Cutting your smartphone budget in the New YearBy Epiphany Solutions
Many people tend to sign up for mobile contracts around the festive period, and this means the New Year is often a time of renewal - and not just of the personal growth and good intentions variety. The end of your contract is a great excuse to see whether you can get a better phone or a better deal somewhere else - and here are a few tips on how you can do it:
You can get some excellent phones on a budget these days - the Nokia Lumia 620, Sony Xperia U, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Moto G are just a few of the ones recommended by Techradar, and which are available free on a contract that'll usually set you back no more than £15 a month. The ultra-cheap Moto G in particular marks a great comeback for the once-mighty Motorola, boasting a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and crystal-sharp 4.5-inch display.
Refurbished basically means a second-hand smartphone, but rather than getting one from Gumtree that may or may not have a crack on the screen (or worse, been blacklisted), you're getting one that's been formatted, tested and repackaged by a reputable third party. There's often no difference between refurbished and brand new phones except the price, and they can offer a great way to get a high-end phone for less - check out e2save for some examples.
Perhaps you already have a phone you're happy with, and you just want to save money on your contract. Calls, texts and data packages are generally much cheaper on a SIM-only deal, because you're not shelling out to subsidise your carrier providing you with a handset too. SIM-only also allows you to take advantage of any new network deals out there, without changing your phone. You can compare SIM-only deals at Moneysupermarket.