A mobile phone is regarded as an essential device these days. Almost everyone has one, and there are plenty of people out there who have more than one. The world is a vastly changed place from even five years ago, and in terms of telecommunications, we’ve come on in leaps and bounds. To most people this is a good thing, but of course, progress of this kind almost always comes with a monetary cost. The very notion of buying a new phone, often for figures in excess of £500 is out of the question for many people, but of course this is the kind of figure that is attached to high end devices which are desired by many. The options available to people who don’t have that sort of financial clout straight off the bat are not always that good either. A huge proportion of the people who own the best phones on the market tend to take out high cost contracts which can be repaid over the course of two years, which of course reduces the initial payment, but when you start to analyse the cost of such a contract, we have to question the sense in opting for this sort of contract.
High Cost Mobiles
If you are looking at purchasing a top mobile phone, along with a contract that gives you a good number of minutes, texts and the all important mobile data, the likelihood is that you are going to be paying around £35 per month for two years, which equates roughly to £840 for the duration. Add on to this the inevitable expenditure on things like apps, calls that don’t fall within your allowance and other things like picture messaging, and there’s every chance that you end up paying around £1000 for the privilege. When viewed in this light, it’s not so appealing!
Good Value SIM Only Deals
Of course, it’s hard to find a solution, but for a growing number of people, the answer is very often a SIM only deal. The basis of this is to purchase a phone outright, and buy a contract that only applies to the SIM card that you insert into your mobile device. The advantages in doing something like this are many and varied. First of all, there is the benefit of being able to carefully choose the phone which is right for you, not just in terms of its capabilities, but also in terms of the sort of money you have available to spend. Put simply, this sort of purchase helps you to regulate your spending, and if you can only afford a mid range phone, then at least you are not spending money that you don’t really have. Secondly, it allows you to choose a data plan that is both right for you, and generally speaking, better value.
Flexibility for All Users
This will of course depend on the way you use your phone. If you prefer to spend your time with your phone using it for the internet and wireless conversations, then going for an unlimited web browsing SIM card may be the right option for you. You should find that between £10 and £15 for a rolling 30 day contract, you should be able to find a deal that offers a good number of minutes and texts, along with unlimited data allowance, of course subject to that particular carrier’s general terms and conditions. If your use centres much more closely on calls and text messages, and you don’t have much of a need for internet browsing, then you should be able to find a contract for between £5 and £10 that gives you the minutes you need. These prices are of course a far cry from what you would normally be expected to pay for a 24 month contract with an expensive phone.
Best of Both Worlds
Naturally there will be people out there who want a phone that is high spec as well as offering a high data allowance along with significant call time. It’s easy to assume under these circumstances that a long term contract is going to be the best option, but it is very rarely the case. Even spending £500 on a phone at the outset, and following a 30 rolling contract situation with a SIM only phone for a two year period, you can very often get what you need for around £860, factoring for a £15 per month SIM only contract, which should provide you with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile data. Even if you factor in spending £550 or thereabouts on an iPhone, you are still looking at an overall cost of around £910 for two years use, which is certainly significantly cheaper than an equivalent deal for an iPhone along with unlimited everything. SIM only deals are fantastic for those people looking to find the best deal, and who are looking for the flexibility we should be able to expect in this advanced age of the mobile phone!
Laura Ginn is a tech blogger with a real eye for mobile phone deals that don’t hit the wallet too hard.