Which smartphone? by raistlin


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raistlin
I'm in need of advice please chaps :)

My contract with Vodafone is coming to an end. I have a Blackberry 2 Storm as part of my present contract and I'm happy enough with it. It tends to spend the working day as a tethered modem for my lappy at work as the MoD doesn't allow us to access 'interesting' websites on the firm's machines ;)

I was considering an Iphone 4 but I'm not at all happy about shelling out well over £300 just for the phone with monthly contract charges on top of that.

So, what do people recommend as a good internet connected smartphone which will act as a tethered modem please?

If there isn't anything much better than my Blackberry, I'll just have the most expensive phone I can get for nowt with my new contract and sell it on, sticking with the Blackberry but I would really like a change :D

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Paul

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Posted 05 Mar 2011, 20:40 #1 

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Mick
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Don't know anything about phones Paul, but if you did decide on Apple, wait for Iphone5 in a couple of months.

Posted 05 Mar 2011, 20:51 #2 

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Cowley_MOA
I currently have an Iphone 3GS, and I have to say it is one of the best things I have ever bought. I love the user interface and the ease of operation. Quite simply it's super, I don't think I could get on with another phone now.
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Posted 05 Mar 2011, 21:07 #3 

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kandyman
I would have to say the iPhone as well as I have had a 3G and now the iPhone 4 since it's launch.

As Mick says wait for the iphone5
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Posted 05 Mar 2011, 21:14 #4 

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Jürgen
The iPhone is quite a good piece of technology. But what about tethering? This function has been blocked by some providers in the past. So I recommend checking whether it's usable with the provider of your choice.

In my opinion it's best to get hold of some smartphones you're interested in, Paul, and have a look for yourself, before ordering one.
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Posted 05 Mar 2011, 21:18 #5 

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JohnDotCom
iPhone gets my vote to. Check different providers for prices, that seems a lot you quoted but it does depend on your monthly contract cost of course.
Unlimited Texts, Internet, Wi Fi, 900 minutes etc for just over £60 month with free iPhone from O2.

The new Samsung gets a good review to.
John

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Posted 06 Mar 2011, 00:24 #6 

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raistlin
JohnDotCom wrote: Texts, Internet, Wi Fi, 900 minutes etc for just over £60 month with free iPhone from O2.


Is that for an IPhone 4 John?
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Posted 06 Mar 2011, 10:12 #7 


CDTi
I have the HTC Desire for the past few months and its an excellent phone. I previously had an iPhone but I prefer the HTC.
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Posted 06 Mar 2011, 11:26 #8 

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Jürgen
CDTi wrote:I have the HTC Desire for the past few months and its an excellent phone. I previously had an iPhone but I prefer the HTC.

A colleague replaced his quite new HTC with an iPhone 4 recently. The handling is much smoother, he says. So obviously there are a lot of subjective preferences, too.
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Posted 06 Mar 2011, 12:04 #9 

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JohnDotCom
raistlin wrote:
JohnDotCom wrote: Texts, Internet, Wi Fi, 900 minutes etc for just over £60 month with free iPhone from O2.


Is that for an IPhone 4 John?


Yes Paul my work contract comes to a end this Month and this was the replacement iPhone 4 for my iPhone 3GPS thingy.
I asked about the 5 but was told I would have to pay around £250!
I always seem to miss the new phone release date by a year, typical.
John

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Posted 06 Mar 2011, 12:31 #10 

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Stelad
I have an HTC Legend and think it's fantastic. My work college has an iphone 4 and spends most of his time trying to find things his phone can do that mine can't. So far all he's come up with is the iphone 4 is able to make video calls and the HTC can't. I could do that on my previous Samsung and never once used that function in three years :D The main differences I can see are that mine was free and he paid a fortune for his and pays twice as much for his tariff. :lol:

Posted 06 Mar 2011, 20:19 #11 

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raistlin
As an addendum to this, Vodafone have come up with a contract where, at £40 per month, you get the IPhone 4 free.

Assuming an upgrade for a customer of some 15 years would offer even better value, I went to my Vodafone upgrade site to discover that as an "upgrade", the IPhone 4 would cost me, on a less generous contract than the one mentioned above, £79.

I might be forgiven for asking WHY? :evil:
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Posted 15 Mar 2011, 20:19 #12 

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Mick
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Lot's of companies offer incentives to get new punters on board. Once on board there are no freebies. All the big ISP's do this sort of thing, BT for example, first 3 months free. Already a customer? Pay the top whack for any upgrade in service.

In answer to your question, ********* knows how they get away with it.

You may however find that threatening to take your business elsewhere will afford some benefit.

Posted 15 Mar 2011, 20:42 #13 

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Jürgen
Mick wrote:You may however find that threatening to take your business elsewhere will afford some benefit.

Like some insurance companies ... :evil:
Why do they treat loyal customers like that?
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Posted 15 Mar 2011, 21:23 #14 


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