Cheapest way to run a decent mobile phone...

(22 Posts)
aamia Fri 07-Sep-12 12:06:33

Thoughts? For various reasons I need internet, calls and texts, and have always thought it'd be cheaper to have a contract than pay as you go. But all the contracts now seem to be 24 months - I've never had a phone last that long! Would it be better to buy the phone and have sim-only contract, or buy phone and PAYG? What do other people do?

flubba Fri 07-Sep-12 14:17:10

My internet is slow and I don't use it much except to check emails and basic things every now and then, but I use Tesco Pay Monthly which costs about £11 a month including lots of free talktime and texts (or even unlimited?) and lots of internet time. Kept my old phone for it and it's been great (and I'm not generally a tesco fan, so shhhhhhhh!) smile

Caerlaverock Fri 07-Sep-12 14:18:17

If you have a phone giff gaff are the best

seb1 Fri 07-Sep-12 14:21:52

I have a tesco mobile 250 minutes (plus extra 150 family perk minutes), 5000 texts and 500mb data 24 months contract came with a free handset (suppose you could buy a different handset) for £7.50 per month for 24 months.

aamia Fri 07-Sep-12 21:34:03

Wow Caerlaverock, giffgaff have amazing prices! Thanks!

screamingskull Sat 08-Sep-12 08:23:52

2nd giffgaff, prices are fab. dh just signed up to them last month, it appears to be if someone calls you, you get bonus mins ie if someone calls you for 17mins you then get another 17mins call time.

i am so impressed that i am away to sign up and am trying to get friends/family to do the same.

lljkk Sat 08-Sep-12 08:31:58

DH has a £13/month contract with Vodaphone for his iPhone, one year only. He's pleased. He uses the phone mostly for T'internet, & almost constantly (work phone). Only ever uses tiny fraction of the text-talk quota. He looked at Giffgaff but we were quite concerned about reliable coverage. Rural area, and my phone on Tesco (like Giffgaff, also piggybacks onto O2) has flakey coverage compared to Vodaphone, we find.

melliebobs Sat 08-Sep-12 08:34:32

I'm on 3
£13 a month (new customers get it for £10)
100 mins (I never call)
3000 texts
Unlimited data grin

lljkk Sat 08-Sep-12 08:43:52

I think Three has reception issues, too(?), though, because they switch around between networks but are low priority on all of them. That was DH's concern, anyway.

Elizabeth22 Sat 08-Sep-12 08:55:23

If you want all the functionality of an iPhone without the price tag - you could get an iPod instead. I have one plus a simple pay as you go phone that costs me about a tenner to run every four months or so!

RedHelenB Sat 08-Sep-12 11:10:11

My two nokia phones have always lasted 24 months At the moment for £10 a month I get unlimited textx & internet usage (no unfaur usage charges) & 100 mins of calls.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 08-Sep-12 19:59:48

I got one from the carphone warehouse, its on talk mobile which uses the vodafone network for its coverage.

Sony xperia smart phone with unlimited text, 250minutes and 500mb of internet for £7.50 a month. I went through topcashback to buy it and got £35 cashback. So it should work out at £5 a month with the cash back.

I was going to sell my iphone but I love it and it's mine. <only child emoticon> grin.

I'm really pleased with it, the screens smaller but I can still get mumsnet so I'm good with it.

melliebobs Sun 09-Sep-12 00:09:29

Got to say j was dubious when I moved from O2 to 3 but their 3G network is fantastic and I've never had any problems and stayed with them after 2 years grin

1sassylassy Sun 09-Sep-12 00:15:13

Definately Giffgaff,if you ring or text other giffgaff users its free.Also if you help other users in the forums,you get payback,which you can use to top up your phone or paid into a paypal account,its worth it as well ,over the last 3 months I have received £30 in payback.

lemonpuff Sun 14-Oct-12 13:23:48

Hope this isn't a stupid question, does unlimited internet include skpe and other aps?

somethingscary Sun 14-Oct-12 13:26:02

Yes it does. Giffgaff here too although they have changed their data allowance recently. Still great as only one month contract.

lemonpuff Sun 14-Oct-12 13:39:09

Thanks, phone contract up for renewal, hardly use the minutes, have free calls with landline, and could use skype to call overseas either at home or on my mobile. any ideas for a cheap skype friendly phone. Also want to get out of the comparing phones culture at work!

midseasonsale Wed 24-Oct-12 06:42:13

Our giff gaff has got more expensive. not sure it's competitive anymore.

Nicksr Fri 02-Nov-12 06:07:34

You need a contract phone! smile

NetworkGuy Mon 05-Nov-12 01:40:02

lemonpuff - there is a Skype app for Android, and probably (but I cannot guarantee!) for iPhone. If you plan to use GiffGaff then an O2 phone should work (probably need to double check with GiffGaff users) so if you can see a budget O2 Android phone, your Skype solution should work well.

Three has a SIM Only deal at 6.90/month (and if you go to them via Quidco or TopCashBack get some cash back to you for signup with Three). You get 100 minutes (bare min), lots of texts and limited internet for 6.90 on the 'Essential internet 100' SIM. Then when you have the SIM in a 3G phone, use the web site and add the 'all you can eat' data add-on for a further 3 quid a month.

You may need to get your existing phone unlocked to be able to use a Three SIM.

juliamac79 Wed 14-Nov-12 13:59:36

Has anyone tried Family Mobile (www.familymobile.co.uk). I just got a sim from them for my daughter. There's no contract and when you register and get a SIM you can choose from £10, £20 or £30. But unlike Tesco and Giffgaff you don't have to use it up within a month, so it'll last for however long.
Voice mins are 8p and text 4p.
I used to have a Tesco pay as you go for her at £10 /month, but she never used it. I think its a much better idea for kids who don't spend too much time on their phones.
Service seems good too.

pitterpat Tue 21-Jan-14 19:09:05

yes, we like Family Mobile too, the really good thing as you point out, that makes it unique compared to GiffGaff et al, is you don't need to keep topping it up every month, you spend as little or as much of your credit, and when it runs out, which could be 2 months or 2 years, then just go to their website and top up with 10 quid or so

they use the EE network, so the coverage is good where we are !

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