Guidelines for buying mobile phones

If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone, there’s a good chance you’re looking for the best deal around. Most people want to the nicest phone at the nicest price, but they’re not sure where to start or which retailers to shop with in order to achieve their goal.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow when looking for the best mobile phone deals.

Shop Electronics Retailers

One of the best ways to get a good deal on a mobile phone is to shop third-party electronics retailers who are licensed as authorized resellers of cellular service and products for your particular provider.

While your mobile company sets the base price on all of its phones, these large electronics chains are able to offer their own instant rebates, or mail-in rebates, that can lower phone prices by an additional $50 on standard phones and even up to $100 on smartphones running Android or iOS.

Each store carries a different selection of wireless products, so be sure that your local electronics store supports your provider’s service and selection of phones.

You can check online before going into the store, or speak to a representative in the mobile department about your needs.

Be sure to inquire about any special deals or rebates that happen to be in effect; specials change often, and what you see online may not always match up with the store’s prices.

Shop Online

So-called “big box” electronics retailers in your neighborhood aren’t the only ones who can offer great mobile phone deals for users looking to upgrade, switch networks, or start a new service plan.

Online websites like Amazon and Wirefly sell phones from all of the major mobile networks and offer deep discounts and instant, online-only rebates.

Even your wireless company’s own official online store can offer deeper discounts than what you would find in traditional brick-and-mortar outlets.

That’s because online stores increase a company’s profit margins and allow them to occasionally offer specials only to online shoppers.

And, because buying a new phone is an exciting time for most customers, they traditionally offer overnight or two-day shipping at no additional charge.

It’s also important to note that shopping online can speed up the rebate process; whereas shopping offline stores will result in a six or eight-week waiting period between the time of purchase and the receipt of a rebate card, online shoppers typically get an instant rebate that is processed as part of their shopping cart.

There’s nothing to fill out, nothing to mail in, and no waiting required to save big on the best mobile phone deals.

Shop eBay

If your contract isn’t over yet, but you need (or want) a newer, better phone, eBay is one of the premier places to find an unlocked device for just about any network in the world.

And, because most devices are second-hand or lightly used, you’ll find a great deal of savings over the full price you would be required to pay at a wireless retail store or an electronics retailer.

There are many ways to score great mobile phone deals when you’re in the market for a new phone.

Between third-party retailers both online and offline, as well as second-hand devices through auction sites like eBay, a new phone doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

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