Mobile phones

Do you have FOMO? Fear of Missing Out is definitely a 21st century invention and lots of you seem to have it as half of 18-24 year olds admit to checking their phones at night. And it seems smartphones are coming between loved ones now, with one in three adults arguing with partners about over using their phone. But where would the 37 million of us with smartphones be without one? And if you’ve got one, is it the right one for you?

Having a mobile phone used to be a luxury and a heavy one – they could weigh up to 2lbs (that’s like 2 bags of sugar) – imagine taking a selfie with that balanced in one hand. But like anything, phones have evolved and now they’re so evolved, most of us don’t actually use them for what they were meant for – calling people.

Thirty-one per cent of smartphone users who were asked, said that they didn’t make any voice calls on their phones in a given week. So if we’re not using our phones to well, phone people, just what are we using them for? Unsurprisingly, we use our smartphones for emailing, checking our social media, instant messaging and also video calling; so whilst it used to be good to talk, it’s now better to tap.

But what does all this mean for us? Well, if you’re using data eating apps and browsing the internet, then you’ll need to make sure your tariff covers you for this – otherwise you’ll end up with a bill so big, not even a hundred sad face emoticons could sum up your dismay. So choose your tariff wisely because it’s not just about the shiny, new handset. Plus, to really give you some food for thought, we’ll also explain the difference between a SIM and contract phone.

And if you’ve not upgraded to a smartphone yet and don’t know your Blackberry from your Apple and thought LG only made washing machines, then fill in the gaps with our mobile phone brand comparison.

Whatever your mobile phone needs, we’ll make it easy to compare and understand exactly what your options are, because whether you’re a talker or a tapper, keeping in touch is always a good thing.