The internet, it is said, is a gift of sorts to the sociopaths, stalkers and individuals out to con people of their hard earned cash just to mention but a few. You will agree with me that finding the right mobile phone provider is increasingly becoming difficult especially with so many results when you make a simple search online. A simple search online is all you need and you will be bombarded with scores of mobile phone providers all claiming to offer the best deals. The reality of the matter however, is that not everything is as it appears on the surface. There are legitimate as well as illegitimate providers in the UK market. In light of this, what are some of the red flags you should look out for when choosing a mobile phone contract provider?
Lack of physical address
If you spot a given provider offering mobile phone deals online but with no listed physical address, you should think twice before entering into any contract with them. This might just be one of the fake providers purporting to offer the best deals while in reality, they are simply out to swindle unsuspecting customers. A mobile phone provider worth its salt must have a listed physical address, contact details and even links to their social media pages. The absence of all these should put you on alert.
Always endeavour to do business with a provider whose reputation in the market is solid. What the past customers say about a given mobile phone provider should go a long way in determining whether you will enter into a contract with them or not. Negative reviews and complaints should be an indication that doing business with that particular provider will come with serious ramifications. If you notice that past customers only talk about negatives, you should consider looking for an alternative mobile phone provider.
Contents of the fine print
If there is something that most mobile phone providers have taken advantage of, it is including unfavourable terms in the fine print. After all, over 90% of customers rarely pause to read the contents of the fine print. The result has been that most of them realise albeit too late that they have been duped from the start. If you read the contents of the fine print and notice that the mobile phone provider in question did not disclose all material facts, that should be a cue for you to look for another honest provider.
Very cheap deals
A popular adage has it that when the deal is too good, you need to think twice. If you notice that a given provider is offering very affordable rates below the average market rates, you need to look elsewhere. Most of the times, those are dishonest providers out to romp in as many customers as possible and offer below par services. In the worst case scenario, you might even lose your hard earned cash while at it!