It’s alright….

OK so to close off the Three saga previously posted. It proved to be quite a useful search around the service providers to see who actually offered the best value for my needs. Without a doubt the most important thing to me is data. I’m month on month using over 5GB but I do a lot of traveling so it’s hardly surprising. I hardly make any old school voice calls and if I do they are normally for work (and I have a phone dedicated to work not play)

Most providers now offer all you can eat or fat data usage but all bar Three also charge royally for it. You do get lots of minutes etc with this greater cost but that’s a waste on me.

So I spoke to a customer service rep at Three and discussed my issue with their contract and thoughts about moving. They walked through someΒ options for me and I’ve tailored a new subscription to exactly what I wanted at less cost so all round, it’s a win.

Sticking with Three then and bought another One Plus Two.

NFC Sony Smart Tags and the Xperia S

In a the very first meet of the Sony Ericsson Test Lab, we were asked what we thought might be good for the future of mobile phones and I thought I’d chuck NFC in as a possible solid upcoming performer. It was something I first visited with Nokia.

Sony have now brought NFC to a somewhat physical form with Sony Smart Tags. The more I look at these tags, the better I think they could be…

However, from thinking about it with Nokia way back when, I know that for every tag in, you tend to need a tag out. Binary strikes again.

Check this video out:

In the video… he tags to go to bed. Cool and probably a way I’d set it up too. But in the morning, you’d need to edit your profile to get back to normal… will we find that very quickly our house/office/car looks like a Christmas tree decorated by kids?

My Llama profile manager at the moment pretty much does what a tag does, so is this nothing more than a bit of a gimmick? Thoughts?

To get round this problem, what perhaps might work better is having a tap in/out per tag… or on in the more physical form of the Sony buttons, split tags that are ‘double sided’, though not being a tag engineer I don’t know if there would be proximity issues with this method?

It will be the same for any manufacturers as far as I see, such as the LG Optimus with its NFC stickers (of which I would never be sticking on my stuff, especially my car!)

The superb looking Xperia S is the first Sony phone coming out soon in the UK with NFC built-in and 4 tags included but the tags aren’t limited to only being used by Xperias which could be good news for LG owners πŸ˜‰ A set of 4 tags can be bought from the likes of Expansys for Β£11.99 (around $16). I guess we could be needing some new colours sharpish.

Sony Xperia S smart tags

Either way, development is moving on and Sony are picking the pace up in the mobile market.

That, can only be a good thing.

Does it cost to go from a SIM to a microSim? urm…. No.

A micro sim from 3UK

A micro sim from 3UK

Recently in our Sony Ericsson Test Lab, the question popped up about micro SIMs. This came about because of the release of the Sony Xperia S, a cracking new phone for 2012 under the Sony only brand, check out the Sony Xperia S Demo here:

Anyway, no-one really had a definitive answer as to, if you swapped to this new handset or indeed any of the other handsets which requires a microSIM, do you need to keep in mind a fee for a new SIM card too? Well, I thought I’d just ask so using social media I posted the following question:

@OrangeHelpers if a customer wants to go from sim to micro sim, do you charge them?

@O2 if a customer wants to go from sim to micro sim, do you charge them?

@ThreeUKSupport if a customer wants to go from Sim to micro sim, do you charge them?

Job done.

Then just 15mins later, first out the blocks was Orange… (kudos Jon @ Orange) he said;

@itsnoel Hi. There may be a charge involved. Best speak to Sales on 08000792000 to check ^Jon

so not exactly an answer but still, this was rapidly followed up by a twitter follower who had gone thru that exact process. They are a locked user but this was the message for Orange users

@itsnoel I’m on a sim only 1month contract, I asked for a microsim and they gave me one free of charge.

So good news for you Orange people.

Next up 10 mins later were the 3UK team who gave me this:

@itsnoel Hi there, No charge if you’re swapping from standard to microsim πŸ™‚

Good stuff, especially as I’m on 3.

I’d forgotten to ask T-Mobile & Vodafone, (the latter because I knew they didn’t charge the former because I just forgot) but in the interests of a fair test, I asked them too (T-Mobile wasn’t asked until 1900hrs tho):

@VodafoneUK if a customer wants to go from Sim to micro sim, do you charge them? (as part of my twitter survey πŸ˜‰

@tmobileuk if a customer wants to go from Sim to micro sim, do you charge them? (as part of my twitter survey πŸ˜‰

Vodafone gave their response in just 4 mins… now that is no doubt way quicker than waiting in any of the customer service phone lines for sure! there answer again was its free…

@itsnoel Hi, no we wouldn’t charge. You would just need a new SIM πŸ™‚ ^ CT

So, that just leaves @O2 tut tut. πŸ˜‰ I’ve had a look on their website and you can request a free SIM in preparation for your new phone arriving. That is a normal sized SIM and a microSIM, you just pop it out when you come to needing it in your new phone. All round then, I think if you want a microSIM just get in touch with your service provider and you are good.

By the way, if you are wanting to go the other way, I’m sure its the same free process but just in case it isn’t, get a microSIM adapter for about Β£1.50. πŸ™‚

If there’s anything you can add to this then please drop a comment.

Noel

there you go @Deanoson

EDIT>> realised I didn’t stick the T-Mobile answer on…. and if you are a T-Mobile person, it’s not good. The only company to charge for a microSIM 😦

@itsnoel Hi there, if you were to buy a Micro SIM it would cost Β£10 from a T-Mobile retail store. ^Barry

and this from a fellow testlabber…

I just contacted 02. Free and they transfer the number! Yay!