As I live in Jersey I have two ways of getting an iPhone – buy one at full price on PAYG and get it cracked and in turn deal with not being able to update it or buy one on contract from O2 in the UK or Orange in France and deal with roaming costs.
I don’t want a cracked phone and I don’t want to pay roaming charges for every call I make or every time I use it to go online. So this means I have to wait.
It’s only a matter of time until one of the Jersey operators (Sure, Airtel, Jersey Telecom) is able to sign a co-op deal with either Orange or O2 and then I’ll be able to get one on contract here in Jersey.
But it will probably take the best part of a year for that to actually come about – by which time I’ll probably need a new iPod anyway.
So I decided, even though my contract was up and I could happily get a new mobile for free or at least very cheap on contract – to not bother renewing yet and hold out for the iPhone.
That all changed when my current phone – a Sony Ericsson W810i decided to go all phantom on me – basically every time I turn it on it randomly types the number 3. Yup my phone has a ghost inside it thats obsessed with the number three.
When I try to call someone all they hear on their end is an endless beeping where the phone is virtually pressing the third digit.
So I went into Sure and got myself a new mobile – I have a third child on the way and so don’t have the money to get a Blackberry or smart phone – this means I’m left with the ‘normal’ phones.
So after a little research and playing with every phone in the shop, and rejecting a bright pink Samsung – I settled on the LG Shine – it’s soo pretty and the display turns into a mirror when its left off for a while.
It’s not so much the mirror I like though – I don’t need to see what I look like! It’s the fact that it goes all silvery and shiny. Beautiful machine with a fairly simple menu system and scroll wheel thingy.
Took seconds to set up and now I have a new working phone. It has a pretty good camera too – now to test out its internet settings and use it to connect to Twitter, Facebook et al.
Until now all my phones have been Sony Ericsson’s but so far I’m pretty impressed with the shine. It may make me consider the Viewty instead of the iPhone when the contract is up for renewel next February.