Which mobile plan would be perfect for your needs in 2021? In this area, cheap offers are regular and to easily find the one that could suit you according to your budget and your utilities, use our comparison of mobile plans for April 2021 with or without commitment.
The amount of mobile plans offered by operators has enough to make you lose your Latin? First and foremost, you have to identify your needs and know what to expect when choosing a particular solution. In addition, operators regularly put in place promotional offers that make it possible to take advantage of a 2021 mobile plan at a ridiculous price . So how can you better choose the best quality / price ratio according to your criteria ?
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST CHEAP MOBILE PLAN IN APRIL 2021?
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MOBILE OPERATOR: BOUYGUES, FREE, ORANGE, SFR OR MVNO?
In France, four mobile operators have their own network of branches: Orange, SFR, Bouygues and Free Mobile. They do not have the same number of sites, in the same locations, so the coverage of these operators and their performance can be good with one and catastrophic with another, depending on your geographic location. The ANFR 2G / 3G / 4G observatory allows card support to know the operator who has the best coverage near you .
The four operators have physical stores and dedicated customer service, two aspects that are quite practical in the event of a problem. Alongside the four national operators, there are a number of virtual operators (MVNOs). These rely on one of the four national networks for their coverage and some even allow switching from one to the other in some places.
NRJ Mobile or La Poste Mobile, for example, thus offer packages at discounted prices on quality networks. But beware: in most cases they do not have a permanent store, and their customer service is not necessarily as good as that of national operators. Finally, there is also an intermediary, that of MVNOs directly from national operators. These, Sosh, B & YOU and RED are there to attract those who often change plans with quality offers without commitment.
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU REALLY NEED (CALLS, SMS, MMS AND INTERNET)
Several aspects should guide the choice of a mobile plan, starting with the budget, who will use the plan (you, your children, or you as the second line), and who is your fixed internet service provider. On the budget side, the general cost of packages has fallen a lot in recent years. So much so that unlimited voice / SMS and MMS calls have practically become the norm and that we find such packages with a comfortable data envelope in the range of 10-20 euros per month.
Packages that do not have unlimited calls can be also interesting: operators’ war requires, their price can be particularly low, like for example the Free Mobile package at 2 € per month which includes 2 hours of calls, Unlimited SMS / MMS and 50 MB of internet. This package can cost nothing at all per month, provided you are a Freebox subscriber. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a trunk line unless you use your smartphone very little – the 50MB of data, in particular, is gone very quickly.
In this type of small package, particularly suitable, for example, for children, you also have to ask yourself from the start whether you want a blocked package or not: this can help avoid extra packages, often at a high price. As with Orange, there are sometimes options to make calling certain numbers unlimited. If you travel a lot, take a good look at the conditions of your contract abroad: is there a sufficient data envelope? Does the operator charge an extra package?
In addition, all operators offer quadruple play offers including fixed internet access and mobile plan. Check with your current operator and compare the total amount of monthly payments with other solutions. Finally, for lines used very occasionally (for example for friends visiting from abroad), there is the prepaid card solution.
HOW MANY GB OF INTERNET DO YOU NEED?
One of the questions that often comes up is what are megabytes and gigabytes of data in terms of usage:
- Between 50 and 100 MB : enough to occasionally check your emails, or watch a handful of YouTube videos on your smartphone… per month. Most will find this thin data envelope too frustrating on a smartphone.
- Between 1 and 10 GB : enough to use your smartphone and its services normally without worrying about burning your plan in one day – if you use your smartphone daily, the 1-3 GB range may be a bit tight in use
- More than 10 GB : we enter more intensive uses such as Internet connection sharing and downloading Netflix series for example – more generally anything that consumes bandwidth (videos, applications, streaming, etc.).
DO YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR MOBILE PLAN OFTEN?
In the past, it was packages with a 12- or 24-month commitment. Today, all operators offer packages at a reasonable price and without obligation. Let’s say it bluntly: whenever possible, non-binding offers should be favored. When you are hired and for one reason or another you want to change operator, in most cases you have to pay the remaining monthly payments. Commitment also means running the risk of being forced to pay an overpriced plan for a long time, when the mobile plan market is very competitive, to the delight of consumers.
Some, like Free, practice private sales during which unlimited packages are sold off at a minimum price, sometimes at only 0.99 € per month for a year. A ridiculous price, which you will probably never be able to take advantage of if you have a commitment. Today, you can easily transport your phone number from one operator to another, so changing operators often is a common practice.
HOW TO PROPERLY PREPARE THE TRANSFER FROM ONE MOBILE OPERATOR TO ANOTHER?
If you are already with an operator and are about to change, pay attention to several points:
- Above all, do not immediately cancel your old subscription if you want to keep your number
- How many months of commitment do you have left ? The Chatel law allows you to pay only 25% of the remaining months from the 13th month of engagement (this amount may influence your decision to change operator or not)
- Dial 3179 on your smartphone : you will receive an SMS containing the RIO number that you will need to give to your new operator to terminate your contract and request the portability of your current phone number