From tellies, to moblies.
I'm not a big mobile fan. Mine rings folk, and it texts folk, and that's all I'm interested in. It does have the internet, but it's that shitty WAP thing, and I've used it maybe once ever. I'm on pay as you go with O2. I've been with them since the first phone I got, when I was 15 and they were still BT Cellnet. Having been with them so long I've racked up that many bolt ons and whatever that it has never made sense to get a contract as it would be costing three times as much. I top up £15 per month, of which they take £7.99, and I get unlimited WAP internets, 50 minutes (I rarely ring people, Skype baby) and unlimited texts (I text the missus, occasional other friends just to talk to, and otherwise only if I'm meeting somebody). It has done me fine. At the end of the month, I'm left with about £7 in credit which I use as-and-when until it runs out, and then I top up my £15 and off I go again. I reckon roughly I get an extra week out of it. So £15 for 5 weeks is about £12 a month. Now, recently she's been telling me I need to join the modern world and get a 'smartphone'.
So, my questions to those who know:
Simple one - she's got the latest iphone and said I can have her old model. Is my free internet likely to be just data, in which case it will still apply with a smart phone, or WAP specific in which case it'll eat credit if I used the 3G internet? If the internet would be free I might just have that. Same deal as now except swanky newish phone (in comparison to mine) and also I suddenly have internet.
If not, two questions:
O2 have offered me a choice of smart phones for £11 a month. Blackberry Curve, Samsung Galaxy etc... Unlimited texts (snap) 100 minutes (double what I have now which I sometimes, though not often, use up) and 100MB of data. I'm naturally a cynical bastard. Are they trying to switch folk from pay as you go tariffs like mine because they can fleece me for more, or is it a business decision because having people on fixed contracts makes accounting easier? Apparently 100MB isn't very much, but I don't use any right now, so I'd probably cope (and as I understand it wifi access isn't counted in this right?). Has anybody taken them up on a similar offer? Can I keep my pay as you go SIM active (though with a different number).
I think I'm just being paranoid though, and this is a good offer. In which case, I'm currently paying about £12 per month. I'm not tied to it, but it's been pretty consistent for a few years. I can pay a pound less and get a swanky new phone. Sounds like a good idea. However, I have ranted for ages about the damn things, iphone wankers in pubs doing naught but stare at their mini screens; people showing you their new apps; folk spending hours glued to facebook. Do I want that, or am I happy in the last century? People tell me they are really useful, but I cope fine (-ish) now. Thoughts?
I think I lied about how many questions I was asking, but I can live with that...
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