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Unique Ways to Save on New Mobiles

By Edited Jul 24, 2016 0 0

Mobile phones are a necessity for nearly everyone nowadays. The ability to be in constant contact, not to mention being able to internet shop, listen to music and watch movies, means that the majority of people have a phone. There are thousands of hand-sets on the market, from the basic to the top end, and choosing between them can be tough. But what can be even tougher is paying for them. High end mobiles like the new HTC One, the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S 4 retail for well over five hundred pounds. Even a decent mid-range phone is going to cost you at least a couple of hundred. This represents a hefty investment for many people, making it tough to get the mobile that they want or need. Today we're talking about how you can save a little cash when going mobile phone shopping. If you want that new mobile, then here are a few ways that you might be able to get it cheaper than you think...

Go for Refurbished Phones...

By far the best way to save and still get a great new mobile is by going for refurbished phones. These are models that have usually already been sold once and then returned. Generally models are returned because the buyer has changed his mind, but sometimes these are rental phones that have reached the end of their rental period, and therefore been returned. Refurbished phones are not simply resold, however. They are thoroughly cleaned, rebooted and inspected before getting special certification to be resold. A refurbished model is nearly always completely indistinguishable from a new model. Usually, a refurbished phone isn't sold in its original box, and occasionally it may be sold without its original manual or with a generic charger. These are pretty insignificant things, though, given that you get a phone that looks and works like new. There are plenty of web sites that sell refurbished mobiles, though it's best to check out how reputable the site is before buying to avoid any complications. Many mobile service operators will also sell refurbished models. Sometimes they have these on their web site, but more often you'll get a better choice if you go into a retail store and ask. Finally, if you want an iPhone, Apple does sell refurbished models, also over their web site. Going refurbished can save you a healthy chunk of change on what looks, feels, and basically usually is, a new mobile phone, and it's definitely worth looking into.

Trade Ins...

Trade-ins aren't particularly common, though they are possible. A trade in is when you take your old mobile to a provider or retail store and they then give you a percentage off a new phone. This doesn't work with most mobile service operators any more (though it may work, if you qualify, with O2). Notably though, Apple does have a trade in programme for iPhones. The model that you trade in has to be an iPhone, and in good working condition. If Apple accepts your model, you'll get store credit, not cash. This does mean that you have to buy a new iPhone, and that you have to buy it direct from Apple, but depending on the age and condition of your old model, you can get a fair amount off the purchase price of a new model. Trade ins are more common with retail stores, who general have programmes or even special deals, and online, where, again, you should make sure that you're dealing with a reputable company before starting any transaction.

Recycling...

Though similar to trading in, recycling is a little different and can get you some cash that you can use for a new phone. There are plenty of place that will recycle your old mobiles, taking them and selling off the parts. Tesco Mobile has a pretty good recycling programme for their customers, as does O2. Again, there are a lot of online sources for phone recycling, where you get a quote and then send in your phone and get a cheque back through the post. It is extremely important that you check out where you're sending things. There are many scams that revolve around this area, with you sending in your phone and getting nothing in return. Research the company that you're thinking about working with carefully, and make sure that you read plenty of reviews from other customers to find out how satisfied they were with their experience. But you can get a nice little cheque from these companies to help you pay for your new phone...

Cash Rebate Offers...

First off, you have to be incredibly careful with cash rebate offers. They're not scams, per se, though they can be incredibly complicated in an effort to make people fail to qualify for their rebate. These offers are nearly always done through a third party web site. The site will sell phones and usually contracts too, associated with certain mobile phone providers. These mobile phone providers do not have any tie to the rebate offer, so don't make the mistake of thinking that you're dealing with a reputable mobile operator. The sites receive commissions from the mobile operators by selling their phones and contracts. As an incentive for you to sign up the site offers you part of their commission in the form of a cash rebate. If you carefully follow all the instructions that you are given, you will receive the rebate, though it takes some time. Generally, the site will tell you to send around four mobile phone bills. Usually a random assortment, specifying that you must send the second, fifth, tenth and eleventh, for example. You then receive part of the rebate every time you send them a bill. Many people fail to send all the bills in a timely fashion, and therefore don't get their money. But, you can get a good discount on a new mobile if you carefully follow the instructions and do exactly what they say. It is a lot of work and effort though...

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