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Buying a Mobile Phone plan

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    I can't understand why there are so many mobile phone shops when the deals are all the same in each one!

     

    I need a new mobile. Maximum $29 cap. Unlimited text to any mobile network within Australia is important.

     

    I really want the Sony Erricsson X10 but I don't want to pay for the phone on top of the plan.

     

    Any tips on who to go with. Do the shops haggle?

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    Guest browny_oh

    virgin do a $29 a month cap for the x10 and $0 up front, but the phone seems to be low on stock, Nicole (browny) wants one herself and was most disappointed not a half hour ago when allphones had no stock.

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    I know you live in McLaren Flat and I would also add into the equation which networks get good reception there. I am on optus and reception is dire - my friend who lives there is on virgin and her reception is no better!

    Lindsey

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    virgin do a $29 a month cap for the x10 and $0 up front, but the phone seems to be low on stock, Nicole (browny) wants one herself and was most disappointed not a half hour ago when allphones had no stock.

     

    The plan Virgin is offering is the BigCap $29 which doesn't give you unlimited texts to any mobile service provider. See if the phone is available online.

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    I know you live in McLaren Flat and I would also add into the equation which networks get good reception there. I am on optus and reception is dire - my friend who lives there is on virgin and her reception is no better!

    Lindsey

     

    Virgin use the Optus network as far as I know.

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    I used to be with Telstra and the coverage was good but the costs were exhorbitant! I switched to "Three" on the $29 and I don't often go over my limit and you get a few extras, like daily news info and other stuff which I like. Something to read while on the bus. But I find that my calls drop out when I am at home indoors - always. Also since "Three" amalgamated with Vodaphone I think their service has deteriorated.

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    Guest MrsHills

    I have a samsung wave on virgin $29 cap, free v to v calls and texts loads of stuff and the phones a bit of a poor mans iphone.

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    Guest Bada boom

    How much would a plan be that includes say 500MB or 1GB of data? I don't need a phone (have one already), just need SIM only plan.

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    I know you live in McLaren Flat and I would also add into the equation which networks get good reception there. I am on optus and reception is dire - my friend who lives there is on virgin and her reception is no better!

    Lindsey

    That's because Virgin piggy-backs on the Optus network.

     

    X10 is also a single-touch phone i.e. you can't do pinch-to-zoom. Would also affect anyone, for example, who wanted to use a piano key application as you wouldn't be able to play chords. There's supposedly a software upgrade in the pipeline that may allow multi-touch but given the limited lifespan any particular model has it's doubtful it'd be worth refining and releasing.

     

    X10 mini pro has the same shortfall.

     

    I nearly bought one. Glad I didn't.

     

    How much would a plan be that includes say 500MB or 1GB of data? I don't need a phone (have one already), just need SIM only plan.

    You can get 1Gb of data on Virgin with the LG Optimus One on their Smart Cap 29 plan. Costs $34 per month as you pay an additional $5 for the handset. Keep the sim, flog the phone for $120 or so. Job done.

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    How much would a plan be that includes say 500MB or 1GB of data? I don't need a phone (have one already), just need SIM only plan.

     

    As you don't need a phone, you want a 'BYO' plan, which is sim only.

     

    I'm on Virgin, and on Smart Cap 29, which is $29 a month, with $60 cap credit, unlimited texts to oz mobiles, 1GB of data, and unused cap credit rolls over to the next month.

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    Guest WhatNow?

    Also may be worth you looking at Amaysim if you only need SIM. They have a calculator on site so you can work out how they compare with other providers.

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