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Thursday, 7 July 2016

LIFE LESSONS | Buying a new phone

These days, buying a new phone or contract is easier than ever.

We have more choice, a lot more help (in terms of comparison websites, tons of Mobile Networks, advice from friends etc) and, as a generation, are generally very tech savvy anyway.

But sometimes too much choice can also make the decision a lot harder, also, especially when you're faced with so many good deals offering you freebies and the chance to save money.

I recently upgraded my phone and here's a quick look about what I kept in mind to keep me happy.

I'm glad I took these steps, as a few years prior when it had come to upgrading my phone, I kind of just gave in to the best/easiest looking deal and ended up unhappy throughout my contract.

I know that at the end of the day, a contract is just a contract, and if you're on a simple and affordable pay as you go sim, this probably doesn't apply to you. But when you're committing yourself to a contact for a minimum of two years and paying, usually, at least £20+ a month towards it, it all adds up and it's no use paying that much for a contract you're unhappy with.

Here's what I kept in mind when it was time for my upgrade.

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KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
It's very easy to feel pressured into a contract when you're not sure what you want and I have definitely been victim to this before. This time around, I took time to think about what I did and didn't like about my current contract, and quickly discovered that I was often paying extra each month as I kept going over my data allowance. Oh the woe's of being a blogger. Data allowance is important to me, as I like to keep in touch with social media when on the go and especially need data to listen to music on Spotify on my way to and from work. In the end, I decided to pay extra to go for a contact that allowed a lot more data, and this has actually worked out cheaper for me in the long run. 

Because it's a set amount, I never go over and my bill is the same every month. Although my last contract was supposed to be billed cheaper, I was actually paying more than what I am now. It's also useful to take some time to understand how much data you're using and where. There are a lot of apps that track this for you and it's so helpful if you find it hard to understand the measures of data like I do.

The EE app includes this and I find it really useful to see how much data I have left throughout the month, meaning I now no longer go over.

DO YOUR RESEARCH
Mobile comparison sites come in super handy when it comes to comparing different deals as everything is there right in front of you. Offerings from UK Networks such as Orange, o2, Talk Talk and more are readily to see on one screen, without having to flick through different tabs and the like. Once you have a deal in mind, search it individually to get ALL information, read through the terms and conditions and perhaps even google what that particular network's coverage is like in your area. Boring - but necessary. There's no point forking out for data with a mobile network, only to find out you can never actually connect once your phone does arrive.

THINK ABOUT MOBILE PHONE INSURANCE
For the first time ever, with my newest phone, I purchased mobile phone insurance because I had dropped and paid out for my phone far too many times to count in the past - and I bet the case is the same with you, too. I wouldn't recommend going through the retailer as often elsewhere can be cheaper, but it can't hurt to barter if, for example, you're buying your deal over the phone. The retailer may well offer you a deal but overall, phone insurance doesn't gave to be expensive. Yes, it's a very boring adult thing to do, but you'll be kicking yourself everytime you drop your phone if you don't get it. 


Speaking of which....

DO BARTER
If you see a deal cheaper elsewhere, most definitely say so to your current provider. Often they'll do nearly anything to get you to renew with them again, and can sometimes drop the price. I learned this from my nan who barters for EVERYTHING and my dad who once taught me how to barter at a car bootsale (I got £2 off a top. Go me!)

CASHBACK WEBSITES
Finally, when you've made your decision, STOP. Instead copy your link, close the window and log onto a cashback website to search for the retailer and then, find your deal again (or copy and paste the link into that window) and then purchase your contract and/or phone. This is such a good idea and can save you money or result in you getting cash back, depending on what way you look at it. Previous contracts have given me £15 back from an £80 contract. It might not seem like much, but it all adds up. Quidco is a great one to use.


All in all, these are just a few tips to keep in mind when the time comes for that upgrade. Have I forgotten anything? Let me know.

*Please note, although this is a sponsored post, all opinions and thoughts are entirely my own.

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11 comments:

  1. Mobile phone insurance is 100% worth it - I've been hit by a hefty bill replacing my iPhone without it :-O

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  2. Great tips. I need to be more detailed in buying a phone that wrks for me and my life! So great that you wrote this!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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  3. These are all essential points. With how easy you can purchase a phone now, there are also lots of things to consider before finally you click that buy button. I will be getting a new phone next week so this is a timely post.

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  4. This is a really good post. It can be hard to pick the right phone these days, i personally love my i phone x

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  5. Ive never had phone insurance and luckily never broken a phone *yet* x

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  6. I only just recently bought my very first phone. It was really hard to decide as there is just so much out there on offer! I wish I'd read this post first!

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  7. It's so important to do your research and be sure you know the phone and the model you want. Otherwise it's really easy to be fobbed off with a cheaper deal but a handset you really don't want.

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  8. I hadn't even thought about using cash back sites for phones. I think I need to use cash back sites more.

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  9. I leave all this to my husband, as I get easily pressured in to buying things that I don't actually need.

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  10. So who did you go with in the end for your Upgrade?

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  11. I'm still on my iPhone 4 as it is so robust, I think if I change it the toddler will end up breaking it x

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