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Old 11-02-2009, 11:42 PM
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1st post - new phone advice required

hi there, first post on here, how you all doing.

i'm due to come to the end of my vodaphone contract at the end of april. so i'm doing some shopping and need some advice.

history: i'm a sony man, have been for my last 5 phones, had this thin one that had a toggle wheel on the side, nice silver n blue number, really thin. that got me hooked on sony. then came my mates cast off t610, then my first contract, can't remember what it was but it was similar to the 810i but was black n silver with a lens slide protector, lost that in thailand!!! that was a great phone... next up the 810i followed by the 880i... 880i nearly put me off sony, best feature was the wee rubber pads! haha. the camera was a disgrace and the video looked like you were under water. i lost that... oh and it kept on packing in.

so i'm seeing out my contract on my old 810i... vodaphone are not bad, on an evening and weekend all calls for the cost of 3 mins and unlimited texts for around 40 pounds/month contract....

now: i've not even looked at nokia, never really been a fan, but open to suggestions if there's a good one out there. looking at the sony c902 and c905. my mates got a samsung omnia, looking at the tocco aswell.

i've been into my phone's for the music players and the 810 was great, better than the 880, didn't like the player's layout.

but now i want one for the camera. 5mp will do, i don't think you really need more than that if you're out n about with your mates in the pub at a gig or at the football. though 8mp would be great, if a little showy.

what i'll be using my phone for: camera (pub, football, gigs)... recording myself(guitar) on video when i write a new song in the house... listenning to the radio on the bus or out jogging... oh and also for phoning and texting! haha

not bothered about: internet access, don't see the point on a screen that size, would be good if it had a nice personnal organiser. oh and the more alarms the better, my ex's sony had 5 alarms... great phone!!! haha

don't play games on it either. would be ideal if the music player had an external speaker.

networks: not bothered in the slightest, as long as i'm getting 400 mins (any time any network) and unlimited texts for no more than 40 per month.

add on's: i've seen a couple of websites that offer free gifts, 37inch tv, wii etc... or instant cashbacks... are these sites good? a free tv would go down a treat, as mine is about to give up the ghost... it quite happily just go directly to the network or phones4u tho'...



so.... after war n peace, the ball's in the air, who wants to catch it?



thanks in advance for all your help.

dave
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Old 12-02-2009, 7:11 AM
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Hello Dave and Welcome to the forum,

So its nearly time for a new gadget then.

Contracts.
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Their are contracts out their for £35+ which gives 600 mins and unlimited texts. On many of the networks, although im sure vodafone will try to keep you as a customer. Ask to speak to the retentions team. You may get more for your money !

Both these handsets hold the specs you want on your wish list so its down to asthetics too.

sony c902
  • 3G video calling
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, 16x digital zoom and lens cover
  • Video camera
  • Media player
  • FM radio with RDS
  • MP3/AAC ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Personal organiser functions
  • Vibration alert
  • Memory: 160 Mbytes plus support for Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) (up to 4 GB)
  • sony c905
  • 8.1 megapixel camera with xenon flash, face detection autofocus, smart contrast, image stabiliser, red-eye reduction and 16x digital zoom
  • Video camera (30 frames / second) with video stabiliser, video light and video calling
  • Media player
  • FM radio with RDS
  • MP3/AAC ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Voice recorder
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
  • Personal organiser functions
  • Vibration alert
  • Memory: 160 Mbytes plus support for Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) (up to 8GB)
  • Internet: Web browser, RSS feeds, blogging, HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)
Personally im a Nokia man like your a sony man !

Maybe the Nokia 5800 express music may be of interest although the camera is a 3.2mp affair.
  • Series 60 5th Edition Symbian version 9.4 3G Smartphone
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, 4x digital zoom and double LED flash
  • Video recording (up to 640 x 480 pixels and up to 30 fps), 4x digital video zoom, front camera for 3G video calling
  • Display: Touchscreen, 16.7 million colours, 640 x 360 pixels (3.2 inches) with automatic display rotation
  • NSeries music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats) with 8-band graphical equaliser
  • FM radio with Visual Radio
  • Stereo loudspeakers
  • Ringtones: MP3 & video ringtones, 64-voice polyphonic ringtones, vibration alert
  • Voice commands: speaker independent dialling and voice commands
  • Voice recorder (digital stereo microphone)
  • Integrated handsfree speaker
  • Advanced Series 60 personal organiser functions, Flash Lite 3.0
  • Memory: 81 Mbytes plus 8GB microSD memory card (up to 16 GB supported)
  • Flight mode
  • Music playback: up to 35 hours
Good luck with your final choice and please do let us all know which one you opted for and why.

Take care.
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Old 12-02-2009, 9:45 AM
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All Sony Ericsson phones if it helps, heres all the Sony on Gsm arena. Have a plough through these if it helps.
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Old 12-02-2009, 4:48 PM
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hi folks, thanks for your replies, it's really appreciated!

i'll have a wee look at the nokia express music...

though it's probably going to be the sony i go for...

i'll keep you posted with how i get on...
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Old 12-02-2009, 5:38 PM
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going for the sony...


phoned vodaphone's retention line... turns out i use 600-700 mins per month!

best they could offer was:

sony... 700mins any network or landline, any time plus unlimited texts. 40 pound plus vat.


i've left them to think about it, some of these websites are making a fool of that offer!

we'll see if they call me back!

i'm playing hardball
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Old 13-02-2009, 6:20 PM
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I was going to say...never take the first deal lol. They will probably let you have it in the end. Which Sony Phone is it?
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Old 14-02-2009, 7:29 PM
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sony c905
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Old 15-02-2009, 7:38 AM
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Hi Dave,

So you opted for the c905 ...why did this handset make the final choice out of your options ?

I thought it may have been worth speaking to their retention team, well done !

What mins/textx did you end up on and for what a month ?
Did vodafone give you a better deal ?
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Old 15-02-2009, 11:13 AM
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hi lee,

i went for the sony c905 as oppossed to the samsung omnio due to the advice of the vodaphone rep, he basically said the samsung is built for online and for office work and for me not to be using it for either of these things, i would not be getting the full benefit of what it has to offer, the sony offers everything i want and is more of a "phone" instead of the samsung which is more of an office "tool".

my present offer doesn't expire until the first week of may, so i'm going to spend march and april scouring the net for the best offer i can get for this, contact a couple of companies and see what they will offer over the phone. i've had a missed call from vodaphone and had a text from them, they know i'm in the market, so lets see what they can offer.

700 mins (mobile/landline) plus unlimited texts for 40 pounds a month isn't a bad offer really. but if i can get it cheaper, i'll be jumping ship. even if vodaphone came back and said, we can't lower the price, but we can up the offer to 1200 mins, i'd take that!
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