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Posted 23rd Apr 2014

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Before you go any further, this is probably most relevant for Spotify Premium users. It is also not necessarily a 'deal' per se, as we have nothing yet to compare it with, but we have established a benchmark price to work from if this idea raises its head again in future.

What in God's name is a Spotifone you ask?

Well, this morning my 16gb iPhone was, once again, full to the brim with data - pictures, apps, videos and Spotify songs.

Fortunately I had a few episodes of Masterchef that I could delete on iPlayer - I find there's nothing more satisfying than banishing Greg Wallace with the same glee he demolishes puddings - but the 8gb of Spotify files is crippling my iPhone.

As a consequence of not wanting to constantly delete things on my phone just to make space for Spotify data, I wondered if there was a way of creating a cheap and cheerful 'Spotifone', so I can delete Spotify from my iDevice and re-download all that data to a standalone device.

The first alternative was to go simple and buy an iPod that was capable of running Spotify.

The result? Brutal. £199 gets you a current 16gb iPod touch, with no expandable memory.

We've set the benchmark though. How far under £199 can we get in the search for a device with a large memory and will accomodate the Spotify App.

After about 3 seconds thinking, I decided Android was the way to go. Why?

a) People are more familiar with Android than Windows phone as a rule.

b) There are myriad Android handsets to choose from, giving us the best chance of making a cheap Spotifone.

What does a Spotifone comprise?

1 x Cheap Android Phone, preferably with a recent iteration of Android
1 x 32gb Micro SD card

The idea of this thread is to see if anyone can put together the two items to make a decent Spotifone for the cheapest price.

Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the pixels on the screen, or its spectacular features. It's about:

"Can it run Spotify?"
"How good is the battery?"
"Has it got a headphone jack?"

This is my attempt:

The LG L3 II, currently reduced to £39 with Tesco Mobile:

tesco.com/dir…730

It might be a deeply average phone, but it runs Android smoothly and the battery is awesome.

Paired with:

Toshiba 32gb Micro SD Card £10.80 (the biggest the LG can take)

hotukdeals.com/dea…607

Giving us:

An Android 4.1 media player with 34gb of available space for music and a 2+ day battery for a total cost of £49.80.

So come on HUKD, can you beat that? It's meant to be a bit of fun and I appreciate it's quite specific, but it'll be interesting to see what we can come up with. I'll update the thread as and when.

*please note there is obviously going to be discrepancies between mobile carriers. This isn't supposed to be a thread for that. As long as the phone can update Spotify over Wifi, we're in business.

EDIT

Arguably a better phone for £44.95 more if you're interested in a bigger, better screen. Courtesy of Da11as.

Huawei Ascend Y300
carphonewarehouse.com/pho…414

Read Post #31
T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 Mobile Phone £19.99 + £10 Top-Up @ Argos.
Toshiba 32GB MICRO SD CLASS 10 £10.80 @ amazon.
Total £40.79. X)
And the best thing about it is, you have £10 credit to get you going.
- Da11as

If you have an nus card you get spotify premium for £4.99

Also get other discounts woth nus extra.
- jaydeeuk1
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Just offline less Spotify content. Works for me.
anyone know if these are locked to a particular network? looks ideal but I'm on 3 mobile. if not, anyone know of anything similar that might suit?
xboxden

anyone know if these are locked to a particular network? looks ideal but … anyone know if these are locked to a particular network? looks ideal but I'm on 3 mobile. if not, anyone know of anything similar that might suit?



Tesco mobile phones are locked to their network (or whichever they run on) - I've had that problem this week when trying to find a new phone
paramoreRyan

Tesco mobile phones are locked to their network (or whichever they run … Tesco mobile phones are locked to their network (or whichever they run on) - I've had that problem this week when trying to find a new phone



I unlocked a Moto G supposedly locked to tesco mobile no problem
paramoreRyan

Tesco mobile phones are locked to their network (or whichever they run … Tesco mobile phones are locked to their network (or whichever they run on) - I've had that problem this week when trying to find a new phone



As we're intending to use the device, primarily, as a media player, does the network matter? I appreciate if you're using it as a phone too then it does, but I wasn't planning on using the phone functionality whatsoever.
daanuk

As we're intending to use the device, primarily, as a media player, does … As we're intending to use the device, primarily, as a media player, does the network matter? I appreciate if you're using it as a phone too then it does, but I wasn't planning on using the phone functionality whatsoever.



Well if it was just as a media player I'd have thought you could use it with no sim in at all, or just throw whatever network's sim it's locked to in it and don't use it.

Sim Free Huawei Ascend Y201 @ £42.49 @ Argos

Huawei Ascend Y300 on O2 @ £54.95 @ CPW


Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014
paramoreRyan

Well if it was just as a media player I'd have thought you could use it … Well if it was just as a media player I'd have thought you could use it with no sim in at all, or just throw whatever network's sim it's locked to in it and don't use it.



I agree with you. My reply was to allay the concerns of one of the commenters above.
Da11as

Sim Free Huawei Ascend Y201 @ £42.49 @ ArgosHuawei Ascend Y300 on O2 @ … Sim Free Huawei Ascend Y201 @ £42.49 @ ArgosHuawei Ascend Y300 on O2 @ £54.95 @ CPW



Definitely a couple of decent shouts if you're willing to put an extra few quid, especially if you were going to use the phone functionality.

You don't win the Spotifone prize though
T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 Mobile Phone £19.99 @ Argos

Virgin Alcatel One Touch T'Pop Mobile Phone £29.99 @ Argos
Da11as

T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 Mobile Phone £19.99 @ ArgosVirgin Alcatel … T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 Mobile Phone £19.99 @ ArgosVirgin Alcatel One Touch T'Pop Mobile Phone £29.99 @ Argos



The only caveat with those phones is that Argos require you to purchase airtime when buying the phone.
Huawei Ascend Y300 Upgrade £44.95 @ CPW You will not find any better than the Y300 for the price.
daanuk

The only caveat with those phones is that Argos require you to purchase … The only caveat with those phones is that Argos require you to purchase airtime when buying the phone.



Not on the Sim Free Huawei Ascend Y201 Mobile Phone from Argos (my first choice) its cheaper than what you found.

PLUS! its SIM FREE.
Can't see this phone having very good sound capabilities....even with a decent pair of headphones. ha ha. Cheap though (Y)
Great post. Heat.
brendanb581

Can't see this phone having very good sound capabilities....even with a … Can't see this phone having very good sound capabilities....even with a decent pair of headphones. ha ha. Cheap though (Y)



Theoretically if you are playing it through the headphones it shouldn't make a massive amount of difference. Select high quality downloads in Spotify and you ought to be good to go.

The speakers are awful on the LG but I bet listening through headphones will be fine.
Da11as

Not on the Sim Free Huawei Ascend Y201 Mobile Phone from Argos (my first … Not on the Sim Free Huawei Ascend Y201 Mobile Phone from Argos (my first choice) its cheaper than what you found.PLUS! its SIM FREE.



Ah, but my price includes a 16gb Micro SD card
I like this post. Great idea! Not sure if it's a deal but have some heat to bring some attention to it.
if you had bought a phone with sd capabilities then you wouldnt have this problem
parasitemol

I like this post. Great idea! Not sure if it's a deal but have some heat … I like this post. Great idea! Not sure if it's a deal but have some heat to bring some attention to it.



As it's a bit of a pie in the sky idea, I'm hoping that the collaborative community can make a deal out of it. When I posted, there was nothing really to compare it to and there are some people who really know their deals on here.
Deelon

if you had bought a phone with sd capabilities then you wouldnt have this … if you had bought a phone with sd capabilities then you wouldnt have this problem



Not quite as simple as that.

I don't want a player that's as big as my iPhone or a Galaxy.
I want something I can be rough and tumble with for when I go riding on the bike or in the Gym.
I want a device where the battery is longer lasting than my CPU-intensive phone.
I want my music and my phone to be separate.
Deelon

if you had bought a phone with sd capabilities then you wouldnt have this … if you had bought a phone with sd capabilities then you wouldnt have this problem



Lol, great comment X)

I made a similar comment on another deal earlier today POST #16

This is why I would never buy a mobile device such as a phone or tablet without an SD card slot.
External memory (SD card) is much needed day to day. Maps, Documents, Photos, Music etc can be access without the need of a data or wifi connection.
If your phone network fails or you have no signal, or bad 3G data coverage then you cannot access your online storage (such as Cloud etc), no maps, no access to important files etc on the move.
All Google phones and tablets are purposely designed not to have an SD card slot to make users use the online cloud storage etc.



As for the OP LG £49.90 deal, I have already beat it with a £42.49 Sim Free Huawei Y201. Lol
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014
Except you haven't.

My phone is £39 plus a £10 Micro SD card.

Your phone with the memory card would be over £50.
Da11as

As for the OP LG £49.90 deal, I have already beat it with a £42.49 Sim F … As for the OP LG £49.90 deal, I have already beat it with a £42.49 Sim Free Huawei Y201. Lol


Does that include a 32GB SD card?
daanuk

Except you haven't.My phone is £39 plus a £10 Micro SD card.Your phone w … Except you haven't.My phone is £39 plus a £10 Micro SD card.Your phone with the memory card would be over £50.



This is too easy lol X) Huawei Y201 + Kingston 16GB SD Card £6.72 @ amazon works out £49.21, so YES it does beat your deal.

The £29.99 + £10.00 top-up Virgin Alcatel One Touch T'Pop Mobile Phone from Argos with a 16GB card for £6.72 still beats your LG deal................. Pay just £46.71. Lol
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014
Da11as

This is too easy lol X) Huawei Y201 + Kingston 16GB SD Card £6.72 @ … This is too easy lol X) Huawei Y201 + Kingston 16GB SD Card £6.72 @ amazon works out £49.21, so YES it does beat your deal.The £29.99 + £10.00 top-up Virgin Alcatel One Touch T'Pop Mobile Phone from Argos with a 16GB card for £6.72 still beats your LG deal................. Pay just £46.71. Lol



No it doesn't because the OP includes a 32gb card.
alasrati

Does that include a 32GB SD card?



Lol, I listed the T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 £19.99 + £10 top-up from Argos, buy a 32GB sd card for £10.96 from amazon Total £40.95 with a 32GB external memory.

Shall we continue ? X)
Da11as

Lol, I listed the T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 £19.99 + £10 top-up f … Lol, I listed the T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 £19.99 + £10 top-up from Argos, buy a 32GB sd card for £10.96 from amazon Total £40.95 with a 32GB external memory.Shall we continue ? X)



Why are you trying to turn it into a divisive issue? It's meant to be fun.

For the record, the Alcatel is an awful phone which only just about runs the very oldest version of Spotify, and because it's got half the RAM of the LG its interface is incredibly laggy on Gingerbread 2.3.

It's also got a worse battery. But yeah, apart from that, well done - 10 HUKD points for you.
What a total door handle head
LOL at this "deal".

OP says: "can you better my post". People better it. OP cries. First world problems.
To sum things up

T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 Mobile Phone £19.99 + £10 Top-Up @ Argos.


Toshiba 32GB MICRO SD CLASS 10 £10.80 @ amazon.

Total £40.79. X)

And the best thing about it is, you have £10 credit to get you going. X)
saffaboy101

LOL at this "deal".OP says: "can you better my post". People better it. … LOL at this "deal".OP says: "can you better my post". People better it. OP cries. First world problems.



No one's crying at all. I don't think he's bettered the post and it took the poster numerous comments to actually read the OP properly and beat the price, which he did with an inferior phone - but I'm happy to debate that.

The idea was to offer up options and possibly come to some consensus on what was the best way of going about the original idea.
saffaboy101

LOL at this "deal".OP says: "can you better my post". People better it. … LOL at this "deal".OP says: "can you better my post". People better it. OP cries. First world problems.



I don't agree with that. He did say attempt to beat it with a phone that supports a MicroSD (of 32 or highere) and to be running a fairly recent version of Android so that the up to date app will run it.

That £20 Argos phone has 128mb ram and android 2.3... I doubt it even runs 'Phone' app
daanuk

Why are you trying to turn it into a divisive issue? It's meant to be … Why are you trying to turn it into a divisive issue? It's meant to be fun.For the record, the Alcatel is an awful phone which only just about runs the very oldest version of Spotify, and because it's got half the RAM of the LG its interface is incredibly laggy on Gingerbread 2.3. It's also got a worse battery. But yeah, apart from that, well done - 10 HUKD points for you.



Lol X) you list in your very own deal 'Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the pixels on the screen, or its spectacular features'

daanuk

'Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the … 'Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the pixels on the screen, or its spectacular features



I win, the end................ and YES I am making it fun. X)

£9.01 cheaper and my deal option you also get £10 credit, I have just improved the deal options.
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014
get a Sansa Clip+
get a 64GB SD card
install rockbox on the clip+

suddenly you got yourself a tiny device that can play all music file types (including FLAC).
the battery will last for weeks and weeks if not used.
also gets a solid 12-15hrs audio playback depending on the bitrate/filetype of the music.
charges in no time at all.

much better than carrying around another bloody phone and charging it every other day.
LOL_is_stupid

Just offline less Spotify content. Works for me.



Useless comment. OP comes up with an interesting idea, your response? Just use it less.
Vreat thread, cheers OP.
*Great
H0axx

get a Sansa Clip+get a 64GB SD cardinstall rockbox on the clip+suddenly … get a Sansa Clip+get a 64GB SD cardinstall rockbox on the clip+suddenly you got yourself a tiny device that can play all music file types (including FLAC).the battery will last for weeks and weeks if not used.also gets a solid 12-15hrs audio playback depending on the bitrate/filetype of the music.charges in no time at all.much better than carrying around another bloody phone and charging it every other day.



This is a sensible suggestion, however, my Spotify experience started when my large HDD died with all my MP3 music on it a few years back. Spotify was the most convenient and legal way for me to restore that catalogue of music. As such I have very few MP3s these days, and as such the Sansa combination would be ineffective for me, hence the reason for the caveat at the beginning of the OP.
I might give this a try - I have a spotify account that I don't use (thanks Virgin Media) and an unused BlackBerry 8520 handset, I remember there being a Spotify app for it...
Something for the kids and it saves it collecting dust (I know I should've sold it once the contract expired - I probably would've got over £100 at the time...)
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