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Find a better mobile deal in 2017.

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Money, Opinion, Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

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(ThySistas.comHaving the latest smartphone is important in many people’s eyes. However, many people do not realise just how much mobile phone contracts for the latest handsets vary. Sometimes, we can also get fed up with paying so much per month for a phone, especially if you have been doing so for a while, with most contracts now extending to two years. It can be quite a shock to many people when they find out exactly how much their mobile phone contract is costing. This short article will help you to get a better deal for your mobile phone in 2017.

Understanding your usage

The first step in finding the best new mobile phone deal for you is to take some time to really understand how much you are using your mobile phone and for what for. There are various ways that you can go about doing this, including looking through your monthly bills for the last few months. You can then work out an average of the number of minutes you use, the number of texts you use and the amount of data that you use. There is an easy way to do this, however. There is a really useful website that will calculate your usage for you over the last few months, and then link this to potential suitable deals for you. This can really be very helpful in finding you a good deal.

Consider the handset

Another important step in finding a good deal, is to carefully consider the smartphone that you want, or have. It may be that you are happy with the current smartphone that you have. In this case, you can keep your current phone and look for a sim only deal. As all contracts build the cost of the phone into the new contract, this can save you a considerable amount of money every month. If you are not to bothered about the phone that you have, it is also worth considering if you can buy a phone up front, and also look for a sim only deal. Many people, however, will settle for nothing less that the most up to date handsets from the leading manufacturers. Even in this case, it is really worth shopping around between networks and providers, as the deals on offer can vary greatly.

Where to find the best deal

Now that you have decided exactly what you need from your mobile phone package it is time to find the best deal. The hard work now begins! A good starting point is the site we previously recommended that helps calculate your usage and then compares the best deal for you. It may well be worth speaking to your current provider and see what they offer you. Have a look on their website, before giving them a call. Make sure that you haggle for the very best deal. This can often really pay off. Make sure that you know what the most competitive deals are, however, before you make the call. Another excellent place to look is comparison websites. Many people don’t realise that these exist for mobile phone deals. These can really help you find a competitive deal and search a large amount of the market. Don’t settle for using one comparison site either, as not all deals will be on all comparison websites.

Watch out for the catches

Finally, once you are deciding on the best deal make sure that you read the small print. Many mobile phone companies will offer some kind of incentive, especially if you are taking out a new contract. This can often be in the form of a line rental discount for a defined number of months. Many people forget about this and then are shocked to find that their mobile phone bill has suddenly increased. Another incentive can often come in the form of a ‘free gift’ or ‘cashback. In fact, these can often be costly incentives that you are actually paying for in the duration of the contract.

You really can find a better deal for your mobile phone contract on 2017, providing that you take the time to do your homework in order to find the best price!

Staff Writer; Paula Stone

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