The importance of understanding your phone contract

When thinking of taking out a new phone plan, there are many things to keep in mind.

The functionality of the phone or the 'personality' of the product are key considerations for most - however many don't think to investigate the true cost of operating a handset.

Reading the fine print of any contract - no matter what kind - is always a daunting task, but it may be the very thing that saves you hundreds.

It may be the case that simply looking at advertising materials that detail key features of a mobile phone plan - such as included call time, text message rates and data allowances - don't go into enough detail about charges.

Some customers make their purchase purely based on the look of the phone or its ability to download apps, only to find that they've underestimated the cost of regular mobile activity.

By reading the fine print, you can be sure that 'cap' actually means that the expense is capped at a certain point - or is used to define something else entirely.

Potential hidden costs for calls, text messages and data usage are a common cause of bloated bills that come as a surprise to customers who thought they were being charged at a different rate.

Education is the key to bringing down mobile expenses, however if consumers are still unsatisfied, they may benefit from contacting a switching service to compare phone plans for a better deal.

Posted by Eve Gillespie