It’s almost impossible to imagine a time when we didn’t have mobile phones. Yet it was less than twenty years ago that the real mobile explosion happened. Anyone over the age of about twenty was born and probably grew up in a time when not everyone had a phone, when they were still considered a luxury. How times have changed.
These days, the vast majority of the global adult population have at least one mobile phone. That’s because living without a mobile phone is a terrible idea. Not just in terms of communication but because of all the other incredible things they can do. Smartphone apps can help you find your way, purchase items online and even help you find your car keys. Without sounding like too much of a cliche, whatever you want to do, there’s an app for it.
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However, with millions of phones available and just as many providers and types of contract, it can be tough just locating a good deal…..never mind securing one. With different packages aimed at different people, free gifts designed to entice you in and some incredible handsets on offer, choosing the right deal for you isn’t as easy as it looks.
Shop around online
If you know where to look, you can still get great deals on mobile phones. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that place is online. Do a bit of searching and you can almost always find the handset you want at the right price. Whether it is conference-calling capability, gaming or gadgets, shop around and you can find it. Even if you can’t find the right deal, locate the phone and start to haggle. You’d be amazed what kind of deals you can get if you dig in and ask for more. Providers want you under contract and they are usually willing to be flexible to make this happen. Stay tough and you can get a lot more than they were initially prepared to give you.
The power is in your hands
If you have an existing contract, then it’s always worth trying to upgrade to get the handset you want the most. Use your leverage as an existing customer and apply the pressure. You should usually be able to negotiate a good deal.
Whenever you’re negotiating, it pays to know what you’re talking about so do your homework and arm yourself with the facts of your bill, available deals and competitor prices. If they know they’re dealing with someone who is clued up, they’re more likely to give you what you want.