We practically live on our smartphones today, don’t we? And no, I’m not criticizing anyone here. True, this can be a bad thing if you’re exaggerating, but we can’t deny the fact that our lives would be much more complicated if we couldn’t surf, call and text. Nobody wants to go back to that time, and especially not those people who are in a foreign country and need to get in touch with someone back home.
Is that your situation? Are you staying in Norway for a while, or have you moved to this country, and are now looking for the easiest way to get in touch with the people back home whenever you like? Or, have you met some interesting new people in this country and want to keep in touch with them as well? In any of those cases, there’s one and the same thing you’ll need. Basically, you’ll need to select the perfect mobilabonnement, that is, a mobile plan, for you – one that will allow you to surf, text and call without limitations.
This is what to consider in general when choosing a mobile plan: https://techblogcorner.com/2022/06/21/things-to-consider-when-choosing-a-mobile-phone-plan/
Most people, when choosing their plan in this country, or in any other one for that matter, for the first time, make the mistake of considering nothing else but the prices of the service. I’m certainly not saying that those should be taken for granted, but you need to understand what else to take into consideration so as to make the perfect choice. People that stick to the prices alone usually find themselves regretting their choices afterwards, and you don’t want to wind up in the same situation.
Prices Are Important, Of Course
Let me make one thing perfectly clear here first. It’s not that the prices are unimportant. Anyone who tells you that is lying. Sure, you have to think about your budget and, sure, you don’t want to have to pay a small fortune so as to be able to keep in touch with people. Prices are certainly a relevant factor that you should never take for granted, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
But They’re Not the Only Factor to Consider
That being said, you need to understand one thing clearly. While prices do matter, they are not the only factor, nor the most important one, to consider. So many other things to check. And, if you don’t check them, you will probably end up regretting your choice after a while, realizing that the plan you’ve selected isn’t exactly right for you. What’s even worse, you could wind up having to pay for that plan for a long time until the contract expires, and paying for something you aren’t happy with, no matter how low the price is, isn’t exactly what you want.
The Features of the Plan Matter Too
How would you like to choose a plan with the lowest price and then realize that it doesn’t have the features you want? You can’t make international calls, the amount of data you can use is ridiculous compared to your needs, and you can forget all about free SMS, for example. What the plan should have depends on what your needs are. But, choosing based solely on the price is almost a guarantee that it will lack some features that you absolutely do need.
What can you do about it, then? Well, you can be more careful when making the choice. That is, you can and should check out the features of the plan in addition to checking out the priser, and then making a decision that’s based more on facts and less on your desire to pay as little as possible for the package you’re getting. Nobody is saying you should ignore the prices, but ignoring the actual offer, that is, the plan features and benefits, is much, much worse. So, remember to always check those benefits before making any agreements with the providers.
Consider the Amount of Data You May Use
Speaking of the features and the benefits, let’s mention some of those that you absolutely need to check. The data plan first. How much data do you think would be enough for you? Not all providers have the same amount to offer, so checking this in advance will save you a lot of frustration afterwards. Knowing precisely how much data you’ll have available is of great importance, as it will help you understand which providers can offer enough and which ones you should stop considering, due to their data plan being inadequate.
One thing people often do wrong here. They underestimate their own ability to use the data they’ll be given. So, they go for a plan with a lower amount, only to realize at the end of the first month, or somewhere in the middle, they they’ve made a mistake and that they actually do need more data than they signed up for. Being realistic about your data usage is, therefore, a must, and it’s always better to go for a plan that offers more than you can use, than a plan that offers less than you need.
As Well As the Possibility of Rollovers
While we’re on the topic of data usage and data offers, here’s another thing to consider. Rollovers. Would you like to have the opportunity of getting the data you don’t use this month transferred to the next month? Not everyone needs this, and it also depends on the amount of data you agree on and the amount you usually use, but we can’t deny the fact that it is quite a useful feature. One that most people could benefit from.
Assuming that this is a given, and that all the providers you’ll find out there will offer this option is wrong. I get why you may assume something like that, but the truth is that not all mobile plan providers in Norway offer this particular opportunity. Sure, the prices of the plans will probably differ based on whether this option is offered or not, but it is of crucial importance for you to check if data rollovers are included before you make any agreements, especially if you believe you would need that option. If you think you wouldn’t need that option, then checking this is also significant, as it could lead you to finding cheaper plans by excluding that feature from the mix.
Check the Offers for International Calls
If you’ve moved to Norway, or are staying in the country for a while, you’ll definitely want to contact some people abroad. Family members and friends that have stayed behind will appreciate you making an effort to call them and hear their voices, to catch up and share your stories of the Norwegian experience. What if you, however, choose a plan that doesn’t have a good offer for international calls?
If something like that happens, it means you’ll need to pay a small fortune to hear the voice of the people back home, which is definitely not what you want. Thus, checking and comparing the offers for international calls, made by different providers, is of crucial importance. Understanding that the plan you’ll be paying on a monthly basis will probably be a bit more expensive when international calls are involved is a must, but that certainly doesn’t mean you should agree to paying too high a price for this, when there are completely reasonable solutions out there. That is, when there are providers offering reasonably priced plans that include great international call offers.
Consider the Binding Period
Another thing to consider when selecting your mobile plan, together with those you can read about on this website, is the actual binding period. Some providers require you to make an agreement with them for a certain period of time, meaning you’ll essentially agree to pay the price for the plan for that specific period of time, even if you wind up not liking it after a while. This is common practice among most providers, and it is a risk you will need to undertake, which should make it even clearer that researching before agreeing to anything is extremely significant and that you shouldn’t rush into making this choice.
Yet, even though this is common practice, not all providers offer the same binding period. Plus, some of them don’t bind you at all, meaning you can end the agreement anytime you want if you wind up not being satisfied with the plan you’ve previously agreed on. In any case, checking the binding period and choosing a reasonable one is definitely also a must when trying to select the perfect mobile plan for you.
Provider Reputation Matters
Remembering that the reputation of the provider you’ll work with also matters is definitely another must. After all, working with ill-reputed and untrustworthy ones can easily lead to you getting frustrated with the services they’ll be providing you with. So, checking their ratings and determining their reputation in advance is undeniably what you should do before making any agreements whatsoever.