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We all have mobile phones. Whether it’s for emergency calls, checking work emails, or just as a way to entertain ourselves as we scroll through social media, we use these devices for all sorts of things.
However, we might not be getting the most from our smartphones when we go to purchase them.
Do you know what you need to look for in a new phone? How do you use your phone?
Here are some tips to think about when it’s time for an upgrade (or when you’ve dropped your phone one time too many).
Who will use the mobile phone?
This may be the easiest question you ask yourself – or the hardest!
If the phone is for you, of course, you’ll know what you want to get from your next device. You can even speak to someone in the store if you have any questions about specifications or functions.
However, you may be buying one for a family member. This could be for an elderly relative, for instance, and their needs may be different from yours.
If that’s the case, then you may want to consider phones explicitly aimed at seniors. Brands such as Jitterbug Direct offer basic mobile phones with large buttons and amplified speakers.
Other smartphones can keep you connected but might not come with tech that the user may need.
What do you use it for?
With so many different phones around these days, there are many choices available no matter which operating system you may prefer to use. So have a look and see what’s around!
Figure out what specifications you need for your next phone based on how you use your phone. If you use your phone a lot, then check the processor and RAM to see how quick the phone will be.
If you take a lot of pictures, have a look at the camera’s megapixel counts and read reviews for more information. Check the storage too, as you don’t want to run out of memory.
You may also want to do research and look for reviews for the phone you’re considering. Handling the phone before you buy will also help you to judge if you like it or not.
How much do you want to spend on a mobile phone?
Again, this depends on what you want the phone to do. Many people want to have the latest technology, so they are willing to pay to for the newest model. Yet others may want to spend less on their phones and save a bit of money.
If you want to reduce your phone bills, then there are several ways you can do this. If you’re upgrading your handset, you may find it’s cheapest to buy one outright and get a SIM-only deal to go with it.
Or maybe you’re happy with your current handset. If this is the case, then you could get a SIM-only deal. There are plenty of them out there, so check to see which plans work best for you and your phone usage.
Pay-as-you-go plans will help you to budget your usage as well!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.