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Sun 20-Apr-14
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For a year now I have been the proud owner of a smart phone. OH bought it for me when I was feeling particularly low about how far from life I was. I felt like the only one without one, something I am not proud of. Yesterday I tried to send a text and was told I had no credit. This shocked me as I have always had loads! On investigating ( thanks to the knowledgeable on piston heads) it was discovered my phone was automatically connecting to the internet when out and staying so until I switched it off. I have to disable roaming internet then enable it when I want to use it. When switched off the phone reverts to internet being on! I had no idea this was happening partly because of the language. I have now gone back to my basic Nokia brick. Once roaming is sorted I will look at having an English mobile I can understand. It is just as well I have pay as you go. I will have to get over my embarrassment at having such a naff phone!

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Blimey Aly, you WERE lucky to be on PAYG....on a contract that would have cost you hundreds, most likely.  My phone is a sort of early version of a smartish phone (not an iPhone, it's an LG), it's probably the easiest sort of smartish phone I could cope with!  And mine's also PAYG, so if I want internet outside our home, I have to pay for it (I don't!).

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Yes I know. I feel it is sharp practice that it can happen without you knowing. Once I had googled it I found loads of people who had clocked up large bills. 

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Too much sharp practice going on, it is a Minefield, out there!

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Aly my MIL had the same problem although we switched all of the internet when she got the phone , she wanted a smart phone as all her friends had them, and twice she lost all of her credit, she has now gone back to her old phone. Also my techie savvie eldest son has given up on his windows phone for the same reason, he is on O2 and it was only £1 a day but it soon mounted up, his 2yr old daughter now has the phone to play games on. I am lucky to be on 3 so have unlimited internet in my contract so don't have to worry.

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Sun 27-Apr-14
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There is something awry with your MIL's phone setup, Eileen.

I am on PAYG with with T-Mobile/EE for my good smartphone, a HTC One. I pay £15/mth for a bundle of free national landline and mobile calls, texts, and more than enough Internet access for when I am away from home and my Sky wireless router. I do add an extra£5/mth for international texts @ £0.25 each I think. The biggest bugbear is that calls to 0800 and 0845 numbers eat into that £5 but I hope legislation will change that soon.

I did have to call T-Mobile, who talked me through setting up the config on my phone in order to get the Internet to work. But it's automatic. T-Mobile access only kicks in when there is no free WiFi available and switches off as soon as one is detected. Works very well indeed.

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No Danny there is nothing wrong with the phone , just the MIL despite being told not to, she would play about with the buttons and would turn it back on not knowing what she was doing. You have to bear in mind that this an 83 yr old woman who does not know how to open and read a text. I am sometimes surprised that she can answer the phone.

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Must be an elderly woman thing......my mother, who's 77, has bought herself at least 3 mobile phones that I know of, one after the other - each new purchase because she generally can't work out how to use them and thinks a new, different one might be better.  She also bought herself a laptop, then very shortly afterwards a tablet - because she thought the tablet would be easier to understand how to use! (she is an absolute total technophobe, far worse than me).  The really annoying thing is that, although I don't live near her but am on the end of the phone if she needs me, plus my sister actually lives next door to her, she will not ask either of us for help or advice - she doesn't even tell us when she's planning on buying yet another expensive thing she won't know how to use.  Both my sis and I have gently tried to impress upon her that it would be better if she asked one of us before making an expensive purchase, but to no avail.

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Had a letter from dad this week enclosing an advert from Talk Talk, he asked if he could have a phone. The advert was for a mobile and internet deal! He cannot carry on a conversation and when he did have a phone incurred big charges entering competitions he could not understand. He also bought things when cold called. Now we just tell him no phone!

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Sue my MIL does that with normal phones , it seems that she buys a new one every few months.

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