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Getting the Best Phone at the Best Price

By Edited Mar 5, 2016 0 0

Mobile phone shopping can be an overwhelming process. There are so many devices on the market that choosing between them can seem impossible. But if you do your research, and choose well, there is a phone out there for you, and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Today we're looking at how you choose the right phone for you, what to look for, and which kind of deals you should go for. So, read this before you go shopping, it could help save some of your hard earned cash.

What to Look for in a Mobile Phone...

The majority of people today are looking to buy a decent smartphone. There are a few things that you should be looking for if you want a device that's going to fulfil your needs. The first is the screen; you're looking for a minimum screen size of four inches. Screen size is important in a smartphone, and not just for a comfortable video viewing and web page reading experience. Because a smartphone tends not to have a physical keyboard, you're going to be typing all your messages on the on screen keyboard. The larger the screen, the better you can type. You also want to look at processing power. Processing power will determine how quickly your phone works and how responsive it is. Look for a minimum of 1400 MHz (also known as 1.4 GHz), and dual or quad processes will be more reliable. Look at the amount of RAM, since this will also improve your phone's speed and lessen the chance of it freezing and not responding. The minimum RAM that you should look for is 1 GB. Finally, you'll want to look at the amount of internal memory. This determines how many photos and games, and how much music and data you can store on your phone, and you should go for a minimum of 8 GB. And that's pretty much it. Anything else is just as added bonus that will give your phone more features.

Smartphone Deals You Should Go For...

There are some smartphone deals that you should really keep an eye out for. The first of these is refurbished phones. Refurbished phones are models that have been bought and returned, generally because the customer has changed his or her mind. But these models aren't just resold. First they're sent back to the factory, where they are cleaned and rebooted, and have to undergo a thorough inspection process before they can be certified for resale. There should be no noticeable difference in appearance and functionality of a refurbished phone and a brand new model. They are often sold without their original packaging however, and occasionally come with generic chargers or reprinted manuals. Purchased through a reputable source, a refurbished phone will come with a ninety day warranty, so if there's a problem, you can send it back. These models tend to come at steep discounts, and the best place to look for them is on manufacturer's web sites. The other kind of deal that you can look for is an incentive contract with a mobile phone operator. This is when you sign a contract and get a free or discounted mobile. You don't actually save money by doing this, since the price of the phone will be covered by raising your monthly phone bill. But, if you don't have the money to get a phone right now, then this is a good option for you. Finally, most phone retailers and big electronics stores will have sales where you can get some good bargains on models, so they're worth looking out for too.

Deals to Avoid...

There are some smartphone deals that you should steer clear of though. Cash rebate deals tend to be a little dodgy. The way these work is that a third party, generally a web site, sells phones on commission for a mobile provider. The more phones they sell, the bigger the commission they get. So the site offers you a cash rebate, you buy the phone at full price and you'll get cash back later. They can do this because the rebate they offer is smaller than the commission they receive, so they'll still make a profit. But they also rely on the fact that a lot of people won't bother to claim their rebate, and that from those who do, few will qualify. They make the conditions for claiming the rebate extremely complicated, and should you fail to completely abide by these complicated conditions, you will forfeit your right to the rebate. There are few people who actually complete the entire process and get the whole amount of the cash that has been promised to them, and you'll spend a lot of time and energy trying to get your money back. You should also try to avoid deals on second hand phones that are sold through the internet. Second hand phones can be a great deal, but they tend to have been used quite heavily and come without a warranty, and the chances of something going wrong with them are quite high. Bought in a retail store where you can carefully inspect the device that you're buying isn't so risky. But buying over the internet, especially from sites like eBay or Craig's List, is a very risky practise. You'll be buying sight unseen, have no chance to see the model before you pay for it, and have very little recourse should something go wrong or should the phone not be what was advertised. When looking for deals on smartphones you need to keep sensible buying practises in mind. You don't get anything for free, and if a deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is. If you look at what you're offered and you can't see where or how the company can be making a profit, it's probably better to steer clear of the deal, since it could well be a scam.



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