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    • fox warrior
    • By fox warrior 29th Aug 17, 12:58 PM
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    fox warrior
    Smart phone advice
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    • 29th Aug 17, 12:58 PM
    Smart phone advice 29th Aug 17 at 12:58 PM
    I looking at getting a smart phone. I've been more than happy with my dumb phone for many years but it's time for me get up to date. I'd welcome any advice / opinions, on handsets, operating systems, (Android, iOS, Windows 10 mobile etc), networks, where to buy and any info you think will be of help. I'm ok paying around £150 for the handset and £10 ish a month top up.
    Thanks for reading. Live long & prosper
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    • Susan1942
    • By Susan1942 5th Sep 17, 5:29 PM
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    Susan1942
    If you have not got enough Data you could overruun your limit. I didn't go over my limit but saw one month that it was using a lot of Data. I had omitted to turn Data off when I was at home.
    When I spoke to 02 they told me that although I was at home and assumed that I was using my WiFi I was told that if the signal was not as strong it was using roaming data.
    I now only switch Data on when I.am out which is only maybe couple afternoons a week. Doing this I have no problems. As they could see that my use was low they gave me an extra 100mb for that month.
    I didn't need it but it was there .
    I write more texts than anything else. Browsing internet Facebook Read newspapers I don't use that many minutes as I can make mobile local and national calls on my home telephone with my package for Broadband and phone.
    I have had absolutely no.oroblem with my Motorola 3rd Generation other than I am low on space now. Have had it 2 years
    Sue
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 5th Sep 17, 9:50 PM
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    The battery capacity for a G5 is 2800mAh so charging it daily I would expect, my old Nexus 5 has a 2300mAh battery
    Big advantage its removable ...........brillant

    Carry a spare!
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 5th Sep 17, 10:01 PM
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    DCFC79
    OP make sure you download an app to keep track of your data usage.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • fox warrior
    • By fox warrior 6th Sep 17, 11:01 AM
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    fox warrior
    Is anyone using Sky mobile. If so, is it any good?
    Thanks for reading. Live long & prosper
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 6th Sep 17, 5:12 PM
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    Colin_Maybe
    I would like to tell you that Gretel GT6000
    Originally posted by khurshidahmed
    Sounds fantastic (except for the naff name maybe), can you tell us your website address to buy it?
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 6th Sep 17, 7:48 PM
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    thankfully not as they are a new spammy member.
    • fox warrior
    • By fox warrior 7th Sep 17, 1:11 PM
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    Sky Mobile
    I've just ordered my Sky Mobile SIM. £5 a month, unlimited calls & texts to UK and 500 MB. Every MB that I don't use gets rolled in to my "Piggy Bank" and saved for me to use as and when I want / need it. Going to CPW tomorrow to get phone. I'll have a look at the Moto G5 even though there are some negative reviews but I like the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 more at the moment. (Android)
    Last edited by fox warrior; 07-09-2017 at 1:42 PM.
    Thanks for reading. Live long & prosper
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 7th Sep 17, 3:07 PM
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    Colin_Maybe
    I've just ordered my Sky Mobile SIM. £5 a month, unlimited calls & texts to UK and 500 MB. Every MB that I don't use gets rolled in to my "Piggy Bank" and saved for me to use as and when I want / need it. Going to CPW tomorrow to get phone. I'll have a look at the Moto G5 even though there are some negative reviews but I like the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 more at the moment. (Android)
    Originally posted by fox warrior
    I presume you're aware that you have to pay another £10 a month if you leave Sky at any time? If you're a light data user and intend to keep Sky then it's a decent deal however the rollover is only redeemable in 500MB chunks so it'll take a couple of months at least (depending on usage) before you have any rollover that you can access.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 7th Sep 17, 6:05 PM
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    I guess the OP could cancel it within 14 days if not opened/used

    Thought plusnet would be better
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 8th Sep 17, 9:38 AM
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    ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    Sky and CPW. What a combination!
    I didn't get where i am today by not reading moneysavingexpert.com
    • Alter ego
    • By Alter ego 8th Sep 17, 9:58 AM
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    Alter ego
    thankfully not as they are a new spammy member.
    Originally posted by AndyPK
    I googled the Gretel, to check. Found it for sale on amazon. Don't rush to judge.
    Ignore me if you like, it's not the real me anyway.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 8th Sep 17, 10:24 AM
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    I googled the Gretel, to check. Found it for sale on amazon. Don't rush to judge.
    first post praising / sales pitch for a uncommon phone = SPAM!
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 8th Sep 17, 12:32 PM
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    martinthebandit
    I looking at getting a smart phone. I've been more than happy with my dumb phone for many years but it's time for me get up to date. I'd welcome any advice / opinions, on handsets, operating systems, (Android, iOS, Windows 10 mobile etc), networks, where to buy and any info you think will be of help. I'm ok paying around £150 for the handset and £10 ish a month top up.
    Originally posted by fox warrior

    I've got a moto G5 handset (£149 from Argos a few weeks ago) and a £7:50 a month contract with Tesco which gives me all the data, texts and calls I need which also came with a 'free' phone which I flogged on eBay.
    Politics -
    from the words Poli, meaning many
    and tics meaning blood sucking parasites


    (thanks to Kinky Friedman (or Larry Hardman) for the quote}
    • fox warrior
    • By fox warrior 8th Sep 17, 12:38 PM
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    fox warrior
    Data
    I presume you're aware that you have to pay another £10 a month if you leave Sky at any time? If you're a light data user and intend to keep Sky then it's a decent deal however the rollover is only redeemable in 500MB chunks so it'll take a couple of months at least (depending on usage) before you have any rollover that you can access.
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe
    Thanks for the heads up. It prompted me to ask more questions. I can only roll back in 1GB chunks. I get an alert on the phone when my allowance is getting low, 80% or so. The guy I spoke to was very good, he explained how to set up "Data traffic" if I get the P8 Lite. It overlays my real time usage so I can see it all the time. If data runs out while I'm using it, it just stops working. I can ring Sky customer service 150 free phone to buy more data if I want, £10 for 1GB. I'm not planning on leaving Sky TV any time soon, but if I do, the Sky Mobile is charged as follows,
    "12-month minimum term. Free Unlimited Calls and Texts will end on cancellation of TV subscription and standard published prices will apply (currently £10 a month)".
    I make use of Sky Go. Sky Go Extra is £5 a month extra but apparently if I download an App, (Not sure which one yet), I get it for free. I'll just have to see how my usage pans out and if necessary change it or "Mix" it as follows,
    "Choose the data, calls and texts to suit your needs. If you need more or less you can change your Mix every month, so you only pay for what you need".

    Don't know how that works yet. On the face of it, it's very flexible, I can choose a different plan whenever I want, I prefer that to being in a "fixed" plan for 12 months.
    Time will tell.
    Thanks for reading. Live long & prosper
    • d123
    • By d123 8th Sep 17, 12:39 PM
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    d123
    I presume you're aware that you have to pay another £10 a month if you leave Sky at any time? If you're a light data user and intend to keep Sky then it's a decent deal however the rollover is only redeemable in 500MB chunks* so it'll take a couple of months at least (depending on usage) before you have any rollover that you can access.
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe
    *1GB chunks.

    Terms & conditions

    Redeem your data in 1GB increments.
    https://www.sky.com/shop/mobile/features#feature-roll
    ====
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 8th Sep 17, 12:41 PM
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    ballyblack
    and a £7:50 a month contract with Tesco
    Have you tried using the Tesco Xtras app to get a further reduction of £3??

    http://www.tescomobile.com/help-and-support/1081-pay-monthly/1093-your-bill-contract/xtras
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 8th Sep 17, 2:34 PM
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    Yes, I was just going to reply to the OP about that, I did look on Sky's website but damned if I could find it at the time.

    With the 500MB deal that means it'll be a minimum 3 months before the feature can be used. That said I would consider it for myself dependant on if I keep my current TV sub after December or if I can convince them to give me a rolling monthly contract.
    • gonzo127
    • By gonzo127 8th Sep 17, 3:30 PM
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    gonzo127
    dont know how good the network coverage is but price wise they are pretty impressive

    https://www.idmobile.co.uk/shop/plans/sim-only-deals
    Drop a brand challenge
    on a £100 shop you might on average get 70 items save
    10p per product = £7 a week ~ £28 a month
    20p per product = £14 a week ~ £56 a month
    30p per product = £21 a week ~ £84 a month (or in other words one weeks shoping at the new price)
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 8th Sep 17, 3:46 PM
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    martinthebandit
    Have you tried using the Tesco Xtras app to get a further reduction of £3??

    http://www.tescomobile.com/help-and-support/1081-pay-monthly/1093-your-bill-contract/xtras
    Originally posted by ballyblack
    I've looked at that but I'm not sure how spammy it'll be, do you use it?
    Politics -
    from the words Poli, meaning many
    and tics meaning blood sucking parasites


    (thanks to Kinky Friedman (or Larry Hardman) for the quote}
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 8th Sep 17, 3:54 PM
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    Yes I use it. One or two adverts appear daily, some days none on the screen........easily dismissed by clicking X.

    I have got used to it and dont notice them. You get extra free data 200 mb as well as the £3 discount

    easily uninstalled if you dont like

    A no brainer!
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