Mobile Phones: When to Switch

By: Nick Cox

If you are growing tired of receiving expensive monthly bills from your network then it could be time for a change.

The fierce competition between networks means that there's no shortage of great deals to choose from. If you are already on a contract and you are looking to save money, then it's a good idea to be constantly on the lookout for a better deal that can help drive down costs.

Lowering your monthly payments is not the only attraction to changing providers. Signing up for a new contract also means that you can get a new handset or one at a reduced rate.

Before searching for a new mobile phone deal the first thing you should do is jot down exactly what your needs are. Examples of things to consider include:

&bullHow often you make calls?
&bullWhat times do you make the calls?
&bullHow many text messages do you send each month?
&bullWhich networks do the majority of your friends and business associates use?
&bullAre you making the most of your inclusive free minutes and text allowance?
&bullPay as you go mobile phones sometimes work out to be more expensive if used frequently. If this is the case for you, then switching to a contract could save you money.
&bullDo you need a new handset that incorporates the latest technologies?

If you are switching to a new mobile phones provider in the middle of your 12 month contract, then you will more than likely be charged for terminating your contract early. If you are nearing the end of your 12 month contract then you can advise them that you wish to cancel on the eleventh month.

When you move to a different provider it's possible to keep your original number. So long as you inform your original provider of your intentions while your phone is still active then this should be possible.

They will normally provide you with a code, normally referred to as a PAC (Porting Authorisation Code). This code is then passed on to your new mobile phones provider. Porting numbers normally takes about a week to complete. Check beforehand to see if your current provider charges for releasing numbers from their network.

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