Mobile phone tariffs
A guide to mobile phone tariffs
Mobile phones are convenient and handy, but can also be very expensive if you do not choose the service package that best suits your needs. As there are so many packages to choose from, navigating these offers can be mind-boggling. However, spending a little time thinking how you will use your mobile phone and what services you require can save a lot of money in the long run.
How will I use my phone?
Before looking at any offers from mobile phone service providers, sit down and think about how you will be using your handset. This will also determine the type of mobile you buy. For example, if you only want to make phone calls, then you do not necessarily need a smart phone for surfing the internet, checking email and playing online games
If you do decide to opt for a smart phone, you will also need service package that will allow to you to download data. However, data packages come in different sizes and amounts, meaning there’s another thing to think about. For example, if you only want to check your email or surf the internet once in a while, you will not require a package that allows you to download large amounts of data. However, if you want to stream movies or upload many images on Facebook, for example, then you will require a bigger package.
What are the different packages?
In general, mobile phone packages are split into two categories: ‘Pay As You Go’ and contract. Pay As You Go packages do not charge a service fee on a monthly basis, but allow you to simply pay for what they use. This type of package is good if you are not a heavy user of your phone, and they can easily be topped up with phone cards or via the internet. The tariffs for Pay As You Go tend to be slightly higher than those for contracts, so if you are heavy user then a monthly set fee is probably the best bet.
As monthly contracts come in many different forms, you should talk to mobile phone service providers to see which package best suits your needs. To get the package that’s right for you, tell the service provider exactly what you will be using your phone for – calls, texting, emails, tweeting, streaming movies etc. This should help prevent exceeding your data package or monthly usage limit.
Exceeding your contract limit
Nothing makes a mobile phone bill higher than by exceeding your package limits. Because of this, it makes sense to know exactly what your limits are. Many monthly contracts, for example, will allow you to talk for unlimited minutes for a fixed price. If you use your mobile phone a lot to make calls, then this type of package may make sense. Otherwise, you will be charged per phone call and the rates will change depending on the time of use.
If you use internet services on your phone frequently or even stream movies to your handset, it makes sense to get plenty of internet browsing hours or a high data packet contract. The hours system is simple, but data package deals become a little more complex as they are measures in Gigabytes (GB).
If you watch a lot of movies on your phone or upload many photos you will need a very high GB data package. Ask for advice from your mobile phone provider to get the best package for your needs. If you exceed your contract limit, the service provider will begin charging by phone call, by hour or by GB used, which can quickly add up.