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    • MSE Guy
    • By MSE Guy 25th Aug 11, 2:05 PM
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    MSE News: Mobile phone apathy costs users 100s
    • #1
    • 25th Aug 11, 2:05 PM
    MSE News: Mobile phone apathy costs users 100s 25th Aug 11 at 2:05 PM
    This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

    "Millions of mobile phone users have never switched provider so could be missing out on huge savings, a report claims ..."

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    • magpiecottage
    • By magpiecottage 25th Aug 11, 2:32 PM
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    • #2
    • 25th Aug 11, 2:32 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 2:32 PM
    We really only use mobiles to agree where to meet up to collect my son from school and are in the process of abandoning Orange in favour of Giffgaff. This means calls will cost 8 pence a minute instead of 25 and if we have topped up in the last three months they are free.

    Had to get a couple of unlocked phones on e-bay but they work fine and are better than the ones they replace.

    It was really useful on holiday too.
  • ManicD
    • #3
    • 25th Aug 11, 3:05 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 3:05 PM
    I have stayed wuith the same provider for 6 years now. (Orange)

    I ALWAYS run my contract to the end, never upgrade early, once i have the freedom to leave, I barter the best deal i can with the sales team. Hang up, call back the next day and speak to disconnections.

    This never fails, I have

    600 mins
    Unlimited txt
    Unlimited Browsing

    and got the SE W995 phone for free...

    for this i pay 16 per month.


    I this is made up of a couple of free bundles and a "loyalty" discount of around 40%.

    My contract is up for renewal again soon, let see how much cheaper I can go!!!

    MY ADVICE: Never upgrade before your contract has fully run out!!! if you do so, they lock you into a new contract and without the option to leave them, your bartering powers are zero!!!
    • ehlo
    • By ehlo 25th Aug 11, 4:17 PM
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    • #4
    • 25th Aug 11, 4:17 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 4:17 PM
    "Also call your existing provider, tell it you want to leave"

    This is the second article I've read this week that contains references to providers as "it". I'm not sure if this is a new "feature" of the site but I've certainly never noticed it before.

    You're not telling "it" (the company) that you want to leave. You're telling "them" (a person/people!)
    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 25th Aug 11, 4:28 PM
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    • #5
    • 25th Aug 11, 4:28 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 4:28 PM
    Mobile phone apathy costs users 100s
    Long live the apathy!
    Without it I wouldn't be able to have free airtime and almost free top handsets for recent 10 years.
    Last edited by grumbler; 25-08-2011 at 4:36 PM.
    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse.

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
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    • chanz4
    • By chanz4 25th Aug 11, 4:28 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 4:28 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 4:28 PM
    I would love to know where they have the millions figure from, or it just a guess?
  • robt
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    • 25th Aug 11, 9:52 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 9:52 PM
    I would love to know where they have the millions figure from, or it just a guess?
    Originally posted by chanz4
    Probably just a wild exaggerated guess. MSE Guy is ex-Daily Mail after-all.
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 25th Aug 11, 10:34 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 10:34 PM
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    • 25th Aug 11, 10:34 PM
    With the cashback deal you can get its silly not to move.

    Just got a 12 month sim only with t-mobile at 10 a month for 300 minutes/texts and unlimited internet for my dad.

    Fair enough, but when you factor in 80 cashback on quidco, 12 months for 40.

    Likewise I got myself the same deal with 50 cashback and a HTC wildfire on a 24 month contract.

    The amount of people I know who get nothing more and pay 25+ a month is unreal, I keep telling them there 'free' phones aren't actually free and the think I am mad.
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
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  • amjustagirl
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    • 26th Aug 11, 10:10 AM
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    • 26th Aug 11, 10:10 AM
    Percy 1983 is that 10 a month inc vat or excluding?
    Cheers
    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 26th Aug 11, 10:21 AM
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    It'a 10.21 actually. For non-business tariffs VAT is always included.

    http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop/sim-only/tariffs/
    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse.

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 26th Aug 11, 10:27 AM
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    Thats the deal, sorry I didn't include the random pennys.

    I seems quidco are still offering 50 cashback for that deal so 75.52 for 12 months (or 6.04 a month if you want to see it that way).
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
    Started a second business 03/08/2013
    Officially the owner of my own business since 13/01/2012
    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 26th Aug 11, 10:31 AM
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    A similar deal is available from talkmobile: 300+1000+500Mb, 6 monts, 8, 25 cashback (not sure)
    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse.

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 26th Aug 11, 10:34 AM
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    Very true, goes with what the article says really, I transfer everytime a contract is up and get a new deal and a healthy cashback, just sitting back can cost you 100's.
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
    Started a second business 03/08/2013
    Officially the owner of my own business since 13/01/2012
  • amjustagirl
    Sorry am new to these cash back websites, so if you buy the pay as you go sim deal through quidco when do you get your cashback paid? Just set up an account with Quidco. Am currently paying 12 on a sim only vodafone deal, unlimited texts, enough minutes for what i need, some internet included. I can cancel it as ive had it for years now.
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 26th Aug 11, 10:44 AM
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    Percy1983
    Sorry am new to these cash back websites, so if you buy the pay as you go sim deal through quidco when do you get your cashback paid? Just set up an account with Quidco. Am currently paying 12 on a sim only vodafone deal, unlimited texts, enough minutes for what i need, some internet included. I can cancel it as ive had it for years now.
    Originally posted by amjustagirl
    In short yes setup a quidco account and click a link to t-mobile on there (assuming you want t-mobile), it will track the transaction and you will get the money a few months later.

    I will say quidco take the first 5 you earn in a year but if you have a look around you will probably find of a lot of other places you can get cashback (look for all the retailers you use).

    If you look on quidco at the other mobile operators you may find a better deal for you elsewhere.
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
    Started a second business 03/08/2013
    Officially the owner of my own business since 13/01/2012
    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 26th Aug 11, 10:49 AM
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    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse.

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
  • amjustagirl
    so when the goes into your quidco can you then transfer it to your bank account or would it just sit there until you bought another deal through quidco?
    cheers
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 26th Aug 11, 10:55 AM
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    so when the goes into your quidco can you then transfer it to your bank account or would it just sit there until you bought another deal through quidco?
    cheers
    Originally posted by amjustagirl
    They transfer it to your account if you stell them to, my account is set to when my account gets over 5 they send it.

    There is a lag on cashback of a good few months, but if like me you use it a lot there is just a general flow of transactions (I use it on ebay,hmv,play and such like).
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
    Started a second business 03/08/2013
    Officially the owner of my own business since 13/01/2012
  • amjustagirl
    so how does it work with cancelling phone contracts, looked on vodafone and it says they need 30 days notice? but some of these quidco deals run out in the nxt few days! do i just pay for 2 phones for a short period of time??
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 26th Aug 11, 11:06 AM
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    Its up to you on that front, there is always more offers on quido so don't rush. You current deal seems ok so it can be worth holding out for a better deal.

    I have to say with O2 it look less than a week to cancel.

    It can be wise to order one before cancelling another incase you get rejected, but with low value contracts you generally won't have a problem.
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
    Started a second business 03/08/2013
    Officially the owner of my own business since 13/01/2012
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