Understanding Your Phone Tariff


So you’ve chosen your handset and you can’t wait to get your hands on it. But wait, before your jump right in and sign the deal, there is one other factor to consider. Equally just as important as your handset choice is your mobile phone tariff. If you don’t want to overspend on your pay monthly phone contract, you’d better take your time to not only find the right deal but also understand how phone tariff works in the first place.

What is a phone tariff?

At its simplest, a phone tariff should cover the cost of your phone services. In the UK, phone tariffs are generally made up of three elements including your minutes, texts and data usage.

Inclusive minutes obviously let you make calls at a certain rate per minute. You’ll have a set allowance per month as part of your phone tariff and for every minute you go beyond is a additional cost added to your phone bill.

The same principle works with inclusive texts. Fortunately for heavy texters, there are now phone tariffs offering unlimited texts. If you think that limited texts wouldn’t suffice then going for unlimited plans makes a better investment.

Finally, you have data, which is what allows you to check emails, make video calls and access the Internet using your mobile phone. Data plans vary from tariff to tariff. Find out what kind of data user you are then look for a phone tariff that will meet your needs to a tee if possible.

Which tariff is best for you?

When it comes to phone tariffs, there is no one best option for everyone. Like with your handset choice, it’s all a matter of what you want and need. In any case, the trick is to find a phone tariff that is in sync with your call, text and data needs to avoid overspending on your phone bill.