Once you find the smartphone that’s right for you, the next step would be to choose the perfect plan to maximize its use. But with various smartphone plans available in the market, it can be hard to choose which one.
What is a smartphone plan?
A smartphone plan is a service that allows you to make calls and connect to the internet using a mobile device. The amount of minutes and data you can use can be unlimited, or set to a certain limit each month. Plan providers offer different options and rates for their contract plans. Some plans come with a mobile device, while others only include data credits.
In today’s world, a mobile phone plan that offers fast daily internet is a necessity. With the right personal phone plan, you can connect with contacts all over the world, do business, build relationships, expand your knowledge and make a positive difference to your community.
Meanwhile, the wrong choice of plan can lead to missed opportunities, wasted time and unnecessary expenses. That’s why it’s important to find the right provider and choose a plan that addresses your specific needs.
To make sure that you’re choosing the perfect personal smartphone plan for you, take note of the following essential but easy to overlook factors to consider.
1 – Company Reputation
Remember to consider the number of years that the phone service provider has been around in the industry. Check if they have good or bad customer reviews. If the company has been in business for over a decade, you can more or less expect stability and an established system of providing the service you need.
An important factor to assess is the provider’s standard of customer service. At some point, you will be needing help with your mobile service. In that case, you’ll call the customer to seek help. Look for a service provider that is known for its fast, friendly and competent customer support.
2 – Length of Contract
It’s easy to get a smartphone plan through an attractive deal but what you may overlook is how that could leave you with a contract for two years or more. Some contracts come with strict penalties that make it hard for you to get out earlier and cut back on expenses.
A good mobile service provider will offer you the greatest plan without any restrictive contracts or ulterior motive. To avoid excessive costs, carefully study the contract before signing up and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about it.
3 – Network Coverage
Always know the extent and strength of the network coverage of your service provider. With enough network coverage, your connectivity won’t be limited only to areas or countries where your provider has a signal. Make sure that the coverage is extensive especially if you need unlimited monthly internet to match your on-the-go and always connected lifestyle.
Nowadays, 4G LTE networks are your best option for fast mobile internet. Look for this type of network when choosing a smartphone plan.
4 – Pricing Structure
Whether you’re on a limited budget or prepared to splurge just to get the best smartphone experience, it still pays to consider which plan will provide you the best value for your money. When doing so, don’t just focus on the subscription price. Evaluate its value in terms of the services and perks it offers and how it translates to time, cost and energy benefits for you.
Also, think about whether a postpaid plan or a prepaid service will work best for you.
What is a prepaid plan?
A prepaid plan offers flexibility in managing your smartphone data. You’ll be purchasing minutes for each call, data use and text you send. Most people who opt for prepaid plans don’t use their phones often. When availing of a prepaid plan, consider that the cost per minute may be higher than having a contract plan.
5 – Minutes and Data Allowance
Make sure you understand the allowable data and minutes your potential smartphone plan will provide. If you have a previous mobile plan, audit your bills and look at your average texting, calling and data costs you have incurred. This way, you’ll have a data-backed idea of your smartphone use and patterns. Use this information to guide your next decision.
If you frequently text people, look for a plan that offers unlimited texts. You can also save a lot on family phone plans than getting an individual plan for every family member.
6 – Replacement Insurance
Phone insurance may be worth the extra costs given the high price of a unit and especially if you’re a heavy smartphone user. On the unfortunate chance that you lose or damage your phone, getting a new one will cost you several dollars if you don’t have insurance.
Signing up for a plan bundled with replacement insurance will provide you coverage for common smartphone catastrophes including loss, damage, theft, defects and more. As always, choose an insurance option that offers friendly terms and the best value.
When deciding on a smartphone plan, don’t overlook these tips:
- Sign up only with a reputable company.
- Study the contract.
- Go for the best network coverage.
- Choose value for money.
- Understand your call and data needs.
- Consider insurance.
Choose well and enjoy the connectivity and productivity a smartphone plan can bring.
Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.