So I figure it's about time I joined the modern age and get myself a smartphone, after far too long on what I can only describe as a BrickPhone. Looking at potentially getting a Google Nexus 4.
Previously I've been on a Pay-as-you-go scheme with Orange, and I intend to keep it that way. I hardly ever make calls from my phone. Generally PAYG has always seemed to be the most economical model for me since I don't text and I spend maybe £10 a month (if that) on the thing. This may change over time, but for now, that's what I'm going for. The question I've got is, now that I'm getting a smartphone, do I need data?
Personally I plan not to make use of internet or online on the phone outside of connecting to local wi-fi and using that. However, I've heard various scare stories of apps phoning home and exchanging data, and this using up chunks of data.
So do smartphone apps (which I do intend to buy) make use of data on their own? Is there a way of preventing them all from doing so outright unless I'm doing it over wi-fi? The reason I ask is that if I don't need data, I can go with a plan that has lower overall call / text charges, which is fine by me.
I'm looking at this page:http://shop.orange.co.uk/mobile-phones/sim-only/pay-as-you-go
And looking at Racoon in particular.
What happens if I do need to use data? How exactly does that work / cost out on any of these packages, if at all?
Oh, and if you've got any other advice you feel is helpful, feel free. As geek minded as I usually am when it comes to gadgets, smartphones in general are just an odd thing that happened to pass me by since I barely ever made use of my mobile to begin with. I'm basically starting off with the premise that:
1) I need a new phone
2) I'd prefer to go with Android
3) I'll probably end up getting some apps for it, since well, there's got to be something
out there I could use. Although I'd prefer to pay for decent apps instead of going for ad supported stuff if I can.