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We take a look at the best mobile phone providers in the UK

These days buying a brand new phone isn't so much about the handset that you're getting, but instead it is increasingly about the mobile phone provider you choose to go with. With plenty of options available for you to choose from, we recommend that you do your research before deciding which one is best for you - especially since the lowest price doesn't always mean the best deal for your needs.

If you're looking for a smartphone, we recommend you take a look at what The Carphone Warehouse have on offer on their site, located at carphonewarehouse.com. Although they aren't a service provider themselves, they do offer great deals for handsets with all the best mobile phone providers in the UK, so they're as good a place to start looking for your new phone as any.

Due to the fact that smartphones rely on using mobile data services, it's very important that you get enough monthly bandwidth for your needs. The most common packages offer 500MB or 1GB of data transfer per month, which should be more than enough for most people.

If you are looking for a contract phone, it's important to ensure that you get as much data as you require in order to prevent excessive monthly charges for overuse. The 3 network offers 100 minutes of talk time to any network, 5000 texts and 50MB of data for £15 per month over a two year contract, Total Mobile offers 200 minutes of talk time, 1000 texts and 1GB of data for £20 per month over a 12 month contract, Vodafone offers 600 minutes of talk time, unlimited texts and 500MB of data for £26 per month over two years, and O2 offers 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited texts and 500MB of data for £32 per month over two years.

It's important that you ask your friends and family who use different networks how they find the reception in your area, because there's no point tying yourself into a 2 year deal if you're not going to be able to use the phone when you're at home!

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