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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

FREE Entertainment

When I  bought a new mobile last year because I was having problems with my old one I didn't resign it to the back of a drawer or cupboard I have put it to good use. So yes I have 2 mobiles and they fit neatly into my handbag and each has a specific job. 


I'm not trying to teach anybody to suck eggs here...but did you know/realise you don't need a SIM card to run apps on a mobile?  Just like you don't need a SIM in a tablet you only need a SIM to make calls, send messages and use mobile data etc Once I got my grey matter around this (a long time ago) it changed my world.


My old mobile which had a nice size screen became  my entertainment centre. It contains apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV iPlayer, All4 etc so I can download programs and watch while I'm travelling without needing Wi-Fi, or I can watch live with Wi-Fi access. I've already mentioned the radio dramas and audio books on YouTube which I find brilliant. But there is also films and old TV series on there to watch FOC.

However by far the bestest (I know its not a word but I love it) thing I have found is Book Box.  Do you belong to he local library? If you do download the App Borrow Box, follow the instructions on the screen with regard to your library location and membership number/password and you'll have a whole new world of eBooks and audio books available for you to borrow FREE. You can have 7 of each at any one time and more are being added all the time. There is a wide range of genres to choose from Once down loaded to your mobile they are fully portable.  So if you find yourself bored in the doctors waiting room or on a long walk you can choose whether to read or listen to one of the books you have on loan.  


I don't have a Kindle but I have the Kindle app on my entertainment mobile so again I can download eBooks which can be incredibly  cheap compared to the paper kind. I'm loving it, no trips to the library to borrow or return books or having to find parking spaces etc.  I'll never ditch real books altogether as I love the feel of a book but they can be expensive so I do tend to swap with friends or buy at charity shops (4 for a £1) and then donate them back when finished.  Bye for Now Tx





13 comments:

  1. I've never thought to do that, possibly something for the future. But at the moment we don't have unlimited Wi-Fi so I can't download anything and it's only this most recent phone that is capable of showing me anything. All the others would be in a museum if I hadn't sold them at car boot sales :-)

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    1. I only discovered Book box a few months ago and I love it. I've just been to see a friend by train and it came in very handy during the 5 hour journey. X

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    1. It is great, it takes about 5 minutes to download a book or audio. And what could be better than free.

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  3. I didn't know any of that, thanks very much. I need to explore.
    xx

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    2. Hi Joy, it's a great use of a redundant phone and compact enough to carry around.x

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  4. I didn't know that either, but then as long as I can make a call, send a text or read the headlines I'm happy. I know Mark and the kids do all sorts on their phones though.

    Now that sounds like a proper charity shop. 4 books for £1 is brilliant. Ours are expensive and it's usually cheaper to buy books in The Works. I donate them after I've read them but I think some charity shops need to start looking at their prices.

    Have a lovely day. xx

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    1. Its St Helena Hospice which is such a great charity. X

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  5. I've not heard of Book Box before, thanks for the heads up! Wow, 4 for a £1 is good. I thought my local charity shop was good at at 50p each or 3 for £1.

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    1. It's a great charity shop with a great selection of books.

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  6. I have been using Bookbub. I don't know if you have come across it. There are lots of free books on that which I can read with my Kindle app. I keep a selection of books stored on my tablet so I can read them without wifi because we are having a bit of trouble with wifi at home at the moment.

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