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Old 27-01-2009, 11:33 AM
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How do you make your mind up ???

Hi Everyone.

How on earth do you decide what to go for when buying a mobile phone and contract ???

Do you choose a Mobile phone that you like first and then check out the available tariffs

OR

Do you choose a tariff first and then a mobile phone ??

OR

Do you have a look at what your current service provider is offering and choose a handset and tariff combination from them ????
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Old 28-01-2009, 6:31 AM
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Quite interesting topic you opened here. Let me think!! lol
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Old 28-01-2009, 11:14 AM
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Just to be clear, when i say "you" i mean you personally, I am interested to see how other people value things like style, value for money, easiness, etc.
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Old 29-01-2009, 8:49 PM
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1st is the network coverage where you live , work or learn.

2nd is the tariff which best suites your needs in connection to minutes , texts and data. Or if a payg term is best for you. Think about the length of a contract. A 12 month one gives you a shorter span and upgrade although normally an 18month ones comes with slightly better deals.

3rd is the handset which has the specs that suits your needs.

4th is deals such as freebies such as cash back or gifts or accessories that come with contracts.

Rule of thumb is to do lots of research and visit highstreet stores to compare.
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Old 29-01-2009, 9:09 PM
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Thanks Lee,

Is that the way you decide or would you think that most people decide that way ?

Me persoally, i got a good deal on a sim only plan.
Originally i bought the cheapest PayG handset i could find for the network i was on and then bought the phone i wanted (N95 8gb) when i found a good deal and had the cash but i doubt many people do it that way.

Actually thinking about it, it wasnt the phone i wanted as i still do and always have liked the HTC handsets but dont wamt to pay lots for one and when i saw the Nokia for £200 second hand i just settled on that.

ps. £200 was a good price at the time
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Old 29-01-2009, 9:19 PM
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Ok this is what I do.

I'm on a 12month contract and choose the best upgrade fone available which normally is either sold or goes to one of my children.

The handsets I use normally are purchased sim free or indeed on the cheapest payg term available. I purchase from a well known highstreet store which do not lock their handsets to any one network.

This way can be expensive bit sometimes is the only way to get the handset you want. My current handset

Nokia 8800 Arte is not offered from my network which is why I purchased it sim free. If you want it and have the available disposable income then why not !
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Old 06-02-2009, 1:22 AM
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My first msg:
Hi everyone.
I have a wee problem, probably born of sheer inexperience:
I have owned what I thought was an indestructible Nokia 5510 for 6 years. The battery lasts still about a week, & in fact I have noticed almost no performance loss.
Finally however it refuses to make network contact which looks like a genuine phone fault.
So I have become used to basic functions only, reliable & durable, with great battery life.
I will only need or consider a pre-pay phone (unlocked) now that I am trying to choose a replacement.
My needs are:
Big screen for poor eyesight.
Loud ring option for poor hearing (LOL)
Speakerphone option to share family calls.
Good battery life (at least on basic functions).
Camera - good quality but not necessarily above say 1.5 Gb.
Good durability & drop resistance.
Easy to operate because I have clumsy fingers & have trouble remember the input command sequences to change options etc.
My son insists I buy Nokia but all I see in the range is a massive ever changing variety of "ordinary phones" which seem prone to short life spans.
I do not need a new phone & see what look like well priced phones on Ebay both "used" & "refurbished" but is this a sound option the warranties rarely exceed 30 days.
I'd appreciate any specific suggestions or more generalised advice.
Thanks.
Peter O
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