So I received a text from my mobile network, it’s an offer to entice me to buy a new phone. It’s the next phone up in the range from the one I have and if I was to wander down to my local network shop and buy it right now, and top up with £20 I’d get a FREE Bluetooth speaker worth £70. Seventy pounds, yes, really. The phone alone costs £79!
Immediately I thought, that’s good, tempting, I could take the old phone to Cash Converters. It’s all to easy to just go ahead and get the deal but as I do I thought, hang on is that really a good deal? Via the web I found that the phone doesn’t look as nice as the one I have, the screen is only a smidge larger, the processor only a tad faster, the memory only a whisper bigger and the version of Android only a decimal point newer.
On top of that the FREE speaker can be bought on Amazon for £30. Which is £70 less than the total cost of the new phone.
It’s easy to be caught in the headlights of a speeding special offer but it’s best to leap aside and have a good look at it as it goes by, think “do I really need this” and if not watch it recede into the distance, maybe wait for the next one. Which won’t be far behind, inevitably.