Archive for January, 2012

New Year… New Phone… New Contract

// January 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // General

I’ve had a terrific Pay As You Go tariff over the last few years: top up £15 per month and in return I got 300 free texts and 150 cross-network off-peak minutes included. I arranged with o2 to get 500Mb of data per month as well at £7.50, so half of my monthly credit was taken up but, because of the included texts and minutes, the remaining credit was barely touched. Since it was PAYG I didn’t even have to top up every month either. When I had a lot of saved credit, I’d go a month without topping up, so I save £15 every 3 months or so. I was even getting 10% of my top ups back every quarter, thanks to o2’s Rewards scheme. On top of that, I got 15 free picture messages every month courtesy of o2 Treats. As you can see, it was an excellent all-rounder tariff.

Over the last few months though, I’ve been noticing that I’m sending more texts, making more calls, and finding my credit has been running down more and more than normal. A few times I’ve even topped up twice in a month, when before I’d sometimes only be topping up once in a two month period. It seems that I’ve finally outgrown the tariff after all these years, and it’s time for a new one. On top of all that, my Nokia N97 is really starting to show it’s age. It’s a neat phone with a good physical keyboard, but it’s horribly slow (so much so that I’ve lost my temper with it on more than one occasion) and no one seems to be making apps for Symbian now; it’s all iOS and Android these days. Looks like a new phone is on the cards as well. What’s the easiest way to do both at once? Move to Contract…

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Happy New Year!

// January 1st, 2012 // No Comments » // General

Happy New Year everyone except people I hate and so on, yadda yadda yadda…