Simyo – Vriendendeal

Simyo is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which is active in several countries. Namely, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain. Simyo, as a MVNO, does not own any network infrastructure. In the Netherlands it uses the infrastructure of KPN. KPN is namely its parent company. Furthermore the company has no offices and solely operates by using the internet.

I joined Simyo in august 2013. Because I wanted to switch to a SIM-only subscription, since my phone, from my previous subscription, was still working fine. From my invoices I figured out that I did not call or text that much. I spent around +/-70 minutes calling or texting and around +/- 600 MB of internet traffic. For this reason I decided that I only needed a subscription which could offer 100 min/sms with 1000 MB internet traffic for a reasonable price. After searching and searching for a subscription, I came across Simyo. I then decided to join Simyo for the following reasons.

  1. It was the cheapest (it really was, my subscription is 13 euro’s, I should note however that it nowadays is 14 euro’s)
  2. It was already at that time, called one of the best providers in the Netherlands by a non-profit organization which promotes consumer protection, the “consumentenbond“.
  3. It uses the KPN network, which, by reputation, is know to be very reliable

A while ago my parents told me that they needed a new mobile subscription and they asked me if I could be of help. Since I am a happy Simyo customer, I advised to go for a subscription at Simyo. At the same time Simyo had started an advertising campaign, called the “Vriendendeal” or in English “Offer for friends”. This campaign was about getting existing customers to tell friends to join Simyo. As an existing Simyo customer it was made possible to start your own shop. If people would then register for a Simyo subscription, using your shop, both the shop owner and the subscriber would earn 10 euro discount on theirs subscription fee.

Naturally my parents did obtain a Simyo subscription using my shop. A few days later my brother also called me, if I could be of help with his mobile subscription. Again, I pointed him to my Simyo shop. Because of these three subscriptions my shop, apparently, was one of the best in attracting new customers towards Simyo. For this reason Simyo asked me, as well as a few others, who also ranked high in selling subscriptions, if they could put a link to my Simyo shop on their main website. I replied that I did not had any objection, however I was skeptical since I thought “oh well, I guess my link just appears somewhere at the bottom of the webpage, but everything is better than nothing.”. The nice thing was, was that I was completely wrong. Namely on Sunday, the 13th of September, the Simyo website looked as follows.

Appearance of the Simyo on the 13th of September 2014.
Appearance of the Simyo on the 13th of September 2014.

They actually had removed the links to their own subscription form and replaced it with a link to my Simyo shop. When I saw it I was really exited. At the end of the day a total of 36 people ordered a subscription at Simyo using my shop. Of those 36, 12 people also activated their SIM card which did boil down to 120 euro’s in discount. As you can imagine I was, and am still, very happy because of this. It is for this reason and the fact that I am just a happy customer at Simyo, I wrote this blog. To thank them for putting my shop on their main website.

In the end I managed to obtain 160 euro’s in discount. Below is the list, I removed the names for privacy reasons.

Motorola Moto G

Recently my Samsung Galaxy SII passed away. So I started looking for a new mobile. I was always very pleased with the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy SII and did not see the need to obtain a mobile with more capabilities. In my search I came across the LG Nexus 5 (320 euro) and the Motorola Moto G (207 euro) as a replacement. Here is a specification list of my old phone and the two candidate replacements.

Samsung Galaxy SII Motorola Moto G LG Nexus 5
Operating system
Mobile operating system Android Android Android
Version 4.1 4.4 4.4
Display
Diagonal 4,27″ 4,5″ 4,95″
Resolution 800×480 1280×720 (HD Ready 720p) 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Input method Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen
Display type Super Amoled Plus LCD LCD
Multitouch Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive
Hardware
System-on-a-chip Samsung Exynos Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
Number of cores Dual Core Quad Core Quad Core
Clock speed 1,2 GHz 1,2 GHz 2,26 GHz
Internal memory 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB
Storage memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Memory card (mobile) microSD, microSDHC  –  –
Sim card Standard Micro Micro
Camera
Resolution back 8 MP 5 MP 8 MP
Resolution front 2 MP 1,3 MP 1,3 MP
Autofocus Yes Yes Yes
Flash Single led Single led Single led
Resolutie camcorder 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p) 1280×720 (HD Ready 720p) 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Stabilization Digital stabilization  – Optical stabilization
Connections
Mobile networks edge, gprs, hsdpa, hspa, hspa+, hsupa, lte, umts edge, gprs, hsdpa, hspa, hsupa, umts edge, gprs, hsdpa, hspa, hspa+, lte, umts
Frequency range (mobile) 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz , 1900MHz , 2100MHz 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz , 1900MHz , 2100MHz 800MHz, 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz , 1900MHz , 2100MHz , 2600MHz
Connection (wlan) 802.11 (onb. type), 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Bluetooth-version 3.0 4.0 4.0
Other wireless communication Near Field Communication (NFC)  – Near Field Communication (NFC)
Mobile connector 3.5 mm, micro-USB, digital TV-out 3.5 mm, micro-USB 3.5 mm, micro-USB
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Battery
Talk time 8 h  No data 17 h
Stand-by time 610 h  No data 300 h
Capacity 1.650 mAh 2.070 mAh 2.300 mAh
Type Li-Ion Li-Ion Li-Ion
Physical characteristics
Model Bar Bar Bar
Housing (water/shockproof)  – Splashproof  –
Weight 116 g 143 g 130 g
Length 125 mm 130 mm 137,8 mm
Width 66 mm 66 mm 69,2 mm
Depth 8 mm 11,6 mm 8,6 mm
Color Black Black Black

After reading several reviews about the Nexus 5 and the Moto G on the Dutch technology site Tweakers, I decided to choose for the Moto G. The Moto G had come out pretty well out of the reviews and it has about the same technical specifications as the Samsung Galaxy SII as can be seen from the list above. Of course the Nexus 5 has better specifications but, as I mentioned, I was always satisfied about the Galaxy SII and did not deem the difference in price, 113 euro, worth it. My main priority was that all the apps that I use run seemingly smoothly.

Now that I have the Moto G in my possession for a while I can say that for now I think it is a really good replacement of my Galaxy SII. Both the speed and display are good in my opinion. One of the things I really like, compared to my old mobile, is that it — almost — runs stock android. Hence there is very less bloatware compared to the Galaxy SII — because of this I actually installed the custom rom CyanogenMod, but this maybe of importance in case you do not want to install a custom rom on your mobile because of warranty issues. Furthermore, I like the rubber mat back cover, it is really simple and feels sturdy.  Something what I do not like are the buttons, power and volume. To me they do not look very sturdy. This is mainly caused by the fact that they can be wiggled a lot, from my impression, in the housing. We will see if they cause some problems in the future. For now I am really glad that I did buy this mobile.  Below are some pictures of the Moto G when I received it.

Along with the Moto G I bought six screen protectors and an Orzly wallet case, see pictures below. While I am satisfied with the screen protectors, the Orzly wallet case turned out to be a pig in a poke. Firstly the the it seems to be too thin. The back and the front are made of one piece of leather. When the case is closed there is miss alignment with the begin and end. When we lay down the case on top of the table, it does not close by itself. It hovers with a certain angle, also indicating it is too thin. This is even shown more when you have two cards in it. The two card stocks inside the case are also matter of concern. It is hard to get a card in the card stock. You really need to apply pressure to put a card in. When it is used more frequently this might improve. However, I think that the binding of the leather from the card stocks will not hold very long when they are used on a daily basis. Luckily I did not throw my real wallet away yet but I will restart my search for a better casing.

— Update, 2014-06-24 —

I found out that the Orzly Wallet Case was positively reviewed in a video on youtube. I then decided to create, in my opinion, a more fairer video review. I try to point out the positive sides of the case but also to the negative ones. This is the first video review I created.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsqOGqjmYMw