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Mobile Buying Guide
Picking a mobile phone these days can be a bit of a chore – with so much jargon and so many models and types to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Our comprehensive buying guide should set things straight for you.
No matter how basic or advanced you want your mobile phone to be, we stock a range of styles and types that cover all sorts of requirements. Once you’ve read our guide, be sure to check out our extensive range of mobiles.
These days, mobile phones are fitted with an operating system, much like a computer or laptop. Different operating systems are great for different things, and should be a key consideration in your purchase.
Android: Google's own operating system Android, allows you access to a great number of applications from Google Play, along with quick response times and some fantastic features.
Blackberry: This is Blackberry's operating system, and is designed especially to get the most out of messaging, emails and web surfing on the go.
Microsoft: A Windows operating system offers a stylish appearance and easy touch-screen control.
Apple (IOS): One of the more popular operating systems, Apple allows you to download a whole host of applications for all sort of different jobs.
When you pick a phone, you'll need to be aware that some mobile phones are locked to a certain network.
3G and 4G allow for advanced, quick internet browsing on the go, while Wi-Fi capable phones are able to connect to the internet via wireless network points.
Most phones these days come equipped with a camera, and with full internet capabilities you can upload your snaps straight to social networking sites such as Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
The higher the megapixels, the clearer photos will be – and that counts for videos too.
Smartphones can be equipped with front-facing cameras and rear-facing cameras – front-facing cameras allow you to take video calls in addition to regular pictures.
Mobile Battery Life
If you expect to be taking your phone on long trips, you'll need something with a longer battery life. However, different application use up battery life at different speeds.
Stand-by time: This refers to how long the mobile will last while it’s not being used.
Talk time: It goes without saying that when you take or make a phone call, the battery on your mobile phone will reduce quicker. Talk time refers to how long the battery lasts should it be in constant call mode.
Mobile Screen Display
Smartphones come with a variety of options – you can opt for touch screens, or you can choose a mixture of touchscreen and regular buttons.
Bigger screen sizes are perfect if you’re expecting to use the phone for lots of web surfing, games or frequent photography / video. Opt for a smaller size if you're just intended to use your mobile phone for calls, texts and perhaps a little entertainment during a commute.
Mobile or Tablet?
If you expect to use a smartphone mainly for internet browsing, it might be worth considering a tablet.
Whilst making phone calls on a tablet is typically not a standard feature, you can check your emails, surf the internet, and play games on the move.
How to get a Mobile Phone on Credit
It's so easy to buy a mobile phone from us with our weekly payment hire purchase agreements. All you need to do is:
- Fill out an application form (Applications are subject to credit status and affordability checks)
- Visit your local store and pick your mobile (find your nearest store here)
- Have your phone delivered to you within 7 days.
Our optional BrightCare service package provides peace of mind when shopping with us and gives you unlimited repairs if they develop a fault and brand new replacements if we can’t fix it (or like-for-like replacements on refreshed products) or, you can choose independent cover.
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