Published in cooperation with Pricewise.
Are you unhappy with your current mobile network provider? Or perhaps you want to save money and find a better deal? Either way, it is always a good idea to consider the other options out there to work out if you could cut the costs of your phone bill. What follows are some handy tips on what to look out for when choosing a new tariff.
Bundled phone packages
As discussed in our other article on accurately comparing internet service providers, it is worth considering providers that can offer you bundled phone offers for a discount price. For example, some providers like T-Mobile and O2 have shared plans for families. This means that multiple devices can be used and you pay just one fixed monthly bill. Just make sure that you get enough data for the whole family.
Consider SIM only deals
SIM only deals are often great options for those people who already have a phone and are looking to save money. Unlike other contract deals, where you will pay a fixed monthly fee for your contract and a new mobile that will usually be upgraded every year, you will not receive a new phone but your monthly bill will be much lower. Take a look at these deals on SIM only contracts to see how much money you could save.
Get in touch with your current provider
Often, when you are considering a change of network, contacting your current network provider to let them know could make all the difference. For example, if you have found a new deal that will save you money, your current provider might be willing to offer you a competing deal so that they won’t lose your business.
Consider what is most important to you
Before picking a contract, you must decide on how much data, calls and minutes you will require. For example, do you use a lot of data streaming video and music on your commute? Do you need to call landlines often which will require the use of more minutes? Are you a frequent traveller who needs good prices abroad? For the latter, Vodafone might be a good option as Vodafone’s international roaming deal allows for the free use of data in many countries. Understanding your position on each of the above will help you find a contract you are happy with. For those of you who rarely use their phone, perhaps it is a backup for emergencies, then opting for a pay-as-you-go contract will mean you can avoid committing to a fixed-rate monthly fee.