Mobile phone deals: 7 steps to get the best mobile deal, be smart and don’t let them beat you up
We all want the latest mobile phone with the best plan at lowest possible cost but when we start shopping our limit on the monthly cost seems to be moving up and up. So I developed this simple checklist you could use before you take the final decision to buy the mobile phone:
- Decide what you need your mobile for. Phone is becoming less of the phone these days but the small computer therefore you will probably need large screen with the good data plan.. Set your fixed requirements from which you will not deviate and those you have more flexibility. Example of the requirements’ list:
- Iphone 6 (at least), due to the larger screen
- Lot’s of data
- Lot’s of texts
- Do not really need minutes but a 1000 would do
- Roaming? not interested (make sure you understand it well)
- Start shopping with the mobile providers’ websites such as Three, Vodafone, Orange, Virgin, O2 etc. You can search for:
- Pay monthly phones. You sign up for 2 years contract and the plan. The cost of the handset (your mobile) will be included in your monthly payment. This is the most popular method of purchasing mobile phone these days as the cost of the phones is spread across your contract and you can afford the better phone.
- Pay as you go: You will pay only for what you used and top up your minutes or data when you run out. This is a good method when you do not want to sign up for the longer commitment. Usually the rates are more expensive but if you are not using your phone extensively this may be an option for you.
- SIM only. This is an interesting option when you already have the mobile or bought it from someone privately. I like this option as contracts are usually shorter than in option 1 and there are usually not cancellation charges. You have to check it on your contract.
- Make sure you read the details about the phone such as:
- is the phone new or refurbished
- What is the RAM in your phone (now you want to look only at min of 8MB with the memory of 32Gb or more. the amount of storage modern apps are using you will need this storage
- Check the battery capacity: You want to go for a minimum of 2500mAh or you will keep charging battery every night or more often.
- Check monthly cost of the plan and the headset and any other charges such as insurance. and cancellation fees.
- Search in comparisons websites and other companies that are selling mobiles on behalf of networks.
- Once you selected the best deal and the mobile phone provider, review the small print and the network provider costs such as:
- cost of 0800, 0870, 0845, 0844, 0300, 0345 etc. /non geographical numbers
- cost of retrieving your voicemail
- cost of calling customer service
- cost of roaming
- can you but the limit on your maximum spending level such as data?
- cost of out of allowance usage / these might be quite expensive
- Once you know all this, check reviews and opinions of other people and see what they think about the phone and the network provider.
Once you have all these details go ahead and make the decision. If you pay above £30 per months for your mobile you are probably paying far too much than what you need.. These is plenty of offers and keep reading this blog as I will be listing more details of latest deals. At the time of writing this post I could recomd the short 30 days rolling contracts of virgin mobile if you already have the phone:
For just £13 you have 5Gb of data, unlimited text and 5000 mins. This is a lot of usage for an average users.
You can check their website as there is plenty of good offers.