Why Mobile Phone Contracts are a Really Great Idea

By: Mark Hirst

When people choose a mobile phone, they must decide between purchasing a contract or a pay as you go deal. There are advantages to both and this article will attempt to analyse the varying reasons for adopting both.

The first thing to determine is the frequency that you use your mobile phone. Do you mainly receive calls and texts rather than send them? If so then a pay as you go mobile phone would be the most suitable choice. Pay as you go mobile phones allow the user to prepay for calling credit, often at a more expensive rate than contract users. If you decide to go for a pay as you go mobile phone you will also need to purchase a mobile phone. The price for this can range from between ?25 and ?300.

If you make a lot of calls, you should try and determine when you use your mobile phone the most. Operators such as Orange, Vodafone and Tmobile have peak and off peak calling times. If you call during peak times, usually between 8am and 6pm, then you will be charged a higher rate for calls. There is no peak and off peak charging for text messages.

As you would expect there are contracts to suit peak and off peak users. People who use their mobile phone during peak times should look to take out a mobile phone tariff with all inclusive minutes. This means that you will be given a certain number of minutes to use per month and you can use these minutes at any time.

If you use your phone in the evenings you are best choosing an off peak deal. These are less popular today, but most operators still offer a handful of deals. You will find that you can get a lot more inclusive deals on an off peak deal for a lot less money per month.

Depending on the price of your monthly contract, you will receive a free handset. The more expensive your contract is, the better the handset you will receive for free. Of course you can use your existing mobile phone and just take out a contract and this will usually mean that you do not have to sign up for a 12 month period. This provides you with much more flexibility and means that you can change your deal as often as you would like, although it could be more hassle than it's worth.

When choosing a mobile phone contract it's best to shop around and compare deals as much as possible. With so many deals out there, you are bound to find a deal that is right for you.

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