HIDDEN COSTS WHEN YOU GET A NEW MOBILE PHONE

So you’ve saved up your money, broken into your piggy bank, and put together the cash to buy a brand new mobile phone. But it’s not just the handset itself you might need to buy – there are a few other costs that you might not have thought about when you get a new phone or take out a new contract. Here are eight expenses you’ll want to save some budget for.

 

And psst… Why not sell or recycle your old phone, and use the cash you get to help swallow the costs?

 

1. UPFRONT COSTS ON PLANS

 

Most pay-monthly contract plans ask for an upfront payment on your new phone. It’s far, far less than buying the whole phone outright – usually somewhere between £10 and £100 – but still something to bear in mind. Look out for plans with a ‘free’ handset if your budget can’t stretch right now.

 

2. MORE DATA

 

Getting a better phone means you’ll use it more, which means you’ll use more data. And a higher res screen means higher quality video, which means it’ll use more data. Oh, and a better camera means higher quality photos, which means you’ll use more data to upload them… you get the idea.

 

Yes, getting a new phone generally means you’ll end up using more data than before, especially if you’re upgrading. Remember that when you’re picking out a plan – it’s better to choose one with a slightly higher allowance and pay a little more, than it is to get a lower allowance and pay a lot more for add-ons when you go over.

 

3. INSURANCE

 

Don’t risk breaking or losing a brand new phone without an insurance plan. This is an expense you won’t want to skip – and the more new, expensive, or high-end your phone is, the more you’ll have to pay for even the most basic insurance.

 

4. CONTRACT CROSSOVERS

 

Switching networks? Watch out – there may be a period when your old and new contracts cross over and you end up paying for them both. Awkward.

 

It’s easy to avoid that though, or at least reduce the cost a lot. Cancel your current plan, get an end date, then arrange your new one to begin a day or two before then. Do make sure you’re out of your contract’s minimum terms before cancelling, though, or you’ll have even more fees to pay.

 

5. NEW PHONE CASE

 

Don’t forget about those funky mobile accessories! When you get a new phone, there’s a high chance it’ll be a different shape from your old one, and that means you’ll need a new case for it. These can cost anything from a fiver for a basic one, right up to £20+ for a really top-quality, super-protective one.

 

6. NEW CHARGING CABLES

 

While we’re at it, a new phone may also mean a new charging cable. Androids and iPhones both use different types of cable, and some fancy new Androids even come sporting the USB Type-C connection.

 

Sure, you’ll always get a fresh cable in the box – but it’s good to have a spare.

 

7. NEW HEADPHONES

 

The latest trend in smartphones, at least high-end ones, is kind of an annoying one: the abolition of the headphone jack. We’ve seen it in the iPhone 7, and you can bet we’ll see it even more in the coming months.

 

If you don’t want to be fiddling around with adaptors, you’ll need to splash out on new, compatible headphones. Thankfully you can get Bluetooth ones for less than £20 these days.

 

8. RE-BUYING YOUR APPS

 

This’ll apply to you if you’re switching between iOS and Android phones.

 

An app that you paid for in Apple’s App Store can be downloaded again on another iPhone – you won’t need to pay for it again. The same goes for Androids and apps from the Google Play Store. However… an app you bought for your Android will need to be re-bought if you want it on your iPhone, and vice versa.

 

That’s only a couple of quid per paid app, but add it to the cost of your new headphones, your new case, your insurance… If you’re not careful, you could be out of pocket more than you expect.

 

Nokia announces major relaunch of iconic 3310

HMD Global – the company behind the Finnish Nokia brand of mobile phones – has finally confirmed heavily rumoured and eagerly anticipated news – the iconic Nokia 3310 is back.

The device shares the name of its illustrious forbear, which is one of the most popular mobile phones of all time, with more than 126 million units sold worldwide.

It retains many of the design features that led to the original Nokia 3310 of the early 2000s becoming such a popular device, being thin, light and highly durable. Beyond this it is essentially an updated remake of the 3310 – a modern twist on the bestselling feature phone.

Beyond its nostalgic appeal, the handset is aimed at those who do not want the many features of a contemporary high-end smartphone. For instance, it offers 2.5G connectivity for calling and texting and has an all-new user interface with several nodes to the original.

The rise of smartphones has seen one-day battery life become the norm, with many holding fond memories of the days of weeks-long battery life that was possible thanks to reduced functionality. As such, the new Nokia 3310 can last for up to 22 hours of talk time between charges – and can even be left on standby for up to a month. This makes it possible to leave the house without a charger – and it can be powered by a Micro-USB port when it does need a boost.

A rounded form recalling the candybar-shaped silhouette of the original has been retained, with a raft of modern features added. The 2.4-inch polarised and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight.

Four fresh, colourful and distinctive hues are available to choose from, comprised of two gloss finishes in red and yellow and dark blue and grey constituting the matte finish options – and the push buttons of the original are also back. The colour runs through the material, so scratches and knocks will have less of an impact.

Entertainment features new to the 2017 version of the 3310 include a 2MP camera with LED flash for simple snaps. Music lovers can plug in 3.5mm headphones and tune into their favourite FM radio stations and the handset acts as a comparatively small mp3 player with 16MB storage, plus a MicroSD card slot that supports up to 32GB.

But for many users, the best news will be the return of the legendary Snake game, which is back with an update to take advantage of the new colour screen. This has been made available via Messenger as part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. It is free to play and has been designed to be played with groups of friends, making it more competitively playable than the original.

The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49 (£42) and draws on the simplicity and reliability of the original at the same time as being created with new fans in mind.

Chief product officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas said: “Nokia phones stir real emotions – people know them for their beautiful design and craftsmanship, together with a built-to-last quality that you can rely on.

“For the Nokia 3310 we just couldn’t resist. We wanted to reward loyal Nokia phone fans and make a statement that rich heritage, innovation and modern design can go hand-in-hand. Fundamentally, it is about making sure that right across our portfolio we are delivering this pure Nokia experience,” he commented.

Pekka Rantala, chief marketing officer of HMD Global, said: “Consumers today are seeking relationships with brands that they can trust. The Nokia brand has over 150 years of heritage giving it an authentic, differentiating experience which we are proud to introduce to a new generation of fans.

“The return of the iconic Nokia 3310 is a real statement of our ambition and commitment to honouring the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience.”