When buying a mobile phone, there are many things that you should consider. This article details our top five tips for buying mobile phones in the U.K.
Pick your company
Before choosing a phone, if you're not already tied into mobile plans, you will need to select a carrier. O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile are the major nationwide wireless providers.
However, you can purchase a plan through smaller companies as well. Service offerings vary from region to region, so you should know what's available. These can be found out by visiting the phone company shops that can be found in all High-Street by visiting phone retailers such as Phones4you and the Carphone Warehouse.
Check your location
Coverage should be one of the most important factors in picking a carrier. After all, there's no point in having a mobile phone if you have no reception. If you have ever owned a mobile phone, you know how geographically sensitive mobile phones can be.
Step an inch to the left and your reception suddenly cuts out. When doing your research, your best bet will be to ask everyone around you how their service ranks and, again, ask in phone shops about their local coverage.
All carriers have several calling plans usually broken down by minutes used per month.
Look at old phone bills to see how many minutes you average and then choose your plan accordingly.
Take note of your calling patterns and when peak and off-peak hours begin. Also, you should ensure that you get the best phone tariffs to suit your specific needs.
Test the phones
If you are going to buy a phone online, go to your phone provider's store and check out the unit in person. Do you like the way it feels in your hand? Are the screen and buttons big enough? Is it too heavy? You do not want to buy a phone without testing it and then realise that you do not like. This will be a waste of time and money.
Phones for kids
If you are buying a phone for your child, which many people do these days, you may want to consider one with restricted features. Alternatively, you can ask your provider if there is a way to limit certain features or apply parental controls.