- If you’re buying a cell phone, make sure you get the best value for money. Outright cell phone purchases are quite rare given how expensive they are. Most people buy a new cell phone when they sign a contract or upgrade their existing contract.
- The burgeoning cell phone market means that there are more phones available now than ever before. Before you know it, a new cell phone is on the market and everyone is talking about it.
- Regardless of how you’re buying your cell phone, here are some important factors to consider:
1. Research different kinds of phones
You might have your heart set on a phone you’ve admired in the shop window more than once. It looks good and you’ve read that it has good features. Don’t be tempted to go with the first phone that takes your fancy. Do some research before you make a choice.
Compare the phone you like with similar phones and see how it stacks up. Does it offer the same or more storage space? What features does it offer aside from being attractive to look at? Doing a comparison might see you change your mind about the phone you want.
2. What features does the phone offer?
If you’re using social media frequently, you’ll want a phone with a good camera. You’ll need to get quality selfies with your friends to post them on Facebook or Instagram! Compare the quality of the cameras on a variety of phones to see which is better. Remember to look at video quality as well as photograph quality.
Screen size might be an important factor for you. Take the time to look at different phones and what screen size they offer. Then you can choose what will suit you best.
3. Decide which operating system suits you best
The two choices of operating systems are iOS and Android. iOS is the operating system of any Apple cell phone. Other smartphones use Android as theirs. Many people are very loyal to their preferred operating system. Apple users will contend that iOS is better than Android. There are Android users who will be prepared to argue the complete opposite.
Each system has its own strengths and weaknesses. A lot of users will choose the same operating system for their cell phone as the one on their tablet. This means iPad owners are likely to buy an iPhone.
4. Work out the affordability
Your search for the perfect phone should include looking at the bottom line. If you cannot cover the cost of the phone within your budget, then it’s best to look for something else.
The phone of your dreams may be out of your reach. Accepting that and finding something comparable that you can afford is the wisest route to follow. Making financial commitments you cannot keep is dangerous at any time. During a time of economic volatility, it’s an even worse course to follow.
5. Find out the cost of insuring your phone
If you’ve bought an expensive phone, it’s likely there will be criminals eyeing it. One second of distraction could see your phone stolen, leaving you high and dry. In the middle of a contract, a stolen phone doesn’t exempt you from that payment at the end of the month. Paying for a phone you no longer have is frustrating.
No one is perfect, and we all have a moment when we forget our cell phones somewhere, or we don’t notice a pickpocket. You need to safeguard yourself against this eventuality. You could install tracking software on your phone. Based on what a lot of victims say about their experience, it hasn’t been that effective.
The best way to give yourself peace of mind is to have your phone insured. You can take out insurance with your carrier. Investigate what insuring your cell phone on your household-contents insurance policies will cost. Make it a specified item that is covered even if something if it’s stolen outside the confines of your home.
- Decide to buy on cash or contract, but make sure you can afford it.
- Compare phone features before making your final decision.
- Choose between iOS or Android as your preferred operating system.
- Insure your phone so that you’re covered if it’s stolen.