With so many of us using our phones in a different way, and the mobile market being flooded with new releases on a monthly basis, the world of phone tariffs is not a simple one. Whether you’re someone who only uses your phone once a month to call your parents, or are constantly mid-way through a text conversation, there’s bound to be a tariff out there for you. Here, we’ll go over a few simple steps to ensuring that you find it.
Paying for your phone on a monthly basis may be a good way to get what you want from your phone, but it can also be a stress on your finances. Rather than beginning with a tariff in mind, start by outlining the amount you can afford to pay.
To do this, I like to sit down and look at what I’ve got coming in and out of my account each month as it stands. I’ll also sell my old iPhones to free up a bit of extra cash. Then, with an idea of my budget, I can start checking out phones.
Understand Your Usage
Each network will have a variety of deals set up to benefit different users. The key to finding the right one for you is in understanding your usage. Are you a manic texter? Are you always the one to do that Google search which ends the arguments at the pub? Understand what you need in terms of monthly allowances and then step in the direction of networks to see which packages they have to offer.
Settle On A Handset
The amount you pay each month will reflect three main things: the length of your contract, your monthly allowances, and the handset with which you are provided. The handset you choose will have a big impact on the price so it’s important to get this right. Spend too little and you could end up looking for an upgrade sooner than you’d think.
Spend too much and you’ll be left paying for services and functions which you don’t require. The best way to get to grips with the variety of phones out there on the market is simply to go into a local phone store and ask to try a few handsets out.
Phone contracts are fairly unique in the world of shopping as, when you’ve decided what you want, you can be sure that almost every company can offer it to you. It’s now your job to shop around, looking at your set tariff on each service provider and to compare the prices. Be sure to check that the cheapest service provider has signal in the area where you live and work and, when you’re ready, sign that contract!
My name’s Craig Taylor. By day, I’m a sales rep for a popular phones company and by night I am an avid blogger and columnist, telling the world why I sold my iphone and what I spend my hard-earned cash on.