Tips to getting the best phone contract
Whether we like it or not, mobile phone contracts are here to stay if the popularity of the same is anything to go by. Mobile phones are no longer a preserve of the rich as they were in the years gone by but have morphed to become essential items. In fact, it is very difficult to find a UK adult without a mobile phone. People use mobile phones for more than just texts and phone calls. In the contemporary society, mobile phones act as a clock, for reading information online, for navigation purposes, as an alarm, as a map, for connecting and socializing online among other factors. In light of this, how do you ensure that you get the best mobile phone contract? What are some of the tips you should use when applying for a phone contract?
Don’t just settle for the cheapest mobile phone deal/package
While it might be difficult to resist the temptation of a cheap mobile phone contract, the truth of the matter is that sometimes the cheapest contract doesn’t offer the best benefits. You might find that you are short changed in terms of the number of minutes, text messages and data bundles given in a month. Take your time to scrutinize your phone contract before appending your signature. The price might be cheaper on paper but then you might end up paying for hidden charges.
Ensure you check the data allowances provided
The reality of things is that we cannot resist the thrills of the internet. Unless you will be using your phone for emergency purposes only, data allowances are of essence. Any application on your phone that connects to the internet means that the phone contract you settle for should have sufficient data allowance. Do you connect on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp on a daily basis? Do you check for hot deals online via your phone? If yes, then it’s essential that you choose a phone contract that offers sufficient data bundles monthly.
Be careful with phone contracts that offer cashback
While these kind of contracts are not entirely a scam, trying to get your cash back can prove a long and strenuous exercise. In most instances, you will be required to send all your monthly statements for the duration of the contract and this can prove tricky especially if you don’t have the statement for a given month hence prolonging the process. Also be wary of scam phone contract providers who are simply out to romp in as many customers as possible by dangling the cash back carrot.
Check the contract length
Most phone contract providers will tie you to the contract for a prolonged period of time making it impossible for you to switch months down the line. When applying for a contract, check the minimum number of months you can be tied to it. You don’t want to be tied to a contract for say 18 months or 24 months. This can be a problem especially if you find a better deal elsewhere and simply can’t switch. Most contracts have the option of 12,18,24,36 months. The trick is that the longer you are tied to a contract, the less amount of money you pay monthly and vice versa. It is therefore essential that you take this into consideration prior to applying for a phone contract.
Read the fine print
Do not be in a rush to append your signature before you read the fine print. It is important to understand the terms of your contract before you commit yourself to it. Reading the fine print is also instrumental in helping you find out whether there are hidden charges or not. By so doing, you won’t end spending more than what you had budgeted for.