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The Right Mobile Network for The Right Mobile User

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

If you choose the right mobile network means that you're far more likely to be satisfied with your service. Plus, the right network is instrumental in saving you money on your mobile phone bills. But with so many networks on the UK market, how do you choose the best mobile network for you? A lot of the decision needs to be based on what you as a user want. Different networks are better at different things. So, if you know what you're looking for, or what kind of phone user you are, then choosing a network will be much easier. Today we're looking at UK mobile service providers to find out what they have to offer to different kinds of users. So, if you're looking for something in particular, then just find yourself on this list and see which network is the best for you...

The Best Mobile Network Has the Best Mobile Coverage...

A word of warning before you choose an operator: when you're looking for the best mobile network you'll need to look first at mobile coverage. Not all networks have the same levels of coverage in all areas. Although urban users should be pretty fine with most mobile service providers, readers in more rural locations will want to check a coverage map before signing up with a network. Coverage refers to the kind of reception that you get on your phone. If a network has poor coverage in your area, you're going to get poor reception. This means that you're going to have a bad service or possibly no service at all. You must check coverage before signing. If you're interested in one provider, you can check coverage for that provider on their web site. If you want a simple comparison of coverage from different providers in your area then head to the OFCOM web site. You'll find a comparative coverage map there that will tell you who gets the best service in your area. No matter how cheap a plan is, or how good a deal is, there's no point in signing up with an operator that has poor coverage in your location.

Best Network for Data...

If you're an internet addict and love surfing the net on your phone, then you should take a look at Three. Three offers some of the cheapest prices on the biggest data packages on the UK market. Plus, Three doesn't have a fair usage policy. Their unlimited plans are truly unlimited, meaning that the operator will never slow or throttle your data speeds because they feel that you're using too much data. If you're looking for a great data plan, then you should go with Three.

Best Network for Texting...

Texting is the most used service that mobile operators offer. And if you send plenty of messages a day, you'll want an unlimited texting plan. Fortunately, nearly all of Vodafone's plans come with unlimited text messages, so you can send as many as you want without paying extra. Plus, Vodafone offers some of the cheapest prices for calling plans on the market, so it's definitely worth looking at them.

Best Network for Calling...

There actually isn't a lot of difference between most networks when it comes to calling, so it's easier to tell you which networks not to go with rather than which are best. Frequent callers should avoid Three, though their data packages are cheap, their calling minutes add up fast. Also, Virgin Mobile offers some of the most expensive calling minutes on the market, particularly in their pay as you go plans, so you might want to avoid them too. The exception is if you're already a Virgin customer, using their home broadband or television packages, in which case bundling your mobile service in will get you cheaper calling rates than anywhere else.

Best Network for Coverage...

Far and away the best network for coverage is T-Mobile. If you live in a far flung location and have trouble getting mobile reception, then T-Mobile is the company most likely to get you a good service. It's still worth checking out coverage maps just in case, but in general, T-Mobile is the company to turn to for residents of low coverage areas.

Best Network for 4G...

Actually, you really only have one choice for a 4G network, so it's the best by default, and that's EE. EE is currently the only network that gives a full 4G package, so if you want to take advantage of your phone's ability to connect to a faster internet service, then EE is the way to go. These packages don't come cheap though, and since there's no competition at the moment the prices aren't likely to fall any time soon. But you do get unlimited texting and calling with all of EE's 4G calling plans.

Best Network for International Calling...

If you make a lot of international calls then you should have a look at Orange's offerings. Orange customers can choose one of Orange's “animal plans” when they sign up for service. Each animal plan gives you special deals in a certain area of services. By choosing the Camel plan you get way cheaper rates on calling abroad than you do on any other network. So if you want to call foreign numbers then you might want to sign up with Orange.

Best Network for Flexibility...

If you're not sure what you're looking for in a calling plan, or if you want a calling plan that's a little more tailor made than the average plan, then you should take a look at O2. O2 has great flexibility when it comes to plans. Firstly, you can change your calling plan in the middle of your contract if you like, there's a small fee involved, but the process is simple and can be done over the phone. Secondly, O2 offers plenty of add-ons. These add-ons range from extra data to extra calling minutes or roaming. By choosing a basic calling plan and then adding the add-ons you want to it you get a plan that works for you. Plus, you can choose to use an add-on for just a month or for your whole contract.

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