Mobiles

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pcwells
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As I shall soon be taking a big step into the big wide world of freelance everything, I think it's about time I got a mobile phone, so people can reach me at the pub.

What do people consider the most sensible bet?

I want the phone so people can contact me (I can't hear the normal phone from the deck chair in the garden, and a nice vibrating phone would mean I can have my walkman blaring 24/7), but it is likely that I'll be using it to make calls more than I initially plan ("I'm on the bog! No! It's crap!").

So suggestions please on the pros and cons of Orange, One To One, Virgin, BT et al.

Ta much,

Pete

vega1970
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Hi Pete, howzitgoin ?
I use a Nokia 3310 on the VodaFone network.
They have a very good reception and I get 1000 free minutes a month which roll over if not used. I shall email you the number for the Company I got it from if you want to call them to investigate further...

So long Suckas !!!

pcwells
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Going fine.

Two bands edited, two captured and ready for editing, seven waiting for attention, no sleep, lots of ciggies, and all the joys of freelance work to look forward to.

Yup, please do pass on the details - sounds like a good deal.

Cheers,

Pete

Benfrain
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Pete, my advice in one word - Orange

Used them for over 5 years, always 1st class, good deals at...
www.mobileshop.com www.smalltalk.co.uk

Orange will also price match other tariffs so you'll never have a prob.

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Phill Power
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I've noticed that in my particular corner of freelanceworld the Nokia 7110 reigns supreme!

I've one on BTCellnet - who are moderately pants - but I've heard equal horror stories from all the other networks.

7110 has a nice big clear screen, big phone memory, built in modem, IR, nice thumbwheel and the case does that cool Matrix sliding thing! Oh, and it does have WAP, sorry.

Good luck!

Phill

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Charles
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Since being stuck on the M6 for 3 hours with no mobile(I don't need one brigade) i've been with BT pay as you go.If you don't intend making a lot of calls after the newness has worn of then pay as you go is the cheapest way.One lay out, £30 for phone and thats it.

BUT keep a eye out for Carphone Warehouse offers,the last two i've seen included a "free" DVD player allright there was a monthly contract but you can have that anyway without the DVD player.
Regards
Charles

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dacquinh
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I can strongly suggest Alcatel 501, it's nice, user-friendly, very light and comes in a nice blue-steel cover.

:START : The voice quality is the best I have heard and I have used handphones from Ericsson (CRAP!), Nokia (rubish!), Motorola (plastic), Siemens (German!) and some other lesser-known wannabe telecom vendors.
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I do like the nokia 3310, although it looks a bit too much like a toy and it's missing IR, if that's what is important.
I have owned a Nokia 7110 and it is very feature rich (lacking voice recognition but never really works anyway, well definitely not in pubs and during punkshows)
but it is too bulky, i don't like the flip, easy to break and the screen is too big.

the alcatel 501 misses a bit the userfriendliness of nokia but it's still a good phone.

Anonymous

I have a Motorola V3690 on the Vodofone network. Vodofone is the way to go if you want to get through anyware in the world every time, end of story.

I bought mine from Phones for U for £19.95 and pay £18 per month and get 100 minutes free calls daytime as this is when i use it. Time is passed on to next month if not used.

This phone is the only brain cancer free one on the market at the moment as the arial comes out of the hinge so it is near your chin and not your ear(brain).

Finally it has a vibrate feature as well as ringing tones, usefull for inserting into certain places if you ever get together with Cathy Barry

tom hardwick
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If you're a Virgin (a-hem) you might look into their deal at the moment. If you sign up this month your first month is absolutely call and SMS free.

That's free as in no cost, rather than free as in "free 1000 minutes" or some other such rubbish.

tom.

tom hardwick
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Oh, the Nr to call for the Virgin deal is 0845 6000 6000. From the Sunday Times.

red
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Joined: Oct 1 2000

Mobile Warning!

They make you too accessible sometimes.

Answering a call of nature in trap 2 of the local shopping centre toilets.

I am sat there feeling sorry for the bloke who has to follow me when the mobile rings;

Missus "Where are you?"

Red "You don't want to know"

Missus "Stop being stupid, don't forget this and don't forget that"

Red "Yes dear"

Missus "So where are you?"

Red "Going to the toilet" whispering into phone (it's gone awfully quiet outside)

Missus hangs up, telling the kids their Dads'
not normal.

Red walks out of trap 2 to looks of sympathy from waiting queue and angrily turns off bloody mobile.

Women have no sense of intrusion

buckers
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Nokia Communicator 9110i - as well as mobile you can check your emails while out & about and even check out the BBS. You can also send & receive faxes (usefull for PO's and directions).

It's also a deskphone so you can have conferences or place it on the front seat of a car and have a hands-free conversation.

Works for me, I've had mine for 3 years and it's one of the best bits of kit I've ever had. Completely reliable, despite being dropped like a tory leader....

Adam

col
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Joined: Jun 12 1999

Pete

This is the definitive advice you will receive.

1 IGNORE pay and go - for a pro who will use the phone during the day they will work out very expensive

2 Subscribe to a tarif that will give you a number of free minutes per month. That way you know where you are with you monthly outgoings

3 Provider is the best in the area where you will use the mobile. For me Orange is best.

4 The phone is the one that best suits you. I have three, a Nokia 3310 which is great but small to read text on keypad makes it difficult to read, battery lasts for ages.
Motorola Triband, the best of all worlds, light easy to use but limited for goodies and finally a basic Orange Philips Savvy which is a great backup phone.

5 I am going to contradict myself here, buy a pay and go as a backup. Chek out Carphone Warehouse and their Fresh system 10p per minute, pay up front system, calls paid by DD.

7 Check out the Phone bitz boths on the motorway service station as I bought a car handsfree kit from them, not just the lead with earpiece and mike but a full amplified system with remote mike and speaker. 80 quid
They have adapters for many different phones I bought two, one for my main phone and one for the backup

8 Do buy one with a battery that will give you a long standby and talk time (over 100 hours standby min). If you use those with only 50 hours standby a lot they soon run flat. A flat battery looses you money.

9 Poor network coverage looses you money

10 a noise cancelling handsfree accessory is ten times better that the freeby or cheap one that comes with the mobile

Buy wisely

col

pcwells
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Thanks everyone,

I've got a lot to think about now.

Cheers,

Pete