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Old August 24th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default URGENT:- HTC Wildfire - Best Option = Contract or PAYG?

Hi, so 1st i was thinking abwt buyin the wildfire simfree/payg at Three or Phones4u so itd cost be me about 200.

But then i started browsing different contracts, and found a 10/15 a month 24m cntracts, with reasonable packages

so at the end of 24 months, either by buying for simfree or doin contract it'd cost me similar amount of money..

so im not sure what to do? what do you think would be the best option and cheaper? what have u got? and if no then what would u do if u wer in my position ?

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Old August 25th, 2010, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Only you can really answer this question, by asking yourself these questions:

Do I plan on sticking with the same phone for two years? If yes consider the contract, if no take the PAYG route then when you get board you can take out a new contract to get a new phone.

How much per month would I spend on PAYG? If it's a similar amount to the contract then the contract is the better option.

If I was you with whichever option you choose I would get it from somewhere like the carephone warehouse. That way the phone will be unbranded and unlocked. This will mean you get updates quicker and will be easier to sell on. Avoid buying it from three, if fact avoid their rubbish network full stop!
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I am on Orange Racoon 15 Sim Only 300 mobile minutes plus 100 texts 500MB data plus unlimited landlines 15 a month ( I pay 10 due to discount from Orange) No tie in, free to change when I want, I do not want to be stuck in long term contracts, 12 months was bad enough 24 months is a pee take.

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I can't say which would be better really, but I can say the Tesco 15/mo sim only is better than the orange racoon 15 mentioned above. 500 mins, unlimited SMS and data. Still a sim-only 30day minimum contract.

Just calculate what the phone + sim-only would cost based on your previous usage
or what the phone + top ups based on your previous usage
and compare it to the contract, bearing in mind the contract locks you in and will have a different number of mins etc.

like all PAYG vs contract, it really comes down to your own usage.

I got a sim-only because I had no intention of changing phones, I later broke my phone and decided to stick to the same sim-only rather than getting locked into a contract, so I bought a cheap phone to replace it. If I had gone for a contract, I would probably have gotten a more expensive phone than the wildfire.
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Only you can really answer this question, by asking yourself these questions:

Do I plan on sticking with the same phone for two years? If yes consider the contract, if no take the PAYG route then when you get board you can take out a new contract to get a new phone.

How much per month would I spend on PAYG? If it's a similar amount to the contract then the contract is the better option.

If I was you with whichever option you choose I would get it from somewhere like the carephone warehouse. That way the phone will be unbranded and unlocked. This will mean you get updates quicker and will be easier to sell on. Avoid buying it from three, if fact avoid their rubbish network full stop!
yeh it is a similar amount, on PAYG id be toppin up with a giffgaff sim 10 a month for unlim texts,internet and 100 mins and this is sometimes 1/2 price so 5 so.. 360 over 24 months

and iv found a t-mobile 10 a month contract with exactly the same deal for 24 months and 100 upfront = 340 over 24 months

and carphone warehouse sell the phone for 240 (inc topup) whereas i could get it for 180 at phones4u so like 200 after unlocking..
and the tmobile contract above CPW dont do, well it aint on their site, its only on the tmob site, so i need to ask CPW about that..:/

are t mobile a good network? with good signal?
and are they guna update wildfire to froyo?
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Like all networks the signal is different in different parts of the country. I'm with virgin mobile who use t-mobiles network and have no major signal issues.

Only t-mobile can tell you when they'll allow froyo on the wildfire. So far HTC hasn't said anything about a release date other than it will get it.
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I am upgrading with T mobile, 15 per month, 300 mins unlimited texts unlimited internet 1GB fair use policy. 24 months. Good deal?
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I'm Vodafone, 15p/m 100 mins 500 txt unlimited (fair usage) internet 24mths. Threatened to go to t-mobile if i didn't get the wildfire for 15p/m (their website has it at 20pm) & they gave it me.
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Like all networks the signal is different in different parts of the country. I'm with virgin mobile who use t-mobiles network and have no major signal issues.

Only t-mobile can tell you when they'll allow froyo on the wildfire. So far HTC hasn't said anything about a release date other than it will get it.
Vodafone and Tesco have given me bad signal wherever I go over the years, but I'm used to little things like not having a signal at work or home on Vodafone and not having a signal if I'm indoors anywhere on Tesco. I just lean out the window.

HTC have said 2010 Q4 as a date for Froyo on Wildfire; whether or not that's the date they give it to the networks who will take additional time to filter to users, I don't know. I expect USA will get it before everyone else as always.
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