Been a loyal O2 customer for over 20 years and looking to upgraeto an Iphone 6s (32GB) or 7 (32GB) with 3GB data. Why can Carphone Warehouse offer these phones with no upfront payment (O2 want £9.99) and a monthly cost of £36.50 and £39.00 per month respectively? O2 are looking for a monthly payment of £44.50 and £48.40.
I find this incredible!
market forces and the buying power of cpw but with cpw no refresh tariff so tied in for 24 months
Loyalty means nothing. If you are happy to keep the phone for 24 months with the only way of ending the contract being to pay up the full term, then yes, go to the likes of CPW where you can get a deal that you can accept for yourself.
Every network is different, no need to pricematch on a phone that a blind man on a galloping horse could sell.
Pros to stay with O2?....only refresh and TU.
Cons....invariably dearer than independents but where you are tied in for a full 24 months with them.
Go with what you are comfortable with, its your money after all but don't expect any pricematching from O2.
For sure, for some people the monthly outlay is critical and 2 years with a contract is acceptable.
If I had the choice, lets not start talking technical about phones locking to the first sim and then getting the phone unlocked unless it's paid for in full, I would choose the option to pay off the phone and being able to walk away with no penalty. Can anyone really know their circumstances in the next 2 years? We like to think so but no one can see that far ahead....
Actually my first contract was with O2. It wasn't Refresh it was standard 24 months.
I did look after the pennies though....there was a sale on....
Being on Refresh is just as bad if your circumstances change. It's still a bill you can't pay. That's all I am saying...
....but only half a bill compared to CPW......
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