Cheapest way to run a basic talk and text phone

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Comstock
Comstock Posts: 322 Forumite
As part of the new moneysaving me, I've decided to dump the smartphone and go back to talk and text. In the last year, my record monthly usage was 164 mins and 58 texts. Most months I do less than 100 minutes.

Not the very lowest level, but not massive either. What is the cheapest way to run a phone at this level.

The cheapest tariff, on the face of it, would be Three's 3-2-1 where I would have paid £6.08 in my heaviest month, and less most months.

But I'm not sure if Three offer basic talk and text mobiles- I don't think they do. I could get a new smartphone and leave the data off, but that would be too much temptation :D

And I'm looking to reduce my screentime and general addiction to technology as well as save money.

I don't think EE's £1 a week deal would give me enough minutes, and if I ever have a really heavy month on the phone (family emergency?) then I'm going to get stung at 30p a minute.

What plans/networks/phones do the basic talk and texters on here use?
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  • Neil49
    Neil49 Posts: 3,103 Forumite
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    As long as you have a 3g phone then the Three deal would be a good option.

    You could probably get a cheap unlocked 3g phone from Carphonewarehouse with another providers sim and then just change to Three when it suits you.
  • Comstock
    Comstock Posts: 322 Forumite
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    Neil49 wrote: »
    As long as you have a 3g phone then the Three deal would be a good option.

    It would be ideal, but like I say, I don't want a Smartphone. I want a solid talk and texter I can charge once a week (or less)
  • pmduk
    pmduk Posts: 10,655 Forumite
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    edited 18 April 2015 at 1:23PM
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    Or you could try Delight Mobile which has similar charges to 3 but has 2G coverage.
  • Comstock
    Comstock Posts: 322 Forumite
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    hmm, interesting, thank you :). They are an MNVO on EE, yes?
  • Rusty!
    Rusty! Posts: 2,076 Forumite
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    Comstock wrote: »
    It would be ideal, but like I say, I don't want a Smartphone. I want a solid talk and texter I can charge once a week (or less)

    3G doesn't automatically mean a smart phone.
  • pmduk
    pmduk Posts: 10,655 Forumite
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    I believe so, I've only heard about them recently but not used them.
  • mobilejunkie
    mobilejunkie Posts: 8,460 Forumite
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    1) Sainsbury's PAYG sim free bundle for 30 days from (free) actuivation... order by 2nd May. Cost - free.

    2) Cashback contract; basic Nokia phone, 250 minutes, tons of texts plus 500mb (even though you don't need them). 24 month contract, cost after cashback 99p per month.
  • kingrulzuk
    kingrulzuk Posts: 1,330 Forumite
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    The best is Vectone £3.50 bundle: 100min 100 text and 50Mb
    OR £5 Bundle: 150min 150text and 500Mb

    Vectone are an MNVO on EE
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  • System
    System Posts: 178,104 Community Admin
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    edited 18 April 2015 at 5:34PM
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    I wouldn't touch Vectone / Delight with a barge pole.

    Three give a free 150mb data bundle with each topup, so using that and free wi-fi might be enough to not go cold 'data' turkey.

    If you register your debit/credit card with 3 directly then you can top up £5 going forward (Your 1st topup with the card has to be £10 for some reason)

    Other than that - Tesco Lite Tariff or Mobile by Sainsburys for 4p texts / 8p calls
    kingrulzuk wrote: »
    The best is Vectone £3.50 bundle: 100min 100 text and 50Mb
    OR £5 Bundle: 150min 150text and 500Mb

    Vectone are an MNVO on EE
  • eDicky
    eDicky Posts: 6,593 Forumite
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    Heng_Leng wrote: »
    I wouldn't touch Vectone / Delight with a barge pole.
    Delight seems to work fine for me. So far. Cheap simplicity. Might even splurge on a 99p 30-day bundle...
    Evolution, not revolution
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