5 Tricks Your Phone Company Doesn’t Want You To Know
Studies show that about 9 out of 10 people in the UK own some sort of mobile phone and the average household annual bill for a mobile phone often tops £1,000. So it’s a great idea to find ways to ensure that you don’t pay over the odds and this is essential especially when there are so many amazing deals and offers out there. Here are 5 very specific ways to cut the costs of your mobile phone today
1. Check your usage
At least 1 in 10 people are on a mobile phone tariff that is completely wrong for their needs. Only 30% of people use their full allocation of texts and according to recent research conducted by Billmonitor.com, most people are paying around £200 (on average) more than they need to based on their actual usage. The best thing to do is to take a closer look at your phone usage over the last 12 months and see what you actually use in terms of calls, texts and Internet data. If this seems like too much hassle then call your current mobile phone provider and ask them to do it for you over the phone. Once you know what you actually need and use, then you have a clear blue print to help you find a more suitable package for your needs without you over paying. The cheapest way to do it is to buy a handset outright and add a cheap sim only deal on top. However you may need to find an unlocked phone to do this. If all that seems like too much trouble then you should just go for a mobile contract which includes phone + monthly call package. I have spent hours trawling the Internet and checking exclusive special offers through my affiliate partners to find and present the best mobile phone deals here.
2. Not using your tariff,? Ask for a downgrade
After step 1, you might find that you are paying for much more than you need and many mobile phone providers allow you to downgrade from your current package and move to a lower package if you are not using your full call and text allowance.
However, this also works the other way around. You might find that you regularly exceed your call package and if this is the case, it would be appropriate to upgrade and move to a more inclusive plan that better caters for your needs. Pretty much every mobile phone provider will be more than happy to let you upgrade your plan at any time in your contract. If you are out of contract then haggle down the price as they will be more receptive to this if they think they are going to lose your custom. If they don’t play ball find a cheaper deal elsewhere knowing that you can keep the same mobile number.
The average mobile phone contract lasts for around 24 months so it is always a good idea to review your phone usage every 3-6 months.
3. Get Cashback
There are some online sites like buymobiles.net that give you guaranteed cashback when you buy a new phone through them. These offers are also available and are highlighted if you use the deal finder on this site. Apart from guaranteed cashback we also show you extra sign up offers like a free 3 month Deezer membership or access to the EE Film Club.
4. Trade In Your Old Handsets
You may be able to trade in your own phone and either get cold hard cash for it or put it towards the cost of a new model. There are many sites online that offer this service and all you have to do is type in the 15 digit IMEI number found on the back of the handset, send the mobile phone handset off and you will get the value paid back to you in the form of BACS (direct to your bank account) or a cheque if you prefer. Alternatively, you can use it to reduce the cost of your new mobile handset, for instance, Apple offer this type of service and their payout amounts rival that of most third party mobile purchasing sites. It is called a “Trade Up” scheme and Apple will give you an estimate of what your phone is worth online for free.
5. Never Pay For 0870 or 0845 Calls
A big chunk of big phone bills come from calling expensive premium rate 0870, 0800 or 0845 numbers used by customer service call centres for many of the big companies. The average cost of a 0870, 0800 or 0845 is 50p per minute and this not included in most mobile phone plans. However, it’s easy to visit www.saynoto0870.com, which is like a clever search engine that helps you find alternative, and often free, numbers for companies. If a free number can not be found then it will offer you a local rate number that begins with 01, 02, 0r 03 which are included in all mobile phone plans. All you do is click search to find an alternative number and enter either the number or the company name to be presented with free / cheaper alternative numbers.
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