Nearly everyone in the world today owns a mobile phone. How many times have you test driven your network provider before committing to a lengthy contract?
Generally speaking, most of us sign a contract with a network provider without checking whether they can offer what we need. First of all, you’ve got customer service to consider, which is obviously important. What is more important though is whether the network delivers.
It’s very difficult before signing up to a contract to work out whether you’ll get what you expect. If we put customer service to one side. What we really want from our mobile network provider is a good reception for calls and a good data connection.
Finding this information out before signing a contract isn’t as easy as it may appear. Most mobile network providers will tell you exactly the same thing. That is they offer great phone and data reception in your area.
The problem is you’ll never know whether that is 100% true until you’ve used your phone for a few weeks. It’s not that a network provider will deliberately overstate what they can offer. When it comes to mobile phones. It’s all about how good the reception is in your everyday life.
HOW TO TEST DRIVE A MOBILE NETWORK PROVIDER
The easiest way to test drive before you commit to a lengthy contract is by taking advantage of a 30-day sim only contract. Providing you own a mobile phone, which is out of the contract. You could check the different networks by buying a 30-day sim contract with each provider you’re considering.
Most mobile network operators offer sim only contracts. This makes it really easy to sign up for just a month to check out what they offer. You might feel like it sounds like a lot of hassle, but it’s much better than signing up for a 24-month contract. Then to find out the network doesn’t offer good reception.
Once you’ve signed a phone contract and you’re outside any cancellation or cooling off period. If you come across any issues connecting to the network. You’ll not really be in a situation to do anything about it.
So if you own a phone outside of a contract. You’re in the perfect position to do a test drive before making a longer-term commitment.
WHAT YOU NEED TO TEST DRIVE
I mentioned earlier customer service. Although it’s feasible you could check whether the customer service offered by each network provider is suitable. It’s not 100% practical to do this.
You’ll only ever know whether the customer service a company offers is any good when you’ve got a problem. You could give customer service a call to get an overall feel, but it’s unlikely you’d be able to make an informed decision from just one call.
The most important thing you really need to test drive is the actual network. Whether the phone network can deliver for you. So let’s take a look at the things you should consider during your 30-day test drive.
CALL QUALITY AT HOME
Although most of us use our phones for more than just taking calls. It’s still important for calls to be of a decent quality.
When you’re out and about this can be hard to judge because it will depend on the conditions. However, you can test the quality of the calls in places you spend most of your time.
Being able to make and receive calls whilst at home is important. If you’ve ever experienced poor call quality in your home. You’ll already know how frustrating this can be.
So checking whether calls can be received and made at home is the first test you should do. If you experience problems then you should definitely consider whether the network provider is the right choice. You’ll regret it at a later date if you choose to ignore this.
CALL QUALITY AT WORK
Most of us spend a lot of our day away from home. If you work in an office and need access to your phone. Then it’s good to check whether you can make and receive calls from work.
We can, of course, move to a new employer over the term of the contract. This is also true for where you live. However, it’s still good to check for your current situation. Especially if being able to make and receive calls at work is important.
For example, you could have children at school. So you’d like to know they can easily contact you if necessary or maybe you’ve got a relative who you need to keep in contact with whilst at work.
Although phones were originally invented to make and receive calls. I think we can all agree a lot of us use them to access the internet.
Whether that is surfing the internet or accessing our social media. At home, the data connection isn’t too important if you have home broadband, as you can use your WiFi connection.
Although, if you’re buying your phone to use the data whilst at home. Then it’s obviously going to be important to make sure you get a decent connection where you live.
When it comes to your data connection. You really want to be in a situation where you get a decent connection whether at home, work or out and about. So this is something you’ll need to test over a few weeks.
If you’ve got a 4G phone then you’ll want to check to ensure your phone is mostly connected to 4G. If you see your phone regularly loses its 4G connection. Then this is something you’ll need to consider.
It’s unlikely you’ll ever get a perfect network. You may get great calls at work but no so good when at home. This is the same as your connection to the internet.
What’s important is to make sure the network provides you with what you need the most. By using a 30-day sim before committing to a lengthy contract. Puts you in control. It allows you to test out the different networks first.
You’ll definitely notice a difference between each network. The service they offer will greatly differ for each of us. This is why it’s best to test drive a mobile network provider, as it really does depend on how and where you use your phone.
Your friends and family may get a great reception from a network operator. That does not mean it will be the same for you. The only way you’ll know is by testing the mobile network for yourself.