Finding a Mobile Work/Life Balance

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As a social media manager and blogger, it can be very hard to switch off from work and enjoy your time off. One of the main reasons for that is that your phone can be going off at all times with a variety of updates from various platforms. Social media is a 24/7 job and even with all of the planning in the world, you can’t always escape it. So I had been looking for a way to ease this pressure in the past few months and one of the ways I had thought to do that was to get a second phone with the majority of my client accounts on, so that when I’m at dinner or enjoying a jog around the park, at least only personal notifications can distract me.

Then, rather serendipitously, Three contacted me about trying out their Pay-As-You-Go SIM Only package for a month and sent me a Nokia Lumia 530 phone and a PAYG SIM with a month’s worth of credit (an All-in-One 15 Add-On = 300 minutes, 3000 texts and all-you-can-eat data).

I was impressed to hear that this credit package was only £15 a month with absolutely no contract. Just pay for an add-on whenever you need it. The credit lasts for 30 days. That’s a brilliant deal for small business owners. I’m not in a position to sign up for an extravagant business phone contract right now, but this is a great option due to its total flexibility. Another great plus is that you can use your phone abroad for no extra cost with the Feel at Home plan, perfect for a travel blogger like myself. In fact, I’m hoping to travel a lot this summer, so I’m excited to try that out. Roaming charges add up so quickly, especially when using apps like Instagram & Facebook.

What did I think? Well, I immediately moved over a couple of Twitter accounts (I run 5) so that my phone was a bit lighter. But I didn’t use it that much. Why? I loved the Three SIM only contract, but I didn’t love the actual phone itself. Read this TechRadar review to see what I’m talking about. The phone is very basic and ideal for making calls and texting. Dealing with emails was also fine. Using Twitter with no images was fine, but the iPhone app is a lot more user friendly. I didn’t feel confident enough to use Instagram on it. I need a better handset and camera to be able to run Instagram & other rich media apps, so I just kept using my personal iPhone for most of that during the test period, which is a shame as I run 3 Instagram accounts alongside the 5 Twitter ones. However, I am totally convinced that I need to get another phone for my business and I really think that £15 is such a bargain, so I think I’ll have to dig out my old iPhone and add-on to this SIM again soon.

Want to find out more about Three’s SIM only packages? Visit three.co.uk

*This post is in association with Three. 

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  • Hey Stefanie! I’m curious — how do you go about running multiple Instagram accounts on your phone? Do you simply log in and out of each one, or do you have a way of switching between accounts?

    • Stefanie

      Hey Rob! How are you? Very sadly I just have to log in and log out of each one. But I do keep an eye on them using the desktop sites so I know if they have comments and I can log in and respond as needed. Not ideal, but until they improve that for account managers, there isn’t much that we can do!

  • Thanks Stefanie. I’m well, thanks! Hope you are too 🙂
    That’s a shame, I was hoping you were going to have some sneaky trick up your sleeves. Oh well!