Contract Phones: Make a Choice

By: Jacob Marshal

The whole UK mobile market revolves around the contract phones and mobile phone deals. Every new handset released in UK comes with a contract deal. You can sign a contract with all the major service providers in UK for a period of 12 to 18 months. Half yearly deals too are easily available. Before we pursue it further, let's first define what a contract phone or a mobile phone deal means.

A mobile phone contract is an agreement between a service provider and the buyer. It is a legal contract and you can be penalised for breaking it. The penalty might range from $150 to $600. For the duration for which you sign the contract, you remain tied to that particular service provider. Such contracts offer a lot of plans to the user and one can choose the one that suits his budget and requirement.

A customer loyalty discount is given to the customers if a new phone is to be bought in the contract period. This in fact extends the whole contract period. Reading the terms and conditions of the whole contract carefully is essential. One important clause that appears in most cases is that if you are not satisfied with the services provided by your service provider, the contract can be terminated if someone else is willing to step in for the remaining time period. Such transfers are carried on by the service provider. In cases such as these, the handset is usually supplied to the buyer for free as an incentive.

In contrast to the contract phones, the pre-paid or sim free deals require no such commitment from the side of the customer. The freedom to choose his own network is one incentive that makes these deals quite popular amongst the youngsters and the globe trotters. Nevertheless, contract phones have their own charm. The call rates are cheaper in a contract deal and the special discounts and gifts are offered in abundance. This is what has made contract deals the most preferred option for the mobile buyers.

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