361 Degrees S02 E05 - £100 to spend at CPW

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In episode 5, season 2, of the 361 Degrees Podcast the set themselves a 'fun' challenge - to choose a new pre-pay mobile phone costing less than £100 to give as a as a Christmas present. To keep thing fair we limited our shopping spree to UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The underlying idea of the episode was to look at the products on offer at the lower end of the market, an area that doesn't usually receive much attention.

What can you get for your money? What do we think of the products and strategies on offer?

One of the other options, which almost made it on to the show, was the Nokia 500, which is currently available for £99. Given the forthcoming Belle update it represents good value for money. Some older Symbian phones, including the Nokia 5228, would have also been well within the budget.

We discuss each other's choices, the appeal (or not) of each device and what matters most when buying a cheaper handset.

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About 361 Degrees

361 Degrees is a podcast all about mobile technology. From consumer to enterprise and from fun to industry analysis, we investigate and discuss mobile technology and the mobile industry.

Created by Ben Smith of Wireless Worker and co-hosted by Ewan MacLeod of Mobile Industry Review and Rafe Blandford of All About Symbian / All About Windows Phone.

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In working together to create the 361 Degrees podcast, Ben, Ewan and I hope to create an offering that would give the readers, of all our sites, a sampling of a broader range of topics than we might usually cover individually. We're keen to hear your feedback so please leave your comments below, or on one of the other sites hosting the audio content.