Looking to get very 1st Smartphone. Low user. Don't want PAYG.

chaucer Posts: 261 Forumite
So my wife & I have had our old PAYG mobile phones for about 8 years.
They still work, just.
But we want to update now.
Neither of us are heavy users.
Text very light.
Phone calls usually from landline.
We want something with a low cost contract, minutes / texts available, but not too much that means we pay for stuff we don't use.
We want a good, up to date, handset.
We won't need much in the way of interweb on the move either.
We'll use wi-fi for that where / when we can.

Where to look?
What to look at?

I'm new to this whole area so treat me like a noob.


  • augustusgloop
    Tesco mobile Moto e? £7.50 and able to cap the contract. 1st gen Moto g available for 10 a month. Depends what you mean by up to date though.
  • chaucer
    chaucer Posts: 261 Forumite
    Depends what you mean by up to date though.

    I think we'd like a 'smart phone'.
    I'm just reading the masses of advice on the MSE site ... confusing!
  • 19lottie82
    19lottie82 Posts: 6,027 Forumite
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    I agree with the Moto at £7.50 a month from tesco. I got my mum one and she loves it.
  • bryanb
    bryanb Posts: 4,995 Forumite
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    Why not PAYG? Seems that would suit your needs best.
    This is an open forum, anyone can post and I just did !
  • marlot
    marlot Posts: 4,940 Forumite
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    Why not PAYG?

    I'm a very light user [I also have a company phone and dongle], and find 3's 321 tariff works great for me. I probably top up with £10 every 3-4 months.

    MUCH cheaper than a contract
  • Scrounger
    Scrounger Posts: 1,007 Forumite
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    There is a cheap 3G smartphone available at Argos - £19.99:


    Alcatel One Touch C1 Pop - Dual Core

    Cheapest Dual Core Android phone

    Dual-core 1 GHz
    Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
    4 GB, 512 MB RAM
    microSD, up to 32 GB
    2MP Camera
    2G and 3G network capability
    Micro SIM card
    Wi-Fi connectivity

    99p unlock code available here

    No need for the £10 top-up if you order by FastTrack
    Ideal for using with a 3 321 SIM (or any other SIM for that matter) :beer:
  • System
    System Posts: 178,102 Community Admin
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    I would also go with Motorola. Not just is it a very good phone but Motorola are now the leading android manufacturer for updates and support on handsets. They are providing android updates for handsets they stopped making a long time ago!

    As it stands, Moto G and Moto E look like excellent long term prospects and that makes them even better value for money.
  • redux
    redux Posts: 22,976 Forumite
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    I think I agree with the others that PAYG might be better for you. Bear in mind that although they like to tell you about bundles you get if you top up each month, you aren't compelled to do so.

    Make sure to go through the settings so as to only look for application updates manually when on wifi.

    I'd also suggest Three, or maybe a £1 bundle on Vectone, with 50 minutes or texts (aggregate between them) plus 50 MB of data.

    For occasional mobile browsing, try Opera Mini, which compresses data at their server, and you can also turn off images if not needed, then some pages are only tens of kilobytes.
  • cookie365
    cookie365 Posts: 1,809 Forumite
    Smartphones by definition like to use data, so you'll almost certainly end up using a lot more than you do at the moment.

    Might be worth buying the phone outright, then getting one of the payg sims where you can buy its-not-a-contract bundles, run that for a couple of months and see how your usage has changed.

    E.g. giffgaff do 200 mins, 250Mb, unlimited texts for £7.50 a month, you can leave any time.
  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281 Forumite
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    edited 9 November 2014 at 2:17PM
    Moto G + PAYG that way you are not locked into a contract if you don't like the service .
    Cannot see what extra you would get with a contract apart from paying for what you may not use .
    Typically a sim from Giffgaff and ten pounds worth of credit and see how you go or likewise on any network.
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