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How to Get a Great Price on a New Mobile

By Edited Aug 26, 2016 0 0

Buying a new mobile phone represents a big investment for a lot of people. With top end models costing well over the five hundred pound mark nowadays, getting a phone costs a lot of money. There are, of course, budget options available, those these don't always have the kind of features that you might be looking for. Today we're talking about how you get the best prices on new mobiles. From discounting to free phones, and how choosing the right phone saves you money, here's everything you need to know about spending the least amount of money possible to get the best phone for you.

Consider New Mobiles Carefully...

Many people get lured into the trap of spending far too much money on new mobiles simply because they go for the top of the line models. Whilst these devices are excellent and featured loaded, they are expensive. And they often come with features that you don't need and won't use. If you're an average phone user who likes to call, send messages and emails and surf the internet every now and again, you're really not going to get the benefit of all the high powered features of a top end phone, and you'll be spending money for things that you're not going to use. When you start shopping for a new phone, it's important that you consider what your needs really are. Whilst 64 GB of internal storage might be great, it's really not worth paying for if all you ever keep on your phone is your contact list, a hundred photos and a couple of music tracks. Think about what features you need and will use, and then choose your new phone based on those rather than on what's new or what's cool.

Free Mobiles...

Still more people get lured into the trap of getting a high end phone because it comes free or steeply discounted when signing a contract. Free phones with contracts are an excellent idea if you need a new phone and you don't have the money to pay for one up front. However, they aren't actually free at all. Mobile service operators raise the cost of your monthly bill depending on whether or not you get a free phone from them, and on what model it is. You do pay for that phone, make no mistake. And the monthly price of getting a contract with a high end phone will be much more expensive than getting the same contract with a mid-range phone. Even though the phone is discounted or advertised as free doesn't mean that you still shouldn't consider the features that you need and choose accordingly.

Refurbished Mobile Phones...

A good tip for getting a great price on the phone that you want is by trying to buy a refurbished model. There are plenty of online stores that sell refurbished phones, and even most mobile service operators sell refurbished models, though you might need to ask to see what they have. If you want an iPhone, then Apple also sells refurbished models through their web site. A refurbished phone is a device that has been sold once and then returned, generally because the customer changed his or her mind. Before being certified for resale, a refurbished phone is cleaned, rebooted and thoroughly inspected. From appearance and functionality it's generally impossible to tell the difference between a refurbished and a new model. Refurbished models may not come in their original boxes however, and sometimes have copies of the manual, rather than the original. But these things hardly affect the device, and prices tend to be much lower than with new models.

Get Cash First...

Another way of saving on your new mobile is to recycle or trade in your old mobile, thereby giving you more money to spend on your new one. There are again plenty of online sites that will pay money for your old model, although the amount will depend on how old your phone is and on what kind of condition it's in. Some mobile phone operators will also pay to recycle your old phone, Tesco Mobile and O2 being two of the major companies that do this. Alternatively, you can trade in. The most notable company that allows you to trade in is Apple. Apple will buy your old iPhone from you, and then give you store credit that you can put towards your new iPhone. They do not pay cash, however, only store credit, so you'll have to buy an iPhone, and you'll have to buy it directly from Apple, not from a mobile operator.

Get Cash After...

There are some companies that offer cash rebates on mobile phones. These are generally third party web sites that sell phone and contracts from many different mobile operators. These sites are paid a commission from mobile operators for every phone and contract that they sell, and the more they sell, the higher their commission is. Therefore they offer cash rebates in order to sell more phones and contracts. They can afford to do this because the rebate will be less than the commission the site receives for selling you the contract and phone, so they still make a profit. They also count on the fact that not all customers will apply for the rebate. Furthermore, they make the rebate itself incredibly difficult to obtain. The way this generally works is that you'll be given complicated instructions that you need to follow exactly in order to get your cash, and if you don't follow the instructions your claim becomes invalid. The most popular way of doing this is that the company will choose random bills and ask you to send them these mobile bills within a certain, limited time. For example, you'll be asked to send your second, sixth, eighth and twentieth mobile phone bills to them, and will receive a part of the rebate every time the company receives a bill from you. Many customers fail to do this properly and on time, and therefore don't get their rebate. Rebates aren't necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to put quite a lot of work into getting them.



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