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Re: New iPhones

Post by Orange Cola » Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:17 pm

tim wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:57 pm
Orange Cola wrote:
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tim wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:54 am


I have a Belkin F7U027 which fits your requirements. There's a tiny blue led but the phone sits over it.
Is it big enough to charge an Apple Watch too? If I go down the route of a new iPhone I will want a decent wireless charger with the bigger output and as Mik said, not a siding light to keep us away!
As well - no - you need a special charger for charging multiple devices at once. I'm not sure they're even out yet.
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Re: New iPhones

Post by simon_g » Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:41 pm

Apple have gone very quiet on the AirPower charging mat that they showed off last year. Overheating issues rumoured - not sure if they'll get resolved.

After saying my iPhone SE was absolutely fine, I caved with the super cheap XR offers today - 64GB in red is on its way to me.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by Foz » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:38 pm

What offers?

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Re: New iPhones

Post by Nathan » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:22 pm

iPhone Xs 64GB - £37 pm + £121.99 upfront - Vodafone 80GB Data, Unlimited Calls/Text

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/iphone ... ll-3115077

iPhone Xs

64GB Gold - £1,014.99 ( £126.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-64gb-gold/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

64Gb Silver - £1,009.99 (£121.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-64gb-silver/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

64GB Space Grey - £1,009.99 (£121.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-64gb-space-grey/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

256GB Gold - £1150.99 (£262.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-256gb-gold/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

256Gb Silver - £1,158.99 (£270.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-256gb-silver/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

256GB Space Grey - £1,158.99 (£270.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-256gb-space-grey/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24



iPhone Xs Max

64GB Gold - £1,103.99 ( £215.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-max-64gb-gold/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

64Gb Silver - £1,103.99 ( £215.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-max-64gb-silver/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

64Gb Space Grey - £1,103.99 ( £215.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-max-64gb-space-grey/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

256GB Gold - £1252.99 (£364.99 + 24 x £37)-affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-max-256gb-gold/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

256Gb Silver - £1,245.99 (£357.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-max-256gb-silver/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

256Gb Space Grey - £1,244.99 (£356.99 + 24 x £37) - affordablemobiles.co.uk/contract/iphone-xs-max-256gb-silver/vodafone-red-entertainment-32gb-73-24mths-24

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Re: New iPhones

Post by simon_g » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:41 pm

Yep, various places have deals based on those Vodafone tariffs.

Mine was via http://mobilephonesdirect.co.uk - XR 64GB for no upfront cost, £75 cashback after 90 days, £37/month for 80GB data and Spotify Premium, 24 months.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by GG. » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:28 pm

Ended up going through Carphone Warehouse for mine today - not as good a deal as those posted above but I couldn't be bothered with the hassle if something goes wrong via a website I've never heard of.

Came out at £52pcm and £99 up front for an iPhone XS 256GB with 100GB data a month on Vodafone. If you take off the RRP of the phone, it works out at not much over a tenner a month for the contract.

Simon - yours looks to work at at £2.60 a month taking into account the cashback offer! Crazy.
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Re: New iPhones

Post by ste » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:09 am

£2.60 a month, really? :?

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Re: New iPhones

Post by Jobbo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:29 am

Googling the XR deals, I found the 128GB version is free upfront and £36 a month for 100GB of data on Vodafone as well: https://www.techradar.com/news/128gb-ip ... mory-model

I object to tying in to a 2yr deal, particularly since the mobile company contracts allow them to increase the price part way through (probably twice, since they do so in March rather than the anniversary of your contract commencement). I may buy a 128GB XR outright when the price drops below £700 (currently £719 is the best I can find).

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Re: New iPhones

Post by simon_g » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:12 pm

ste wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:09 am
£2.60 a month, really? :?
I'd usually just buy the phone then run a SIM only contract alongside. This will cost £813 for 2 years service, a £750 phone and £240 worth of Spotify subs.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by ste » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:48 pm

simon_g wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:12 pm
ste wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:09 am
£2.60 a month, really? :?
I'd usually just buy the phone then run a SIM only contract alongside. This will cost £813 for 2 years service, a £750 phone and £240 worth of Spotify subs.
So, not £2.60 a month?

813 / 24 = £33.88 a month.

Or am I missing something?

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Re: New iPhones

Post by GG. » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:58 pm

ste wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:48 pm
simon_g wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:12 pm
ste wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:09 am
£2.60 a month, really? :?
I'd usually just buy the phone then run a SIM only contract alongside. This will cost £813 for 2 years service, a £750 phone and £240 worth of Spotify subs.
So, not £2.60 a month?

813 / 24 = £33.88 a month.

Or am I missing something?
Less the phone, Ste. I was talking about the price of the tariff/plan only excluding the price of the phone ((813 - 750 ) / 24).

If you're looking as an alternative at buying the phone outright and getting a standalone sim then that's the way I'd look at it to compare it. In theory there may be some finance charge on the price of the phone but if you just assume RRP (i.e. 0% finance) then you can compare like for like between a pay monthly plan and a sim only deal plus an outright purchase of the phone. The current deals mean you're almost always going to be better off buying the contract plan.
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Re: New iPhones

Post by ste » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:03 pm

Ah, I see.

I've had a sim-only for years. I can spend hours each day on the phone so need unlimited voice minutes. I have unlimited texts too and 5GB data. I get that for £9 from Three (3). What kind of allowance do these cheaper deals give you?

For me it works out better to just spend the money on the phone up front and expense it back to my Ltd co.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by ste » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:05 pm

...also with those deals I guess you don't get Apple Care +?

I don't think I'd have a new iPhone without that, it's absolutely worth every penny. I had 2 x new iPhone 7s and 2 screens on my last one.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by GG. » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:05 pm

Unlimited minutes and texts on mine plus 100GB of data. Less the costs of the XS the plan comes with (which you'd have to buy anyway) it came to a little over £10 a month. There's no way you'd match that with a sim only deal/outright purchase of the phone.

ETA: I haven't looked into it yet but looks like you can put your serial no in and add the applecare plan on afterwards.
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Re: New iPhones

Post by ste » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:07 pm

Nathan wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:22 pm
iPhone Xs 64GB - £37 pm + £121.99 upfront - Vodafone 80GB Data, Unlimited Calls/Text
Ah spotted that now. Seems good in that case other than the Apple Care + and the fact Vodafone are absolutely shit around here and has no signal whatsoever. :lol:

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Re: New iPhones

Post by ste » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:08 pm

I use my phone a lot, HTF are people using 100GB of data? I have 5 and never use it all.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by Jobbo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:12 pm

They aren't using 100GB of data a month unless they don't have a home broadband connection and tether for HD Netflix streaming.

I upped my allowance to 20GB a month and generally use about 90mins-2hrs per weekday of streaming services, plus all the usual stuff, and get through an average of 13-14GB a month.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by GG. » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:17 pm

I don't think I will - I manage to get through north of 20GB - primarily because I have a near two hour round trip commute a day (when I'm "lucky" enough to get out of work early enough to take public transport home) and stream CD quality music via Tidal and/or watch video content for most of it. It adds up pretty quickly but I don't expect to get anywhere near 100GB - that was just part of the offer - there wasn't a cheaper tariff with say 30 or 50.

I guess where I might start using data at an even higher rate is if I have to travel and tether my laptop to my phone to run Citrix. Hasn't happened often so far other than when we had a three week Virgin Media outage at home this summer when I had to tether my phone to a laptop for 48 hours.

ETA: wot Simon sez.
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Re: New iPhones

Post by simon_g » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:38 pm

You can buy Applecare+ separately if you wanted. I've never felt the need, but then I use a case and haven't ever smashed a screen.

Yes, these huge data plans are a bit silly, I think of them like the £10m of medical cover in your travel insurance policy, no-one will ever use that much so they can sell whatever big number they like.

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Re: New iPhones

Post by Jobbo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:46 pm

GG. wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:17 pm
stream CD quality music via Tidal
I thought to myself that this would be trivial now - but 700MB per 74 mins adds up to 1.2GB for 2hrs' streaming so 24GB every 4 weeks.

I managed to use 9.4GB according to my last monthly bill. I generally watch iPlayer or Youtube on the train, but I guess it is varying the bit rate dependent on the connection quality hence being quite a bit less.

ETA: I tend to find battery life curtails streaming at not much more than 2 hours anyway. Probably also linked to the varying signal quality on the train. Having checked my bills for the last year, most months I used between 8GB and 10GB in total with three months just over 14GB. 100GB should feel pretty much as if you have unlimited data.

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