In today’s well connected world, our mobile plans can feature as a regular expense. Most of us are willing to pay a small fee on a regular basis for the privilege of being able to stay in touch with our loved ones wherever we go.
The trouble is that it’s easy for our phone bills to get out of hand if we’re not careful. With so much on offer on the market, it can be hard to whittle our bills down.
Here, we take a look at a few things we can do to bag a bargain when it comes to choosing our mobile plan.
Wait for a deal
Prices fluctuate in the mobile market as much as they do anywhere else. With savings to be made and deals to be snapped up, there’s no sense in being impatient when the time comes to shop for a new plan.
As well as reduction to the price tag, you can expect to find added bonuses to your plan. One such bonus is the double points offer run by Sainsbury’s on their mobile plans. This is part of their winter deal which will upgrade customers from a £10 bundle to a £20 bundle free of charge.
Their double nectar points offer can also help families save as much as £180 – something which the Mobile by Sainsbury’s infographic has discovered is enough to buy a whopping 200 loaves of bread … talk about knowing what side your bread is buttered on!
This is far from the only mobile phone deal on the market though so researching all available options is highly recommended. This article – Christmas 2013: Best Pay As You Go Mobile Phone Offers – might be worth a read if you’re looking for more advice and ideas.
Track your usage
The key to spending as little as possible lies in knowing the amount that you need. It could be worth using your phone freely for a few months and then tracking your usage to see what you rack up.
When you have an idea of the minutes, texts and data which you require, you’ll be well placed to seek a deal which offers you exactly that amount. Tracking extra charges and use should be simple using internet banking. According the BBC, an increasing number of people are already using their phones to check their accounts and this means that this is a change you’ll find easy to make when turning your attention to your mobiles.
Compromise on your handset
The price you pay for a mobile plan can vary astronomically, depending on what you include with the purchase. One of the factors which has the largest sway on the price is the handset which you choose to include in your deal and it may be worth compromising here.
The difference between entry level handsets and those on the cutting edge is considerable – both in terms of spec and price. While there’s no sense in depriving yourself of features which you’d use on a regular basis, it’s true to say that few of us need to be on the cutting edge or own a top-of-the –range flagship model.
Consider sacrificing a few of the latest features and you could well see yourself making a dramatic saving on the price you pay each month for a phone. Ask yourself whether you’d use the features being advertised and consider whether they’re worth the increase in price.
If the answer is no, look at a cheaper, lower grade model or consider opting for refurbished units which are often cheaper to buy. Make sure you check what warranty you get with these though as they may differ from that of a brand new handset.
In assoication with Sainsburys