I remember when Vodafone first launched it PAYG range of mobile phones, I must have been around about 15 years old, so back in 1998. I had been running my little web design and PC building business for about a year, had some cash saved up and these new PAYG mobile phones hit the marketplace, I remember weighing up the options for a good few hours, should I spend Â£199 on a “mobile phone” for myself? would it actually help me grow my little business? would the school bullies steal it from me? At the time other than my PC, it was the single most expensive thing I had considered buying for myself.
I noticed today that Orange (the greatest phone network in both the known and unknown universe) are now selling a PAYG handset for Â£9.99, inclusive of VAT and delivery! I kid you not, Â£9.99, I can’t find the words to liken that to anything, its just, well, crazy. I wonder in another 9 to 10 years what that we value so highly today will become a disposable commodity.
You can get this same phone, from Orange for Â£4.99, inclusive of VAT and delivery! Using a cashback service such as Quidco, thats Â£4.99 for a mobile phone… no contract, no nothing, just top it up (I think they even come with Â£1 of call credit).
Obviously I’ve just ordered a few, leave one in the car, and have a few spares for when we have guests from abroad.