Finding the best deal to fit your pocket, literally.
For most of us it’s our goal to keep up with the latest trends. An absolute must to have the next best thing before everyone else. Having the best car, the best home, the best everything. Especially when it comes to…. PHONES! We all keep our eyes trained to notice when a company is launching a new phone. What is the hype? What is the best option to buy it before anyone else has the chance. It is complete human nature to want to keep up with the Jones family. Ensuring that your grass is the grass that is greener and that you are the one showing off the new gadgets before anyone beats you to the punch line.
Total bragging rights, right?
Part of being able to keep up with this, is being able to ascertain which company you should be buying from. Which deal is best suited for your budget? Can you afford the mobile contract? Where can you save or score that sweet deal when paying “cash money” upfront. Letting MoneyPanda help you compare what the industry is offering as the best option. Being able to compare all available offers and cell phone deals side by side in one place from the comfort of your office, lounge or even pool side. It’s so easy! Compare all the mobile contract deals out there from leading retailer’s nationwide. Including MTN, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom and FNB.
How can I make this happen?
It is so simple, in just a few minutes you can have all the offers and cell phone deals at your fingertips. And in no time have that gorgeous new piece of technology.
- Use the search function on MoneyPanda’s website.
- Answer a few simple questions, or browse through all the cell phone contracts on offer and choose what you are looking for.
- Choose a contract you want, fill in your details.
- The service provider you have chosen will then be in contact with you to complete the process and voila! Complete your purchase and go show off that stunning new cell phone with pride!
When looking at buying a new mobile phone it is often a toss-up between cash deals and contracts. Should you save up and then buy the cell phone once off, or settle a mobile contract over an extended period of time. Part of making this decision is comparing prices and quotes. Finding out where you should take your business and which cell phone would best suit your pocket. Both figuratively and literally.
It’s SO important to compare, here’s why:
- You are not limited! There are so many companies out there that have some brilliant mobile phone deals to offer those who wish to go with a contract phone. It is a cut throat industry and mobile phone suppliers will do anything to gain business. By comparing, you have the chance to see who will give you the best offer. Maybe even a freebie or two!
- All the bells and whistles! It is an option to take out insurance with your contract provider. Should anything happen to your mobile phone, you are covered and can replace it. Check with all your cell phone providers and see which company offers the most comprehensive cell phone insurance. If you didn’t compare, you might not have even thought of this option.
- Hitting a new level! Compare the upgrade options. How long do you have to wait before you are eligible to upgrade. Some cell phone companies offer a smaller window for you to wait before you can do this. Compare and see which company offers a time frame that suits you. If you don’t compare, you will be stuck with whatever you get offered.
Why not just take the first deal I find? Let The Panda educate you:
- Your options are highly limited.
- You don’t know if what you are being given really is the best cell phone deal possible.
- You are restricted to the contract mobile plans that one company has and cannot venture past that.
- You might end up finding a way better plan tomorrow and then are stuck in a cell phone contract you are not happy with. That always happens. It’s Murphy’s Law. And karma! Don’t be so hasty!
Benefits of putting pen to paper:
- Gradual upgrade. Contract providers offer the consumers chances to upgrade their cell phones over time. Can you do that if you pay for your cell phone upfront? Nope. You would need to buy a completely other cell phone to do that.
- Never run out of airtime or data. Some contract providers offer the option of uncapped airtime and data. A basic pay as you use system. This can run pricey but if it is what you need and you never want to be caught in a situation where you crucially need data or airtime and you are left stranded, this is what you should opt for.
- A contract is convenient. You can top up whenever you need and every month with no hassle your mobile phone is loaded with your minutes, data, sms’s etc.
- Cheaper call rates than that of prepaid. It’s in our nature to need to communicate so why not it do at a cheaper rate?
The dreaded “your data has run out” problem.
Before we realise it, nine times out of ten, our data runs out! It’s a constant battle for many cell phone users in today’s economy. Sometimes it disappears when we don’t “use” it and sometimes we use it without knowing it.
Here are some tips to slow this usage down a tad:
- Turn your data connection off when you don’t need it! This prevents your back ground aps from using it for you.
- Close back ground apps. We often just jump back to the home screen and not close our data using apps properly. Make it a habit to close everything regularly to prevent data usage monsters raiding the bank and leaving you “Meg-less”.
- Buy data bundles. Running your cell phone on your airtime can become extremely costly. Buy data bundles that your apps and messaging can run on rather than your airtime. This is way more cost effective and easier on your pocket. But keep an eye on your balance! Not replenishing your data bundles can cause your phone to automatically turn to your airtime for running needs.
- Switch your sync and GPS systems off if you don’t need them. These two can be the biggest culprits of data disappearances in today’s life. Something we seldom use yet never switch off. Switch them off and notice the reduction of data usage on your account.
We are more often than not, not in the financial state to buy that gorgeous new mobile phone we see advertised all over. In cases like these it is always advised to save up. Put a few rands away every month for a while and you will see that the next time a new cell phone is launched into the market you may very well be able to afford it. Saving! Saving! Saving! It is always going to be the number one way to go.
The greatest mobile phone competition out on the market today is that of Samsung and IPhone.
The battle royale of all time.
Not many know where it all began. Those aficionados of the industry may say they do but not many have looked further into the dusty halls of history to see where it all began. When did Samsung really begin? Samsung was around long before it started making smart phones. It was even around before it started dabbling in CRT’S and LCD’S. No, it started long before that. Samsung’s humble beginnings, started with, rice. Yes. Rice! Not many know that Samsung has actually been around since 1938. Lee Byung-chull at the age of a mere 26 used his inheritance to start up a rice mill. This sadly did not last long and soon failed, spurring Lee to start up a fish and produce company to which he officially gave the name, Samsung. Little did he know back then where his name sake would end up in these times? A multinational conglomerate in the mobile technology industry.
When Apple hit the market it was not known for its cell phones either. It kept its nose down and stuck to what it did best and did not spur on battles with companies that would wipe the floor with them in no time. But it did not stay that way for long. Apple wanted a change. It wanted to expand its market reach, and soon the well-known “fight club” referenced “Purple Room” was created to do just that. The beginning of the greatest advancement of all time was undertaken. Apple wanted to merge consumer’s greatest needs in the digital world into one cell phone device. A cell phone, an internet communications device and iPod all in one. This was something that was not yet heard of and was the start of breaking new ground for the mobile phone industry.
And then as soon as they had managed. Samsung would swoop in and do what it does best. Grab patents and ideas and use it to their advantage to get ahead. For a while, Samsung had been coasting. They were churning out inferior product to the masses one after the other. Multiple designs and ideas thrown together “Willy - nilly” just to move product. They were not focused on creating less product that was unique and creative. Something that would set the bar in the industry the way Apple had intended, and achieved, with their IPhone and iPhone 3gs. A memo was taken during one of Samsung’s many meetings to assess the crisis Apple had now put them in, stating – “Our quality isn’t good,” - “perhaps because the designers are chased along by our schedule as they get so many models done.”
Since that time Apple and Samsung have been at odds fighting over who had the patents and who used whose ideas.
Let’s face it, Samsung was at an inferior level before Apple came along with their innovative and creative ideas. Focusing on creating cell phones that would set a bar that was insurmountable for others. They were not focused on lathering the community with tones of designs that were mediocre. But thankfully for so many of us, Samsung was able to turn it all around and now compete head to head with Apple and the iPhone.
Humans do as humans do. A tit for tat battle began and has yet to end. Billions of dollars have been lost over the years with the endless legal battles between the two. Who will win the battle and who will win the war? This is the biggest question that everyone is dying to know the answer to. Until then, consumers will enjoy the spoils of their war, benefiting from all the technology launched for the community to enjoy.
Aside from the creators of the cell phones we all crave to have, there are those who make it possible for us to even use these phones. The Buzz to the Lightyear. Let’s have a look at the mobile network providers available to us today.
- Vodacom: The old memories surface of “yebo goggo”. Vodacom has morphed into a contender above the rest over the years. Since 1994 Vodacom has gone from a mobile network provider to a major league sponsor and JSE contender.
"This is not a once-off change but it's a journey. And it's much more than simply turning from blue to red. It's the way we will be doing business going forward."- CEO Vodacom P. Uys.
- MTN: Since 1994 MTN has made it their goal to make connecting easier for everyone everywhere. Connecting less advantaged areas where others would often overlook. Offering free calls to emergency numbers for the first time in South Africa. Although they have not been the cheapest of network providers but have proven to be a stable network for many years.
- Cell C: Even though Cell C arrived on the scene quite a considerable amount of years after the larger contenders they certainly made a name for themselves with their honest and transparent business practises. The support for CellC is clearly seen in its numbers. Growing from 9 million just two years after its arrival to over 20 million in 2015. Their pricing has yet to be beaten by any other network provider.
- Telkom Mobile: a part of the largest landline connectivity company Telkom, Telkom mobile offers prepaid and contract bundles that are hard to shy away from. With the freedom to offer data packages that are rivalled by many, Telkom hit the ground running with their mobile sector in 2010.
- FNB: Not a company any one would have expected to branch off into this sector, but low and behold, FNB has opened their doors to the mobile network provisions sector with a smile on their faces. Offering great deals to their clientele with bargain rate contracts and data deals that make it hard to say no. Offering free minutes to connected users and flexi packages that you can put together in a way you need. The freedom is there with FNB.
So once you know which network you prefer, how do you choose the right smart phone?
From the Panda’s lips to your ears, shere are some tips:
- Are you only using your current phone to make and receive calls? If you answered yes to this, you don’t actually need a new smart phone. More often than not new users of smart phones end up with astronomical bills at the end of the month because they don’t understand all the ins and outs of a later trend smart phone and end up leaving back ground programs running, running data bills over the limit. If you don’t use it, don’t buy it.
- Can you receive decent signal coverage where you currently live? Having a smartphone is useless if you end up having one bar of signal for most of the time. Find a service provider that has strong signal coverage in your area.
- Keep a look out for specials and deals offered by your service provider. Spend some time saving up so that when the deal comes around for the cell phone you really want.
- Choose the right operating system. You may not like the way an IPhone runs, or you may prefer it or you may prefer android or windows mobile. Whichever team you are part of, make sure you choose a mobile phone that runs that system. If not, you may be stuck with a cell phone you don’t like using.
When looking at taking out a contract, many look at the small amount that needs to be paid once a month. This is not all you need to consider when looking at taking a contract for your new mobile phone.
Consider this guys:
- Can you actually afford it? This may be a small amount but this small amount could put you in a financially difficult situation for a very long time. Cell phone contracts are binding for many years and are not easy to get out of. Make sure you are ready for that kind of commitment.
- Are you signing up with the right provider? Do some thorough research on your choice of network provider. Can they supply you with everything you need? If not, is it worth being tied to them?
- Have you compared all the network providers and contract providers? Often we go for what we know best, but that may not necessarily be the best out there. Take some time to really have a look around. You may be surprised.
There are often benefits to having a contract cell phone that many don’t normally take into consideration. Many people are of the opinion that buying the mobile phone once off is better than “being in debt”.
- Can I take out mobile insurance if I have a contract with my cell phone provider?
A: Yes you can, in most cases your cell phone provider can offer you insurance for you mobile phone.
- Can I stop my mobile phone contract if I no longer want it?
A: Sadly it is a lot more complicated than that. A cell phone contract is very binding and you would need to show just cause and present a very strong case should you wish to terminate your contract.
- Can I keep my cell phone number if I switch networks and take out a contract?
A: Yes you can. Simply ask your current network to port your number and register it with your contract provider. There will be some paperwork but it won’t be much.
- How do I get an upgrade?
A: You will be offered an upgrade after completing a certain term in your contract. Your cell phone contract provider would discuss this with you when you sign up.
- Can the Panda help me find the best mobile phone contract options?
A: yes we can! Follow the instructions on their website, answer a few questions and in not time at all you can compare and receive options for you to choose from.