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woodbine
woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,668 Disability Gamechanger
Which network are you on and how much do you pay and what do you get for your money?
Do you have a basic phone? a smart phone? or a very posh phone?

I'm with Tesco have been for years now, £7.50 a month for 500 minutes/5000texts/and half a gig of data.
Has to be said I never use the data, rarely use all 500 mins and who would I send 5000 text to? I have a pretty standard smart phone supplied free.
I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,066 Disability Gamechanger
    I use Giffgaff which uses the O2 network. I pay £6 per month & get 500Mb data with unlimited mins & texts. Mine is a secondhand smart phone which my daughter-in-law gave me & I use a sim card. I've been with Giffgaff for years too.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,714 Disability Gamechanger
    I have EE network I pay 40.00 a month I have an s21 smart phone unlimited texts unlimited phone calls and unlimited data  I also get britbox on my package  and I get music and face time and free calls abroad I get a free phone when I upgrade  I can also share data  I upgrade every 12months 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,657

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    I recently switched to Vodafone, and pay £8.00 per month for unlimited texts and minutes and 12GB of data, which I thought was a good deal (other networks are available etc.). I almost never text or call anyone, so I was looking more for the data package as I had 1GB before and found I really had to limit myself when listening to music or checking messages when out and about and so on.

    I also recently bought myself a new smartphone. I didn't want to pay loads and wouldn't use any particularly fancy features, but I did want one with more storage, better RAM, and general higher performance than the one I had before as it had gotten painfully slow. I got it on sale for less than the RRP, so that was another plus. 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,894 Disability Gamechanger
    I am on ee pay £27 a month unlimited text , calls don't know how much data bit never use it all 
    Get upgrade every 18 months have Samsung phone due upgrade next month 

    Also have contract for toby £45 ,a month with iPhone xs on ee as well
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,782 Disability Gamechanger
    I have a "grandfathered" plan which you can't get anymore - I get 100mb free data a month and only pay when I make a call or send a text message, or use more data than the 100mb.

    I top up £10 and that usually lasts a good 6-9 months. I last topped up some time in 2020.

  • closeencounter
    closeencounter Member Posts: 4 Listener
    I have a sky mobile contract which is £22 a month for an iPhone 11 i have got 2 of these which is a good deal for me and family. I also have a £5 a month sim only contract which gives 1 GB data, unlimited mins & unlimited txts. I think they are all a good deal together. A lot less than some of my family pay for just the one phone
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,343 Disability Gamechanger
    I have a very basic mobile phone and pay as you go with Tesco. I spent ten pounds on credit a couple of years ago and I’m still in credit by about six pounds or more I’d guess. 

    What can can I say, hoorah for parsimony! 😄

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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    @Tori_Scope how did you manage 8.00? I'm with Vodafone too and plan on cancelling the contract I have when it runs out. I have a Samsung Galaxy A50
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  • lou87
    lou87 Member Posts: 48 Connected
    I'm on ee pay as you go £10 a month every 3 months you get a free boost of minutes data or texts i get 300 minutes unlimited texts and 12.5gb date plus you can roll so much data over i have a Samsung phone s8 about 6yrs old now but does me fine 😂
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,657

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    I should say that's a SIM only deal @Ami2301. I bought my handset outright from a different online store.

    I used MoneySupermarket to find a comparison of some of the best deals for what I wanted. They have a basic package of 1GB and then have 'add-ons', so this deal had the remaining 11GB as add-ons at no (or very little, I don't remember exactly) extra cost. It's a 12 month contract. I'd definitely recommend using one of the free comparison sites though, or at least shopping around a bit for the best deals of the month.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,782 Disability Gamechanger
    leeCal said:
    I have a very basic mobile phone and pay as you go with Tesco. I spent ten pounds on credit a couple of years ago and I’m still in credit by about six pounds or more I’d guess. 

    What can can I say, hoorah for parsimony! 😄
    Wow I thought I'd won :D
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    @Tori_Scope thank you, I will definitely have a look :) 
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,196 Pioneering
    I have a smart Huawei Phone there really good unlimited text, calls and a lot of data not sure exact amount as due for upgrade paying 21 a month on EE
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,702 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm on a real PAYG tariff myself, none of this rolling monthly 'bolt on' modernity!  

    I last topped up £10 in 2018.  Probably am due another top up this year so better get saving!

    It's 3p a minute calls, 2p a text, 1p per MB of data.  I probably spend a few hours on it each day (mostly passing time on the loo!) but all on wifi.  I never make phone calls at all.  Send around 10 texts a year.  The only thing I pay for is a bit of data to pay for fuel using an app on the phone instead of having to go into the kiosk.

    I do have a smart phone but it's a budget model paid outright.  Only thing is I wish it had a better camera - my last phone (also budget and the same make!) had a better camera, but this one is so poor I rarely take any photos nowadays.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,668 Disability Gamechanger
    One thing we have done because we both have lots of minutes is to disconnect our landline phone stopped sales calls instantly, sadly we still need to pay £22 a month for it for the internet.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,196 Pioneering
    edited May 26
    Yes I don't even  have a landline phone to plug in any more, but I still pay for the line for Internet. To be honest was always a sales call every time I answered it. No point. Plus every one uses mobiles to call.
  • Leigh14
    Leigh14 Member Posts: 344 Pioneering
    I’ve got an iPhone 8, passed to me from my son. Sim only deal with 02, £20.00 a month, unlimited calls and texts. No idea about data or where to find it on phone lol.

    @chiarieds, yours is a great deal.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,066 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Leigh14 - more info here: https://www.giffgaffed.com/  I have the lowest value 'goodybag' as they call them (£6 a month as mentioned). Every month you get a breakdown of your usage & recommendations, tho I've always been fine on this goodybag. Might be worth looking into as they use O2 as well.

  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,829 Disability Gamechanger
    I have exactly the same deal as @chiarieds and would recommend GiffGaff. It simply works. Wouldn’t touch EE or Vodafone with a barge pole given the terrible quality of their customer service which many of my friends and relatives seem to have to avail themselves of regularly whereas GiffGaff… just works. 
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,714 Disability Gamechanger
    I have found EE realy good during full lockdown I was in a bit of a mess with my bills and EE have given me half price for next 6 months  and have been realy help full 

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