How To Choose and Purchase the Right Mobile Phone Handset

Choosing a new mobile phone handset can be tricky. There are so many features to think about for one thing, not to mention the range of different brands available these days. And with new phones coming out every few months, where does one begin? Really, though, it all comes down to your budget and what you want from a phone, but if you are having a hard time figuring out what handset to choose, here are a few tips.

What’s Your Budget?

Before you start looking at handsets, decide how much you can afford to spend and whether you want to purchase a handset or prefer to pay for it through a monthly contract. If you have plenty of available cash, the world is your oyster and you can easily afford to buy the latest handset, but if you are on a tight budget, look at older models of handset as these are usually heavily discounted.

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What Features Do You Need?

This question is arguably just as important as budget considerations. Older handsets didn’t really offer many features, so there wasn’t much to think about when choosing a new one, but today’s handsets are all-singing and all-dancing if that is what you want. However, if you don’t do anything other than make a few calls or send the odd text message, consider whether it is worth paying extra for a top of the range iPhone or Samsung when a really basic phone will do the job just fine.

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Basic Mobile Handsets

Basic handsets don’t have 3G or 4G data connections or hundreds of apps to choose from. You might be able to play a few simple games on them, make calls and send text messages, but that’s it. This type of phone is ideal for the occasional user, typically someone who only wants a handset for emergency use. But if you want a mobile handset that does a bit more, read on.

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Smartphones

Smartphones have revolutionised the mobile marketplace. A smartphone is like a mini computer that fits neatly into your hand. They are good for making phone calls, sending instant messages, checking Facebook and other social networks, accessing the internet, and a multitude of other things. You can download apps on to a smartphone, play games, deal with email, go shopping on it, and even use it as a SatNav device. If you think a smartphone is right for you, look at what features are available. Screen size, operating system and stylistic considerations will all play a part in the decision making process.

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Business Handsets

Touch screen phones have pretty much cornered the market these days, but business users may find a handset with a full QWERTY keyboard more practical for work on the go. BlackBerry handsets have lost a chunk of the market share, but they still remain popular with many business users. However, if you don’t need advanced business functionality, a smartphone might be perfect for your needs.

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Operating System

Mobile handsets have one of four operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry OS. Apple iPhones only come with iOS. Android is found on a huge range of smartphones. Windows is a less popular choice in the smartphone world and there are not many handsets that feature it. BlackBerry OS is only available on BlackBerry handsets. The operating system you go for will probably come down to personal choice and how swayed you are by the various marketing campaigns. Android and iOS are far and away the most popular operating systems, but don’t dismiss the other two before you have had a chance to check them out and make a final decision.

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Camera

Most smartphones have cameras these days. You can use a smartphone to take photos and selfies, and then upload them to social media websites. If a camera is important to you, look for a handset with a good camera. Some of the top handsets have excellent cameras with lots of features and are perfect for amateur photographers who don’t always want the hassle of taking a full-sized digital camera out and about.

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PAYG or Contract Mobile

There are two ways to purchase a handset. You can either buy your mobile outright, or buy it as part of a contract deal. Buying a handset outright is always cheaper, but if you can’t live without the latest iPhone or Android handset look for a good value phone contract to help you acquire one.

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Recycling an Old Handset

Once you have chosen your new phone, it is time to think about what you are going to do with the old one. Newer models can be traded in for cash or sold on second-hand auction websites such as eBay. Or, if you are feeling philanthropic, why not donate your old mobile to charity?

Choosing a new handset is a big decision, so take your time and read the reviews before you decide which one to buy.

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