Mark dropped his Moto G cellphone last winter and I bought him an Acer Liquid z220 as a replacement. The phone was okay but the bad thing was that I could not find a case for it anywhere except for a universal case which he didn’t like. So he dropped it last week and then ran into a wall yesterday morning with it in his shorts. I saw him run into the way and I still don’t know how it happened.
Anyways, the phone screen was dead and the cost to repair it wasn’t worth it.
We went looking for some phones today and didn’t find anything worth getting excited for. He is working so he wanted cheap since he is paying it back but I reminded him that if he gets a decent one, it will last longer. We went looking for another Moto G when I was reminded of a Twitter conversation I had with noted Windows evangelist Darren Sproat. Microsoft has the new Microsoft Lumia 650 on for really cheap right now, obviously as a loss leader to get people to try out Windows phone.
It was only $199.99 with free shipping which shocked me because that is the exact same amount of money they are selling it from the U.S. store which saves him about 20%. The Moto G was going to be about $300 after taxes and fees so he is happy. The phone in unlocked which means he can take it with him if he decides to move on from Virgin Mobility.
I know everyone goes on about apps but the phone:
- Makes outgoing phone calls
- Accepts incoming phone calls
- Surfs the net
- Has a camera, takes photos and HD video.
- Plays YouTube videos
It will do what he needs it to do and will be here in a week.
Mark lost his cell phone on the weekend. He is pretty careful with it but he was out with Wendy running some errands and it went missing. He was devastated. I wasn’t convinced the dog didn’t eat it and hid it somewhere but whatever the case, he needs a new phone.
He is with Virgin Mobile and we are pretty happy with it. I have always bought his phone outright and then we only pay $25/prepaid for texting and minutes. That was my plan for this time.
I looked at The Source and Best Buy and was unimpressed with what they had for $100 – $150. Really unimpressed. We then went to Visions and they came out with a Motorola Moto G for $150. I went to buy that but then Visions only charged me $98 for the phone which made it an even better deal. They did that a couple of years ago as well. I appreciated it then and I appreciated it now.
As they were ringing me in, the salesman told me about a special low rate they can get me signed up for. I was like, “Go on…”. I am only paying $25 now but he had a $19/month rate that was still month to month. It was actually $18 a month but I pay $1 a month to lock out data. It’s only $6/month cheaper but that’s $72 for the year. It all ads up I guess.
The only hitch was as he was signing us up, we had to phone in to get the internet lock put on it. No problem or so I thought.
Wendy heads home and phones Virgin while I set up Mark’s phone. It takes her almost an hour to get the data lock put on it. The women on the other end wouldn’t let Wendy speak. She first tried to activate the phone (it had been activated at Visions), then she went on this other lecture to Wendy for like 20 minutes about something totally different. Then it was something else. It was hilarious. Finally we got the data lock put on his phone and we were good.
If you are looking for a Bell or Virgin cell phone in Saskatoon, go to Visions. I have shopped around and for whatever reason, they are the best at cellular sales, even on prepaid phones.