After years of owning a mobile phone I have sussed the perfect formula.
I once stood in a mobile phone shop and eavesdropped on a conversation. A middle aged chap told the sales assistant he wanted the the latest iphone, which I would presume was around the £1k mark. The sales assistant starting to talk him through the features, and he stopped her and said "don't bother telling me all that, I only use it for phone calls and texting". I think you know where I am coming from here? The art of owning a mobile phone is down to three things. The first is owning the phone that best suits you, the second is to get the best contract, and finally is to spend as little as possible. For example, if it's just to make the occasional call or send the occasional text message, buy a £5 phone from Sainsburys (and they do exist) and put a pay as you go sim in it. For these people a smart phone is absolutely pointless, and half of them wouldn't know how to operate a smart phone anyway. If on the other hand you live on the bloody thing, play high powered games, watch videos, and spend two hours a day on facebook, your going to need something far better. For my own part, I don't make or receive many calls, and I only send about 100 text messages a month. However, I do use the camera from time to time, I do watch the odd video, and I browse the internet quite a lot. Therefore I need something reasonable, but it doesn't have to be the best. Even the cheapest smart phone will do as I want, but unfortunately they will do it slowly, and not particularly well. I have realised that the ideal time period to own a mobile phone is about 18 months, and it should always be bought outright. Believe me, this is a cheap way to own a phone, and it's also a good way to keep up with technology. If you buy the right phone at the right price, you will be able to sell it for about half of what you paid If cared for of course) . Example, my last phone cost me £94 and I sold it 18 months later for £45. The phone I just bought cost £112, therefore the cost over 18 months was only £67. I have a pay monthly sim which gives me 230 mins, unlimited texts, and half a gig of data for £3 a month, so my net spend over the aforementioned period is only £121, and I own a very good phone. I hear you saying, if he only spent £94 or £112 on a phone, how can it be any good? I do my homework, and strangely enough quite enjoy it. A combination of eBay and Youtube will get you the phone you need. My present phone if bought two years ago would have cost £500, but because it has now been replaced, it cost me £112 new. It is a reputable make (ASUS Zenphone 4), has 4gb ram, 64gb storage and a very good processor. Other than perpetual gamers, the phone would be suitable for anyone who isn't technologically retarded.
So before you or a family member pops into their local phone shop to get ripped off, think about what I have told you. You know it makes sense.