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Cheap Pay as you go mobiles?

(22 Posts)
katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 21:42:57

I make 1 or 2 calls on average a day mostly to home.

what should I buy?

I'm so confused
BTW I don't text much at all

NotQuiteCockney Tue 19-Jul-05 21:48:40

Personally, I'd look online to find the best tariff for you, and buy the right SIM, then get a simple phone off ebay, if you don't need anything fancy.

I'm afraid I don't know the PAYG tariffs very well at the moment, but you can get better prices online than anywhere else, I think. (My tariff is lovely, but I'm a heavy texter who never phones, so it wouldn't work for you!)

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 21:49:35

Virgin are good, and if you sign up for a PAYG Dirct Debit (sounds silly but it works well) you get an itemised bill every month (so nobody can "borrow" your phone without you knowing) and if you want to use it abroad you don't have to worry about how much credit you have on it before you go.

Have a look at their reconditioned phones , we bought one for DS2 which was half-price and could have been new.

Ways to pay - Direct Debit at the bottom . They also do bundles (makes unti cost cheaper) but if you don't text they're probably no use to you. Call rates are reasonable anyway.

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 21:59:46

Thanks guys, I've looking at Virgin - but I make short call so 15p a minute seems quite a lot

I can't make head nor tail of the three website - it doesn't seem to tell you the cost of the calls

I have also been looking at Tesco (which seems OK @ 5p a minute for 3 numbers and 10p for all others)

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:04:20

You don't actually pay for a minute if you call for less, but if you always ring the same numbers Tesco probably is your best bet, I'd forgotten about that deal

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 22:05:25

Yep home or my mum

Miaou Tue 19-Jul-05 22:07:45

I noticed the other day that Morrisons were selling PAYG phones for £25 - can't remember any other details though.

I would think that any major supermarket is a good starting point for looking for a good deal.

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Jul-05 22:13:05

I got a phone from AMAZON for my mum for christmas for £19.99 with £5 credit on vodaphone

So basically it cost £14.99 a sagem {BRAND NEW}

lilaclotus Tue 19-Jul-05 22:14:58

i was with orange for 5 years but now i'm with tesco and like the favourite number thing a lot.

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:19:00

Hang on, have just checked Tesco website, it's 10p a min/5p a text for your 3 favourites v 20p/10p otherwise, isn't it?

Still better than most of the others for a couple of calls a day, but if you got up to 5 mins with Virgin it would be 5p a min.

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:20:48

(20p a min to other networks is very good, but you won't be doing that?)

Miaou Tue 19-Jul-05 22:21:18

Janh, you are making my brian hurt

PiccadillyCircus Tue 19-Jul-05 22:21:52

Poor Brian .

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:22:32

Sorry, miaou! (Mine is struggling a bit too - they don't make it easy to compare, do they?)

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 22:22:43

Whoops maybe I'm too tired to read

But If I call for 2 min three times in a row
Tesco 20p + 20p + 20p
Virgin 35p + 35p + 35p

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 22:22:44

Whoops maybe I'm too tired to read

But If I call for 2 min three times in a row
Tesco 20p + 20p + 20p
Virgin 35p + 35p + 35p

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:25:54

If you ring a landline on Virgin for 3 x 2mins it's 30p + 30p + 10p. I think.

<<poor brians>>

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 22:28:47

Why? (surely it would only drop to 5p per min after 5 mins on the call - not after a culmative 5mins used anytime)

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:32:20

No, 5 mins a day - after that it's 5p a min till the next day

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 22:42:18

so 15p x 5min = 75p
plus say 5 mins @ 5p = 25p

or tesco
10 mins at 10p a min


but at 20 mins

15p x 5min = 75p
plus say 15 mins @ 5p = 75p

or tesco
20 mins at 10p a min = £2

So if you spend more than 10 mins on the phone a day - Virgin is better

I don't so Tesco is better

Decision madeTHANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP (if my maths is right)

Janh Tue 19-Jul-05 22:48:56

Yes, I thought from what you said about your usage that Tesco will be best for you, km...if you find your usage starts creeping up you can always switch

katymac Tue 19-Jul-05 22:51:09


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