Online vs. In-store: Which is the best option when buying a phone?

Margaret


Purchasing a new phone can be an exciting yet daunting experience. With the range of smartphones available today, deciding on what phone to purchase is not an easy one. Looking at the technical specs of a phone can leave your head spinning, and no closer to deciding. Thankfully, finding a place to buy your phone should not be a laborious task. With review websites such as US-Reviews.com, you can read reviews of various phone providers with search topics like best places to buy phones.

There are 4 steps to buying a new phone:
#1: Establish what you need from a phone:
Do you want a new or refurbished phone? Will it be used mainly for business or pleasure? Knowing what you want from a phone can make your choice easier, as you will know more or less what graphics you need, storage size, display, camera, battery life, as well as brand of phone. Another aspect to look at is whether you want to look at a contract phone, or if pay-as-you-go is better suited to your needs.

#2: Research the phone you are looking to buy:
Once you have decided on what you are looking for in a phone, do research on the various brands that can support the functions you are looking for. Compare the specifications of the phones you are interested in. Talk to friends or family who have the phone, read reviews, and chat to store assistants to help you decide on what is best for you.

#3: Buying your phone online:
It is no secret that online shopping is the most convenient option for buying a phone, as you can browse the various phones available from the comfort of your own home. This allows you to take your time in making your decision, rather than being rushed by store assistants. Buying online allows you to buy directly from the phone manufacturer, or from discount online shops which often have cash rewards and free accessories on offer. Delivery is fast when buying online. The disadvantage of buying online is that most phones on sale online are pay-as-you-go phones, and will mean a hefty purchase upfront.

#4: In-store shopping:
Shopping in-store might be a better option for those who are not so tech-savvy and require help in setting up their new phone. A sales assistant will be able to help you transfer all your data and applications from your old phone to your new phone with ease. Buying in-store also offers more post-sale support, such as warranties and good deals on contracts and data plans. Phones purchased from a store are service carrier locked, and there might not be as wide a selection as you would find online. Insurance is available through the service carrier from which you purchased your phone.

Once you have weighed up the pros and cons of the various methods of buying a new phone, choose the option that appeals to you most. Remember to shop around to make sure you get the best deal possible, and that you are 100% satisfied with your choice of phone.

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