When it’s finally time to get a new phone you normally have to work out which provider you want to go with as well. Do you stick to your current provider or is there a network out there better suited to your needs? There is currently a multitude of networks, contracts and devices out there to make this a complex decision already and now with 5G coming out across the UK slowly but surely there is even more to consider in this forever confusing scenario. So to help we have created a list of our top 5 networks in today’s market.
When starting with GiffGaff we are looking at one of the cheapest and most flexible Networks in the sector at the moment. One of the highlights of this network is freedom, the freedom to leave the network whenever you feel fit. With this network, you are not tied down to any contract where you have to pay to leave nor are you tied to specific phones to get a specific plan. If you are happy with what they offer then you are able to take a contract out where they are able to deliver fixed contracts with Phones such as the new Apple iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy 10 or even the rising Huawei. Just like with other networks you also have the option of selecting a sim-only plan, these allow you to use your current phone but with an upgraded or better-suited plan involving your minutes, calls and texts. GiffGaff customer service is also one of the few customer service providers to have an “understanding” and “caring” nature, looking to help resolve your issues in any way possible.
In 2010 EE was formed by a collaboration between Orange mobile and Deutsche Telekom. This joint venture between two of the largest networks formed one of the largest and most forward-thinking networks in Europe at this time. One of their main focuses is their signal and network itself, they themselves are currently winning the 5G race against their competitors as they have the most coverage of this service and were the first to be using it in the UK. When you open a contract with EE you become open to many benefits that come with the company that includes membership to BT Sport or discounts to Apple Music. Being one of the biggest companies in the market, they have a lot of various contracts and products available for all different prices to suit any customer with the latest handsets available both on contract and pay as you go making them a company to look into when trying to find your next provider.
Vodafone is one of the largest network companies in the UK as well as the rest of the world providing communication service across 21 countries and over 400 million customers. With such a strong business it’s no wonder that their service is one of the most reliable in the country which is one of the main benefits when joining this network. As a large company, they offer similar products and contracts as the other big networks showcasing the latest models such as the iPhone 11 Pro. They also offer broadband deals for you to have great WI-Fi service in your own home. They also offer package deals for businesses who are looking to incorporate numerous phones within their business. They offer deals for small, large and public sector companies. These are also offered as pay monthly, pay-as-you-go or sim-only plans
4. Virgin Mobile
Between the Virgin Mobile, the UK’s largest network, and EE, they cover 99% of the UK’s network coverage. Part of the Virgin brand, Virgin Mobile is the UK’s most recognised phone provider, incorporating years of business experience to provide their users with the best deals possible. Richard Branson put Virgin Mobile at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution, so they truly are a brand you can trust. They have a huge number of tariffs and packages available whether you are looking for pay monthly deals or pay-as-you-go, there is bound to be something for all budgets, small or large.
Last but by no means least, O2 was voted number 1 by OFCOM for customer service satisfaction on 7 separate occasions. Originally named Cellnet, O2 came into existence in 1985 as a joint venture between BT Group and Securicor. They have over 23 million customers in the UK and over 450 retail stores. they run on 2G, 3G and 4G networks supply all the top mobile phones and are one of the UK’s top mobile phone brands for reliability and prices. If you’re looking for additional technology alongside your new phone, they also can provide you with new products like the iPad as part of the deal with your new phone. This either comes in the form of a free gift in phone deals, or you can pay monthly rather than paying one upfront cost. They are also known for sponsoring academies showing live performances in music, comedy and other entertainment which allows their customers to be put onto the O2 priorities, this is a great extra for anyone who seeks nightlife entertainment.