Microsoft Lumia 550 now £19.99 on Virgin Mobile Pay as you go upgrade @ Carphone Warehouse
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Microsoft Lumia 550 now £19.99 on Virgin Mobile Pay as you go upgrade @ Carphone Warehouse

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Found 15th Mar 2016
Microsoft Lumia 550 now from £19.99 on Virgin Pay as you go upgrade.
Also down to £24.99 on Vodafone
And £29.99 on o2
TCB £5.05 and Quidco £5

Also available in White.

If buying instore you should be able to get it for £19.99 even if you are not on Virgin as Carphone Warehouse price match across networks:
selfhelp.carphonewarehouse.com/Sel….do?view()=c%7Ba2d716a0-a0d8-11e0-5b7d-f20203001e3d%7D

PLEASE NOTE: Phone may still show at higher price but drops when you add to basket
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Why would one go for MS/Lumia at this time or ever?
niks_b

Why would one go for MS/Lumia at this time or ever?



Well, I wouldn't mind a 4.7" dedicated Sat Nav for £20..
Hot Deal
How does a pay as you go upgrade work?
So I've got a Vodafone contract. I can just buy the pay as you go upgrade yes?
niks_b

Why would one go for MS/Lumia at this time or ever?


There are a few things that work nicely on Windows 10. Outlook is supposed to be good, and Here. Skype and Facebook are not bad either - where else do you get that for 20 pounds?
How on earth do u upgrade a payg
Nicolas

How on earth do u upgrade a payg


You buy a payg handset... use if for a while... then upgrade it meaning you dont have to pay for a topup to do so.
Nicolas

How on earth do u upgrade a payg


Search this site - there have been many payg upgrade deals - I got a nice smartphone for a tenner about a year ago.
jacksamthompson

So I've got a Vodafone contract. I can just buy the pay as you go upgrade … So I've got a Vodafone contract. I can just buy the pay as you go upgrade yes?


Do you understand the difference between a contract and pay as you go ?
checking the website but which one is the best to get?
Thanks mate!
Your text here
Great deal for a budget phone for my mum Anyone has a spare SIM serial that is not planing to use?
kamenitzabrit

Do you understand the difference between a contract and pay as you go ?



Yes I do thanks. Was just checking to see if i could get this deal. No need to be rude.
Damn just bought a 535 off fleabay. Virgin's great. Free calls to each others phones
Nice phone for a spare ! Looking for a spare SIM serial too . Thanks !
Crazyface
I'm afraid you are about to be disappointed, in April Virgin are stopping "Smartcall", the free Virgin to Virgin call setup.
AzNDeals

Well, I wouldn't mind a 4.7" dedicated Sat Nav for £20..




still need car attachement holder though

could have the garmin satnav that bloke posted for same price

if it wasn't the only one in the country that is
But the crap app store will make you through it out the window
deant1991

How does a pay as you go upgrade work?


you need virgin sim card in regular use over 6 months old you have been making calls on and added regular top up credit.
Neostar

But the crap app store will make you through it out the window


I have to agree, I got a cheap Windows phone a few months ago from here and it's dire. Yes, I can check emails and Facebook on it but there's not much else. Lots of the apps in the Appstore are fraudulent / dishonest and have a famous application name / logo but are not actually made by them, they just want to harvest your details / login and if you read the reviews you will see that the application doesn't work anyway.
On TCB it says "Please note, cashback will not be paid out on a handset purchase. Only new contracts and upgrades" But it does say "Pay As You Go (New & Upgrade) Sales £5.25"

So do you get £5.25 or not?*
ahalford

CrazyfaceI'm afraid you are about to be disappointed, in April Virgin are … CrazyfaceI'm afraid you are about to be disappointed, in April Virgin are stopping "Smartcall", the free Virgin to Virgin call setup.


In April I'll be dumping Virgin never to go back as well. Shocking services Imo.
logohigh

still need car attachement holder thoughcould have the garmin satnav that … still need car attachement holder thoughcould have the garmin satnav that bloke posted for same priceif it wasn't the only one in the country that is




£5 magnetic car holder works a treat for me.

amazon.co.uk/Mud…MUC
CountFilth

I have to agree, I got a cheap Windows phone a few months ago from here … I have to agree, I got a cheap Windows phone a few months ago from here and it's dire. Yes, I can check emails and Facebook on it but there's not much else. Lots of the apps in the Appstore are fraudulent / dishonest and have a famous application name / logo but are not actually made by them, they just want to harvest your details / login and if you read the reviews you will see that the application doesn't work anyway.


Any numpty can tell the real app from a fake/clone just by looking at its page. FYI this is on all app stores not just the Windows one, the only difference is sometimes the real one isn't there. I actually find what you describe to be more common on Google Play.
JoeSpur

Any numpty can tell the real app from a fake/clone just by looking at its … Any numpty can tell the real app from a fake/clone just by looking at its page. FYI this is on all app stores not just the Windows one, the only difference is sometimes the real one isn't there. I actually find what you describe to be more common on Google Play.



Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have themselves to blame! Windows, iOS or Android, the problems exist across all platforms! I label fools that download these sort of apps alongside the sheep that post those quite obvious fake competition pages on facebook, and then wonder why their account was hacked! Delete, block, goodbye!
I tried getting a phone from cfw last year through pag upgrade on virgin and wasn't able to you need a mobile number with virgin to do this.
ben1979

Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have … Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have themselves to blame! Windows, iOS or Android, the problems exist across all platforms! I label fools that download these sort of apps alongside the sheep that post those quite obvious fake competition pages on facebook, and then wonder why their account was hacked! Delete, block, goodbye!


So how can you tell a fake app that uses the real name, the real logo, the real text? Wow, people only have themselves to blame and the store provider has no responsibilities. That'd be like Ernest Jones selling aliexpress watches and everyone blaming the customer for not being able to tell a real Tissot from a fake one.
I suspect Microsoft allows this because without all these fake apps (of which the real version doesn't exist on their store) it's quite empty.
I got this phone on the week of its release when Win10M had problems and when stupid 3 detected their universal platform as tethering and wouldn't allow it to work properly. A dozen calls to 3 gave me a discount due to not being able to use my data (shoddy service), so I ended up selling the handset, but I have tried it since and it's fine for the light user amongst us. People comparing a £20 phone to iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 really need to get their heads tested. I have experience with £20 androids and believe me when I say it's not pleasant!
CountFilth

So how can you tell a fake app that uses the real name, the real logo, … So how can you tell a fake app that uses the real name, the real logo, the real text? Wow, people only have themselves to blame and the store provider has no responsibilities. That'd be like Ernest Jones selling aliexpress watches and everyone blaming the customer for not being able to tell a real Tissot from a fake one.I suspect Microsoft allows this because without all these fake apps (of which the real version doesn't exist on their store) it's quite empty.


It's their own fault because the real Facebook doesn't list their app under the developer name of "CountFilth" (example, don't take that literally). The signs are ALWAYS there! It's very VERY rare for the app to have official everything and not be official, maybe it happens but I've never seen it.
ben1979

Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have … Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have themselves to blame! Windows, iOS or Android, the problems exist across all platforms! I label fools that download these sort of apps alongside the sheep that post those quite obvious fake competition pages on facebook, and then wonder why their account was hacked! Delete, block, goodbye!


Agreed! Also in the same category as those who complain about Microsoft spying on them when they use a MacBook, Siri, iPhone, Google, Facebook etc that spy on them even more LOL X)
Edited by: "JoeSpur" 15th Mar 2016
ahalford

CrazyfaceI'm afraid you are about to be disappointed, in April Virgin are … CrazyfaceI'm afraid you are about to be disappointed, in April Virgin are stopping "Smartcall", the free Virgin to Virgin call setup.


Smartcall is the app for making outgoing Wifi calls using your Virgin landline number billing.
I'm guessing Virgin-to-Virgin calls will still be free as before.
niks_b

Why would one go for MS/Lumia at this time or ever?



Cheap phone for the parents.
Neostar

But the crap app store will make you through it out the window




I have found nearly all commonly used apps are available threw the App Store.
I have had a few Windows Phones and I can defo say the build quality is very very good for the money. I have a cheap 635 Work gave me which fealls really sturdy and solid. I have a Lumia 640XL of my own which is as good as an iPhone 6+ in terms of build quality (is a twin Sim Also and can hold a 128GB Memory Card). Further back I had a Lumia 1520 which really exceeded even the best Apple iPhone in build Quality.

Certainly the phones that have pssed through my hands have been exceptional well built for the price bracket.
Are all handsets unlocked from cpw? Or was that just a rumour?
Edited by: "jihadijulz" 15th Mar 2016
JoeSpur

It's their own fault because the real Facebook doesn't list their app … It's their own fault because the real Facebook doesn't list their app under the developer name of "CountFilth" (example, don't take that literally). The signs are ALWAYS there! It's very VERY rare for the app to have official everything and not be official, maybe it happens but I've never seen it.


Victim blaming is one of the worst things in our society at present.
Is it likely the Lumia 640 will see a similar price drop soon of £20~? It is the one I am holding out for
CountFilth

Victim blaming is one of the worst things in our society at present.



Victim blaming suggests that those foolish enough to download nefarious apps should take no responsibility for doing so? I agree the app store owners should shoulder a portion of the blame, but so should users! Fake apps are very easy to identify, as JoeSpur has already eluded to, most, if not all the main apps that most people use, in the case of his example social networking, they all create their own apps, under their own development centres. Facebook is made by Facebook inc, Twitter is made by Twitter Inc, Snapchat is made by Snapchat Inc. The latter is the perfect example of using third party supplied applications. Snapchat isn't present on the Windows Mobile Store, there were a number of third party options, but a breach in their security was traced back to a particular third party app which lost all the personal information of people that used the app. It no longer exists for that reason! There are also quick and easy ways of finding out if an app is endorsed or not. Outsourcing app development is not uncommon, but their own websites will link to the relevant app store page for what you need. Banking is an example of that, my bank provides an app on the google play store that is developed elsewhere, but I got the link from my bank, I know it is good!

It is too easy to blame everyone else when ultimately, all the information is there for you make the right choice! If in doubt, ask!
Even though the app store has it's issues there are a few apps that are worth getting like 6tag, metrotube and whatsapp. So if you only use those then it's perfectly fine for the price

Some apps like facebook, ebay, viber have proper issues that have never been fix and continue to cause very big problems for those that rely on them
ben1979

Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have … Couldn't agree more, anyone installing fraudulent or fake apps only have themselves to blame!


It's Microsoft's store. It operates under Microsoft's policies which state "Don’t mislead our joint customers about what your app can do, who is offering it, etc.", and yet somehow it is the fault of the user if Microsoft doesn't apply it's own policies in its own store?

The Windows Store is a joke, not just for the lack of applications, the dreadful interface and the proliferation of junk, but because this has been evident and complained about for a long time and Microsoft has done nothing to fix it. They don't even deserve the margin-of-error marketshare they have now.
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