Mobile phones have become a necessity that most of us wouldn’t dream of doing without. Many people take it for granted that a mobile phone and contract go hand in hand but this need not necessarily be the case. Thankfully with SIM only contracts it is possible to get better value for money than what is offered on either pay as you go or a pay monthly mobile phone tariffs.
Most people know that mobile phone contracts offer better value for money than Pay as you Go but when it comes to choosing a mobile phone on contract there is so much to take into account. Contract length, quantities of minutes, text, data, the monthly cost, upfront cost, the specific handset value as well as any extras that get thrown in to sweeten the deal all make choosing the right contract a mine field.
The truth of the matter is that many of us make an ill-informed decision when buying handsets because we don’t actually know how much we are being charged for the handset and how much we are paying for the service provided by the network. This vagueness is a deliberate ploy by mobile phone networks.
Contrary to common belief, you never get a mobile phone free with a mobile phone contract because you actually always pay for the device within your monthly payment over the duration of your contract. The actual price of a handset purchased with a contract is rarely a very competitive one. If you shopped round for the same phone on Amazon or Clove, you might be able to get it a lot cheaper. With this in mind it makes more sense to buy your phone outright.
It can be very difficult to distinguish what portion of your monthly payment corresponds to the handset cost versus your contracted mobile usage allowance. Just to give you an idea, let’s take a look at one example. Below you will see a comparison chart which pits Vodafone’s best selling Samsung Galaxy S3 against the same networks equivalent SIM only deal.
|Galaxy S3||Unlimited||Unlimited||2 GB||12 Months||£52 p/m +
£59 up front
|SIM Only||Unlimited||Unlimited||2 GB + 750MB BT Open Zone||12 Months||£26 p/m|
Over £12 months you would pay £371 for you’re the galaxy S3. If you shopped around for the galaxy s3 you could buy it outright for just £310. This is a saving of £61. The figure of £310 was quoted from a retailer on Google shopping.
Independent retailers such as Clove provide unlocked handsets as standard. Unlocking is a service that networks charge an additional £15 fee for. So not only can you save money shopping around for the best price handset, but since if its unlocked it means you have the freedom to change network provider more easily and without any added expense.
For maximum monetary benefit, mobile phones and mobile phone service contracts should always be purchased separately because it gives you, as a customer, the power to shop around separately for each component resulting in more bang for your buck and more freedom to change network or handset.
SIM only offers you a way of having the contract that is perfect for your needs coupled with your choice of mobile network providers – no strings attached. With 30 day rolling SIM only contracts you are free to change your mind about your provider or change your tariff, all with just 30 days notice.
Getting a great value SIM only deal couldn’t be easier. Just as with buying a handset, the key is to shop around for the best deal. However, shopping around for a SIM only contract couldn’t be easier. With dedicated SIM card comparison sites such as Comparisim. You need only visit a single website to compare all UK SIM only deals across all major network providers. Simply input your requirements into their comparison engine and in seconds you get a shortlist of all deals matching your criteria.
To sum things up, always buy your contract separately to your phone. Shop around for both and make it easy on your self and always use comparison sites to find SIM only contract deals. If you find yourself over spending on your SIM only contract you can simply upgrade or downgrade your deal. If you find a better deal on an alternative network and you are on a 30 rolling SIM only deal then consider switching networks or changing over to a 12 month deal on the same network as they typically offer better value. Always buy unlocked phones to make changing easier as network representatives can sometimes put up resistance when you ask them to unlock your phone, especially if they think you are leaving.
This is post comes courtesy of Fion McCormack, a mobile news technology writer. Based in the UK, Fion has a strong background in telecommunications. He has worked closely with some of the UK’s biggest mobile telecoms networks and has written for a wide variety of tech news sites. If you found this article of interest join Fion McCormack on Google plus.