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12.27 15 Jan 2015


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Unless you use a huge chunk of data or are making a lot of international phone calls, you shouldn’t need to spend more than €50 a month for a good value mobile tariff.

If you want to know what your usage is, download the free app “kill biller” and that will give you a breakdown.

Not only will it tell you what you’re using, it’ll then do a scan of all bill pay offers available and show which is the best fit to suit your usage. 

Using this information, you can then shop around. My advice would be to never go into a phone shop with the intention of getting a new phone. Shop around for the best monthly tariff and then see what devices are available to you. Haggle!

For example I’m paying €35 a month but, kill biller tells me that can save about €15 a month by moving.

Three’s classic flex max 350 30 day rolling contract gives me 350 “flex units” which is basically 350 minutes or texts – it’s up to me how i want to use them – all you can eat 4g data (which is actually capped) and unlimited three to three calls. That’s a good offer. Particularly for someone like me, who is a heavy data user.

This is just one example that could save me €180 a year. 

Others who signed up to 18 or 24 month contracts to get, what was the latest iPhone at an affordable price at the time of release, usually have to pay around €55 a month. if you did this for the iPhone 4 or 5, your contract may be up soon. If you are still happy with your phone – shop around!

The Three flex max plan I mentioned there can save you €416 a year!

There is excellent value available on pre-pay and 30 day rolling contracts. I like both of these, because you’re not getting chained to one company for 2 years of your life. Remember, these companies are very clever so pitch it as “24 months”, but it’s 2 years!

Pre pay: for €30 emobile will give you 350 minutes plus unlimited landline calls, 350 texts and 1gb of data. Lyca mobile, who many may not know of offer unlimited calls, texts and data for just €29 a month. Lyca are an international company who are very competitive when it comes to roaming charges. They are growing at a very fast pace. 

 


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