Is your mobile phone contract coming to an end? When it comes to upgrading your phone, it’s not always easy to know what to go for and whether you’re getting the best deal – especially with so many different models and special offers available.
To help you get the best deals from your phone provider, we’ve put together a few handy hints and tips to guide you through – including a few questions you should ask yourself before you commit to anything. Let’s take a closer look.
Think about what you actually need
“Having an idea of the phone you want to upgrade to will make the process much easier” – Carolanne Johnson, A Literary Cocktail
Just like anything, it pays to be prepared – so research is the place to start. Don’t dive into an upgraded contract without looking into what phones are on the market, and take the time to compare specifications.
First, you’ll want to ask yourself questions like Android or iOS? Do I need a top-quality camera? Or is the size of the screen more important to me? Having a firm idea of what you want before you talk to your provider will give you the edge when it comes to finding a great deal.
Set a realistic budget
“It’s easy to be persuaded into a higher priced contract with the lure of a shiny new toy or freebie, but always make sure you stick to your budget.” – Laura, Waffle Mama
Phone contracts can cost an arm and a leg nowadays – especially if you want the latest release. When you upgrade to a new phone, you’ll be signing up to a new contract with the provider (unless you pay outright for the phone, that is). And that means you’ll have to pay the agreed amount for the full duration of the contract, which is usually 24 months.
With this in mind, you need to think about what you can afford – it’s a commitment, and if you miss any payments it can have a negative impact on your credit score.
Time it right
“Make sure you are able to buy and use your new phone around the same time as your old phone contract ends.” – Heather Nixon, Of Beauty & Nothingness
You don’t want to be left out of pocket when you upgrade, so getting the timing right is key. Make sure you don’t end up paying for two phone contracts by checking the end date of your current contract and the start date of your new one before you make any commitments.
If you really want to leave before the end of your current contract, it’s always worth checking to see if there are any penalties (and how much they are) before agreeing to cancel.
Don’t be a yes person
“Don’t be pressurized into saying yes to the first upgrade you’re offered…” – Talya, Motherhood The Real Deal
When it comes to making a decision, you need to make the right choice for you. Don’t just assume you’ve been offered a great upgrade – just like before, it’s well worth doing your research. Take the time to compare it against other options to ensure you’re happy with what you’ve been presented – and if you’re not, you’ll have the information you need to try and get more for your money.
Call your current provider
In today’s competitive market, customer retention is really important to providers. It’s no secret that there are lots of upgrade deals out there, but it really can pay to stick with your current provider. The best way to see what they can do for you is to pick up the phone, give them a call and haggle – you might be surprised what you can get for your money. As they say, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
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