ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Don’t go out and buy the latest phones just yet

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Until recently I was the proud owner of a Blackberry Bold 9780 until its unfortunate death in a river (didn’t like salt water). Since then I have been using my wifes old Samsung Galaxy Y as my main phone as my insurance excess was the same as a second hand Bold (multiple claims in one year) and I just fancied a change anyhow.

The problem was that the Galaxy Y screen is too small for welsh fingers and the touch keyboard is just plain horrible.  Couple this with the phones habit of dropping network connections for no reason and it was time for a change. My contract is not up until next February so I just wanted a phone that would keep me going until then, but also allow me to do some work on it.

Enter stage left my ‘new’ HTC Desire bought off ebay for £56.  It is a lovely piece of kit.  It has a bigger screen, CPU is light years ahead of the Galaxy Y, camera is much better and best of all I can monitor my clients servers from my phone using mobilepcmonitor which is an absolute bonus.

Now I am not saying that this phone can compete with the latest and greatest but for this price you are surely getting value for money.  Yes like everyone else I would love something newer (HTC One maybe?) but I can’t justify it just now when second hand phones are this cheap.

So when your contract is up may I recommend you shop around as you might be surprised how much phone you can get for not much money.

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Perth.

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3 thoughts on “Don’t go out and buy the latest phones just yet

  1. Hi Chris,
    An interesting take on things. For many years, I have found that going for a SIM-only deal plus buying my own handset outright is a better option in the long term. As well as being cheaper, you can change handsets when you want without being tied to contract penalties. My previous phone was, like yours, secondhand but as-new from eBay.

    However this time I decided to go for an unknown-name Android handset. The one I chose was a Star v1277, from a well-known “unlabelled” manufacturer in China. It’s similar to the Samsung, for about a quarter of the price (£109). I bought it from a UK seller on Amazon so I have the usual UK warranties and consumer protection, and it arrived the next day after ordering.

    It’s also Dual-SIM, with both SIMs active to receive calls, and I can choose which one to use for outgoing calls texts. Great idea if you want to have a personal number and work number but don’t want to carry two handsets. I think that Dual-SIM will become more in-demand over the coming few years.

  2. Hi Chris,
    As a recent “drop out of the blackberry race” could i suggest that you take a look at the Nokia Lumia Phones. I have been a satisfied BB user for long time, and honestly – the Nokia phone has given me the right tool, in the way i wanted. Take a look at my blog and read more about the actions.

    If you have the chance, talk to someone who actually has a Lumia phone, you will be surprised about the innovation – and about the “welsh hads” – Well, Nokia is built to be used with Gloves !!! Beat that…

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