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#151 BobSlob

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 18:13

If money is really that tight, it may be time to consider getting rid of smartphones all together.


#152 Skin

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 18:15

it seemed that the OP went from asking for help to arguing and trolling people that respond. :s

I'll suggest that your wife is secretly uploading spicy pics to a secret facebook account...

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 18:19

If money is that tight , why spend all that money on decent phone(s), when as you say, you could be spending it on gas ? . Priorities is a word that springs to mind.

GiffGaff is a very good service.I was on o2 for years and made the change. Everything is exactly the same as o2....well apart from costs !!! Join the forum and please ask if you have questions ( Forum members get paid to answer questions).

If you're that skint and unable to upgrade the data plan ,sell the phone and buy a cheaper one as a replacement.


You can get most phones on contract for free these days,

But in the UK, contracts are generally more expensive than pay'n'go so apart from the free phone, theres not much appeal to them

Not sure what its like in the US

#154 ncoday

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 18:41

Her phone isn't rooted i'm afraid.
Positive. How does she do that?



Also seahorsepip - it says her device needs to be rooted for that. She doesn't want to root.




It's looking like this is going to be an unexplained complicated matter :( Hope we can get a solution as she really likes the phone, but am not getting a good vibe over this one. Nothing seems to be working. Facebook as has already been said - has damn near every auto thing turned OFF.


How about get rid of Facebook?

That would seem to fix the problem.

#155 +Brando212

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 18:52

You can get most phones on contract for free these days,

But in the UK, contracts are generally more expensive than pay'n'go so apart from the free phone, theres not much appeal to them

Not sure what its like in the US

pretty much the same here, you may have to pay out-right for the phone but $45/month unlimited everything (pay-as-you-go [StraightTalk]) is a lot more appealing then $75-80/month for unlimited talk and text but ~1gb data

#156 kazgor

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 19:08

can't believe this thread is still going... all i can say is get a a nokia 3330 and then you won't have any more Data issues... any SmartPhone will eat data if you let it.. your habits change, you consume data whether you like it or not.. if you can't afford the data costs (due to your contract) then dont buy a smart phone.. or atleast you be SMART about its use... and if there is wifi around USE it.

sorry but this has really got annoyning now.

#157 pack34

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 19:17

If you're only on a 500MB plan, why not turn off cellular data and only turn it on when you need it? With WiFi all over the place, the only time you'd ever really need cellular data is when you're in the car.

#158 crazzy88ss

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 19:22

I only got through the first page, but it's really annoying how half of the responses are people being jerks and insulting the OP.

I really feel like Neowin's degraded into a place for people to come insult people they disagree with.

#159 ncoday

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 19:30

I only got through the first page, but it's really annoying how half of the responses are people being jerks and insulting the OP.

I really feel like Neowin's degraded into a place for people to come insult people they disagree with.


Rule #1 of any internet discussion forum is you have got to have a thick skin. If you can't take people disagreeing with you and calling you on stupid things you do or say, then you need to grow up. Outside the window of that basement where you play COD is the real world and it ain't all pretty roses and trophies for everyone just for participating.

#160 Xoligy

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:31

Well Technique i dont feel your going to get many good responses as you can see we have gone full circle and are now back on pay more for data, ditch the phone and... delete facebook none of which i see are a real answer to your problem if im honest. As i suggested check out GiffGaff there plans are much better imo and like i said they have a good community that responds pretty fast, they did to my questions anyhow.

Oh, if you do decide to change to GiffGaff and take your wifes number with you she may still get messages from o2. After two months i ended up calling them and getting them to remove me from there database (all done over the phone) then had to wait another 30days i think it was for it to take effect. Was going say something else but i forgot... oh yes, if you are going to stick with o2 through Jan then why not reset her talk time counter and what not and see how much she spends during the month and how many minutes she uses then see if you would actually save with GiffGaff? I think most on giff gaff just buy a goodybag and hardly use credit tbh lol i guess i should top up :/ lol

#161 OP Technique

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 20:38

Rule #1 of any internet discussion forum is you have got to have a thick skin. If you can't take people disagreeing with you and calling you on stupid things you do or say, then you need to grow up. Outside the window of that basement where you play COD is the real world and it ain't all pretty roses and trophies for everyone just for participating.

Agreed, but when the person who is asking for help spells it out - deleting facebook isn't an option, paying more for a bigger data plan isn't an option & isn't a requirement ......... and then people CONTINUE to suggest these two things, you start to wonder ......... if people can't read, how were they able to respond?? Why waste time suggesting things that aren't going to get put into place due to not being necessary?

Then people get upset because you've not used THEIR suggestion and accuse you of not wanting help. It's the "hey look at me!! MEMEMEMEME" syndrome where everyone wants the spotlight on them. Sorry, but YOUR (not you ncoday, but people in general) suggestion may not be the best or even correct one, don't get upset if it doesn't get implemented.

sorry but this has really got annoyning now.

Yet you continue to respond...????

If it's so annoying, why not just (hear me out on this one....) NOT open the thread?

When your mouse arrow hovers over the thread then just let it keep moving & don't click. Problem solved.

If you're only on a 500MB plan, why not turn off cellular data and only turn it on when you need it?

You musn't have read the rest of the thread - which will include the NUMEROUS times i've said this has been done

With WiFi all over the place, the only time you'd ever really need cellular data is when you're in the car.

Not everywhere is like the USA. You may have WiFi "all over the place", that isn't the case here.

As was said earlier - there's a place outside the basement playing COD ...... well there's also a place outside the USA - it's called the rest of the world.

#162 BobSlob

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 20:39

Agreed, but when the person who is asking for help spells it out - deleting facebook isn't an option, paying more for a bigger data plan isn't an option & isn't a requirement ......... and then people CONTINUE to suggest these two things, you start to wonder ......... if people can't read, how were they able to respond?? Why waste time suggesting things that aren't going to get put into place due to not being necessary?

Then people get upset because you've not used THEIR suggestion and accuse you of not wanting help. It's the "hey look at me!! MEMEMEMEME" syndrome where everyone wants the spotlight on them. Sorry, but YOUR (not you ncoday, but people in general) suggestion may not be the best or even correct one, don't get upset if it doesn't get implemented.


I have a pile of sticks and need an aircraft carrier... getting rid of the sticks and/or using any other material is out of the question. I'm also unwilling to buy anything else as well. I need valid options. Go!

The problem is the OP is unwilling to admit he's wrong. We've given him all the valid options, and then some. Most he's unwilling to even try. That's the issue.

#163 kazgor

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:20

I have a pile of sticks and need an aircraft carrier... getting rid of the sticks and/or using any other material is out of the question. I'm also unwilling to buy anything else as well. I need valid options. Go!

The problem is the OP is unwilling to admit he's wrong. We've given him all the valid options, and then some. Most he's unwilling to even try. That's the issue.


totally agree.. loads tried to help, there some very good suggestions in here.

My final suggestion is that he DOES sell the S3 avoid any smartphone and returns to the beloved APPLE ecosystem where he feels performs better, uses less Data and no longer has to pay extra for anything.

Really Tech. that is your only real option now...

and no i for one dont play COD or games... and i use my phone outside of WIFI zone.. infact if you had listened early you know i stream my music on the way to work and home (1hour each way) (over mobile data) i also use Google Maps for my navigation (on occassion) and i still find my 500Meg more than enough.

Happy New Year though... hope you find a solution that works for you.

#164 Xoligy

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 18:24

I fail to see where the OP has failed to try the things suggested.
He said he had turned off celle

I have a pile of sticks and need an aircraft carrier... getting rid of the sticks and/or using any other material is out of the question. I'm also unwilling to buy anything else as well. I need valid options. Go!

The problem is the OP is unwilling to admit he's wrong. We've given him all the valid options, and then some. Most he's unwilling to even try. That's the issue.



Sorry to say your wrong the OP has tried things suggested but the options are very limited and most people are continuing with the same stuff "Delete facebook, Change the phone and pay more for data!" all of which the OP is not willing to do and personally i dont see why someone should be forced to remove an app, pay more or switch phones because of a data cap which is too small. He asked for help and advise but so far all he's had is constant nagging that he should do all the three above, this forum is ment to be a tech site yet none of the responses have been very technical or good imo. Also why should the OP be forced to sell something his wife likes or to remove an app that millions of people use or pay more for data?

Think of it this way you have the internet your service provider has a cap what are your options if your going over that cap?
1. Install an adblocker - Not possible without rooting the phone the OP's wife does not want to do this though i admit it does the phone no harm.
2. Dont use the internet as much - OP is already using the wifi points as much as they can, could they use them more? Possibly.
3. Get a smaller computer - Im saying this because peopel keep saying change the phone i dont really see how the screen size eats more data, though i suppose it could be image loading im not sure.
4. Pay extra for the data - Seriously would you stay with an internet provider thats going to charge you more? No, i personally change providers and thats why im with Virgin internet because they leave me and my excessive downloading alone.

Anyway i could go on and on and on like the energizer rabbit but, im out of this thread now. Its upto the OP to decide what him and his wife want to do but there options are still limited with the options given.
1. Change the phone - Wife done's not want this
2. Pay more for data - Why should they?
3. Remove an app they use (forced)
4. Change networks
5. ? i dunno i can not be bothered to read though again and im watching tv.

#165 metallithrax

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 18:35

I'm not up on the latest phones (I use a LG Viewty Smile :laugh: ), but if the wife doesn't want to change phone, doesn't want to pay more, and none of the other options work, I would say go with Giff Gaff.

£10 gives 250 minutes, unlimited text and 1GB data.
£12 gives 250 minutes, unlimited web & texts.
£15 gives 400 minutes, unlimited web & texts.

And if you ring someone who is also on GG, the call is free.