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Philips in general
Member Name: Stuartli
Philips in general
Date: 06/09/00, updated on 06/09/00 (273 review reads)
Advantages: Savvy is neat, light, easy to use
Disadvantages: Can't really think of any
That's why I let the explosion in mobile phone use fail to overwhelm me - until a few weeks ago.
The reason rests with Sid, a 10-year-old Sheltie belonging to my daughter. We're looking after Sid while my daughter is working for two years in the Cayman Islands and I take him for long walks twice a day, usually out on the farm land about a mile from my home.
It's pretty bleak and lonely and you rarely see anyone. Then, one night, as the wind freshened and rain began to cascade down I suddenly realised that if anything happened to Sid or I no-one, not even my wife, would be really sure where I was.
That's the moment when I decided that a mobile phone was going to have to be an essential part of my life.
But I had no intentions of once more being on call or paying monthly rental fees and call costs.
The answer lay in a Pay as You Go method, so I did a thorough investigation on the Internet (thank goodness for World Online's unmetered access) to find out the price of acquiring a phone and the cost of actually using it.
After considerable thought and comparing of prices the solution came courtesy of Sir Richard Branson - or rather his VirginMobile website.
For just £39.99 I was able to acquire a Philips Savvy (the cheapest available from VirginMobile) and another £12.50 added the SIM card, plus £10 worth of calls. Using the One2One network, call charges are 15p a minute for the first five minutes (O-2-O is 30p; for the first two minutes) and 5p a minute afterwards (O-2-O) 10p).
The Savvy is, at least to me as a virgin (sorry!) mobile phone user, a rather sophisticated gadget.
It's small enough to slip into a shirt pocket, has an intuitive menu system, choice of ring tones or vibrator
mode, voice mode or dial calling, alarm clock, calculator and numerous other features.
My son tried to persuade me to choose a Nokia but I'm perfectly happy with the Savvy - and the fact that I used mine to choose it!
Oh, and to prove my point about not being on call once more, after six or seven weeks of ownership I still have £9.28 left of my original £10 worth of calls. But at least I know when I'm out roaming the countryside with the dog I can be contacted or let others know if we just happen to get into difficulties.
I’ve also found out that by using Genie's e-mail SMS service or other website SMS services, I can send text messages for nothing! It's also easier than using the phone'sdialling buttons, which have to be pressed two or three times for certain letters.
From my point of view I'd rate the Savvy with at least four-and-a-half out of five - but as my experience of mobile phones is so limited it will have to be taken as a guide rather than an experienced user's recommendation.