I’m it’s worth it.
This should really be the end of the post, but I’m going to tell you why I decided to buy this beauty. I may or may not be writing this as justification to myself because $1050 Canadian dollars is a lot to fork up for a phone.
The brand new, pre-ordered, unlocked 64 GB iPhone 4S! I was originally going to take a picture of my own phone, but I got way too excited when I opened the package so I resorted to a stock photo.
Buying a phone straight out is pretty expensive, but my part-time serving job back home let me put bills aside for an unlocked iPhone. I owned an iPhone 4 but signed a 3 year contract so I was paying about $80 a month for 250 minutes, free evenings after 5, voicemail, unlimited texting, and 6GB of data (this included all the taxes and extra fees). I paid $349 to sign said 3 year contract and 9 months into it, I found out I was moving to England. I was forced to sell my precious phone as well as the contract, but I was free.
I awaited October 4th for many weeks. No iPhone 5 was announced, but I’m not bothered. I didn’t much care for a body redesign because I was perfectly happy with the body of the 4 (I previously owned a *cough* Blackberry). I couldn’t wait for a fast phone again! I was borrowing a Canadian friend’s unlocked and jailbroken 3G and as amazing as the smartphone was, it was still painfully slow.
So why did I spend an obscene amount of money on a phone? In my situation, it only made sense to buy a phone and have a Pay As You Go (PAYG) plan. I’m here until at least September 2012. Since I’m hoping to stay here longer (but am not sure if the pieces will fall into place), locking myself into a contract isn’t very smart. I advise you to look at the following chart:
Contracts here in the UK are 12, 18 or 24 months long. Having a contract for 3 years is unheard of. The monthly costs for all contracts includes voicemail/caller ID/system access fees/999 or 911 fees, etc., while the Canadian contracts rarely include them (I’ve managed to find comparative prices that generally include those features, as shown above. My “plan includes” just lists the major features).
Since I saved up the money and needed to be contract-free, the PAYG plan from Giff Gaff was the obvious way to go. For a wider UK coverage, take a look at this nice website that breaks down carriers costs for PAYG and monthly tariffs. I’m pretty excited I only have to pay £10 a month to be connected!
New toys make me happy.
By the way, did you know the word giffgaff is an old Scottish Gaelic one that means mutual giving and was chosen to fit with the principles outlined in the manifesto? Thanks Wiki.