After 12 years on a pay as you go mobile phone I have finally crumbled and signed up to a monthly contract.
We resisted having mobile phones for a long time. We then had two incidents when OH punctured twice on his bike. He had to find a phone box on foot to call me to come and rescue him. After it took me an hour and a half to find him in the Derbyshire countryside one night, we gave in and bought mobiles.
I don’t like commitment and I was reluctant to be paying every month if I only used the phone in an emergency. Over the last decade, as life has moved on, so has our pattern of mobile usage. The final straw occurred 2 weeks ago when I put on the 4th £10 top up in a month.
I found a plan that suited me – not the cheapest, but it gave me enough minutes, download stuff and unlimited texts for £10 a month, significantly less than I’ve been spending every month for quite a while, and I’m on a 30 day rolling contract so I’m not tied down for a long period. The best thing of all is that I will be on the same network as Edie, so when she is back in the UK, calls to her will be free.
I had to run the gauntlet of obtaining the PAC code from my former provider. I was offered a free phone which I declined as I’ve recently bought one. Then they made me an offer of a contract which didn’t appear on their website – less than I will be paying, but they wouldn’t budge on the length of the contract at 12 months. Again I declined because it didn’t suit me.
So I’ve got there in the end with the phone – step by step I’m becoming more conscious of my spending and saving money where I can.
Have you had any experience of haggling with mobile phone providers?
Until next time, Tawney x