A Complete Guide on Buying Your First Smartphone

As a result of economic downturn, price has become the most important factor while selecting mobile phone deals. Every month new models are launched in the market and promoted as top quality mobile phones. Similarly, new tariff plans are introduced every now and then with various combo offers.

Decide What You Need

Before selecting a model or tariff plan, an important factor to be considered is your requirements. We use mobile phones to suit our specific needs. These days, with the help of feature rich handsets a number of tasks can be accomplished other than making calls and sending texts.

They can be used to browse the Internet, buy and sell things, pay bills, plan and organise appointments, send mails, take pictures, record videos and play music. While selecting a mobile phone consider your main requirements and narrow down the options.

Fix Your Budget

Once you narrow down your requirements and fix your budget, you can do some research about the best mobile deals available both online and offline. The internet is the best place to find a top quality mobile phone at competitive rates.

Price comparison websites display thousands of deals every day. Here you can find the cheapest phones that can be used only for making phones and high end devices similar to a minicomputer in functionality.

However, mid-range mobile phones are ideal to look for to achieve balance between your budget and requirements. Such phones are value for money as they provide some good features at an affordable price.


In recent years, smartphones have become immensely popular among youngsters, professionals and even housewives. Mobile networks also promote smartphones by offering them free with some long term contracts. If you are willing to sign up an 18 to 24 months contract, you may get a low cost mobile phone.

Some contracts offer the newest models in mobile phones for free, but you may end up paying higher monthly payments. Generally, contract mobile phone deals offer top quality mobile phones at a low cost. Some networks such as orange, O2, T-Mobile, Three, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile offer contracts starting from as little as £20.00 per month. They encourage contracts for a longer duration and they have launched some loyalty schemes to retain current customers. You can use price comparison websites to find the best contract deals that suit your budget and requirements.

Buying a Handset Outright

You can also select a low cost mobile phone from the phone deals offered by manufacturers or retailer. Everyday thousands of deals are available on online websites. You can select a handset of your choice based on colours, features or style. You will find the best deals for the latest handsets from reputed manufacturers such as Apple, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia etc. some online retailers offer free gifts such as laptops, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, a flat screen LCD television or cash back.  Prices are much higher than most people expect to buy your phone outright.

Sim-Only Deals

If you have already bought the handset of your choice, you can opt for sim only deals. You can save significant amount by signing up for such deals. Sim only deals are quite popular  as they offer cheap tariff plans with the freedom of selecting a handset of your choice.

Just by browsing the web for the best mobile phone deals, you can save as much as 40% compared to deals available in high end stores.

Phil Turner has studied mobile phone deals and was amazed that monthly contracts worked out cheaper than buying a phone outright.

Imtiaz Rayhan

Editor of TechThumbs. Music addict, The Beatles fan. Love travelling and spending time with friends.

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