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Should I buy a Motorola Moto G
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OK - here's the problem.  When I took early retirement last year, I found myself in the position of having to buy my own mobile for the first time (and, also for the first time, pay my own mobile bills).  I really don't use the thing much and it is almost more of a comfort blanket than anything else.   I happened to buy a sim free Nokia in Damascus duty free a couple of years ago for about £15 and that coupled with a Lebara Sim Card actually suits me down to the ground - the battery lasts forever between charges, it's got bluetooth for the car, I spend very little on calls (Lebara PAYG Credits do not time expire) and I really don't need it to do anything else.  However, the appearance of good budget smart phones is now making me rethink.  I have had my eyes on a 16GB Motorola Moto G and wanted to ask a couple of questions of you clever people on this site - from other posts, I know that at least a couple of you have used the same phone:

1.    Can I just pop my current 'calls only' Lebara sim card into the Motorola after it has been cut down to 'mini sim'  size and use it as I do at the moment in the Nokia (ie. for calls only)?  The advantage is that I can then keep the same number?

2.   If the answer is yes, can I then use the Motorola GPS facility as a stand alone with offline maps etc. as I currently do with my Nexus 7 tablet?

If those things can be done, the phone would be an ideal travel companion and save me having to carry both a phone and tablet and perhaps even an iPod.

Any advice much appreciated.

 

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RE: Should I buy a Motorola Moto G

I would recommend a Nokia Lumia 520 for around £70 if you really want a cheap 'smart phone' for occasional use.

Free offline maps and navigation from Nokia and free Nokia music service.

You can expand memory to 64GB using micro SD card.

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RE: Should I buy a Motorola Moto G

As long as you buy a sim-free one (as opposed to a locked one; I think Tescos offer both). It'll be about 20 quid more expensive AFAICT. For the price I'm tempted to try one in preference to a Nexus 5 (but haven't been able to quite bring myself to buy a mildly inferior phone just yet).

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RE: Should I buy a Motorola Moto G

Tino,  Thanks for that.  Instinct tells me to stick with an android phone as I like and am used to the way android works and have always found the various mapping and travel  apps great for overseas travel.  I am no expert but AFAIK availability of such things is nowehere near as good with a Windows phone (at least, not yet).

JD.  Thanks also for your contribution.

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RE: Should I buy a Motorola Moto G

Only costs a couple of quid to unlock the Moto G, so wouldn't worry to much about getting an unlocked one.

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RE: Should I buy a Motorola Moto G

Yes to both of your questions. 

Just make sure you turn off 'data' so that you dont inadvertantly use any data when apps are trying to update or sync.

I had written a better reply, but the forum wont let me post as its saying my reply was spam!

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RE: Should I buy a Motorola Moto G

ayjaycee wrote:

Tino,  Thanks for that.  Instinct tells me to stick with an android phone as I like and am used to the way android works and have always found the various mapping and travel  apps great for overseas travel.  I am no expert but AFAIK availability of such things is nowehere near as good with a Windows phone (at least, not yet).

JD.  Thanks also for your contribution.

I had a Lumia 920 prior to my current HTC One. Its mapping system is excellent, the best on the market after google maps. You can download maps of almost all countries.

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