|Shiny New Phone
||[Apr. 10th, 2003|11:27 am]
Yesterday, I was about to write about the weekend, when I remembered that my mobile contract had run out. So, instead I opted to ring up Vodaphone and try to wangle a new handset (mine was a little unhappy)
I was after a 6310i to replace my somewhat flakey 6310 (owing, apparently, to slight water damage, grr...). New one would do everything the old one did, plus be tri-band and do Java. I was sure it'd be quite cheap by now.
Having fought my way through the menu, I was told that the 6310i was near it's end of life, so Vodafone were pushing up the price. I asked what bluetooth phones they had for sensible sums of money, and was told a Motorola, the 7650 and the new 3650. Before I could go browse the Nokia website, the helpful sales person asked me if I had a Vodafone store near be. Being in Oxford, there's a handful, so I said yes. She then said that I was best off going into the store, as I could look at the handsets, walk away with one that day, and maybe even get a deal.
I looked at the Nokia website, and wandered into town.
Managed to get someone to help me pretty quickly, told them what I was interested in, and was shown those two phones. They were the same price, only the 3650 did piles more, even if it did look a little wierder.... I opted for the 3650 (for 80 quid), and asked about line rental deals. Managed to wangle half price for the first six months by agreeing to go onto a tarrif for twice as much (i.e. pay the same as I was before, but get more for my money). I've ended up with just as many free minutes, only I can use them during the day, and to call other networks, bonus! Oh, and I can swap back to a cheaper tarrif in exaclty six months time :-)
Now the 3650 is seriously shiny. It's a symbian series 60 phone, runs Java applications (J2ME, both CLDC and MIDP flavours), has a colour screen, browses much of the web, has 19mb of storage (3 on board, and a 16 chip, replacable), does voice, GSM data (slow and high speed), GPRS. Oh, and it takes photos and videos, and has real player....
Big problem now - avoiding the temptation to go write my own applications for it....
Oh, and I wonder how long before I can get a music player for it? It does videos and some music already (so can probably handle it), and I can swap in a 64mb card to hold the music, so isn't too hard to imagine. Would be nice. Almost as nice as Opera for it, so I can browse the real web. Hopefully that'll be available soon