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Comparing Mobile Contracts? - How To

By Edited May 23, 2014 0 0

Mobile contracts are big business. There are tons of mobile service operators on the UK market, and they all offer different kinds of contracts, which can make choosing between them tough. If you're looking for a new mobile contract then you might be finding the process a little overwhelming. Today we're talking about how you compare phone contracts so that you can make the best decision and get the best contract for you.

Why Should I Compare Phone Contracts?

The answer to this question is a simple one. You need to compare phone contracts in order to make sure that you're getting the best deal. Mobile phone bills represent a pretty big monthly spend, and you want to make sure that your money is well spent and that you're getting the service that you require. If you spend the time comparing mobile contracts before you sign then you're going to be saving money.

How to Compare Coverage...

Before you look at comparing contracts themselves, you first need to think about coverage. Different networks offer different standards of mobile coverage in different areas. If you get poor coverage with a network in your local area then there's no point in signing up for a contract with them. You'll definitely find that you get slow mobile data speeds and bad call quality if you have poor coverage and you might even find that your mobile doesn't work at all. This is why coverage comparison is so important. If you live in an urban setting then the chances are that you're going to get pretty decent coverage with all networks. But if you live in a more rural area then you might find that you only get good coverage with two or three networks. Coverage comparison is easy, just go to the OFCOM web site. There you'll find a comparative coverage map of all the major UK operators.

Knowing You Calling Plan Needs is Key...

Another thing that you're going to need to do before you can compare mobile contracts is to decide what kind of calling plan you're looking for. Different contracts come with different sizes of calling plan. You need to know approximately how many calling minutes and text messages you use per month as well as how much mobile data you need. You can get this info from old mobile phone bills. If you don't have any bills lying around then you should seriously consider holding off on signing a contract and monitoring your mobile use for a month or so until you know what kind of calling plan you need. Remember that a calling plan that's too big for you means that you'll come nowhere close to using up your monthly limits but will still have to pay the same monthly fixed price, thus paying for services that you're not even using. And if a calling plan is too small for you then you're going to end up paying some hefty extra charges for going over your calling, texting or data limits every month.

How Long Will You Sign Up For?

The last piece of information that you need in order to compare mobile contracts is how long your contract is going to be. Operators generally offer you the choice between twelve months and twenty four months, but some companies also have eighteen month options. Usually, the longer your contract is the cheaper your monthly prices are going to be. But don't forget that signing a contract means that you're going to be tied to that operator for the duration of your contract. You won't be able to switch operators to take advantage of better deals without paying big fees to cancel your contract. And if you get a free mobile phone on your contract you won't be able to get a free upgrade until your contract is close to finished. So choose the length of your contract carefully.

Get Online for a Comparison...

Now that you've got all the information that you need to run a comparison the easiest next step is to go online. There are lots of mobile tariff comparison web sites. These sites allow you to enter the monthly limits on calling minutes, text messages and mobile data that you're looking for, as well as usually being able to determine the length of your contract. Once you enter this data you'll get a list of contract plans with different operators that meet your needs. You can then easily choose the one that's the best deal for you. Don't forget that the plan will need to be with an operator that has good coverage in your local area. These comparison sites are generally quite reliable, though often they list the prices for contracts bought online rather than from physical stores. Most mobile operators offer better prices for online shoppers, so it's worth considering buying your contract online. If you're worried about comparing online then just make sure that the site you're using is OFCOM approved, meaning that it's a reputable source of information.

Before You Sign the Contract...

Once you've found the contract that you want there are a couple of things that you'll want to do before signing. Firstly, do make sure that you're eligible to sign a mobile contract. That means you must be eighteen and a legal UK resident. But it also generally means that you're going to have to pass a credit check. Should you fail a credit check you will be unable to sign a contract. Secondly, make sure that you go to your chosen operator's web site and read all of their terms and conditions. These will include things like the penalties for cancelling your contract, how you can change your calling plan, and what to do should your phone be stolen so that you're not forced to pay mobile bills on calls made by the thief. Once you've done all this, then you're ready to sign that new mobile contract. When you receive your SIM card, just put it in your phone and wait for your new service to start.



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