ordered a SIM-only to try it out, since I think my UK texts/calls will offset the international ones.

However I discovered that to unlock my current phone to use that, it costs almost £10, so I thought I might as well use the money on a potential new phone.
I don't really need to use net on my phone, I've got my Nexus 7 tablet, so I just need a basic one, and cheap.

Three has got these 2 options for PAYG phones:
- LG Leon, 8GB storage, at £80
- Huawei Y3, 4GB, £50
(there also the Microsoft Lumia 550 at £80, but I think I prefer android, I'm used to it from the Nexus)
The others are over £100, it's really not worth it for me.

These phones on the EE site are cheaper, but they require monthly packs/top-ups (even on PAYG), and I really don't use it that much.

Can you help a confused person?
(sorry for the 'basic-ness')
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Re: Help with phone
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 02:06:15 PM »
Is it no longer possible to just get a traditional non-smart phone in the UK? They cost like 10€ over here, and they usually come with 10€ credit so the phone is essentially free! Could save a fair bit of money there if you don't want anything other than calls and texts on it. :)
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Re: Help with phone
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 02:16:04 PM »
You guys still have roaming? Providers here are cutting it already as it'll be enforced by european law by 2017 anyway.

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Re: Help with phone
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 02:37:10 PM »
*blink*  *blink*

i read that twice.  i don't think i understand a word.

for example, in the u.s., i have unlimited, nation-wide, calling, text, and data for $90 a month.  i pay an extra $18 per month for my phone, but i get to swap phones every year for whatever i happen to think is the most awesome phone on the market.  right now, i'm about due for a new phone, but last year's choice was the brown leather g4.  (this one: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g4)

that comes out to about $1300 per year i'm paying for my phone -- which i acknowledge is a lot, but it's a crucial part of my existence.

however!

i was under the impression phones in general were much more expensive in the uk and the rest of europe than they are here in the u.s.  i take it that's not the case?  even the cheapest phone and contract still comes out to a couple hundred dollars per year over here.

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Re: Help with phone
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 08:09:27 PM »
Is it no longer possible to just get a traditional non-smart phone in the UK? They cost like 10€ over here, and they usually come with 10€ credit so the phone is essentially free! Could save a fair bit of money there if you don't want anything other than calls and texts on it. :)
Thing is, all those I found are locked to the expensive networks - paying to unlock I might as well get a nicer phone

Henry, roaming is when you call from abroad - not really interested in that, it's 'stuff from own country' I need, hehe

And m3m, I *know* that phone/technically-wise you're in a different universe to mine ;D you don't really get the words 'basic' in this context, do you? ;)
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Re: Help with phone
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 08:48:02 PM »
I honestly don't know if you can get "basic" in the US.  It is really depressing realizing that I spend ~$1200/yr for my phone (plus the $350 it cost for the phone itself).

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Re: Help with phone
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 08:59:28 PM »
Is it no longer possible to just get a traditional non-smart phone in the UK? They cost like 10€ over here, and they usually come with 10€ credit so the phone is essentially free! Could save a fair bit of money there if you don't want anything other than calls and texts on it. :)
Thing is, all those I found are locked to the expensive networks - paying to unlock I might as well get a nicer phone

Henry, roaming is when you call from abroad - not really interested in that, it's 'stuff from own country' I need, hehe

And m3m, I *know* that phone/technically-wise you're in a different universe to mine ;D you don't really get the words 'basic' in this context, do you? ;)
Ahh, fair enough. Since you mentioned that you'll have your tablet with you, is it not possible for you to just use skype and stuff like that? You can definitely text and call phones from your skype account, and I don't remember it being particularly expensive. Worth a look at least!
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