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Where to start when choosing a new mobile contract

Choosing a new mobile contract can be an incredibly difficult thing to do at the moment, as there are so many new and exciting handsets available as well as great value mobile phone contracts deals on EE and other networks. How on earth do you sort through all the handsets, tariffs, contracts, bundles and special offers to find the right phone for you, at the right price? Where do you even start?

 

There are a couple of places you can potentially start in your search for a new phone contract. The first is with a handset. If you have your heart set on a particular handset, such as the new iPhone 5c for example, all you really need to do is to compare contract prices on different networks for the model you want.

 

However, you might also need help with choosing the right kind of contract for you. Once you know whether you’d prefer a SIM-only, Pay As You Go or Pay Monthly contract, you can narrow down your options for the handset you want. Here is a quick guide to each of these different types of contract:

 

  • Pay As You Go (PAYG) – this contract is pretty self-explanatory, as it allows you to top up your phone with credit, or with data in the case of a smartphone or tablet, as and when you need it. PAYG tariffs are best for light users who don’t spend more than about £15 a month.

 

  • SIM-Only – these plans are designed for people who already own the handset they want and simply need a heavy-duty bundle of calls, texts and minutes, contained within a SIM card, to pop into their phone. However, if you want to go for a 4G SIM only plan on EE or another network, you may need to buy a new, compatible handset.

 

  • Pay Monthly – if you need a new handset and want a rather pricey model, and want the convenience of paying a fixed amount per month for all the calls, texts and data you use, a pay monthly contract is the one for you.

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