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Sony Xperia L1 16GB Black Smartphone - £49.99 + £10 Top-Up @ EE On Pay As You Go
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Sony Xperia L1 16GB Black Smartphone - £49.99 + £10 Top-Up @ EE On Pay As You Go

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Posted 12th May
Thanks to @tyr for the original find, this is a great price for a phone you could give as a first phone to a child, or as a second phone etc in my opinion
Comes locked to EE, but can be easily unlocked by them, or on ebay

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Sony Xperia L1 Black
Buy the Sony Xperia L1 Black on Pay as You Go to choose an allowance pack that suits you. With EE, you'll also be on the network that has 4G in more places.Sony Xperia L1 Black

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  • Size: 151 x 74 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 180gSony Xperia L1 Black
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That's an incredible device for absolute peanuts.
I have this phone it's great but runs out of space too quickly.
A lot of apps cannot be transferred to SD.

I unlocked boot but not yet taken the plunge to put a new rom on this.
Anyone done this or improved it?
No mention of screen size, ram, internal storage or version of Android its running.

I know its cheap, but surely there's other info for it that people would need to know to make their decision about it?
Great spot. Decent phone for the price.
endofdays12/05/2020 08:27

No mention of screen size, ram, internal storage or version of Android its …No mention of screen size, ram, internal storage or version of Android its running. I know its cheap, but surely there's other info for it that people would need to know to make their decision about it?


Ever heard of Google? Or if you just click the link it will say?
jamesrugman12/05/2020 08:31

Ever heard of Google? Or if you just click the link it will say?


I'd rather know the screen size, than the dimensions of the phone, the version of Android over the weight and the battery size as opposed to the fact that it has one.

Those seem to be posted on pretty much all phone deals as they're pretty essential when making decisions on buying a phone.
endofdays12/05/2020 08:37

I'd rather know the screen size, than the dimensions of the phone, the …I'd rather know the screen size, than the dimensions of the phone, the version of Android over the weight and the battery size as opposed to the fact that it has one. Those seem to be posted on pretty much all phone deals as they're pretty essential when making decisions on buying a phone.


If you want to know look it up stop being lazy... Why should everyone do the work for you? They don't get paid for it...
Poor screen, not glass but it’s a huge mobile
endofdays12/05/2020 08:27

No mention of screen size, ram, internal storage or version of Android its …No mention of screen size, ram, internal storage or version of Android its running. I know its cheap, but surely there's other info for it that people would need to know to make their decision about it?


gsmarena.com/son…php
jamesrugman12/05/2020 08:40

If you want to know look it up stop being lazy... Why should everyone do …If you want to know look it up stop being lazy... Why should everyone do the work for you? They don't get paid for it...


It's basic info. That's why.
Got one delivered yesterday and it was unlocked, much to my surprise.
If you get a locked one EE can unlock it immediately after purchase for free (see their website).
Strangely, they charged me £59.97 so 2p cheaper.
Quidco was £9 on PAYG phones but has now reduced to £5.
5.5" screen which is quite bright compared to some other phones.
Android 7 which may put people off but it's a cheapie that will suit some people.
You can't always rely on gsmarena.
E.g it states microSD in shared SIM slot. Separate slots for memory card and SIM card on this model.
Not a bad deal but think it makes sense to spend a few quid extra and get a Xiaomi 8A from the Mi store
My God..."NFC + Quick Tap Yes"
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apeman6912/05/2020 09:04

You can't always rely on gsmarena.E.g it states microSD in shared SIM …You can't always rely on gsmarena.E.g it states microSD in shared SIM slot. Separate slots for memory card and SIM card on this model.


My opinion exactly, I was asked to start putting GSM links in my deals going forward, and I responded with exactly what you've just said, even some manufacturers sites don't get the specs right, so what hope have the likes of GSM got
Use this to install the nhs tracking app on so they can’t harvest data from your main phone
hotspur8212/05/2020 13:07

Use this to install the nhs tracking app on so they can’t harvest data f …Use this to install the nhs tracking app on so they can’t harvest data from your main phone



Or just don't install it at all...?
Looking for a cheap handset, hows this compare to something like: laptopsdirect.co.uk/alc…asp at same price?
3anana12/05/2020 13:12

Or just don't install it at all...?


Works until they start saying you can only use public transport or enter public buildings unless you have the app. Which they will. We're heading for dystopia.
pgreendean12/05/2020 13:23

Looking for a cheap handset, hows this compare to something like: …Looking for a cheap handset, hows this compare to something like: https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/alcatel-3v-spectrum-blue-6-16gb-4g-unlocked-sim-free-5099y-2aalgb1/version.asp at same price?


At this price and for what you get there's not much between the two.
I've been a Sony Xperia user for many years and always end up going back to Sony after trying others.
It's difficult to find a phone that you're fully happy with in all aspects and, up to now and all things considered, Sony has done it for me over many years due to the balance of features, Sony's stable and reliable interpretation of Android system(s) and overall build quality.
The 3V did interest me when it was released because of the positive reviews of the screen. The rest of the 'package' didn't really inspire me even when it was released. My overall experiences of Alcatel phones didn't persuade me to buy this model at the time or since so I have no personal experience of the 3V.
It really depends on how and for what your main usage of the phone will be.
If it's to be your main phone and something that you would intend on looking after and possibly reselling in the future rather than just throwing it away when you change then the Sony probably would have a better resale value.
If you just want something that will do the normal basics then I'd go for the Sony myself simply because of my experiences with the two brands. Unfortunately, the Alcatels I have tried have put me off the brand unless it's something really cheap for the overall package.
In summary, and it's probably not much use to you, if your expectations are not unreasonable considering you're paying around £60 for a new phone I don't think you'd be disappointed with either.
Discente12/05/2020 12:31

My God..."NFC + Quick Tap Yes" [Image]


The 'Cash on Tap Yes' has made me buy all their remaining stock.
I'm guessing there's a wad in the box or some means to access free money like a branch from the magic money tree
I'm handing in my notice and starting retirement on delivery!
apeman6912/05/2020 15:32

At this price and for what you get there's not much between the two.I've …At this price and for what you get there's not much between the two.I've been a Sony Xperia user for many years and always end up going back to Sony after trying others.It's difficult to find a phone that you're fully happy with in all aspects and, up to now and all things considered, Sony has done it for me over many years due to the balance of features, Sony's stable and reliable interpretation of Android system(s) and overall build quality. The 3V did interest me when it was released because of the positive reviews of the screen. The rest of the 'package' didn't really inspire me even when it was released. My overall experiences of Alcatel phones didn't persuade me to buy this model at the time or since so I have no personal experience of the 3V.It really depends on how and for what your main usage of the phone will be.If it's to be your main phone and something that you would intend on looking after and possibly reselling in the future rather than just throwing it away when you change then the Sony probably would have a better resale value.If you just want something that will do the normal basics then I'd go for the Sony myself simply because of my experiences with the two brands. Unfortunately, the Alcatels I have tried have put me off the brand unless it's something really cheap for the overall package.In summary, and it's probably not much use to you, if your expectations are not unreasonable considering you're paying around £60 for a new phone I don't think you'd be disappointed with either.


You tried Motorola at all? I too like Xperias and are generally my phone of choice. However I've see a few good offers on Motorola at the moment and am tempted by either G7, G8 or even One Macro. Don't want to get tied into another contract so have a bit of a budget.
SquirbyDude12/05/2020 17:29

You tried Motorola at all? I too like Xperias and are generally my phone …You tried Motorola at all? I too like Xperias and are generally my phone of choice. However I've see a few good offers on Motorola at the moment and am tempted by either G7, G8 or even One Macro. Don't want to get tied into another contract so have a bit of a budget.


Yes. One of my first ones was the (then) mighty Atrix, bought for £200 imported from China.
I find Motos now to be average compared to what other manufacturers are offering at the time.
Don't think the Macro is anything special compared to many same priced or cheaper handsets and can't see it being a great seller.
Since Lenovo took over it's like they're a step behind in terms of VFM. Like the latest release would have been comparable to what the competition put out a few months ago.
Saying this, phones are at the point where you're getting pretty much the same overall from most manufacturers for around the same price if you shop around.
apeman6912/05/2020 18:37

Yes. One of my first ones was the (then) mighty Atrix, bought for £200 …Yes. One of my first ones was the (then) mighty Atrix, bought for £200 imported from China.I find Motos now to be average compared to what other manufacturers are offering at the time.Don't think the Macro is anything special compared to many same priced or cheaper handsets and can't see it being a great seller.Since Lenovo took over it's like they're a step behind in terms of VFM. Like the latest release would have been comparable to what the competition put out a few months ago.Saying this, phones are at the point where you're getting pretty much the same overall from most manufacturers for around the same price if you shop around.


Thanks.
I may stick to looking round the Xperia range. They've never let me down in the past. Currently having to use my wife's old Samsung S7 cos I dropped my XZ and cracked the screen, I looked at getting it repaired but might as well just buy another for the price it would cost.
SquirbyDude12/05/2020 19:46

Thanks.I may stick to looking round the Xperia range. They've never let me …Thanks.I may stick to looking round the Xperia range. They've never let me down in the past. Currently having to use my wife's old Samsung S7 cos I dropped my XZ and cracked the screen, I looked at getting it repaired but might as well just buy another for the price it would cost.


Giffgaff had Xperia 10 for £99 and 10 Plus for £169 a few weeks ago. Compared to everybody else's prices these were crazy cheap. May be worthwhile keeping an eye out there if not in a rush.
With L4 now out I'd expect L2 & L3 to become available at discounted prices.
For some reason the L1 has a much brighter screen than the L2.

I have an L1. Overall it's a good phone for the money. The screen is really nice but it is a bit sluggish. I intend to get an L4 when there is a deal
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