Over the last week we have brought you comparison tables on four of the most popular handsets on the market, and showed you that buying your phone outright and popping in a giffgaff sim could save you loads of cash in the long run.
Here is our guide to getting a phone that is right for you:
1) What is your budget?
We have some great guides on the blog and if you have a budget in mind for your handset check out the below
There are some fantastic deals out there but before you buy consider Martin Lewis’ of Money Saving Expert’s mantra’s. If you are skint, ask Do I need it? Can I afford it? And if you can afford it, ask Will I use it? Can I afford it? If the answer is no to either of these, then don’t buy it.
2) What should I consider?
Technology at times can be baffling; do you really need 3 extra megapixels in your camera? And why does it matter what platform my phone operates on – providing it works on platform at the station whilst I’m waiting for my train. We’ve trawled the web and if you are not into technology this guide from PC World may help you out.
3) Contract or PAYG
If you can afford to buy a phone outright then there is no contest – you should do exactly that – it will save you £££’s. We’ve compared some of the most popular handsets out there at the moment:
Outside of the obvious eBay and Amazon, there are loads of great places to find a deal on the mobile handset you want.
Google it – Search for the handset that you want and google shopping will trawl the web for various sellers and cost’s.
Check mobile specific retailers – The likes of prepaymania or mobiles.co.uk can often offer you a more competitive deal than mobile networks themselves
Compare, compare, compare – there are plenty of comparison sites out there and it’s worth checking a few dependent upon the handset that you would like – a few of our favourites are U Switch and Recombu.
Check for extra discounts – Is there a vouchercode or cashback available? Before you buy check out Quidco.com or MyVoucherCodes. They may offer an additional saving for the product that you want, and there may be a different retailer offering a bigger discount.
5) How to unlock a handset
If you’re looking to unlock your phone, there are a number of options open to you, different phones require different unlocking methods, some have free unlock methods, some don’t. Visit Unlockapedia to find the best way to unlock your phone. All you need to do is select the make and model of your handset, and you will be taken to a page that lists the various unlocking options open to you.