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The Best Mobile Networks for Contracts...

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Signing a mobile phone contract can be a complicated process. There are so many contracts available and so many providers that it can be hard to know who the best company is to go for. With so many people today looking to save money, choosing the right contract is important. And with us all being so dependent on our mobile phones, it's equally important that we get good service. Today we're looking at the variety of contracts offered by some of the UK's biggest mobile phone service providers, to see what's out there are what makes the best deal. So if you're shopping around for a contract, then read on to find out who you should go with.

Contracts with Pay Monthly Phones...

If you want to sign an incentive contract, then there aren't really that many differences between providers. Incentive contracts are those that offer free or discounted pay monthly phones along with a calling plan. Whilst the calling plans themselves may differ, as we'll discuss below, the prices of pay monthly phones really don't differ all that much. This depends of course on the kind of phone you're looking to get. Not all operators offer all phones, and there will be some small variation in price between operators. Those price differences really are minimal though. There are certain exceptions. O2 is still probably the best network to go to for iPhones, for example. But in general, you should concentrate more on the prices and limits of the calling plan that you want than on the hand set that you wish to receive.

Best Networks for Data Contracts...

Data is a huge consideration when signing up for a new contract. Because data prices vary so hugely between networks, this is one of the areas of the contract that you need to look at most closely. If you're looking for a good data contract you're probably going to be wanting something that has unlimited data. But you need to be aware of the difference between unlimited data and truly unlimited data. Whilst some companies advertise unlimited data plans, these providers will utilise a fair usage policy. This means that if the provider thinks that in their opinion you're using too much data, they reserve the right to stop or throttle your service. Throttling is when a company slows down your internet speeds so you get slower access. Truly unlimited data, on the other hand, really does mean that you can use the internet as much as you like. For a big data user, the best contracts that you can get are going to be through the mobile network Three. Three offers truly unlimited data for the cheapest prices on the UK market.

For Super Fast Internet...

If you have a high end, 4G capable phone, you're going to want to go with a network that gives you good 4G coverage. 4G will allow you to have a faster internet connection, so you can download and open web pages more quickly, and watch streaming TV and movies with less buffering time. Not all networks have a 4G service. If you're looking for a network that not only has a 4G package but also gets great coverage, then you should go with EE. They're the pioneers of 4G networks in the UK, and give a good service with fast speeds for low prices.

For Text Messaging...

If you send plenty of texts, then you'll want a mobile contract that offers you unlimited text messages. However, most major networks now offer unlimited texting, even with low or mid-range plans. There's very little difference between companies. If the only thing that you're looking for is unlimited texts, then simply go with the network that has the cheapest plan and the best coverage in your area.

For Calling Minutes...

Phone users who make a lot of calls will want to go with a network that will give them a lot of calling minutes, or even unlimited calls. Unlimited calling is available with most networks, though prices vary. For the best deals, look to Orange or T-Mobile. Both these networks have unlimited calling plans for fair prices, and also offer excellent coverage in most UK locations. Avoid the Three network for calling plans. Whilst they offer great, and cheap, data plans, the cost of calling minutes on Three adds up quickly, and you rapidly get a far more expensive bill than you would with another network.

For Designer Plans...

If you find it difficult to find a plan that exactly matches what you're looking for, then you're going to need a network that offers a little flexibility. There are two choices here. O2 is great for flexibility. Firstly, they offer you the ability to change you contract plan if you need to, though there may be a small fee to pay for the switch over. Secondly, they have plenty of add-on options. These add-ons allow you to sign a basic contract and then add on the extra services that you want, such as more data or more minutes. This can be a good way of controlling the content of your calling plan better. Orange has a similar programme, where you can choose one of their “animal plan” add-ons depending on the kind of user that you are. Should you be a heavy internet user, for example, you simply choose to go with their Dolphin plan which gives you more data and better web surfing than a regular plan. If you need to better tailor a plan to your own personal needs, then Orange or O2 are the networks to go with.

For Cheap Plans...

If you want cheap, then Vodafone is probably going to be your network of choice. Whilst Vodafone plans do tend to have pretty low limits on the amount of minutes, texts and data you can use, they also have some of the cheapest plans around. If you're not a heavy user, then Vodafone is probably the network for you.

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