Mobile Plan Comparison
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How should I compare mobile plans?
When you’re shopping for a new contract or deal on a mobile phone, it can be hard to work out exactly what suits you best. What phone do I even want? What network should I be on? Do I want a lot of data? Do I want pay as you go, or is a contract better? Maybe I need a good camera? We’re here help make this decision process a lot easier. When looking at different phone deals, a good start is to compare them on the following points:
- Cost. This is perhaps the most important aspect of comparison when deciding on a new mobile plan. It is important to make sure you’re getting the most for your money in terms of plan inclusion. It is also important be strategic in your choice, you may be able to save yourself some money by buying a phone outright and buying a separate SIM only plan.
- Data allowance. Different mobile deals come with different levels of data, and with the rise of “unlimited” call/texts packages, this is a key differentiator. If you spend a lot of time on Facebook or watching YouTube videos, go for a plan with plenty of data, but also make sure you can easily buy data top-ups.
- Network coverage. You can purchase your mobile plan from a large number of providers, but many of them are running off the same networks. For example, giffgaff uses the O2 network. It is worth checking both coverage and expected speeds for your carrier, as not every provider has access to the full 4G network of its parent provider.
- International coverage. Most postpaid plans will allow you to use your phone overseas, but the global roaming fees they charge can vary quite widely. If you travel regularly, check if you can buy international calls/texts/data packs for usage to avoid serious roaming bill shock. Because every postpaid plan simply accrues values based on your usage, the last thing you want to do is be faced with a hefty bill when you return from your overseas travel.
- Additional extras. Many plans come with additional inclusions to tempt you, such exclusive offers on events. Depending on your usage these may present great additional value, or alternatively be of little consequence in your overall buying decision.
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