les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Smaller bills and faster internet

So another project recently has been to reduce the mobile phone bills.

Thanks to Free (oh, I feel so GUILTY !) the pattern of mobile phone contracts has changed in France over the last year. Until recently you had two options :

1) Pay as you go: Phones cost lots, you pay as much as you use, free to stop at any time.

2) Contracts: Phones cost little, but you pay LOADS each month, and tied up for one or two years.

Since Free a new option has come in. You pay a smaller amount - 15 to 20 € a month - for a comprehensive phone service, but this does NOT include a mobile phone. If you need to buy a phone you buy one outright or by paying monthly, but this is a different additional cost. Also there is no engagement.

So we've been switching people around.

Gwilym has been on Free for some time, paying 15€ a month, using my old iPhone. When it finally yielded up the spirit we bought a Sony handset.

Catrin was on Virgin Mobile. We have moved her to Free, paying 2€ a month. Her option doesn't include mobile internet. She says if she had that she'd be on it all the time. She's been using a Wildfire for some time now.

Pat was on a contract with NRJMobile. She has moved to Bouygues B&You, using a second-hand Wildfire that she's very happy with following the death of her Motorola Defy.

The last person to be sorted out was me. I wanted to go onto B&You, too, but I hesitated... The answer came from a Bouygue telesales person who pointed out that if we changed our internet provider to Bouygues (sorry Free !) we could go to fibre-optique and I could go onto a lower price phone setup giving a better service and cheaper bills.

So the technician is coming to set it up on 22 January.

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