Back at the start of this revolution around the sun, I made some New Year’s Un-Resolutions. I’m pleased to say I haven’t faltered on any of them yet, though one’s looking a little shaky.
I’d like to report on one in particular, not because I think it’ll be of particular interest to anyone, but mostly to put on record my satisfaction with the company that has provided the service.
Whilst I’ve used an iPad this year, I’m pleased to say I haven’t bought one. That might change due to work requirements, but associated with that un-resolution was a commitment to not buy an iPhone. Well, today I took possession of a nice, shiny new Sony Ericsson Experia Arc courtesy of Virgin Mobile.
So why pick this one?
I went for Android over iOS simply because I wanted to keep my options open in terms of handsets and because I didn’t want to tie myself in completely with Apple’s infrastructure. I’m an Apple user and I absolutely love their stuff, but I also like Google’s ecosystem and am very comfortable with that.
I picked the Sony Ericsson partly due to their historical connection with Saab (I’m a little sentimental) but mostly because one of my mates at Maptun had one and it looked pretty impressive when he showed it to me.
And finally, I went with Virgin Mobile because their plans were hands-down the absolute best I could find in terms of suiting my phone needs. I’m not a heavy user at all and the company plans I saw during my research all seem to be geared towards heavy users. The $29 caps I could find (with a phone supplied) all had very minimal call credits included. In fact, the Virgin plan had more than twice the call credit than my next favourite plan ($450 with Virgin vs $180 with Optus).
Virgin use the Optus network so coverage shouldn’t be a problem at all. AND thanks to a web deal they’ve got on at the moment, I save $10 a month off my account for the first 10 months.
The Virgin Mobile setup process couldn’t have been easier. I signed up online yesterday and the phone arrived by courier at my home late this morning. I assembled the phone, completed the start-up process online and my phone’s been working ever since.
It’s not often that I praise a company publicly. I don’t know if every mobile phone company makes it this easy to get going, but I’m very impressed by Virgin Mobile’s setup and service so far.
Now…… anyone got any good app recommendations for Android? 🙂 🙂 🙂
Not compromising on my next car purchase – I haven’t bought a car yet, so this one’s OK for now. I’ve come very close to buying an old Subaru Brumby small ute but have not pulled the trigger (yet). It’d be quite handy for carting stuff around. I’ve also made some enquiries about another vehicle I’d like to buy, but talks on that one are still ongoing.
Not neglecting my family – I think I’m going OK on this one. You might need to ask them.
No internet snark – Going well, though TTAC aren’t making this one easy. The site has deteriorated so much (further) since Ed Niedermeyer took some time off.
Not dying – I haven’t exactly improved my health, but I’m not dead. Score!