How To Save Money On Your Mobile

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Looking to buy a new mobile phone? Coming to the end of your contract? Take a few minutes to see if you should stay or switch to reduce the cost of your upgrade and phone bills. Plus, find out about hidden costs, whether you should insure your mobile phone, and the help available if you miss a payment. 

Looking for a new mobile phone?

Getting a new phone can be expensive – especially if you want the latest model. But there are a few things you can do to keep your costs low:

  • Do your research. Is it cheaper to buy the phone you want outright or as part of a contract? Use comparison sites to shop around and help you find the best deal.
  • Only pay for what you need. Don’t use much data? Then don’t sign up to an expensive unlimited data plan. Match your deal to your needs.
  • Haggle with your current supplier. If your contract is ending, they’ll want to keep you and might offer you some cheap deals.
  • Happy with your current phone? Then stick with it. A Sim-only deal is much cheaper than a contract that comes with a phone.

For more tips on cutting the cost of your mobile, visit MoneySavingExpert.

Check you’re on the right deal

There are two main things you need to do to make sure you’re on the best mobile phone deal:

  1. Check you’re not paying for calls, texts and data you’re not using, or regularly going over your allowance and getting expensive bills.
  2. Shop around using different comparison sites. It’s always a good idea to use more than one comparison site to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Mobile phone contract ending – should you stay or switch?

When your contract is ending, your current supplier will usually try hard to keep you. Your first step is to give your network operator a call.

Ask about the best package they can offer you, and then follow up by asking about your typical usage (minutes/texts/data downloads).

Getting this information will:

  • help you compare deals on price comparison sites
  • warn your supplier that you might switch – which will almost certainly get you transferred to the retention department. Their job is to convince you to stay, and they’ll usually offer deals and discounts you wouldn’t see otherwise.

If you’re offered a good deal, you might want to stay where you are. But before you do, see what else you can get, based on your current usage.

Pay-as-you-go or pay monthly?

With mobile phones you either pay for exactly what you use in minutes, texts and data –pay-as-you-go. Or you get a set fee that includes a range of services – pay monthly.

The best option for you depends on how much you use your phone and what you use it for.

On a pay-as-you-go tariff, you pay for every call, text or chunk of data you use. If you rarely use your phone, this is probably the cheaper option.

However, if you use your phone more regularly, it might work out cheaper to pay a monthly fee, which includes a certain number of call minutes, texts and data.

Should you insure your phone?

Whether you should insure your phone generally comes down to three things:

  • The value of your phone – if you own it outright.
  • The contract repayments if you have a mobile contract
  • The inconvenience of replacing a lost or damaged phone.

If you do decide to take insurance out, be aware that:

  • mobile phone insurance doesn’t have to be taken out with your phone provider – many third party insurers can provide cheaper protection
  • cover can sometimes be provided with your bank account, so check before you buy.

Make sure you check exactly what your phone is covered for before signing up.

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