Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Can you pay my telephone bills

Oh my word! How simple was that? I've just rang up Orange, my mobile phone providers, so that I could ask to change my bills from Pay Monthly contract over to Pay As You Go, and it was amazingly simple. I usually expect to be kept waiting on hold a long time, and then when I get though to an operator they'll try and persuade me to move over to other similarly priced plans, and I thought that was going to happen when he asked why I wanted to do that, but the call lasted around 2 minutes. He said that he'd send out a new SIM card, and once I registered this it would end my other contract, and it also means that I'll still keep the same mobile number I've had for the past 7 years, meaning I won't have to tell EVERYONE about a new number. If they'd made it hard for me I would've just cancelled the contract and gone to another provider.

I looked at the PAYG tariff and it's not too bad. If I top-up by at least £10 a month I'll get 1000 free texts [not bad], and calls are 20p a min to Orange phones and landlines, and 40p a min to other mobiles. Because the calls are quite expensive I'll just use the texts more, and also use my landline more [I currently only have it so I can use my broadband].

I've been meaning to sort my phone contract out for months and am really happy that I have because it'll halve my phone bills, and probably save me around £250 a year. Jurassic Park!

If I find it's not for me then it'll be really easy to go back to contract although I think that most providers are only offering 18 month contracts which is a LONG time.


Flash said...

The free texts with Orange PAYG rock, & they've come in very handy. Not that I ever use them all though!

shorty said...

Hi there, I'm a friend of Flashy's, and I just wanted to add my two cents.

I just got ordered a new cell phone yesterday because my service on my current one is crap. I had to cancel my current plan early, costing me 200$, but it's worth it. It's so annoying when you have a convo and the other person can't hear you or else the call gets dropped. I was annoyed.

So I eagerly await my new camera phone and I only had to sign a one year contract so that was nicer and my bill per month will be about 20$ less.

Phones can be such a pain in the ass, but they have become a clutch for a lot of people, me included. I just feel safer w/ it, being a single mom and all.

Well I've rambled on, why don't I just do my own post about this subject.

Nice to meet you too.

Stef said...

I'd be interested to see how your bills compare.

I regularly spend £45 a month on my phone bill and wonder how much of that is me being stiffed. Free texts on Orange does sound good... Not sure I could live without my 'free' upgrade very 9 months though!