Choosing the Best Contract Phones

by : David Webster

What should you think about when you're looking for a new mobile phone? Are the styles, colors, battery life, features, and designs important to you? Do you check the price tag closely to find out if you're spending too much on a mobile phone? If you need a little help selecting the right kind of contract phonesand mobile phone contract for your lifestyle, then here are some tips to help you.

First, you need to determine why you want to get a mobile phone in the first place. Do you want a phone for sending messages and making calls only? Are you looking for a mobile phone that can entertain you with music, movies, and more? How about a phone that works just like a personal digital assistant (PDA), is that what you need? There are tons of sites that offer you reviews and specs for each mobile phone available. You may even find out if a certain phone is popular, a best seller, or on sale. Once you've got a narrowed down list of possible choices for mobile phones, you now have to think about the contract you're going to get.

Mobile phone contracts provide you with various minutes of free calls or free text messages per month. The biggest mobile providers in the UK, which are Orange, O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile offer different price ranges for the contracts they make available for their clients. To choose a contract, ask yourself about your level of mobile phone usage. Do you just want an easier time sending text messages? Or are you more after a plan that has a lot of minutes for local and international phone calls? From the Orange website at, they conveniently listed down their pay monthly plans depending on how many free text messages you can send per month, or how many free call minutes you can use up. You may also select a plan that allows access to 3G or internet connection services.

The Orange network categorizes their plans using animal names, such as Panther, Raccoon, and Canary. You also have only the hottest mobile phone models to choose from, coming from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson, to name a few. Depending on the contract you select, you can get the mobile phone for a lower price, paying for it within 12 to 18 months, or you can even get it for free. For parents, they also have options for getting great deals on phone contracts for their teenagers, through Orange's student plan. From the student pay monthly plans, there are also free mobile phones if you choose a contract that allows more than 200 minutes per month.