Things to beware of when buying a Nokia phone
It's so easy to buy just about anything online - from baby clothes to home cinema equipment. That's why the web is the first place most people go when they are thinking about a purchase. But what if you're looking to buy a Nokia phone? There are so many choices and deals, how do you know which one to choose?
Get the facts about your mobile
Before you buy, stop and think about things such as :
Nokia has phones in all these styles: Standard, Slide, Flip, Touch, QWERTY, and features that include: Wifi, GPS, internet, radio, music player, Bluetooth, video recording and play, and 8mp cameras.
- What model do I really need for my social and work life?
- What sort of warranty suits me best?
- Is the phone Australian authority approved?
- What plan will best suit my use and budget?
- What services are included?
- How reliable is this phone?
Buy from a reputable mobile phone store
You might choose to buy your new mobile from a street front phone shop with a showroom or through an online dealer.
If you buy from a phone shop, choose a reputable one - a well known brand that has been operating for many years, that offers a good range of handset models. They should also have sales staff who know what they are talking about. People that can talk you through the features and options of each handset, and help you choose the one that meets your needs.
They will also offer you a warranty, including a service warranty. The phone you buy will have been imported legally into the country and will be approved by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA).
Buying Online – choose a reputable mobile dealer
If you'd rather not waste your time and effort negotiating crowded streets and parking stations, a very convenient options is to buy online. But again, be wary, and only buy from reputable websites.
Telstra, Optus, Nokia, Vodaphone, Virgin Mobile and Samsung have their own online shops, where you can view details of their handsets, compare plans, and speak to a customer support person.
There are other safe online phone dealers. You can find them by searching for Shopsafe Australia: mobile phones. Shopsafe lists only well designed secure online shops and stores, such as Melbourne Mobiles.
When buying a new handset from an online dealer, always talk to the customer support to ensure that you are buying the right model for your needs, and that you fully understand the features and benefits and the warranty details.
A good online shop should offer you the same good service you'd get from a bricks and mortar store.
Is the mobile deal too good to be true?
Don't buy from really cheap online dealers. If the deal is ‘too good to be true', then it's probably not a good deal. You might not have any warranty, the handset may have been imported illegally, or be poorly made. You will certainly have no customer service. If the handset fails to work, or doesn't last very long, you will have wasted your money – and be left without any avenue for help.
Some people like to buy on eBay, enjoying the thrill of the auction. You might be lucky and get a brand-new phone for a bargain price, most of the time you won't get a warranty or any customer service. And it's unlikely the vendor will give you any pre-sale advice or after-sale service.
For a great deal on a new Nokia handset from a reputable dealer, check out the range at Melbourne Mobiles