I have laid my Nokia 6100 to rest and replaced it with the Sony Ericsson K608i. I also switched networks from Optus to 3.
I have previously had phones with Telstra and Optus, so it was time to try another network. In all fairness though, I did have excellent coverage on the Optus network, which is why I was a little disappointed with leaving. But if a company lies to you, then you need to remind them every now and then that the customer is King, and exercise your right to do business elsewhere.
I was previously on a $33/month contract with Optus. I had completed the 24 month contract with them, but they lured me in for another year by giving me $5 of call credits per month if I stayed with them for another 12 months. I was thinking of switching to 3G, and therefore to 3, but the salesman lied to me saying that Optus would soon roll out their 3G network. This happened 6 months ago, and there still isn’t any 3G content on the Optus network compared to 3. I wasn’t happy being lied to, and there was an awesome deal with 3 that I just couldn’t resist, even if it meant paying a $60 fee to bail out of Optus’ 12 month contract, which I was halfway through.
The deal with 3 was to pay a $29 capped plan per month, and you get a Sony Ericsson K608i for $0/month, $120 call credits, and an additional $70 call credits to people on the 3 network. Now that is value for money! Certainly beats the uncapped $33/month plan that I was on with Optus.
I also signed up for an additional $3/month for the News content package. I am now able to read/watch breaking news stories on my mobile, which means I won’t have to buy the news paper on my train ride into uni. Even better, I was given a $50 credit to my account, which kind of negates the fee that I have to pay Optus. This was something unexpected, but it certainly sweetened the deal and heavily influenced my switch to 3.
So far my experience with the new phone and network have been positive. 3 now roams on the Telstra network, so there is excellent coverage. However, when roaming on the Telstra network you can only access limited 3G content, such as the News content. Otherwise on the 3 network you have access to lots of 3G content, such as live streaming coverage of test match cricket between Australia and South Africa.
The other package I’m considering is the email package, where I can send and receive as many emails as I want for another $3/month. This certainly works out much cheaper than using a Blackberry. In fact, I don’t really get what all the fuss is about Blackberrys.
One thing I don’t like about the phone is the 1.3 megapixel camera. It takes ordinary pictures during the day, and lousy pictures at night (as shown in my last post). Nevertheless, it is something I can live with, and it also means I still have a need for my Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg.