However DWs handset has been dropped a few times too often while looking after DS1 and DS2, and had started having problems. The charger plug was a very loose fit, which sometimes caused the phone to stop charging if it was nudged during a charge. And today the mouse-stick controller suddenly stopped working. So we dropped into the nearest retail outlet of our phone service and I signed a new two year contract. The service plan remains the same ($28 a month for the two phones) and we got two new Sony Erikson G502 handsets for $14 a month with a $10 per month credit. So, in theory, my monthly bill for the next two years should now be $32 rather than $28. However, I'll have to check this on the next phone bill - the $5 'credit' might turn out to be additional included call credits rather than actually reducing the monthly handset payment to $2.
If the credit is applied in the way it was explained in the shop, the total cost of the new phones should be $48 each. If we decide to cancel our phone service within two years we would have to pay out the balance of the full cost of each handset ($168).
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