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Buying A New Phone – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 17, 2014 , No comments

What kind of phone do you have? Do you buy a new mobile phone often? In this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English, you can learn useful English words and phrases to talk about mobile phones and their features.

Woman: Hello sir, is there anything I can help you with?

Man: Um, yeah, I was just looking at phones.

Woman: What kind of features were you looking for1?

Man: I want a touchscreen smart phone, with a high-res2 screen.

Woman: What do you think of this one?

Man: Looks nice. How’s the battery life3?

Woman: It depends how you use it. It lasts from one to three days.

Man: Hmmm, OK, I think I’ll take it.

Woman: Do you just want the handset4, or do you need a contract5 with it? If you take out a contract, you only pay £50 for the phone.

Man: I don’t really want a contract, but I would like a pay-as-you-go SIM card6. Do you have any?

Woman: Yes. The card’s free, but you have to buy £10 credit.

Man: OK, that’s fine.

Woman: Also, with this deal, if you top up7 every month, you get 50 free minutes and 100 texts.

Man: Sounds good. Where do I pay?

Woman: Right this way, please.

  1. Past continuous makes the question more polite
  2. High-res = high resolution, meaning a very clear screen that can fit many things on at the same time
  3. Battery life = how long the battery can last without needing to be recharged
  4. Handset = a mobile phone
  5. Contract = a deal you sign with a phone company to pay every month
  6. Pay-as-you-go = a deal with the phone company where you add money to your phone as you need it
  7. Top up = add money to your phone

Correct the mistakes in the sentences

  1. Can I top off my phone here?
  2. This laptop has an excellent battery live.
  3. If you don’t use your phone often, it’s better to buy a pay-as-you-call SIM.
  4. This high-revolution screen is amazing – so bright and clear!
  5. My phone’s out of battery – I need to top it up.

Can you complete the sentences with one word?

  1. A screen which you can use to control a computer or a phone is a ___________.
  2. If you pay a fixed amount every month to use your mobile phone, you have a ___________.
  3. When you top up your phone, you buy phone ___________.
  4. This plan includes 100 free __________ a month.
  5. Before you buy a new phone, you should think about which __________ are important to you.
  1. top off top up
  2. battery live battery life
  3. pay-as-you-call pay-as-you-go
  4. high-revolution high-resolution
  5. top it up recharge it
  6. touchscreen
  7. contract
  8. credit
  9. minutes/texts
  10. features
Oli RedmanBuying A New Phone – Listening Lesson

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