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How To Save Money On Your iPhone Contract Taking An IP

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save money on iphone contractsA new iPhone doesn’t come cheap, which is why a lot of people turn to mobile phone service providers and sign contracts that give them a phone now, and let them pay for it later. However, signing a contract doesn’t always mean that you get the best deal that you can. In order to save money, you’re going to need to do a little research before you go out and sign your iPhone contract. But before you do, here are a few things that you should keep in mind that will help you save a few pounds on your contract…

You Can Spread Out the Cost of Your Phone

Yes, if you don’t have the money right now, you can spread out the cost of your phone by signing your contract and paying a little more each month to make up for the cost of your phone. However, you need to keep in mind that this extra charge will ALWAYS add up to more than the original cost of the phone. This is how mobile phone providers make money. If possible you should try and pay up front, or at least a proportion of the cost up front. If necessary, save up the money first. You might have to pay a lot at the beginning, but you will end up saving money at the end of your contract.

Short is Better

The shorter your contract is the more likely you are to save money. In general, a twelve month contract will end up being cheaper than a twenty four month contract, even if the monthly fees are higher for the shorter contract. One of the benefits of the shorter contract is that it will allow you to switch sooner to another operator or to a PAYG programme, both of which could save you money. Short contracts often have bigger upfront costs, so make sure you do the math and find out what the long term costs of both short and long contracts are.

Do You Need the Newest Model?

Sure, the iPhone 5 is great, but the older iPhone 4S is also a great hand set. By going with an older model, you can save a lot on the cost of purchase and on the cost of your contract. Look into it and see which phone meets your needs better. If you’re a normal, everyday phone user there’s every chance that there’s not going to be much reason that you need the iPhone 5 over the iPhone 4S. Think about it.

Check the Tariff

Know what your general phone usage is like, and then match the tariff to what you need. Getting lots of free minutes is useless if you never call anyone. On the other hand, if you don’t have enough free minutes you could end up spending a lot of extra money on minutes that are outside of your plan.

Does it Need to be New?

A great way to save money is by picking up a second hand or refurbished iPhone, and then going with a PAYG plan, rather than signing an expensive contract. Ebay is a great place to start looking. Just make sure that the phone is unlocked and can be used with any provider, otherwise you’re going to end up paying for unlocking charges too.

 

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