I have to upgrade my phone. Emphasis is on the ‘have’ because Telstra are closing the CDMA mobile network and replacing it with a whizz-bang faster, more bells and whistles 3G type network.
I have a very plain and hardly any bells and whistles type mobile phone. It does exactly what I want it to do, that is make and receive calls and texts. It doesn’t rule my life but it is definitely convenient to have and I’m annoyed that I HAVE to upgrade it.
So of course I’ve been investigating what phone I might upgrade to. If I stay with Telstra I’ve got a paltry choice of NextG phones if I want the same sort of coverage that CDMA provides. Of course any decent phone is expensive because of all the extra functionality they seem to have these days. Or I could choose another provider – 3G perhaps?
I don’t know. Questions that are floating around in my head:
- If I do choose another provider then it has to be worth my while because I would give up some Telstra rewards I currently get with having my landline and mobile phone with the same provider. I would also have to pay out the few months left on my contract that Telstra make you go on if you want to enjoy these rewards like free texts etc.
- I want some regional coverage because some family and friends live in the country and if I break down en-route to them I don’t want to not be able to call for help.
I also don’t want to be locked into a 24 month contract to get a ‘free’ phone so I’m looking for a at least a few hundred dollars initial outlay.
Do any of you Aussies out there have any recommendations for me? Do any of you have a NextG phone? Are you with a different provider?
If I do go with NextG I’m thinking of getting the Nokia 6120 phone. Anyone have one of those?