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Offline MagicMirror

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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:11 GMT (UK) »
It's an unlocked phone that's not tied to a particular provider.

Sim free means you buy the phone without a sim card. You can put your old sim card in it if it is the right size.  (If it's the wrong size you have to go into your network phone shop and ask for a "sim swap" - they should be able to do it on the spot)


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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:21 GMT (UK) »

Make fone calls?
Take fone calls?

( Take messages if you are too slow to get the fone out of your pocket/handbag )

Take your gloves off first?
Sweep your hair back off your ear before remembering to press green button
Swap hands if you're right-handed and you've got fone in left.
Swap hands if you're left-handed and you've got fone in right.
Swear if your fone is still in pocket/handbag
Review, Return to step 1.

Umm? Forgot you left fone in car/ at home
Walk to public fone box.
Keep walking until you find one or a cab rank to take you back to where your car is parked.

WHAT?

They hung up?

Review call log . . . . .
Hairdresser, kids, dentist, doctor, HIV clinic?,
the person you met Sunday lunch and cannot remember his/her name?
 
Ummmmmm, what else?

Yup, put fone back into pocket/burberry.
Smile
Smile again
"I wonder who that was?"

 ;D ;D
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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 18 February 18 22:48 GMT (UK) »
This guide (https://www.clove.co.uk/help-guides/what-does-sim-free-mean) expands on what MagicMirror says.
  • SIM free is the sale of a phone without a SIM card
  • Locked handsets only work with SIM cards from one particular service provider
However, it suggests that while most SIM free handsets are also unlocked, it may be wise to check.

Below is what I think the manufacturers may argue you purchase with a more expensive phone.  I say think as my phone is worth less than 100GBP and my daughter can only point to the logo of her phone.
  • Better and more robust build (e.g. tougher gorilla glass, dust-proof, waterproof)
  • A better screen (higher pixel density, brighter colours)
  • A more beautiful design (obviously this is subjective, screens tend to be larger relative to the size of the phone though)
  • Faster/greater connectivity (latest standards, and options such as NFC that allows you to connect to other devices/pay at the shops with your phone, or a Type-C connector that is faster than the more typical USB 2 connectors)
  • Better cameras (for taking selfies, or for taking pictures).  The faster processor allows the phone to enhance your pictures (for example, it takes three shots instead of one and uses the extras to do things like reduce blur and perfect other elements like focus)
  • Extra sensors, such as Iris Scanner, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer
  • Wireless Charging
  • That faster processor also allows for better video games, or extra functionality (such as the editing videos/photos in messages)

My phone does what I want, so it's really just a better camera that tempts me to upgrade. 

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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #12 on: Monday 19 February 18 01:43 GMT (UK) »
Poli, If you are used to the Samsung why not just get a newer version?

If you are keen to use the phone to take photographs I believe that some of the newer Samsungs have very good cameras. I think the Samsung A7 has a good camera for the price, but you should check with someone who knows.  :)

As suggested you may also be able to put your old sim into your new phone, so everything you have on the old phone (addresses, photos, messages - everything) will transfer to the new phone.

 You may also find it easier to use a Samsung as at least some of the controls etc will be what you are used to on your old phone. Maybe ask in a physical shop for advice.

I would advise putting your phone in a case of some sort, then the casing being slippery won't be an issue. Some of them are very 'tacky' and non slip.  :)

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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #13 on: Monday 19 February 18 08:12 GMT (UK) »
I used to have Samsung 'phones but they got very expensive, hence the switch to Motorola.

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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #14 on: Monday 19 February 18 16:15 GMT (UK) »
Martin, take a look at one of the Doro clamshell design handsets.  I have a 650, probably long superseded, but it does the basics just fine and you can change the text size.

Jane :-)
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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 20 February 18 15:12 GMT (UK) »
I don't know much about specific phones or providers but the main 3 options seem to me to be:
1. Buy a phone and use Pay-as-you-go cards
2. Buy a phone and take a 'SIM-only' contract with a telecomms provider
3. Take a contract with a telecomms provider that includes a free (or low-price premium) phone.

Depending on how - and how often - you use your phone, one of these options will probably best fit your needs (and budget).

To compare phones, I suggest going to a shop, stating your budget and asking the sales rep. which phones match it and what the main differences are. You should be able to try them out to get an idea of the screen size and sharpness, where the buttons are, etc.

If you're considering a contract, some providers have good deals on certain phones and discounts on monthly payments of 50% for 3, 6 or 12 months on a 2-year contract.
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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 24 February 18 12:50 GMT (UK) »
Stayed with Samsung Galaxy j3   2017.

But have made a big mistake.----- not with choosing that phone BUT for not realising you couldn't carry the remaining payg over from your last phone .

I have £35.00 left my old phone and now I end up paying so much more from my hew phone----quite taken the shine off.

Old phone purchased at EE and the new one is a Tesco mobile
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Re: Choosing a new Mobile phone
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 24 February 18 13:28 GMT (UK) »
Hi polidor

It's not necessarily where you buy the phone, it's which network it's on.  If your new phone is unlocked (and sometimes even if it isn't) you may find your old SIM with all its remaining credit will work in it.  In which case I hope you haven't topped up the new SIM too much, and more importantly that you haven't ported the number yet, otherwise the old SIM will be useless.  If your new phone, although bought from Tesco, is still EE, then Tesco were very naughty forcing you to buy a top-up for it as you could have met the £x amount top up required by topping up your old EE number.

You may find the attached article helpful.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/piggybacking

Jane :-)
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