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Is Windows Phone a bad investment on a 24-month contract?

It's almost time to upgrade and I'm wondering what the market might be like in 24 months time. Is Windows Phone gaining ground or slowly disappearing? I'm mainly concerned about app support because obviously it's still third priority.

Most Useful Answer pauliom  Sep. 18, 2013 at 22:21

There are pro's and con's for each of the platforms. App support is certainly growing and platform updates are pretty regular. My advice is try it out, if it meets your current needs great, if not then no. I have iOS, Drioid and WP...WP is my goto device, for my needs it's better than the others...yours may vary

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AhmadCentral  Sep. 18, 2013 at 21:28

slowly growing. But who knows what'll happen in a couple of years. I'd only go with a windows phone for a feature that you can't get on Android or iOS. E.g 1020 has a 41mp camera.

dz1  Sep. 18, 2013 at 21:30

Windows Phone is a bad investment full stop. Many of the same apps that are free on Android you have to pay to get on Windows Phone. I don't see this changing in the foreseeable future.

The navigation app Nokia Drive is poor as well because it doesn't have any speed camera warnings, so if you drive a lot that could cost you money in the long run in the form of a speeding ticket or two that could have easily been avoided. Speed camera warnings are free on Android and iOS from several of the free navigation apps.

These are things most people ignore or don't know about, but i think they are important to take into account for future costs.

rickygabrielbird  Sep. 18, 2013 at 21:36

Any 24-month plan is bad in my view. Obviously if you can purchase any phone outright, then do that instead as the package deals seem to be constantly getting cheaper and better.

Some providers do 12 months of course and some of the 1 month rolling contracts are not bad either.

In regards to WP8, it is gaining ground but don't expect it to be that of Android or iPhone anytime soon. As an OS, it is very good and much more refreshing if you have been on iPhone or Android for a while, although you do have to make allowances for the delay in app support, or that some features of the other OS's are missing. But the experience is satisfying as long as you have an open mind to how different the system is to the others.

Personally I have a Nokia 620 and it is a very good entry point (£99 refurb 02), although lacking the RAM for the heavy hitters on the WP8 game store (These don't appear on mine but do on my girlfriends 820).

I do love Nexus range phones though, as I know this will be supported for a few years and doesn't have the silly overlay that the other manufacturers place on top of Android. Similar to iPhone, I know I'll have a product that will not get dropped by updates over a 2-3yr period. Nokia/MS will be the same with their phones too, up until the point WP9 hits in a few years.

pauliom  Sep. 18, 2013 at 22:21

There are pro's and con's for each of the platforms. App support is certainly growing and platform updates are pretty regular. My advice is try it out, if it meets your current needs great, if not then no. I have iOS, Drioid and WP...WP is my goto device, for my needs it's better than the others...yours may vary

jccrawfo  Sep. 18, 2013 at 23:53

I'm not sure about the speed camera comment- as far as I know Android doesn't support them on Google Maps out of the box either and there are plenty of free apps for this on WP. As far as investment goes, you've got all the major apps on there now and many would argue that Microsoft's future depends on having a successful mobile platform so I don't see this going anywhere. FWIW I've got iOS and Android devices as well but they're sitting in a box somewhere collecting dust. Regardless of any special features like the 41mp camera, I prefer Windows Phone because of the interface and email app.

dz1  Sep. 19, 2013 at 03:08

I'm not sure about the speed camera comment- as far as I know Android doesn't support them on Google Maps out of the box either and there are plenty of free apps for this on WP. As far as investment goes, you've got all the major apps on there now and many would argue that Microsoft's future depends on having a successful mobile platform so I don't see this going anywhere. FWIW I've got iOS and Android devices as well but they're sitting in a box somewhere collecting dust. Regardless of any special features like the 41mp camera, I prefer Windows Phone because of the interface and email app.

If you know of an app on Windows Phone that does speed cameras offline and actually works properly then i wish you would name it. I would reconsider my stance on Windows Phone being useless for my needs if you could tell me an app that does speed cameras at the same time as offline navigation. As far as i know such an app does not exist on Windows Phone. Nokia Drive had speed cameras but they were removed by Nokia so that's not it.

As far as Android or iOS goes, there is no problem finding offline navigation with free speed camera warnings. Mapfactor Navigator does it on Android and iOS.

bigdarlodave  Sep. 19, 2013 at 06:52

I like windows phone, however keep moving back to iOS or android, my advice would be to try it but maybe buy a 520 (cheap) to try it before committing.BTW why do you need speed cameras when we should not be going over the speed limit too much !!!!!!!!!!

Uselessinfo  Sep. 19, 2013 at 07:56

Have you ever thought about driving within the speed limit? Snide comment I know but basing your phone purchase on helping you avoid being caught breaking the law is like moaning there is no app on windows 8 phone that tells you how to crack safes.
my phone is six years old so unable to comment on what any of them are like but I've been considering a phone and google currently has the nexus 4 on the cheap on its shop (£159 I think). Would never have considered android previously but seems mighty cheap.

Stelph  Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:10

Any 24-month plan is bad in my view. Obviously if you can purchase any phone outright, then do that instead as the package deals seem to be constantly getting cheaper and better.

Personally I have a Nokia 620 and it is a very good entry point (£99 refurb 02), although lacking the RAM for the heavy hitters on the WP8 game store (These don't appear on mine but do on my girlfriends 820).


I agree with this.

Personally I think one of the Pro's of WP8 is the fact that the budget range function just as well as the top of the range phones, like the 620. Currenlty the 920 is going for £220 which is a steal for a phone that only reallt has the 1020 as its main rival in WP8

24 month contracts are set up to make money for the service providers by spreading out the cost of the phone over the two years, you ALWAYS end up spending more than its worth, better to outlay as much as you can afford on a phone and then get a sim only contract. Using the examples given, that would mean on a £10 sim only contract it would only cost you £460 in total for the phone and monthly contract for the same 24 months. Using a 24 month contract (usually £30 a month) youd spend that in 16 months

parabolica  Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:50

Windows Phone is a bad investment full stop. Many of the same apps that are free on Android you have to pay to get on Windows Phone. I don't see this changing in the foreseeable future.

The navigation app Nokia Drive is poor as well because it doesn't have any speed camera warnings, so if you drive a lot that could cost you money in the long run in the form of a speeding ticket or two that could have easily been avoided. Speed camera warnings are free on Android and iOS from several of the free navigation apps.

These are things most people ignore or don't know about, but i think they are important to take into account for future costs.


Providing it shows the maximum speed allowed, it won't cost money in speeding fines.

satchef1  Sep. 19, 2013 at 11:52

Any 24-month plan is bad in my view. Obviously if you can purchase any phone outright, then do that instead as the package deals seem to be constantly getting cheaper and better.

Personally I have a Nokia 620 and it is a very good entry point (£99 refurb 02), although lacking the RAM for the heavy hitters on the WP8 game store (These don't appear on mine but do on my girlfriends 820).


I agree with this.

Personally I think one of the Pro's of WP8 is the fact that the budget range function just as well as the top of the range phones, like the 620. Currenlty the 920 is going for £220 which is a steal for a phone that only reallt has the 1020 as its main rival in WP8

24 month contracts are set up to make money for the service providers by spreading out the cost of the phone over the two years, you ALWAYS end up spending more than its worth, better to outlay as much as you can afford on a phone and then get a sim only contract. Using the examples given, that would mean on a £10 sim only contract it would only cost you £460 in total for the phone and monthly contract for the same 24 months. Using a 24 month contract (usually £30 a month) youd spend that in 16 months


24 month contracts don't always cost more. Plenty of examples of that over at HUKD. If I had bought my Note II SIM Free and gone with GiffGaff at £10/month, I'd have saved nyself £10 over 24 months. Not really anything to write home about, and the GiffGaff tariff isn't suitable for my needs really anyway.

mightyforest  Sep. 19, 2013 at 16:37

id go for it, looking to upgrade to the 1520 when its announced

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