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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #525 on: October 31, 2012, 10:20 PM »
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I wouldn't call paying £200+ for 8GB impressive at all.
The iPhone 5 (16GB) is £529 and the Nexus 4 (16GB) is £279. That's incredible value considering the hardware on the Nexus is marginally better.

It's probably the best value smart phone we have ever seen. I'm still getting over it.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #526 on: October 31, 2012, 10:38 PM »
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Personally, don't see the point in pay-as-you-go, especially with a smartphone.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #527 on: October 31, 2012, 10:41 PM »
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I'm on a very good contract with no phone. Sometimes it's cheaper to go for a SIM only monthly contract and then choose a phone.

Either way, it doesn't matter for the sake of this discussion. When you compare the value of a device, you should look at SIM free prices as an accurate reference as those price differences should reflect in contract prices overall. 
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #528 on: October 31, 2012, 11:40 PM »
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No, it should matter.

Honestly, pay-as-you-go is worthless with smartphones if you want to use it for internet purposes. It would be cheaper to go with a contract.

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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #529 on: November 01, 2012, 12:02 AM »
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No, it doesn't matter. We're comparing the value of the Nexus 4 and the iPhone 5 so I don't know why you've suddenly brought pay-as-you-go into this discussion.

Nexus 4's low device price should in turn lead to a lower monthly cost for full contract. And for people like me who pay monthly just for SIM only contract, it's particularly good value.

There's simply no argument against it. The Nexus 4 offers much better value over the iPhone 5. Every review agrees with this point and I challenge you to find one that doesn't.

The latest reports I've read are saying that Google's unprecedented aggressive pricing will now force the other manufacturers to drastically cut their prices or be completely left behind. But will Apple? Probably not and they'll still be people who will buy it blindly.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #530 on: November 01, 2012, 01:17 AM »
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I'm on a very good contract with no phone.
Contract... no phone.. what am I missing here.  Think

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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #531 on: November 01, 2012, 01:18 AM »
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I think any discussions about Apple products should be moved to the 'Religious Discussions' thread. lol
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #532 on: November 01, 2012, 09:14 AM »
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Contract... no phone.. what am I missing here.  Think
Fully contract and Pay-As-You-Go are not your only options. The third option is contract without the phone thrown in. This is called SIM only contract which is what I'm on.

A SIM only means you're not paying the premium of having the phone. And if you manage to find an amazing deal, you can stick with it rather than being forced to go to the latest deal because it's upgrade time for your phone. The price of the Nexus 4 will see many more people take this path unless the full contract prices fairly reflect the cost of the device itself.

So here's a comparison purely on the Three network based on my current plan:

Nexus 4 16GB (SIM contract + Phone)

Minutes: 2000
3to3 Minutes: 5000
Texts: 5000
Internet Allowance: Genuinely Unlimited (I have downloaded many GBs of torrents recently)
Price: £10/m

Device: Nexus 4
Price: £279
24 Month Theoretical Price: £11.62/m

Total Monthly: £21.62/m for 24 months
Thereafter: £10/m


iPhone 5 16GB (Full Contract + Phone)

Minutes: 2000
3to3 Minutes: 5000
Texts: 5000
Internet Allowance: Genuinely Unlimited
Device: iPhone 5

Upfront Cost: £79
Monthly: £36

Total Monthly: £39/m for 24 months
Thereafter: £25/m


Conclusion: I'm making a massive saving. Why? Because being SIM only meant I had the freedom to stick with an old plan and keep any discounts I managed to get from Three. But new SIM only customers have to pay £25/m meaning very little saving for the above comparison. So either wait for the full contracts for Nexus 4 to be announced and hope they play fair and therefore offer a monthly price that reflects the cost of the device. Or look at SIM only contracts on other networks.

The SIM only contracts have not been that popular because the prices of the top devices have been so high. But the Nexus 4 being so cheap might start a big price war. So next time you're due an upgrade, make sure you compare SIM only contracts with the device price before making your decision. Ask yourself whether you really need a new phone, and if not, ask your network how much it will cost if you stay on your contract without upgrading your phone. And ask them if they can reduce the price to keep you as a customer. If it's a good price then stick with it and have the freedom of buying a new phone when it makes sense for you.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #533 on: November 01, 2012, 12:04 PM »
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I highly doubt the Nexus will put a dent into the popularity of the iPhone.

Moving on, as I will be getting neither. I see no point in getting a smartphone.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #534 on: November 01, 2012, 12:15 PM »
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I highly doubt the Nexus will put a dent into the popularity of the iPhone.
I agree - the people that tend to buy the iPhone will always buy the iPhone regardless of what's out there. It's that following which has allowed Apple to markup their products so significantly and successfully.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #535 on: November 01, 2012, 12:38 PM »
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When was the last time you managed to successfully send a post that hasn't been edited?

Boggles the mind. lol
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #536 on: November 01, 2012, 12:48 PM »
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My hubbster's old i-phone is sitting gathering dust on the hall table.

What should I do with it?
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #537 on: November 01, 2012, 12:49 PM »
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When was the last time you managed to successfully send a post that hasn't been edited?

Boggles the mind. lol
Yeah, I have an edit addiction.

My hubbster's old i-phone is sitting gathering dust on the hall table.
Destroy it with a hammer and send me the video.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #538 on: November 01, 2012, 12:55 PM »
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I should start a new thread entitled "Things to do with an i-phone when it's dead." Very Happy

And nice no-editing there, Mark.
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Re: The new breed of smartphones. « Reply #539 on: November 01, 2012, 02:15 PM »
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And nice no-editing there, Mark.
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