Best Smartphone Mobile Plans for Older People

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From contacts to camera functions, mobile phones offer a lot of different features these days, but you often need a specific plan to be able to take advantage of them all.

The provider and plan you choose might very well control how much use you get out of your smartphone and all of its various capabilities, so you’ll want to make sure you’re able to choose wisely. For example, if you want to be able to take a lot of pictures and send them to friends and family via text message, you’ll need a contract that cuts the cost of picture messages. However, if you’re mainly likely to use your phone for browsing the internet, it’s a package with plenty of data included that you need.

Understanding smartphone plans

The first decision you need to make when you’re considering a new phone is whether you’d prefer a pay as you go or a pay monthly contract. With a pay as you go plan, you enjoy the freedom to change your mind or swap your deal at any time. The downside is that you are less likely to be eligible for special deals or discounts and you typically won’t be offered a free phone when you sign up. This means it tends to be a popular choice for people who don’t use their phone very often and who have a working smartphone already. The Citizen Advice Bureau has a useful guide to the ins and outs of pay as you go deals.

A pay monthly plan, on the other hand, often asks you to sign up for at least one to two years. Once you’re signed into the contract, you will have to pay a fee if you decide you want to cancel before the agreed date. You will often receive a handset free of charge at the beginning of your contract and better deals and rates to help you cut costs every month. As a general rule, people expect to save more with a monthly contract, but this isn’t always the case, as explained in this pay as you go article from The Sun. Talk Talk has put together a selection of pros and cons for the different types of plans.

How will you use your smartphone

When choosing your plan you not only want to think about the kind of phone you would like and the amount of money you can afford, you should also be considering what you’ll be using your phone for. Mobile companies generally offer specific packages targeted towards different kinds of users, so always check whether its provisions measure up with your preferences before signing.

If you’re a big fan of surfing the web on your phone, you may find that your bill quickly skyrockets unless you have unlimited data usage. This good guide from Yahoo could help you sort out your data needs. For more advice on finding the right smartphone plan for you, have a look at the smart and savvy guides from This is Money and Which?.


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