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Anyone tried http://amzn.to/1RztYXK here +Ted Salmon maybe?

Want to try Android with always listening feature like Siri on 6S.

6P too expensive, 5X not keen for some reason.
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A long and somewhat confusing post folks, not a quick read :-)

Soon, I will need a new mobile phone contract, or SIMO deal, so I have been looking around at various options. EE is a front runner for me, since they and Vodafone are the the only UK Networks currently with a proper Wi-Fi calling setup, i.e not using an App on the phone, but built in (to certain phones) and this will replace my ageing Home Signal from Three which needs to be retired anyway. Vodafone is a difficult choice for me as they have (or had) no signal where I go on me hols :-)

With thanks to @misterleoni on Twitter, I took at look at the EE Complete Plan, a not very well known option, and for good reason as it starts at £79.99 per month on a 24 month basis, so what exactly do you get for an astounding total amount of £1920 over the whole contract (and that is without the initial phone cost!)

First of all Complete is only available on Premium devices. Even within iPhones you can only select it on 128GB versions of these, and if you choose the larger iPhone model you will pay £150 upfront along with your £80 a month bill. A 6S is only actually £50 less here at £99 upfront and the £80 a month stays the same. For this very high monthly amount what do you get each month?

50GB of shareable 4G Data, Unlimited Mins, SMS, (inc EU use) 1000 mins to call 50 selected countries and you also get 200 mins to 084/087 numbers. 200 picture messages, and 'Early upgrade at 12 months'

So, quite a decent package, but it is still £80 per month. Turns out you get a Free Upgrade in 12 months and get to keep (or sell) the handset you chose first time around. Now that makes it interesting especially to iPhone users, although it could turn out to be a pig in a poke? Look what is says in the T&Cs document.

Upgrade Early Customers on Complete plans can upgrade to a new Complete plan, with a new minimum term, after 12 months without having to pay an early upgrade fee. The monthly payment for the new plan must be at least the same as or higher than the monthly payment for your current plan. Standard eligibility rules apply. We may withdraw this benefit at any time

This next bit is confusing, and you can work it several ways. I am going to compare it to what I would buy which is the 64GB iPhone 6S at £619, so bear in mind you will get the 128GB device with the EE Plan.

So lets assume I spend £600 on an iPhone each year, that is £50 a month, making the above plan £30 in actual fact right? OK, there are several ways we can work this out, so let me know how you would go about it?

But if we accept they may withdraw the Early Upgrade as their T&Cs allow them to do, we should probably take the iPhone cost and divide it by 24, so in this case £619/24 is £26 a month so this now makes it £54 a month for the package....

Now, the interesting bit is that for £12 a month (for a 12 month plan) you can add another Sim to your Complete Plan and that Sim shares the 50GB data and all of the other allowances. Seems to me if you had 3 or 4 people sharing this, it could turn out to be a good offering, esp given you can even add a Sim for your iPad at £7 a month.

Thoughts?


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Re peace of mind - I went from unlimited on T-Mobile which included unlimited tethering. I was a bit worried at first but the fact is I rarely use as much, and in many ways the peace of mind is provided by the fact that they won't let you go over your allowance without buying a bolt-on anyway - so you could just tether for a few days if you wanted to get around this cheaply. One of the three lines I pay for has been regularly going OVER its 5GB allowance apparently. I found this out a few days ago. It's a relative, who uses it to tether at home. I think they were hitting 500MB over. I've not been charged for it though, and nor were they cut off. So it's a bit of a mystery there! 
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Episode 6 of Mostly Android is out. +Richard Yates
Our sponsor on MostlyAndroid is Ian Maxfield, please check him out if you need a repair on your phone or Tablet. In Episode 6 we talk about 3UK putting up people's bills, Kev has yet another Smart Ultra 6 in the house, and his first proper China phone about to turn up. We even find time to insult Windows Phone / 10 / who cares :-) "We" are Kevin Wright @kevwright on Twitter and Richard Yates @richardcyates and it is our hope you wi...
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Thanks Jason, good insights, and thanks for comps for TTUK :-)
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A new Mostly Android episode for you to enjoy (or at least listen to)

+Richard Yates

http://mostlyandroid.com/blog/2016/1/17/episode-5
Our sponsor on MostlyAndroid is Ian Maxfield, please check him out if you need a repair on your phone or Tablet. In Episode 5 we catch up with Richard's obsession with Chinese handsets, and we have some discounts codes if you fancy a dabble! Kev has yet another Android Flagship to fail to turn into his main phone, and their is even time to make jokes about Windows 10. You should all be aware the best and most incisive part of this s...
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Thanks +Neil Gilroy to think if the PTT had been pressed, you might have had an extra 15 mins :-)
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Episode 4 of Mostly Android is now live in your favourite Casts App. http://mostlyandroid.com/blog/2016/1/3/episode-4 +Richard Yates
Our sponsor on MostlyAndroid is Ian Maxfield, please check him out if you need a repair on your phone or Tablet. In Episode 4 we chat about the Samsung S6 and Kev's latest (failed) attempt to go Android and ditch iPhone, We talk Headphones, and even a bit of Jolla. We also insult the Lumia 950XL, and a very Happy 2016 to all our listeners! "We" are Kevin Wright @kevwright on Twitter and Richard Yates @richardcyates and it is our ...
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Hey did I hear +Ted Salmon say on PSC this week that we have no idea what Blackberry are up to? Not those exact words, but that sentiment?

If so, I thought they had quite openly stated that they would be only releasing Android handsets this year?

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Episode 4 of Mostly Android is now live in your favourite Casts App. http://mostlyandroid.com/blog/2016/1/3/episode-4 +Richard Yates
Our sponsor on MostlyAndroid is Ian Maxfield, please check him out if you need a repair on your phone or Tablet. In Episode 4 we chat about the Samsung S6 and Kev's latest (failed) attempt to go Android and ditch iPhone, We talk Headphones, and even a bit of Jolla. We also insult the Lumia 950XL, and a very Happy 2016 to all our listeners! "We" are Kevin Wright @kevwright on Twitter and Richard Yates @richardcyates and it is our ...
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Trying to find an Android podcast I can listen to. Am struggling.

Material on Relay FM is good but Andy Ihnatko drives me bloody mad with his rambling 'never use three words when three hundred will do' ways!

All About Android is also OK, but the woman's voice is that particular American accent I simply find grating for me that a couple of mins.

Android Central is also good but Phil's voice is annoying!

Android Police, good content, but sound quality and number of hosts makes it unlistenable for me.

Can anyone recommend any others?


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Well, there is also Ausdroid. http://ausdroid.net/category/podcast/ It's so long since I've listened to it that I've no idea what it's like. No slight involved, I just don't have enough time. Ditto for All About Android, which I quite liked.
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I have been into tech for many years, first with Psion, remember the Organiser? In many ways, the later Psion models, the 3, the 3a, the 3c and MX models were so far ahead of their time, I wonder if updated versions would still sell a few today, in mid 2011.

I moved though many Ericsson phones, long before they were saddled with the Sony tag, and onto almost every Nokia phone going, right from the 7110, up to the N97, the phone that finally had me looking around for something else.

When the original 2G iPhone came out I grabbed one, and sold it almost right away, going back to my trusty N95 and later, the 8GB Black version. With the introduction of Apps, (thanks Jailbreakers!) I was back, and from 3GS I have not really looked back, even though I always felt as a geek I should not really have such a consumer device!

Luckily for me, Jailbreaking came of age, and that kept me very happy for a while, but then Android came along, and today I can be found with an iPhone 4, and whatever the latest and greatest Andy phone is, currently a Samsung Galaxy SII, probably the most powerful phone to ever be available.

Writing this in mid 2011, it strikes me that the real story for the next year or so is software, with both Apple (with iOS 5 and iCloud) and Google (with the Plus services) leading the way.

I now have my own twice monthly podcast, along with my co-host Nick Robinson, which is called TechTalkUK, and can be found by adding .com to that name :-), and I sometimes blog some nonsense over at kevwright.com, although that will be changing now to TechTalkUK.com

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