What’s the best mobile phone network for my needs?

What’s the best mobile phone network for my needs?

If you’re looking to change your tariff or go onto a monthly contract for the first time, the sheer choice of mobile phone networks and tariffs available can be overwhelming. The UK market is packed full of companies offering a range of deals, with a variety of complex special offers and discounts to be had if you know what you’re looking for.

If you can’t tell your O2 from your EE, take a look at our handy guide to picking the perfect phone tariff.


The most important factor in selecting any phone tariff is the cost. Tariffs in the UK range from just a few pounds to over a hundred pounds per month.

The exact cost of your tariff will depend on how you use your phone. If you’re not sure how many minutes or megabytes you use at the moment, call your current provider to find out.

What’s included?

Find out how many minutes, texts and megabytes are included in each tariff.

Some options come with free international calls and extra minutes to other numbers on the same network. Check to see exactly what’s provided to make sure you’re getting everything you need.


Even in the middle of a major city, the coverage of certain networks can still be patchy. Talk to your friends to find out if any of them have problems with coverage and call up the network you’re considering going with to ask if they have any dead areas.

If internet access is your main priority, EE currently have by far the best 4G coverage in the UK.


If you’re a new customer, some providers throw in a few freebies to sweeten the deal. Gadgets like flat screen TVs, tablet computers and play stations are on offer, so keep your eyes peeled for great deals.


In general, providers want to sell you as many services as possible. If you go with a company that offers internet, mobile and TV, you could bag yourself a great discount.

SIM only

Another option is to go for a SIM only contract. A lot cheaper than deals that include a phone, a SIM only tariff is ideal for anyone who has a handset that they’re happy with and who just wants to get a few more minutes and texts for their money.

To find out more about getting the best deals on your mobile phone, have a look around our blog today.