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The Best Mobile Network - Horses for Courses

By Edited Mar 18, 2016 0 0

Choosing a new mobile service operator can be a little overwhelming. There are just so many choices. Whilst there's no such thing as the best mobile network for everyone, since that will depend on what your individual needs are, there are some operators that are better in different areas. Today we're talking about the best networks for certain kinds of customers. So depending on what you're looking for, there is a great mobile service provider for you.

The Best Network for Prices...

Looking for the cheapest network depends on what kind of calling plan you're looking for, since some companies have different price levels for different contracts. But if you're looking for the cheapest overall network, then it's going to be Vodafone. They have the cheapest calling plans on the market. However, these plans do have low limits for calling minutes, text messages and mobile data, so you're going to have to be careful to keep these limits in order to avoid expensive extra charges. Vodafone plans don't tend to be great for average or heavier phone users, but for light users they're the cheapest plans out there.

The Best Network for Data...

Heavy mobile internet users have a clear choice. Three has the best mobile data prices, as well as offering completely unlimited data plans. Some networks offer unlimited data plans, but then subject them to a fair usage policy. This means that the network reserves the right to throttle or cut off your data connection if they feel that you're using an unfair amount of data, even if your plan is supposed to be unlimited. Three do not do this, their unlimited data plans are truly unlimited, so you can use as much as you want. Their calling minutes don't come cheap though, so they might not be the best network for frequent callers.

The Best Network for Cheap iPhone Contracts...

iPhones are in high demand with consumers, and given the hefty price tag on an iPhone many people choose to get their device with a mobile operator incentive contract. If you're looking for cheap iPhone contracts then the best network depends on which iPhone you want to get. If you want the newest iPhone 5 model then your best bet is to look at O2, who have great prices on top end phones. If you're willing to go for the slightly older iPhone 4S, then the best network for cheap iPhone contracts is probably going to be Orange.

The Best Network for Unlimited Contracts...

Heavy phone users usually benefit from signing big, unlimited contracts. These calling plans have no limits on the amount of calling minutes, texts and data that you can use per month. However, they are often expensive and not worth the price for average users. If you're looking for the biggest plan you can get at the cheapest price, then T-Mobile is the network to go with. They have the cheapest totally unlimited calling plan on the UK market right now.

The Best Network for Roaming...

For frequent travellers, whether for business or pleasure, roaming mobile charges can be a nightmare. Roaming charges are incredibly expensive with most operators, and usually it's better just to leave your phone at home. If this isn't an option for you, then look to Orange to give you the best prices on mobile roaming. Particularly within the EU Orange has great roaming prices, even on mobile data. You have to make sure that you sign up for their added roaming package on top of your regular contract to benefit from these prices though, so don't try roaming using just your contract or the prices will sky rocket.

The Best Network for Flexibility...

Choosing a calling plan can be difficult for people who rarely have the same phone usage from month to month. If this is you then you want a flexible calling plan, and you should look to O2 to provide it. O2 offers great flexibility due to their add on programme. This lets you sign up for a basic contract and then choose various add ons to add to your contract for a month at a time. For example, you can add an extra 1 GB of mobile data for a month, or a roaming package for a month. This is great for people whose needs are constantly changing. And whilst O2 might not offer the cheapest prices on the market, the add on system is still going to be cheaper than paying for a calling plan that you don't use or one where you constantly go over the monthly limits of your plan.

The Best Network for 4G...

If you have a 4G capable phone then you're probably looking for a 4G network so that you can take advantage of the faster internet speeds that your phone can give you. The only sensible choice for a 4G network right now is EE. Other companies do offer 4G services, but they still don't get great speeds, and have poor coverage in the UK. EE is the only company that gets great 4G speeds, and they have pretty wide spread coverage (although you should still check coverage for your local area on their web site before signing up). The prices with EE are not cheap. A 4G data plan will cost you three to four times as much as a 3G data plan, and will come with a relatively low data limit. But all EE's 4G plans come with unlimited calling minutes and unlimited text messages.

The Best Network for Bundling...

If you're looking to get as many services as possible from the same company then you should be looking at Virgin. Bundling your services usually means that you get cheaper rates on all those services by using the same company as your provider. Virgin can offer you a mobile service plan as well as home broadband and cable TV, and your prices for combining all these services are much cheaper than for getting them all separately.

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