I’m always on the lookout for new ways to save money. Just recently, for example, I wrote about saving £40 on an Odeon Limitless membership as well as introducing you to Kids Pass where you can save up to 57% on family days out as well as kids eating free at thousands of restaurants.
Today I’m going to shift my attention to smartphones. iPhones are outrageously expensive, I pay £70 a month for my contract with EE but I only really do it for the free annual upgrades.
Here are 3 easy ways you can start saving money on your smartphone bill.
At the end of a mobile phone contract, most people will just get an upgrade and stick with the same network but even if that deal was the best 2 years ago when you first took out the contract, that doesn’t mean it’s still going to be the best deal today. Always do your research.
You can find a comparison site here where you can compare all of the available contracts and see if you could be paying a lot less than you are now. It always pays to compare.
Some networks will reward you for your loyalty and give you a cheaper deal if you stay with them, similar to car insurance renewals, but that’s not always the case so check what else is out there before you sign up for another two years. Don’t miss out on any potential savings.
Always ask your friends what they’re paying, too, you could find a great deal from them.
Don’t Get A Brand New Phone
If you take out a contract with a brand new iPhone, it’ll cost you upwards of £50 easily.
The thing is, there’s no need to get the latest model. If you get an older model it will do pretty much everything that the new one does but the contract will be a lot cheaper.
When you get a new phone, part of the contract price goes toward the cost of the handset itself so the newer phones are going to set you back a lot. Look at the new iPhone X, for example, it starts from £999 in the UK which is really going to put a dent in your wallet every month.
You can easily save hundreds of pounds a year by buying a smartphone outright.
In the world of phone contracts, ‘unlimited’ doesn’t always mean unlimited.
There are some contracts that will actually let you use as much data as you like for a fixed price but most of them that call themselves unlimited actually have a cap and they’ll charge you if you go over that amount. Make sure you read the terms of your contract to avoid paying more.
It’s easy to do without realising because so many apps are constantly eating up data in the background. Loading a webpage with a load of pictures and videos also uses quite a lot.
When you’re taking out a contract, make sure to ask whether it’s actually unlimited or not and if you do have a limit, always view the mobile version of a website which uses less data and avoid watching Netflix when you aren’t on wifi. You can get around the apps that are draining your data by going into your setting and find the ‘background app refresh’ function. If you disable this, the apps will stop using data in the background while you aren’t using them.
These 3 things will significantly reduce your smartphone bill and save you a big chunk of money over the space of a year. People don’t think it adds up to much but even a saving of £20 a month, which is easy to achieve, will save you £240 a year. Imagine what you could do with that!
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