It is a good idea to have an idea of which network you want to use before you have settled on the mobile phone that you want. Even if you get a great smartphone it is no use to you if the deal offered by the provider does not give you what you need. However, if you are after a particular handset it is a good idea to choose a network based on the deals that are on offer for that particular phone.
New Phone Networks
There are a number of fairly new network providers that have entered the marketplace in recent years. As they all claim to have the best deals, you will need to check into what each one is offering.
Find a deal that gives you what you need. For example, if you are a heavy internet user then you need to get one that has a generous or unlimited data allowance. If you send a lot of text messages each month then make sure the deal is top heavy with free texts. It is no good getting a smartphone for internet usage if you do not get a good deal to allow you to access these services.
Go online and find out more about each provider. You can pop into their high street shops and get more information while you are there although you should be warned that the sales assistants are there to push sales so you might feel as though you are being talked into something you do not want. If you haven’t yet made up your mind about what you want be firm with them and you can decide at your leisure.
Check out the network’s coverage. There are some areas of the UK which are not covered by the major networks and you do not want to get a phone that will only work in one room of your house or where you need to walk to high ground to pick up a signal.
Those who need to travel on a regular basis should also make sure that the coverage is good in all the areas that they will visit. A businessman who travels between Manchester and London should not have too much trouble but if his work takes him into the Highlands of Scotland then it could be a different matter.
Consider carefully the terms of the contract before agreeing to it. If you are not sure about it do not sign up for a long deal. Contracts come in a variety of lengths but most people will be on a 12, 18 or 24 month contract.
A 24 month contract is a long contract for those who are unsure and you do not want to be trapped in a contract that is not working. Remember you cannot simply cancel as the network will still expect you to pay for the remainder of the contract and this could prove to be very costly.
Find out what the penalties are for cancelling a contract and if you have any doubts, take a shorter length contract instead.