Two weeks with an LG Xenon – Part ONE

Blackberry 7130g

LG GR500 Xenon

It’s been two weeks now that I’ve given up the ‘ol Blackberry 7130g that I picked up almost four years ago and turned on a brand spankin’ new LG GR501 Xenon that runs on Bell’s brand spankin’ new HSPA network!

If you recall it was not too long ago that I was agonizing over which phone I would be buying; well I let pure logic guide me and went with the Xenon. Admittedly it helped that the rep at Sans Fil etc. in the Trois-Rivieres Costco didn’t stop throwing in things before I even asked for them so once the ball got rolling it was hard to stop. My heart told me to go with the Nokia N97 but every review said not to and so did my own calculations.

First of: the initial setup cost. Costco and Bell had some great promotions going on during the holiday season – some I knew of, others I stumbled upon and that was what finally cemented my purchase.

Package Item Price
Mine LG Xenon $28.95
Extended warranty (deposit) $49.95
2 GB Kingston Micro SD card $19.95
Car charger $0.00
Roots belt clip $0.00
Activation Fee $0.00
Costco Gift Card – $100.00
Bell Credit – $50.00
Sub-total – $51.15
Wife’s Nokia 6350 $49.95
Extended warranty (deposit) $49.95
2 GB Kingston Micro SD card $19.95
Car charger $0.00
Activation Fee $0.00
Costco Gift Card – $100.00
Bell Credit – $50.00
Sub-total – $30.15
Total Initial cost – $81.30

YES, it’s true! Costco & Bell paid me $30.15 to buy and activate these two mobile phones along with all those accessories and a refundable extended warranty deposit!

Nokia 6530

As you may guessed by seeing my wife’s Nokia 6350 the plan was a Family Share plan, and it worked out quite well.

One of the promotions that Bell was offering was Extended nights & weekends starting at 6pm (instead of 9pm). Essentially this meant I was getting two options on the Share plan instead of just one (options include Double minutes; 1,000 SMS messages; Fab 5; or Extended hours). Now my only beef was I still had to pay for Call Display, but with a Fun Bundle that I was going to get anyways the point was moot.

Package Feature Description Price
Mine Share 35 150 + 50 bonus minutes $35.00
Double Minutes Additional 150 minutes $0.00
Extended Evenings Unlimited local calling from 6pm $0.00
Member-to-member Unlimited LD between members $0.00
Calling Features Call waiting
Call Conferencing
Call Forwarding
$0.00
Fun 20 bundle Call Display
Voice mail
Unlimited messaging
Unlimited mobile internet
Media pack
$20.00
Municipal e911 tax $0.40
Sub-total $55.40
Wife’s Share 35 150 + 50 bonus minutes $35.00
Text messaging 1,000 outgoing and unlimited incoming text messages $0.00
Extended Evenings Unlimited local calling from 6pm $0.00
Member-to-member Unlimited LD between members $0.00
Calling Features Call waiting
Call Conferencing
Call Forwarding
$0.00
Fun 12 bundle Call Display
Voice mail
$12.00
Municipal e911 tax $0.40
Sub-total $47.40
Total Monthly cost $102.80

And remember, since this is a Share plan the minutes are combined. So we actually have 550 weekday day-time minutes per month. And our case day-time is from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

In part two I’ll actually review the LG Xenon and it’s performance on Bell’s network. In part three I’ll try to review the Nokia my wife got, but if I can’t then I’ll just rant about you Wind Mobile suckers!

Cross-posted on 2FatDads at Two weeks with an LG Xenon – Part ONE

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