Mobile phone contracts up for renewal .... advice please

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  1. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    A bit of info first, then see my questions at the bottom! :D

    Our current mobile phone contracts are up for renewal in just over a month's time. At present we are with T-mobile and pay just over £17 a month for our 2 phones:
    • 300 mins talk / 500gb data / 300 texts + free booster = £9.38 inc VAT
    • 100 mins talk / 500gb data / 100 texts + free booster = £7.3o inc VAT
    We were fortunate to get the free 'booster' each as it wasn't that long after that this 'perk' was removed, so normally we have this set to unlimited calls to UK landlines which we can change each month give us approx 18 mins each of calls back to the UK from abroad each month.

    As we've been with T-mobile for so long we also have a loyalty discount of about 30% hence our lower monthly charges than usual.

    Hubby rang T-mobile to find out what our renewal options were and we were horrified to find out that the 'free booster' was going to be lost once our current contract ends which means that ALL calls will be deducted form the monthly allowance, therefore the amount of minutes we have will not be sufficient, even though we have a landline now for local calls, it therefore means that we'd have to have a higher minute allowance and thus the cost will increase even just for a sim only deal and even though we will still get our 'loyalty' discount our costs will increase for a 'lesser' service!

    Soooooo ... we've been looking aroun at what is available either as a contract sim only deal or as part of a contract sim and phone deal ... it's very confusing but I think I've got some idea of what's suitable!

    We could keep our current phones and/or buy some others if we want and then get a sim on its own - for sim only the offerings from Virgin seem to be the best:
    • 250 mins, 250gb data plus * = £5.00
    • 1000 mins, 500gb data plus * = £8.00
    * unlimited texts and free calls to there Virgin mobiles

    However, if we want new phones, hubby quite likes the Motorola Moto E and Tesco mobile seem the best for this:
    • 250 mins, 500gb data, plus ^ = £7.50
    • 500 mins, 500gb data plus ^ = £10.00
    ^ 5000 texts, not sure about calls to other Tesco mobiles, will have to ask the question as it's not on the website.

    Has anyone got the Motorola Moto E and an experience of Virgin and Tesco networks as we've never been with them.
     
  2. Chockswahay

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    I use Tesco mobile as PAYG without data and it works fine. I use the dreaded THREE for my data and at £15 for unlimited data, 3000 texts and 300 mins for a month without contract it works very well. Plus of course many countries in Europe where I can use it just the same for no extra charge (y)
     
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    I have a Moto E on the Tesco network. I have previously used a basic Nokia phone and find the Moto E complicated but I am not that savvy on these devices and others may find it very simple to use but overall I am very happy with it. I was on the O2 network but changed to Tesco as they use the O2 network, they are cheaper than O2 and you can put a maximum call limit above your monthly allowance so you can't get hit by an unwanted bill if your phone is lost or stolen and falls into the wrong hands. The Tesco coverage is not brilliant where I live but that is common with most of the networks.
    I got the phone at my local Tesco store and found the staff to be very helpful. One thing I did not realise at first was that I had to purchase a phone charger as they don't come with the phone.
     
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    Vodafone, 1.2GB data, 300 minutes any network/landline, unlimited texts & eurotraveller. £10/month. Excellent coverage & service,unlike Tesco.
    Data is used mostly for tethering a tablet.
     
  5. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    Can't find that on their website.
     
  6. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

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    At the prices you are quoting I think you mean mega bites not gigabites?
    500gb is 100 times more than my £22 allowance
     
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    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

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    Plans probably changed but if you're interested ring them & say you "have a friend on that deal".
    Everything is negotiable.
     
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    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

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    Who, me? No defo 1.2GB.
    No not me. Just re read OP
     
  9. Techno

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    No Mel in the opening post.
     
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    As a T mobile customer you'll probably get a better deal by migrating to EE and they will take your loyalty into consideration too.
     
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    Yup, shouldn't try to do a quick posting just before dinner was served up! Definitely mb not gbs. :rolleyes:
     
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    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    Tried that already, sim only with 500mins £9.99 or £12.49 for 500 mins with a phone too.:(
     
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    It's a lot more than you want but for an example EE gave me 5gb (that's 10 times 500mb lol) unlimited calls&texts normally 21.99 but first 6 months at £11 as loyalty having migrated from Orange and I'm now 4g too
    I'm sure they'll have a good deal for your needs if you call them
     
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    They are the published online deals
    You will get better than that by phoning EE as a migrater
     
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    I was with EE (T mobile as was) for 14 years paying far more (£16 month) than i used with no data allowance.

    Moved to 3 payg....

    No need to buy a bundled package as you can use your credit as a money pot as you want plus you get 150mb free with each top up.

    Data = 1p per mb
    texts = 2p each sent...receive free
    Calls = 3p minute
    picture messaging and voicemail is expensive though...around 40p pics and 25p mail.

    Or buy a bundle.
    £10 bundle gets 500mb data, 3000 texts and 100 mins calls
    other bundles available.
     
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    I have tesco contract on O2 network.... where I live most networks are useless especially EE but O2 is not bad. I have been with Tesco for over 2 years now with no complaints and have just renewed my contract:)
     
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    I have to admit this.....you Yorkie's do like a deal. (y);)
     
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    Hubby did ... no movement with them.:cautious:
     
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    Reason why we moved to Three!
     
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    Yes .... great minds think alike! I remembered the postings on here previously about this so must have been looking at the '3' site whilst you were obviously posting! (y)

    For me it will probably be ideal as other than ringing my Mum which I usually when I'm at home and for no more than 45 mins max at a time, I hardly use my mobile phone to make calls at all. Now we've got a landline again I'll be using that for ringing my Mum now so the only reason I'm likely to need a mobile phone for now is to receive calls from hubby when out at a car boot sale/market etc, or for me to call him when he's disappeared off somewhere when we're out shopping etc (why do men DO that!!!), therefore my actual calls will be minimal.
     
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