Tracking down the best mobile phone and free sim deals
Tracking Down the Best Mobile Phone Deals
Cutting your way through the jungle of special deals and offers on new phones, welcome offers for new joiners to the major network providers, or pay as you go deals, it’s tough for the average user to work out which is the best deal for them. Here some guidelines to help you get a head start :
- Free sims: giffgaff were the market pioneers in offering free sim cards, and all the major network providers have since followed suit. Look for the deals that offer you the greatest flexibility, and that you can really tailor to your needs and usage requirements. If your usage varies from month to month, which it might do if you travel, for instance, then it’s going to be important that you get a deal that reflects that.
- Which network provider? Do your research on network coverage and don’t get seduced into signing up for a contract by what might look like attractive offers of free phones and cheap talk plans. Coverage is key. If the friend sitting next to you has perfect coverage and you don’t, it’s extremely frustrating! Don’t forget to look at your regular points of call like workplace and family location as well as where you live. Research giffgaff’s mobile coverage and read user reviews to get an idea of the best network providers.
- Compare contract deals: take time to review the deals on offer. It’s easy to get drawn into a good sales pitch, and overwhelmed by offers of free talk time, or roaming deals. Before you speak to any of the network providers’ sales teams, sit down and make a note of what your requirements are. If you travel a lot, then check out the best contracts for you. If you spend more of your time texting than talking, make sure that you sign up to a deal that gives you lots of free texts. Network providers like to sign you up for as long as possible, but given the rapid change in technology you may want more flexibility, so find out what the cancellation fees are on a contract, and how easy it might be to change your plan during the term of your contract.
- Free gifts: some phones now come with free gifts, and a number of the major network providers and retailers are tempting you with offers to new joiners. They range from a free Xbox to 40-inch TVs. Take a very careful look at the whole package and the monthly rental costs before you decide to accept a free gift.