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  • flick 5:39 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abduction, , dolphin 20, faq, , htc widget, newbie, notifications,   

    Things I have learnt to do on my HTC Hero – 1 

    As a new user to ‘smart’ phones like the HTC Hero, I thought it might be a good idea to write up a series of really mini posts about what I’ve learnt to do. They may seem like really simple things, but as I am extremely slow when it comes to learning about phones…

    Before I start, one of the most useful websites is HTC’s own FAQ section, which can be found here (click on Product Support on the left to find FAQs for e.g. the US Sprint version):

    http://www.htc.com/uk/faq_detail.aspx?p_id=283&act=faq&cat=0

    • Getting rid of icons in the top bar – I installed some apps from the ‘Market’ place of Android, and this resulted in some icons appearing in the top bar. These are called ‘Notifications’ and can be removed by pressing the  ‘Menu’ button and selecting ‘Notifications’ to show the list.
    • Copying and Pasting – Useful when copying and pasting email addresses or phone numbers, but not necessarily instinctive. With thanks to Gizmodo for the info, hold down your finger on the text/number/input box until a context menu appears.
    • Removing a widget from the HTC Hero – Like copying and pasting, you should hold down your finger on the app until the option to ‘remove’ it appears. This is also applicable when you want to reposition the widget.

    I really love my HTC Hero although, at present, the only gripe is that the Calendar app isn’t perfect.  This has also been discussed on Androidforums.com – the HTC Hero calendar  widget allows you to display just a day’s worth of ‘to-do’s as via the agenda format of the widget; or you get the entire month of dates as a calendar – not exactly useful if you have something ‘to-do’ almost everyday and want to see a few days in one go!

    Nevertheless, I have been really impressed by the Hero’s capabilities. The original ‘Home’ setup is so lovely I haven’t had the heart to customise even the wallpaper yet. I am looking forward to finding more to do with the Hero, and before the next mini post, I would like to recommend Abduction as an excellent Android game for download if you haven’t already got it.

    p/s: My Orange data bundle doesn’t start till November 1st, so will talk about connecting via Orange to the net in future posts.

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  • flick 7:55 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 400 minutes, dolphin 20, dolphin 25, Dolphin 25 Websave (18mth), , , , orange upgrade, royal mail, unlimited texts, wifi   

    New contract on Orange UK – HTC Hero £25 per month on an 18 month contract, including 500MB internet! 

    After all the hoo-ha of waiting for my Dolphin 20 SIM ONLY package to ‘end’ (You have to wait for 3 months to upgrade from a SIM only with Orange, apparently) I finally got round to ordering a new HTC Hero!

    Bryan (or Brian) was a lovely gentleman who had, as he put it, only started working for Orange for 6 weeks – strangely knowledgable about the Orange UK upgrade system though.

    Anyway, this was the final deal that he was able to offer:

    • HTC Hero handset at £20 (one off payment)
    • 18 month contract at £25 per month (Dolphin 25 Websave (18mth))
    • 400 minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • 500MB data/internet

    The actual contract for talk time and texts is only £20 per month, so the extra £5 is for the so called ‘unlimited’ internet data package from Orange UK (which does pale in comparison to T-Mobile’s typical 3gb offer)

    This works out to be £26.40 per month over 18 months.  Apparently my ‘loyalty’ to Orange meant that the phone, which would normally have cost £100, was only £20.  Still don’t know what to make of that, but hopefully this information will come in useful for others.

    In hindsight, I would have loved to get this on a 12 month contract (which meant paying £35-40 online) and really should have asked how much discount my loyalty would get. Ah well.

    Looking forward to the delivery next week (not through Royal Mail!) although the actual contract will only start next month. Looks as though I’ll have to start learning to use the phone using the inbuilt WIFI instead!

    This is probably the smoothest upgrade I’ve had since I’ve been with Orange, and it would be great to find out the experience of others.  So if you are upgrading/buying a new HTC Hero on Orange, please let me know how it goes! 🙂

     
    • Thorsten 7:05 am on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A very nice deal you’ve got there Flick. You’ll love the Hero 🙂 Congrats!

      • flick 4:23 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Thorsten! 🙂 I was very pleased considering upgrades sometimes don’t offer the best deal. Will be writing up a few short posts about what I’ve learnt to do on the Hero.

  • flick 7:12 pm on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dolphin 15, dolphin 20, , magic numbers, orange sim only, racoon, , Web 250textforlife   

    Orange UK’s Dolphin 20 SIM only package 

    Seeing as it’s quite unlikely that Orange UK will have either the HTC Diamond 2 or any new Android phones out anytime soon, I have decided to take the plunge and do one of the things I set out to do in the first place:

    reduce my monthly contract phone bill from £ 30 to £ 25 or less

    I had never really considered SIM only packages prior to this, and a colleague of mine mentioned that they have some hefty charges if you go over the limits of the package.

    Taking any SIM only Dolphin package as an example: it costs a whopping 24.5p per minute Orange-to-Orange/Landlines, but surprisingly only 19.6p per minute to other mobile networks; compared to 19.6p per minute for Orange-to-Orange on a standard monthly contract) – a difference of 5p, but percentage wise, that’s a 25% difference!

    In addition to this, although going on a SIM only package does not ‘break’ your length of service with Orange (in my case 7 years plus), you cannot have Magic Numbers and you also lose out on any ‘extras’ that you might have accrued from the ‘old’ contract. Out of my current ‘bundles’ displayed below, the only item of significance:

    • 3G USIM provisioned
    • Web 250textforlife promo
    • MAGICNUMBERSFREE&UNLIMITEDREG
    • OW Daily Capped Usage

    is the Web 250textforlife. My understanding was that it meant 250 texts for life whilst I was with Orange; Chris, the helpful Scottish man from the Orange SIM only department (I think) who I spoke to today said it was only for the ‘old’ contracts.

    An extra downside that he mentioned was that that you cannot upgrade within the first 3 months of a SIM only package; apparently – you ‘can’ sign a new contract but you can’t retain your number!  Terribly poo, but in the end, lured by the promise of the Dolphin 20 package recommended by Chris as suited by my usage, I decided to leap into the SIM only world.

    So going back to the title of this post, Dolphin 20 offers:

    • 600 minutes Anytime, Any network (and Landlines)
    • Unlimited texts

    all for £ 20 inclusive of VAT on a rolling one month contract; I should add that I actually phoned up to ask about the Racoon packages for the Unlimited Landline offer, but this was a much better option, as according to Orange, I send in excess of 200 texts per month on average, and Racoon only offers 100 texts per standard package (would have cost an extra  £ 14.70 per extra 100 texts)

    So the upside is that you get a LOT of minutes for your money and Unlimited texts without being tied down to a long term contract. The downside is that you lose the ‘privileges’ earned through a continuous monthly contract, including a lack of Magic Numbers and any extras. Plus, you can’t upgrade without changing numbers in the first 3 months either.

    Will the SIM only be suitable for you? I think it will do for me, but we shall see.

     
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