Contract vs. Non Contract Phones
If you’re considering purchasing a phone, then you have to choose whether you want to purchase a phone with a contract, or without a contract. While both types of phones have their merits, you will have to make a decision based on how much money you have, how much you are willing to invest in the phone long-term, and how you intend to use the phone. Remember that making a phone purchase is a big decision, especially if you end up having to pay for a 2-3 year contract, so you should try to choose as wisely as possible. Here are a few of the things to take into consideration before you purchase a phone.
Contract Phones Are Cheaper At First
If you’re on a budget, a contract phone will be cheaper to purchase. Contract phones are the most commonly available phones to purchase because they are the most convenient, and they make the telephone companies the most money because you sign on for a long period of time. Usually you can purchase an older model of a popular smartphone for almost free with a 2 year contract. However; you should pay attention to the amount you will be charged each month, because an expensive monthly contract can be hard to pay if you usually spend most of your money on bills or etc. Make sure that you can afford the contract each month, and then purchase accordingly. You can normally expect to see a contract phone as much as 75-99% of normal retail price when you purchase it with a contract.
Non Contract Phones Won’t Tie You to a Monthly Bill
If you’re afraid of purchasing a phone and having to pay an expensive monthly bill, then you should consider a non-contract phone. While this won’t eliminate you having to pay for your phone, you can choose a contract with a much lower monthly fee. For example, a 2 year contract with a phone at 75% off might come with a contract that can cost as much as 90 pounds per month! By saving up 400 quid and purchasing a phone outright, you can get a contract that offers less minutes for 10 to 20 quid per month. This lower contract can be a lot more affordable over time. However; if you’re going to use the minutes offered with the expensive contract anyway, the contract phone is still the best way to go.
Consider your Options and Then Made a Decision
The best thing to do is to consider your options first. Decide what type of phone you would like, consider what you will be using it for, and how many minutes you require on a monthly basis. From there, you can decide whether or not you want a contract phone.
I would recommend that you make up a budget plan of how much you can afford to spend on your phone each month, and then compare it to your contract phone options for the model you want. If you don’t find anything in your price range, you might be better off purchasing a no-contract phone.
Whichever you choose, contract or no contract, make sure that you get a phone that suits your needs and your budget. You won’t be happy with a no-contract phone if you get so few minutes per month that you end up running out. Likewise, you won’t be happy with your contract phone if you have to pay for a lot more minutes than you need for two years. Choose wisely and do your research before you make the purchase.
Another great option is sim free mobile phones. These phones come without a lock, so you can use them with any telephone company!