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Lighttouch
05-08-17, 14:13
After nearly three years of constant use and slipping it in my back pocket my iPhone 6 has risen to heaven.

Having sat on my phone one too many times I broke the microphone that allows Siri, artificial intelligence, to talk back.

And Apple won't repair phones that 'wobble' when lying on flat surfaces.

Luckily the insurance has coughed up and I could just get an iPhone 7 today!

But hold on - in a months time Apple will announce the launch of iPhone 8.

Technology seems to change ever 6 months. Is it worth waiting for the next iPhone knowing that I'll probably keep it for the next three years!

nukecad
05-08-17, 16:17
My friend has always had iphones and was always sitting on them.

He recently changed to a Samsung S8 and absolutely loves it.
Says he understands now why most prefer Android.

(And it's too big for his back pocket so he's not going to sit on it. Probably drop it down the toilet, or loose it on the way home from the pub. He's unlucky, or careless, with phones).

Jard
06-08-17, 09:45
Hello LT
I left a post on your other/original thread, just as things fell apart here, about Smartfonestore.com:

I picked up a 7Plus 256GB there a few weeks ago for £649 (RR. £919), brand new sealed in the box with full Apple guarantee, there were a few B/new models there last time I looked. They do various makes, new and graded, locked and unlocked and they're great to deal with should you need to get one unlocked try doctorSIM.

I can't recommend either of these Companies highly enough, they're both great to deal with, If you wait for an 8 you'll be paying through the nose - for some considerable time to come.

http://www.smartfonestore.com/filter-mfr-Apple%20Iphone.aspx

Lighttouch
14-08-17, 10:10
Hi Jard, thanks for the info.

I'm still without a new smartphone even though the insurance company stumped up £600 and credited my bank account.

I'm just going to wait until the new iPhone is launched next month - I know I'll pay a premium but what the hell.

In the meantime I've improvised!

I blew the dust off an old piece of Apple kit - the iPhone 3G which launched in 2008 - 9 years ago! Can you believe that the battery successfully recharged. Originally it was locked to one service supplier O2.

It takes the original sized SIM card that's the size of a small stamp. BUT I've got the phone to work without a SIM card.

I can use the browser which connects to wi-fi hot spots and browse the internet. I can get my emails too via the browser, play music via Youtube and even play sound through a modern Bluetooth speaker.

It's not surprising that technology has moved on by leaps and bounds since this model - no AI, just a single front facing camera that took low res pictures. But still impressive for one of the first touch screen mobiles that revolutionised all future smart phones!

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2008/06/09Apple-Introduces-the-New-iPhone-3G/

nukecad
14-08-17, 14:55
I've got an eight year old Samsung Wave that I also use like that.
Locked to Orange and you can't even get an Orange sim card anymore, so took the old card out and just connect to wifi and use the inernet.

As you say limited features from back then, but still makes a good back-up.

PS. you can put whatsapp on a phone without a sim card, so as long as you have a wifi signal you can still make calls from it.
Of course the person you are ringing must have whatsapp as well.
There are a few ways to set this up, here's just 2 of them:
http://www.techbout.com/whatsapp-without-phone-number-sim-5365/
There are other ways to do it using a second mobile and so on, a quick google will find them.

Lighttouch
16-08-17, 15:28
I've now got a working iPhone using a new 02 top up SIMcard for £10. So now I can make very short conversations as I'm billed 5p a minute - not cheap!

Jard
16-08-17, 15:34
I've now got a working iPhone using a new 02 top up SIMcard for £10. So now I can make very short conversations as I'm billed 5p a minute - not cheap!

You could also use Giff Gaff or Tesco Mobile with that as well LT.

NB: Have a look at the deals @Uswitch https://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/compare/sim_only_deals/?ref=google~Shop~Sim_Only&gclid=CjwKEAiAtf6zBRDS0oCLrL37gFUSJACr2JYbpKpfLLwr WEZomCicMCzBjyvZ8_vu2UWLjoIOqaPqeBoCtW_w_wcB

gus607
26-08-17, 17:06
Recently took a 12 month contract with Virgin Media. 2500 minutes, unlimited texts & 2gb data for £5 per month. Data rollover too.

Lighttouch
09-10-17, 23:01
Recently took a 12 month contract with Virgin Media. 2500 minutes, unlimited texts & 2gb data for £5 per month. Data rollover too.

That's the same SIM only deal I have!

Still using my old back up phone- a ten year old iPhone 3G Plus!

Now waiting for iPhone X that launches about 23 November with roll out from 3 November '17.

Lighttouch
21-11-17, 19:33
I have missed my iPhone - it's been almost 3 months.

Good news - Apple sent me an email saying my iPhone has been dispatched and DPD are delivering it.It's at DPD's Appleton depot this evening.

It won't be delivered without a signature - not sure when it's arriving at the moment. Roll on Wednesday!

reddivine
22-11-17, 17:20
£600 for a phone! Your crackers. I think my new laptop and new 2nd hand phone cost less than that combined.

Lighttouch
22-11-17, 19:39
DPD couriers delivered as promised at the time they said - what an outfit!

I'd ordered the new iPhoneX- pronounced iPhone ten. It arrived half charged. I just needed to remember where I'd put the nano SIM that holds my mobile number in a DORO easy to use phone. But can I get the battery cover off this DORO to access my Virginmedia nanoSim - no - grrr.

I also bought a Belkin wireless charger that has successfully charged the new phone. I've also bought a leather case to give the phone added protection.

I think I'll pop into Tesco tomorrow and ask if they can release the battery cover from the DORO - I can't when using one hand only.

We're getting there!

Lighttouch
23-11-17, 22:01
£600 for a phone! Your crackers. I think my new laptop and new 2nd hand phone cost less than that combined. Actually the price was £999. I've got the phone sorted out now after registering, getting the last back-up from the cloud, getting my addresses and contacts with my Apple ID. It now mirrors my iMac.

I'd had the music and photos I want n the phone.

The 'Siri' Artificial Intelligence is far better than the iphone6. Even when the phone is off it wakes up when you say 'Hey Siri'. It's ike having your own secretary takes notes, making phone calls, sending texts, doing research and writing letters - that's just to start with.

Can't wait to use the camera which s s sophisticated and complex but easy to use.

I'll activate the facial recognition in the morning. Then all I need to do is look at the phone to open it or pay for a coffee in its contactless mode.

It's a god send to a disabled person - it enhances all aspects of your life as everything s just a voice command away.

I've only just got it up and running - I'll report back on this easy to use smartphone.

PS the SIM card costs £5 a month from Virginmjedia on 4G. It actually works out cheaper buying the phone upfront and having an unlocked phone so you can shop around for a cheap SIM deal.

Check this place out for SIM only deals https://www.unshackled.com/sims