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    • Saga
    • By Saga 7th Oct 17, 7:20 PM
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    PAYG question
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    • 7th Oct 17, 7:20 PM
    PAYG question 7th Oct 17 at 7:20 PM
    I am with Vodafone on PAYG and have a Sony Xperia Aqua M4, which was £125 when I got it about about 2 years ago. I am a comparatively light user so no need for zillions of texts and GBs of data allowance. Thankfully, I've not had issues with Vodafone, but I'm aware lots of people have.

    I am now looking to replace it with another PAYG about the same price, at least 16 GB internal storage (hated that HALF of the 8 GB on the Aqua was swallowed up by Android OS!). While I would prefer to stay with Vodafone & a Sony, what's the best replacement phone to go for? Sorry, not really au fait with these things. Ta
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 7th Oct 17, 7:56 PM
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    I am now looking to replace it with another PAYG
    Originally posted by Saga
    You don't need to buy a phone with with a PAYG SIM included, if that's what you mean, you can choose any handset SIM-free and insert the SIM that's in your current phone (with your phone number).

    I don't know about Sony phones now available, but for Android the Moto G5 series (or cheaper G4) and the Samsung Galaxy J series seem popular.
    • Saga
    • By Saga 7th Oct 17, 8:29 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 8:29 PM
    You don't need to buy a phone with with a PAYG SIM included, if that's what you mean, you can choose any handset SIM-free and insert the SIM that's in your current phone (with your phone number).

    I don't know about Sony phones now available, but for Android the Moto G5 series (or cheaper G4) and the Samsung Galaxy J series seem popular.
    Originally posted by eDicky
    Ta. Am I right in thinking I have to get such a handset unlocked?
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 7th Oct 17, 8:44 PM
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    Ta. Am I right in thinking I have to get such a handset unlocked?
    Originally posted by Saga
    If you buy a new 'SIM-free' handset it will not be locked to any network, whereas a phone that includes a PAYG SIM will normally be locked to the network of that SIM.

    If you want to continue using your Vodafone SIM in a new phone, it needs to be an unlocked handset or one that is locked to Vodafone.

    If, for example, you find a deal for the handset you want that is cheaper with a Vodafone PAYG SIM than one that is SIM-free, you could buy that and use your own SIM instead of the one supplied with the handset. But in general, an unlocked SIM-free handset is preferable.
    Last edited by eDicky; 07-10-2017 at 8:50 PM.
    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 7th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
    AS suggested, Moto G5 is decent option - example of SIM free here - buy it, put your current sim in, that's it

    https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/motorola/moto-g5.html#!colour=gold&capacity=16GB&dealType=sf
    • Saga
    • By Saga 8th Oct 17, 8:57 AM
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    Thanks everyone.
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