Mobile phone tariffs will vary according to which network operator you’re with but, as a general rule, they include an element of inclusive minutes, texts and data access. Whether you’re on PAYG, SIM only or a monthly contract, you’ll be paying towards the cost of these services – how much you get will depend on how much you pay.
- Inclusive minutes You’ll get to choose from a set number of inclusive minutes. This is where finding the right deal is really important as you’ll be charged if you exceed your limit. And be aware that not all types of calls will be covered by your inclusive minutes.
-Inclusive texts Most packages come with a certain amount of inclusive texts but, just as with inclusive minutes, you could be charged if you go over your limit.
-Data Most deals come with a data allowance, but knowing how much data you’ll need can be tricky. Data allowance (or access to the internet) is measured in MB (megabytes) and GB (gigabytes); a GB is bigger than a MB.
To put it into context, 1 GB is about a million emails (without attachments) or around 2,000 emails with attachments. You could download around 200 songs or watch two hours’ worth of standard definition video. If you had 500 MB of data, then you’re looking at around half of these values.
If you’re unsure how much data you need, you can request your average monthly usage from your current provider as a benchmark.
-International calls If you travel abroad or call oversees frequently, then look for a plan that offers a good deal on international calls.