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Does Your Mobile Phone Contract Cost Too Much?

Ever found that you are trapped in a seemingly never ending contract, with a provide you just can't get along with? Read this guest post by Ricky and hopefully you won't have this problem again Smiley Face

 If you dread opening your mobile phone bill every month, you are not alone. Too often the mobile customer finds their monthly bills far higher than expected; padded with unexpected charges and overage fees. To make matters worse, they are probably locked into a one to two year contract with their service provider. Mobile phone providers offer such a confusing array of plans and deals, that it can be difficult for the consumer to find the service that both meets their needs and is cost effective.

As with any purchase, it's important to do your homework before you sign on the dotted line. The best way to save on mobile costs is to ensure that you choose a plan that fits your calling pattern. Before you start to shop around for phone service, analyse your mobile phone needs. Are you a talker or a texter? How many anytime minutes do you use in the average month?

Try to avoid buying more minutes than you are likely to use. A recent Consumers Report poll found that two-thirds of the readers they surveyed didn't use the minutes they were paying for each month. If you're a text-a-holic, you may want to opt for a plan with unlimited texting. If you use a mobile phone to surf the net, e-mail or social network, how much data do you need? 
Open QuoteAmong the readers who responded to an informal poll on our Electronics blog, almost two-thirds of those who had a contract plan reported using only about 200 of the average 600 minutes in their plan.Close Quote
Source: Consumer Reports magazine January 2010 edition

Once you've identified your mobile needs, you are ready to research the options available to you. Whether you are choosing pay-as-you-go or contractual services, make sure you read the small print. Check out rate schedules, roaming fees and other potential hidden costs.

A pile of SIM cards - including T-Mobile, Virgin, Vodafone, O2 and Orange SIM cards One of the newest options to cut down on your phone bill is to opt for SIM only deals. Unlike standard fixed long-term mobile phone contracts, SIM only plans offer rolling thirty day contracts which are significantly less expensive and allow you the freedom to switch or cancel your service at any time. Costs are lower because you are only purchasing a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card, the digital brain of a mobile phone, not the handset itself.

The card can be switched from phone to phone. With a SIM only deal, you can get more minutes, more texts and more data for a much smaller monthly investment.

If you have already signed a long-term contract, it may be possible to renegotiate your plan. In these difficult economic times, some providers are willing to allow you to change your service requirements mid-contract. You may be able to lower your monthly bill by contacting the company's customer service representative and asking if there are any changes that can be made to your existing services to reduce costs. Sometimes switching from limited to unlimited texting or minutes can save you money, particularly if you consistently exceed the limit.

So don't be enticed by slick advertising from network providers!

The mobile phone industry is highly competitive and if you are willing to shop around, with a little time and effort, you can find money saving deals along with excellent customer service and reliability.

Posted By: Ricky (Guest Author)
Date posted: 14th March 2011

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