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Jul. 20th, 2013 @ 05:33 pm Communications
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My cellphone contract is expiring on August 12th. Two years ago, I entered in a contract for around EUR 45 per month, in order to get the Samsung Galaxy S2, then the top of the line Android phone, and certainly a step up from my G1. But I make so few phonecalls with that thing that I never even made a dent in the call minutes.
Now, there are better Android phones out (mainly the S3 and S4), but my S2 still serves me quite well. In fact, I haven't found anything that it won't do. So there's no need for a new phone, and there is no need to continue on my expensive contract.
So I went sim-only. I ordered a sim with a company that a colleague gave good reviews to. Now I will get 100 call minutes (or 100 SMS) and 1000 MB internet connectivity per month for only EUR 13. That totally works for me.

Also, we have a fibre-optic cable dangling in our garden. On August 21st, it will be connected inside our home. I'm looking forward to 100/100 internet speeds.
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From:andrewducker
Date:July 20th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
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If you do upgrade then the Nexus 4 is amazingly good for its price (about half that of an S4).
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From:fub
Date:July 20th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Not quite: the S4 costs just shy of EUR 500, and the Nexus 4 costs EUR 350. But yes, it is much cheaper, and has excellent support.
But I don't need it: the S2 suffices (for now). That's EUR 350 that I don't have to spend. Maybe, in a year, I will re-assess my phone needs, but for now my S2 is enough.

(Hmmmm, come to think of it: a professional papercutter costs EUR 300... Might buy that with the money I 'saved'...)
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From:andrewducker
Date:July 20th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. The 8GB nexus 4 is £239 (https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_4_8_GB?id=nexus_4_8gb), while an S4 costs £443 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-GS4B-GTI9505-Smartphone-SIM-Free/dp/B00BULARVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374361098&sr=8-1&keywords=s4).

I wonder why the disparity is so much lower in the UK.
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