Last Updated on January 5, 2024
One of the most necessary expenses we have in our daily life is mobile subscriptions. Regardless of whether you are the type to opt for prepaid or postpaid plans, you inevitably need to account for monthly mobile costs in order to stay connected anytime, anywhere.
A lot of us do not really actively think about how much we spend on data allowances, call and text credits, and other mobile-related expenses. This is because these costs tend to feel “minor” and manageable which makes them all the more dangerous and something you should be wary about (read more). These seemingly negligible costs can easily stack up and before you know it, you’ve racked up a monthly phone bill that is way more than what you’ve budgeted.
You know what they say: If you lack preparation, expect to have expensive consequences.
If you book a last-minute flight, you end up paying triple the amount for a standard seat you could have booked for cheap last month. When you hire expedited shipping to get a package faster because you ordered an item a little too close to when you need it, expect to pay the steep fees for express delivery. It is no different with mobile services. If you do not plan in advance and take the time to sign up for a subscription package that’s right for you, then expect to receive shocking phone bills by the end of each month.
Do not worry, though. Today, we’re here to help you out and give you a few pointers on how you can find the best and cheapest mobile subscription – from what factors to consider to comparing different providers in the Norwegian market. But before we delve into any of that, let us first answer the big question:
Why Go for a Mobile Subscription Package?
When it comes to mobile phone services, signing up for a monthly paid subscription is often the most practical choice – especially if you are an avid user of mobile phone data and you need internet access at all times. “Paying per use” can get real expensive fast and the price difference between consuming regular data versus the data allowance that comes with your mobile subscription is like night and day. The difference can be so vast, that even if you only need mobile data for a few days in a month, you will still end up paying less for an entire month’s subscription fee versus purchasing the same amount of prepaid data.
This is primarily the reason many mobile phone users in Norway prefer mobile subscription packages. Of course, apart from being cheap, there are other perks too which we will further discuss below.
Now, on to the next topic of interest, what factors should you be looking at when finding the right subscription package for you?
5 Factors to Consider When Searching for the Right Mobile Subscription Package
We did say that our goal here is to find the best and cheapest subscription package, but we also need to keep in mind that every mobile phone user has different needs. This means that what works best for you and would be the cheapest option for you may not necessarily be what is best or cheapest for others based on the lifestyle they lead.
So, in order to make sure that you find a subscription package that is exactly right for you based on your own preferences as a mobile phone user, you have to consider the following factors:
This is definitely one of the most important factors that you should be looking at when it comes to finding the right mobile subscription package. It will likely be one of the first few things that will catch your attention too.
When we say price here though, it is even more important to note that we are not just referring to whatever costs least. We are referring to the package that offers the most competitive rate for the package inclusions that you are looking for. After all, it would not benefit you at all to go for whatever package is the cheapest if what is included does not meet your personal needs. For example, if you are someone who will benefit more from having more call credits than data allowance, then look for a package that offers the most competitive rates for calls instead of mobile data.
2. Binding Period
Next, we have the lock-in period or binding period, which basically means the time you’ll have the fixed subscription. Now, some subscription packages actually offer their services without this lock-in period, and you can pay month to month for as long as you need the service. However, there are a couple of perks that come with fixed subscriptions such as being able to get a new phone for less than the market price and having the option to pay it back in manageable installments along with your mobile subscription fee.
Binding periods are usually 12 to 24 months. After that period is over, you have the option to just keep using the package or upgrade/downgrade to a different one. Either way, this is something you should also take into consideration when looking for the right package to sign up for. Learn more about how subscription-based services work here: https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/042715/how-do-subscription-business-models-work.asp.
3. Tie-ups or Deals
Then, there’s also tie-ups or extra deals that come with some mobile subscription packages. As mentioned above, there are package options where you can get a new phone unit along with the services that come with your mobile subscription for a set installment fee. Some providers also offer family packages where you can get better deals or bigger discounts if you register multiple members of your family for the same service. Other perks could be subscription add-ons for streaming websites or additional data allocation. In any case, find a package that really fits your lifestyle to a T – including the deals that come with it.
4. Data Allowance & Connection Speed
Of course, one of your biggest concerns, especially when you’re the type of person who lives on the internet, is the data allocation/allowance and network speed. You would not want a subscription package that gives you a lot to complain about because it is not performing to the level that you need it to. Great providers have wide coverage and higher download/upload speeds regardless of where you are in Norway. The best ones can get you better coverage and faster speeds even when you are traveling outside the country (roaming data).
Find a package that meets your expectations for data allowance and speed. Make sure to be thorough with your search as it would be a hassle to switch your packages later on, especially when there are binding periods involved.
5. Customer Service
Last but not least, find a provider that offers not only great products and services but equally admirable customer assistance as well. Nothing beats a provider that knows how to communicate, actively listens, and fully comprehends their customers’ needs. You would want to partner with a company that is easy to reach and has a solid team that can provide you with support whenever you have questions or concerns about their service offers.
Finding the Best Mobile Subscription Provider
Now that you know what factors you should be on the lookout for, the next thing to do is to start your search. When it comes to finding the best mobile subscription provider, the internet is your friend. A quick search will generate you a list of providers near your area that can help you get a billig abonnement that is tailor-fit to your lifestyle. The more you know, the easier it is for you to finalize the subscription service you would want to go for.
However, not all these providers are made with the same backbone so make sure that you take your time in choosing who to trust with your mobile needs. Check online reviews, verify company certifications, talk to an official representative and clarify any concerns that you may have from the get-go.