Get the Best Deal on a Mobile Phone

By: Ian Ball

The market for mobiles phones is tight and shrinking. As more consumers are signing contracts for mobile phone service, the companies offering that service have fewer potential customers. This means that the savvy consumer can easily seek out and secure a terrific deal on a mobile phone.

Evaluate Your Needs
The first step in finding a great deal on a mobile phone is to determine what you need from that phone. Are you making basic calls and maybe taking the occasional picture? Will your mobile phone need to replace your office while on the road? How important are features such as music and videos?

Once you have a rough idea of how you will use your mobile phone, you are ready to determine how much and when you'll use it. Most mobile phone contracts offer unlimited night and weekend minutes, but if you are using your mobile phone primarily for business purposes, you'll need plenty of daytime minutes which can be more expensive.

Texting and sending photos often require minutes apart from those designated for voice call. Wireless internet, music and videos require a separate fee. Before you can begin research and negotiations, you must first identify what services are most important and how many voice minutes, text minutes and additional services you need.

Discuss the Possibilities
Once you know what you are shopping for, start your mobile phone search online. Often online retailers will offer the lowest prices for contracts and phones as they have less overhead and better access to special offers. Read reviews on particular phones and see what deals are being offered. Then, if you'd like, take your new knowledge to mobile phone retailers to see various phones in person.

While you are there, talk to a knowledgeable sales representative about contract terms and offers. Find out what, if any, terms are flexible in the contract and lean on the sales person to dig deep. Sales people are accountable for the number of sign-ups they make, so many are willing to make you a special offer or add a few extra features to a contract or phone to secure your business.

Repeat this procedure as many times as you'd like with other companies. Use your online knowledge as a basis of comparison and then set competing companies against each other.

Take Action
When you have a few good deals to consider including the ones you found online, check your offers against your original criteria. Choose the plan that best meets your needs and has enough savings or goodies to satisfy your need for a great deal.

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