Re: Times change
they still don't have high pressure sales, they do ask if you want insurance, but a quick no thank you seems to do the trick.
186 posts • joined 19 May 2007
For most part i agree with you, but last year I got myself a Hauwei p10 lite from our local car phone warehouse inside currys and i went in, told them the phone I wanted, i did not want any extras, no services as I was already on a sim only contract and no insurance.
Got in and out in around 10 minutes. so if you know what you want it is fine.
i only went there as the phone was the same price as online.
They still charge extra for MMS? Wow.
3 is a waste of time around here, signal is awful in the majority of places around here. Vodafone is the best, but far to expensive and a awful customer service.
Use pluisnet nyself on the EE network, it does what I need, I do not know if they charge for MMS, but then I do not use MMS, only SMS.
I did that a few years ago, before we had FTTC here, it was fine, a good 10Mb/s, which was fine for my needs,. but then it started falling apart after a couple of years. they could not cope with the amount of traffic, So when FTTC came here I reluctantly changed to that. the company that was doing the wireless broadband have now stopped doing it, I still have the equipment on my roof, Is a good talking point. I am sure some people think I am a spy :)
Still have a VoiP as well, not that I use it much these days, maybe i should get the number transferred to my landline.
Labour was going to bring in an I.D card when they was last in power, they spent millions on it and yet when the Tories got in it was scraped. So many was against it that it would have cost even more to go after the people who would have refused to register and that would include me.
While the Tories did say they wanted to bring in a voluntary I.D card before they lost power to Labour it never happened.
I think it will be many years before the U.K have an I.D Card system, if it ever does. Now that we are leaving the E.U, it will become less likely, because to be honest I had visions of the E.U forcing one onto E.U countries.
We have managed without I.D cards for years and we do not need them now.
Not that any of the parties in this country are worth voting for anyway, all a waste of space.
Yep, I paid outright for a new phone about 3 months ago and I use plusnet as the provider, for £7.50 a month I get 1,000 minutes of talk time, unlimited text and because i am with plusnet for broadband I get 2GB of data, normally 1GB. but £7.50 for goodness shake.
Also no contract, so I can leave at any time.
My old Nexus 4 lasted for almost 5 years, in fact it still works but the battery is not great and the USB connector is a bit iffy.
So if my new phone lasts as long then i am still quids in, I will never have a contract again for a mobile phone.
Agree with you about not using Talk Talk, even without the hack I would not use Talk Talk.
Full fibre is fine for people who needs the speed, i am fine with 38Mbs to be honest, so even if full fibre came here unless the price was the same as what I am paying now i would stay as I am.
TBH, if ADSl could offer me 8Mbs at least I would go back to that.
Reliability is more important than speed. for me, but I do need a certain amount of speed to watch HD video.
i have not had a Tv licence for over a year now and have not watched any normal Tv in that time. I watch Netflix and now TV, now and again i will watch something from the catch up from Channel 5 and 4.
I went for almost 3 years without a TV licence and not watching terrestrial TV, I did not miss it, the only reason I went back to it was because I was ill off work for 11 months, so I thought it would give me something different to watch, bad mistake.
So for me, netflix and now Tv can replace terrestrial TV, plus you Tube.
Makes no difference to me, I am not a sporty person and i certainly have no interest in that game where people kick a ball around a field, then again I do not watch TV, no TV licence here. I do use Netflix and pay for now Tv now and again.
I doubt this deal will make watching sports cheaper and it will be all about football as it normally is in this country.
You got to know what you want and stick with it, I went in, pointed to a phone and said I want that, I know you have it in stock, I do not want any insurance, no sim as I am happy with the package I have got. I just want the phone. I was in and out in 10 minutes and 5 of that was them going to get the phone out of the warehouse.
That was the only reason I got my last phone from CPW, I do not really like the company to be honest, but they had the phone I wanted for a lot less than Argos and was slightly less than Amazon. So buying from a shop on my doorstep makes it easy to go back and kick their backside if need to.
but now I will not bother to buy another until this one goes belly up, my Nexus 4 lasted almost 5 years and to be honest i know a few people who are keeping their old phones and going for a sim only contract or even changing to something like Giff Gaff.
I prefer cash, apart from when I have to use the stupid self scan machines, they give change in 10s and 5 pence pieces. maybe another way to get people to use cards.
I do not have a contactless card, I told my bank to send me a normal card and that is what they have done, not sure how long they will keep doing that. I used Android pay on my phone once, just to see how it works, but I now taken it off my phone deregistered my card.
i can spend cash anywhere, something you can not do with a card or phone payments.
Not really voluntary then if you need it do get benefits and driving licence, unless you don't want those things. The problem with voluntary is that it soon become compulsory, The tories in the UK wanted a voluntary one, but then Labour got in and they wanted a compulsory one, then the Tories got in again and shut it all down.
Labour spent millions on an I.D card that never cam,e to anything and was not required. thankfully I do not think we will have an I.D card in my lifetime, even less chance now that are getting out of the E.u
I do not pay the TV tax, at least someone who prints it for it is, well done the Register.
I watch Netflix, some stuff on you Tube and I can still legaly watch catch up from the commercial channels.
so plenty for me to watch without paying for the BEEB.
I am glad I am not the only one who think they are aggressive, I saw one chase someone in town to get their attention. When they approached me once I told then I could not use a company which was hacked by someone so young.
I would not go with Talk Talk if they was the last provider in the UK.
i can not believe SSE is number 3, heard a lot of bad things about them. I am with Plusnetg and had a major problem a few weeks back, still have a problem, but at the moment it is working fine. Plusnet customer service was pretty good the problem is more to do with a BTOR network problem.
I have been with Plujsnet for over 2 years and to be honest most of the time they have been fine.
The problem here is that as much as I like Linux, the software is not there and even if there is software to do a task, it is not always that good.
Blender is great if you are into 3D and there are some good audio software, but sadly Linux lacks on Video editing.
I do have Linux on my laptop and it is fine for what I use that for.
Their sales reps are a pain int he neck, the ones in our town centre was almost running after people when they said they was not interested. I have not seen then for a few weeks, so maybe they have given up.
If Talk Talk want more customers then maybe it would be a good idea if they offered a decent service and good customer service.
Depends on what the company is doing and how big it is and what market it is in. I know someone who runs a small business and they do not use any Microsoft software and that includes the OS as well. They use Apple Macs and Libre office. They have done ok so far.
They do use Adobe software as well
I also know of someone who also runs a small business and while they do use MS Office, they do not use office 365 or any online storage, they prefer to store stuff locally, a bit like myself really.
Agree 100%, even when I was ill after my op and on chemo I went and did my own shipping, true I did have help from my next door neighbour taking me, but i still did it myself. My Dad is 86 and yet still does his own shopping in his buggy.
I acknowledge that there are some people who can not go shopping and that online food shopping is a blessing for them, but i do think that a lot of people just do online shopping because they can not be bothered go into a shop and do their own.
i saw someone do online shopping once and it looked like it was more hassle than going to the shop and picking my own.
A lot of it is laziness and people can come out with all the excuses they want, but when people who live virtually next door to a supermarket and have their shopping delivered even from the same supermarket they live next door to then that is pure laziness.
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