As the mobile phone becomes an absolute necessity for many people in society, more and more retailers are offering deals on phones to entice new business. From the customer’s perspective though, choosing from the myriad of rates, plans and add-ons can be an incredibly daunting affair. To ensure that you choose a good mobile phone shop, it is important to understand what you want and need in a mobile phone. This guide will offer some insights to help you get a better understanding of your needs and in turn help you to get the best deal for yourself.
Apple or Android – Pick Your Side
The biggest decision to make straight away- and one that we have covered previously (link to iOS vs Android OS article) – is whether to choose an Android device or an Apple device. Without delving too deeply into the specifics, Apple will give you a well-polished package that is quite limited in customisation. Conversely, Android phones are a little less refined but allow for a lot more customisation and individual set-up.
Forecast Your Usage
Knowing how you intend use your new device will help when deciding on the right deal for you. There are many factors to consider that can impact your decision, all based around your usage. Will you be making a lot of phone calls? If so, you might want to look at an unlimited talk plan. If text message is more for you, then opt for an unlimited text messaging plan. If you intend to use neither, then get a bare bones package to save you a little cash.
One of the biggest things to think about when it comes to a mobile phone plan is how much data you will use. Your data is how much internet data you will consume while out-and-about and includes a lot of useful applications. GPS navigation and maps, internet browsing and media streaming can use a lot of data if you use it regularly. Try to get an idea of how much you will use so that you can incorporate a reasonable amount of data into your plan.
PrePaid or Postpaid?
A postpaid plan is a great option if you are looking to buy a phone through installments. Overall, expect to pay a little more for the handset though. Opting to go prepaid with your plan will grant you a lot more control over your expenditure, but you will either have to already have a handset that you can use or buy one outright. Ultimately, it depends on whether you are willing to pay the money for a new phone in one single payment.
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