Mobile Myths Busted

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on May 5, 2015, How To Guides

Yes, all the marketing and advertising show you smart phones, but a smart phone isn’t the only choice. Smart phones are great if you’re a big phone user and need an internet connection on your phone. However, a basic phone might be a more sensible choice for some customers.

A basic phone will not have an internet connection, but will allow you to text and call, and it will be a whole lot cheaper than a smart phone. If you only need a mobile for calling and sending messages, why pay more for an internet functionality that you’re not going to use? There are still tons of regular mobiles on the market, and you’ll save yourself a ton of money.

Faster is Better

Even the most savvy of phone buyers sometimes fall for this one: the idea that bigger specs make for a better phone. In fact, this isn’t always true at all. A phone’s performance is determined by how many different specs interact, meaning that you can’t rely on just one number to tell you that your phone is going to be super fast.

For example, a phone with a 2.5 GHz dual core processor sounds pretty good. Until you realise that a 2.5 GHz quad core processor is faster. Or until you realise that there’s only 1 GB of RAM, meaning that your phone will be fast at doing one thing but will vastly slow down when you try to multi task.

The truth is that numbers can’t tell you everything. And even big number specs aren’t always desirable or worth paying for. There’s no point in having a big MP camera if you only use your mobile to take Facebook pictures, for example. In the end, the phone you want is the one that’s right for you, the one that will be best at performing in the way you want it to perform, not the one with the biggest spec numbers. And that phone might not be a top end flagship release.

You’ve Gotta Have Insurance

You’ve just dropped five hundred pounds or so on a new mobile, better take up your operator’s offer of mobile insurance, right? Wrong. Yes, in some cases insurance is a good plan, but in most cases you’ll find it a complete waste of money.

Firstly, this is because your phone might already be covered by another policy. Your homeowner’s insurance could cover your phone, and if you bought your mobile with your credit card you might find that your credit insurance covers your phone too.

Secondly, this is because operator’s charge premium prices for mobile insurance because they can. Other companies could get you a cheaper rate. In the end, you’re probably better off just saving a little money in the bank each month where it can accrue interest, and using that sum to pay off a new phone if necessary, rather than giving your money to your operator…

Buying a new mobile phone can be a big decision, you’re going to be spending a fair amount of money, and possibly committing yourself to a long term contract with an operator. That’s why it’s important that you learn as much about the mobile process as possible. And in the above cases, you can rest assured that you know the real truth, and you won’t be getting ripped off by your new mobile purchase.

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