Friday, September 25, 2015

I work hard for my phone

I wrongly scheduled  posts yesterday, and so two posts at the same time. Now I have to write a new post for Friday and me working hard is a good justification for me getting a new phone. Mine is Samsung S3. The S6 has recently been released. We each bought an S3 well over two years ago, just as the S4 was released.  We are always behind the eight ball, not always a bad thing with technology.

R's S3 is almost pristine and he is happy to keep his. Mine is battered, scratched and chipped. It has slowed down, the battery flattens quickly. It has done hard yards not as a phone or a text machine, but as an MP3 player, a modem, a news reader and as a general internet browser.

I don't want the flashy Samsung 6 Edge. Just the more practical Samsung 6. I could buy it online very cheaply but apparently such phones may not be quite Australian, which can make a difference. I almost got burnt once before by buying a previous phone online.

My phone company won't come to the party with a good price. They want me to enter a new contract and pay a lot more than my $20 a month. If I buy the phone outright, I can stay on my present plant, which I am happy with. To buy a phone outright, Telstra want an outrageous price, as does Samsung itself.

The best prices I can find at a shop is at Officeworks.

I don't mind being a bit behind and perhaps I should buy the still available Samsung S5 for $629. But then for only $239 more at $868 I can have a new S6?

Such a dilemma and I have prevaricated for a couple of months now and R is making groaning noises whenever I bring it up.

So phooey on Telstra for treating a life long customer like a new18 year old customer and not giving me or us a good deal on a new phone. And I have news for Telstra that they may find a little disturbing. It now costs us pretty well $120 per month for 200gb of data for cable internet, pretty well free land line and calls and an entertainment package through a box that we found useless and disconnected it (it made our bill cheaper to take the entertainment package). $70 for fibre internet as against $120 for cable internet is very tempting. Be afraid Tesltra, be very afraid.


36 comments:

  1. A phone is more of a financial outlay than a laptop these days, so you have to be happy with your decision before parting with hard-earned money. II probably don't need to tell you that some of my students are carrying around current model iPhones and when they give me a hard time about my phone, I just ask them who paid for their phone and who is paying for their phone plans?

    I too dispensed with a (Telstra) landline and fixed connection years ago for the same reason cost son top of mobile charges. Mobile won out. I buy my phone outright too but my budget for said device is around $100 - a Samsung Mini, that faithfully tethers my laptop and iPad. It is used for calls, txt, tethering and that's about it because I mainly use the iPad.

    My son bought a new phone last year an LG and it has been very durable (no broken or cracked screen) and he uses it for everything banking, maps, music, video, Facebooking and other social networking apps so his pattern of usage justifies his out of pocket investment. For him it is his lifeline to his friends. We are both on an old prepaid plan with Optus - $2/day unlimited calls, txt and data.

    They have rolled out NBN here, but I still can't justify another monthly expense for communications. Maybe if I was working from home.

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    1. Carol, thanks for your detailed response, interesting and helpful. Indeed, who pays for the young peoples phones? After a life time of work, I can afford any phone I want, but I will be modest in my choice. I admire that your lad is happy with the LG. The pressure for young people to have the right phone is immense, second perhaps to their trainers. $2 a day is $60 a month. Not a bad deal at all for what you get. I am not buying the best phone I can for a price. I am a label phone, but it is one I will instantly know how to use.

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    2. My daughter and son-in-law paid for their kids phone plans until the kids began working. Even while they were still at school, the weekend and holiday jobs paid for their phones, and extra curricular entertainment such as movies with friends etc.

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    3. River, I think I would do that for my children, and if they were responsible about the usage perhaps even pay for their phones when they were working part time, but I don't think I would pay for movies etc. What about you? If you were a young parent?

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  2. Methinks we're pretty lucky here... $30/month for internet, and $45/month for mobile service with unlimited talk and text, and limited (but way more than I generally use) data. And it can be used as a modem during those not - infrequent times when the power goes out.

    No cable, we have Amazon Prime. All in all, we get everything we need without selling body parts to finance it.

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    1. Thanks heaps Jac. It is good to know how things work elsewhere. As I understand it, in Australia we subsidise those in say the outback where normal internet and phone is not available. I also understand that in the US, it rather depends where you live as to what sort of phone and internet service you receive. You have a good and competitive service. Does everywhere? In spite of cross subsidy, many people in rural areas don't.

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    2. No, not everywhere has good service here either... when we lived in the country we had dial-up. Remember the peculiar ring/squawk that came with dial-up?

      And you're welcome heaps. Just remember, even those with health insurance still pay through the nose for co-pays, etc... here.

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    3. Lordy Jac, the American health system. What a nightmare. I made a post once many years ago with the dial up squawk I kind of miss it, although not the slow connection back then.

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  3. Good luck.
    I am in favour of Telstra being afraid though. It would be their just desserts.

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    1. EC, I was once the cutting edge person. The first with dial up internet, the first with cable internet, the first with a mobile phone. There is a tiny flea in my ear. Telstra = Telecom = PMG, a trusted government department.

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  4. Until this post I forgot what kind of phone I had, I have an s4. I really deeply love that thing for a multitude of reasons.

    We do have a landline but only because we need it for ADSL - I have actually muted the phone because the only people who call it are telemarketers and my parents, who have my mobile and call that after they get no answer on the landline.

    I can't wait to get rid of the landline, forevz! We have an NBN box and The Other Half is deeply excited about it, so once they hook us up that landline is forever gone. ;)

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    1. Snoskred, I expect in time we will ditch our landline. Mother calls it, but all she has to do is ring one of our mobiles and hang up and we will call her back. I am excited about the way things are headed.

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  5. THAT'S how much those phones cost?? I've never checked because I don't need a new phone, but geez, that's a lot of $$$.
    I don't think Telstra is afraid of anything. Yet.

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    1. River, it is quite a lot to buy them outright, but I have done the sums of changing to a new plan to get a phone for free and it is better to buy the phone outright and stay on the cheap and minimal plan.

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  6. I would go with the s6 if you can afford it. I don't see the point of the 'edge' other than the gimmicky sides - what on earth for? I'm about 6 months off upgrading still, so will wait to see what's out by that time. I currently have an s5 for personal use and an s4 for personal work. I also have a nokia lumia windows phone for work work, which isn't a bad phone, though it does tend to heat up so much when you talk that your ear frys :\

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    1. Fen, I have pretty well decided to go for the 6 now. I saw a white one and while I have always gone for black, I really liked the white one. Is having a white phone like in my teen years wearing white socks? Only pooftas wear white socks. I don't care now anyway.

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    2. Nobody likes a fried ear! :) I have a white one but nobody would ever know because I have a gorgeous fake Swarovski crystal case. :)

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    3. Snoskred, what a delightful case. I was just looking at photos the other day of Vienna and we passed by the Swarovski shop, a real shop with sadly real prices.

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    4. fried ear is one of the reasons I prefer text messaging.

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    5. River, some of my workmates tell me talking with a phone to their ears gives them headaches and so they use earphones and mikes. I tell them the headache is probably because they are talking to their wife on the phone.

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  7. I get hand me downs from my daughter when she gets issued a new one by her company. i'm still on iPhone 4 but it works for what I need.

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    1. Diane, seems many people are happy with hand me downs. My brother has an old phone of mine. My niece's ex partner has one of R's.

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  8. Anybody want to buy my 2004 Nokia? A taxi driver was willing to give me $100 for it the other day simply because it wasn't an iPhone and couldn't be hacked so he said. I still have my landline with phones all over the house, in case I fall down, again or mother rings and I don't run to answer any phone these days.

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    1. Jah Teh, lucky I don't have any young readers as you just issued them a challenge to hack your phone. Mother has an emergency pendant to wear. It works pretty well, although she has not needed it yet.

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  9. I still can't get over how necessary a mobile is these days. I was late coming into the mobile scene, hated the thought of being disturbed when out and about but over the last few years it's impossible to go anywhere without it! Family hey, there's no getting away from them :) I have a S4, mainly so I can receive photos of my darling granddaughter in Sydney :)

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    1. Grace, in my experience the people who came late to mobile phones go on to become the heaviest users of them.

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  10. You buy for your needs. Many just use their phone to ring people on. I use my phone for everything related to the Internet. I have even blogged on it!
    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4..

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    1. Wrong Margaret. I buy for my wants. I don't actually need a new phone but I have almost convinced myself I do. A Note is better for writing, yes?

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  11. I still have the good old Nokia mobile which I nearly never use only in emergency cases, for the rest I have my tablet, my notebook and my laptop. That should be enough !

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    1. Gattina, I like to have a phone for the internet as it so easy to always have with you.

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  12. I while back, I heard this guy share that he didn't have a cell phone. Five people fainted. ;)

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    1. Susie, in my life time it has gone from been asked if you have a phone at home, to do you have a mobile, to what is your mobile. As I forecast on my blog some years ago, it will become increasingly harder to function without a mobile and email address in life. I think we have nearly reached the point where it is impossible, unless you are really old.

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  13. Andrew, in Poland Samsung is very popular and most people think it is a good mobile. But richer people prefer Iphone. My daughter has Iphone 5c and I can say it is better than mine Samsung..

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    1. Gosia, iPhone is more popular here, but Samsung is catching up. Which model Samsung do you have if your daughters 5c is better than yours?

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  14. My annoyance with Telstra continues. I still had an interest in joining Telstra Air but after reading a site that records nothing but consumer complaints about the facility I am now firmly against proceeding. The complaints are so familiar to my own experiences with Corporation.

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    1. Victor, I must take a look at complaints. I have had no issues with it at all. It is such a limited market though, with only a couple of Telstra modems suitable. As I said in the past, free wifi is the future.

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