General Discussion: The life advice thread. Never do, say, eat or drink anything without asking how to do it in here first!


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andymakesglasses
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20740 posts since 26/1/06

16 Sep 2015 13:59
If you can be bothered swapping SIMs I bought a Three All in One SIM before going to Australia, it allows you unlimited data both in the UK and while abroad in certain countries:

http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/Feel_At_Home#dest
snaye
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11118 posts since 24/10/02

16 Sep 2015 14:00
figurine
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6215 posts since 14/5/07

posted 16 Sep 2015 14:41, edited 16 Sep 2015 14:41
LFC wrote: I'm on O2 and going on holiday next week. Is there anything I can pay for so that my data is cheap when abroad? Heard of people getting thousand pound bills and all sorts. Thanks
Dunno if this is any use, but £1.99 a day for 50MB would be OK for occasional browsing if needed.
https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/international/using-phone-in-europe/
Ronald
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1412 posts since 9/5/04

16 Sep 2015 15:23
figurine wrote:
LFC wrote: I'm on O2 and going on holiday next week. Is there anything I can pay for so that my data is cheap when abroad? Heard of people getting thousand pound bills and all sorts. Thanks
Dunno if this is any use, but £1.99 a day for 50MB would be OK for occasional browsing if needed.
https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/international/using-phone-in-europe/

It's 50MB cap for PAYG, it's unlimited data for £1.99/day if you're on contract.
LFC
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6055 posts since 14/6/11

16 Sep 2015 16:02
Thanks for the suggestions, £1.99 a day is sound on contract, thanks.
-DiscoTits-
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1001 posts since 26/11/07

17 Sep 2015 06:57
If you are going on holiday is it really important to be on your phone 24/7 unless you are in charge of a business or something? Swear to god that phones/tablets are ruining life haha. You go on holiday to get away from all the cunts at home.
illwill
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4170 posts since 17/5/04

17 Sep 2015 09:13
I get what you're saying but Google Maps is pretty useful when you're abroad and the ability to rustle up info if you get into a tight a spot.
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

17 Sep 2015 09:19
Yeah google maps is essential and looking up restaurants, booking tables, etc. Checking when things are open, using city mapper to get around, uploading instagram pictures, raining likes. loads of good reasons to have the internet abroad.
Double D
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3552 posts since 8/3/07

17 Sep 2015 10:02
Didn't need to switch my data on to get GPS last time I was abroad, as long as you put a location marker for the restaurant or whatever on Google Maps when you're on Wifi it's fine.
figurine
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6215 posts since 14/5/07

17 Sep 2015 12:22
NavMii is really handy for getting around when away, stores all maps locally and works off GPS so no data used at all.
andymakesglasses
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20740 posts since 26/1/06

17 Sep 2015 12:39
NavMii is pretty good, as are the offline maps from CityMaps2Go.
inversesquare
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6776 posts since 7/6/08

18 Sep 2015 23:22
Can I send a bottle of whisky to the states or will customs take it?
Rirawin
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9652 posts since 17/7/05

posted 19 Sep 2015 08:21, edited 19 Sep 2015 08:21
GPS doesn't use data, but you need offline maps for GPS to overlay your location onto them. I use Nokia Here both in the UK (driving) and abroad. Their offline maps are great. Last time I used it was in Porto to navigate around on foot and it didn't misdirect us once. When on foot it bleeps or vibrates to notify you that you need to make a turn which is pretty handy.

Google Maps is pretty much useless without data. I know they have their own version of "offline" maps, but that's heavily restricted to a singular saved area. Their full offline maps function can't come soon enough.
blackham
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1876 posts since 17/7/13

19 Sep 2015 08:23
I accepted a contract job this week that makes me have to register as a limited company (self-employed). My employers suggested using an umbrella company to pay me for the first couple of months (6-month rolling contract). Has anyone ever used one of these, if so which one etc.

Or, is it worth me registering as a limited company and getting an accountant - I know it will benefit me cost wise in the long run. I'm only 23 so don't know whether I'd want my own business at this age.
Mr.X.
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3185 posts since 23/6/13

19 Sep 2015 08:45
I wish I was 23.
seenmy
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6670 posts since 17/6/06

19 Sep 2015 15:00
why cant you just be self employed? you should not need to be a limited company to be paid by another company, and unless you are earning over 40k (really 50k plus) there are no real tax breaks for you as the tax rate is the same, and from an accounting perspective ltd company is more fuss, where as self employed is very easy to do yourself so you save on fees.
16simon
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625 posts since 21/4/11

19 Sep 2015 16:31
A lot of agencies won't let you work as a sole trader, they make you to set up a Ltd company or use an umbrella. If it's your first time doing contracting, use an umbrella as although it's not as tax-efficient it's easier to get set up. I used to use Parasol and had no issues with them.
Sholto
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831 posts since 25/12/12

posted 19 Sep 2015 17:08, edited 19 Sep 2015 17:08
best online resource for learning about mortgages?

edit, nevermind, MSM seems to deliver the goods. http://www.moneysupermarket.com/mortgages/different-types-of-mortgages/
blackham
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1876 posts since 17/7/13

19 Sep 2015 18:12
16simon wrote: A lot of agencies won't let you work as a sole trader, they make you to set up a Ltd company or use an umbrella. If it's your first time doing contracting, use an umbrella as although it's not as tax-efficient it's easier to get set up. I used to use Parasol and had no issues with them.

This. Decided to go through Parasol in the end, cheers for all the advice.
deuce
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14165 posts since 21/1/08

19 Sep 2015 20:32
Parasol are a good reliable company. Used to be with them years back.