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    • StarTrekkie007
    • By StarTrekkie007 10th Nov 19, 10:40 PM
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    Cheap PAYG smart phone
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    • 10th Nov 19, 10:40 PM
    Cheap PAYG smart phone 10th Nov 19 at 10:40 PM
    Hello,

    I am not much of a mobile phone user. Mostly use landline.
    On my budget mobile phone a 10 top-up can last 3-4 months !!!

    However, more companies are saying "download the app" for this and for that.
    Even banks are doing it now.

    I can see a situation where, although I don't need a smart phone, other organisations would require me to have one in the near future.

    I would like to buy a smart phone (or tablet) that can download these apps .
    However, on initial investigation, the tariffs (even PAYG) require monthly payment.

    Are there any plans were there is no monthly payment and you just pay for what you use.
    Also are there cheap phones that I can just buy outright ?
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    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 11th Nov 19, 12:57 AM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 12:57 AM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 12:57 AM
    However, on initial investigation, the tariffs (even PAYG) require monthly payment.
    Originally posted by StarTrekkie007
    Your investigation was flawed.

    Are there any plans were there is no monthly payment and you just pay for what you use.
    Plenty.


    >> Best Pay-as-you-go Sim Deals


    Also are there cheap phones that I can just buy outright ?
    Define cheap. For around 100 you can buy a decent phone. The cheapest are areound 30 I guess.
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    • glennevis
    • By glennevis 11th Nov 19, 1:05 AM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 1:05 AM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 1:05 AM
    0 monthly if you order a Three free Data Reward SIM, that works for me. 200MB data every month for free and PAYG calls and texts if required. Register and use some data every 6 months to keep it alive.

    https://3g.co.uk/three-data-reward-sim


    Of course you can buy a phone outright, the SIM and the phone do not have to be bought together. Plenty for sale on Amazon for example

    Search for a cheap smartphone running Android 8 (Oreo). You may not be able to run banking apps, if that's what you want to do, on some older versions of Android OS. There are other technical reasons for specifying Android 8, no need to bore you with the reasons.



    Hopefully someone will come along and recommend a phone, or if you come back and ask about a particular phone there are some regulars who can advise, once they know how much you are willing to spend.
    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 11th Nov 19, 1:42 PM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 1:42 PM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 1:42 PM
    If you don't mind having a refurbished phone then take a look at the Argos eBay site.

    http://www.ebaystores.co.uk/argos

    and select refurbished in the search parameters.

    The cheapest at present is a Sony Xperia xa1 which will update to Android Oreo (version 8) as mentioned in a previous post.
    Last edited by Neil49; 11-11-2019 at 1:48 PM. Reason: Sony info
    • RHemmings
    • By RHemmings 11th Nov 19, 2:20 PM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 2:20 PM
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    • 11th Nov 19, 2:20 PM
    I have a cheap Doogee phone. The camera is poor quality, but otherwise it works reasonably well.
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