My 24 month contract with EE (originally Orange) was coming to an end so I called them up to tell them I didn’t wish to renew after the contract end date.
20 minutes of hard-selling later by two different people, I finally managed to convince them that I wasn’t going to change my mind.
It’s not that I’ve been unhappy with EE’s service, just that they didn’t have a deal that I wanted to upgrade to and I knew I could probably find something from somewhere else and save some money at the same time.
The thing is, for my sins, I’m a dedicated Blackberry user; such devices are so old fashioned and unpopular these days, that EE didn’t have any as available upgrades on their website. I just happen to like using the little keyboard, plus I like being different from my friends who are all iPhone users.
I was paying £22
a month which was the best deal I could find at the time.
For the past 6 months, I’ve also been using billmonitor.com which analyses my mobile phone usage, so I know what I actually use my phone for in terms of calls, texts and data usage. The most useful bit of the analysis showed that I rarely go over 400MB data usage a month (average 300MB), so I know that I don’t need to pay for a large data allowance to be included.
As with when I renew my insurance policies, I shopped around for the deal I wanted and in the end, I went for a deal with Mobilephonesdirect.co.uk.
It’s another Blackberry (the Q10) and the network I’ll be using will be…..EE
! Yes, really! Seems they weren’t offering such deals direct but do so via third parties.
I’m now paying what works out as £17 per month on a 24 month contract (£48 for the handset, £15 monthly rental), with similar provisions to what I had in my previous contract with EE, only now on a 4G network.
Did I really need a new handset?
Could I have gotten a cheaper deal?
Yes, if I’d gone for a sim only/pay as you go deal and continued to use my old handset.
1) I’ve reduced my pro-rata monthly rental by £5,
2) I received £31.50 cashback which I will invest, and
3) I’ve treated myself to something new which doesn’t happen very often these days and at no extra cost
, so I see it as win, win, win!
I should be able to get something for my old handset too – may as well get that recycled for a bit of cash.
[* Referral link]