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Upgrades more expensive than new contracts..

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by bastic, 2 Jan 2016.

  1. bastic

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Jan 2008

    Posts: 2,994

    Location: Londinuim

    Want to upgrade wife's mobile and it seems that all upgrade offers are more expensive than getting a new line...
    Anyone else noticed that ?

    I could cancel and then move number around and get a new contract buto don't want to have a credit check on my account at the moment ( about to get a mortgage and not sure if that would affect it...)
     
  2. Woden

    Soldato

    Joined: 7 Mar 2011

    Posts: 6,857

    Location: Oldham, Lancashire

    It's been like that since forever. Loyalty is not a good thing for a customer.
     
  3. bastic

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Jan 2008

    Posts: 2,994

    Location: Londinuim

    I think last time I have found deal similar to a new contract...

    Just same as new line would do me. ..and save hassle
     
  4. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

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    Hah used to annoy me on voda click on upgrade options and comes up with something like "We have the perfect deal for you" which is the exact same allowances as my current plan at £1/m more than I currently pay.......................
     
  5. Skeeter

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Mar 2007

    Posts: 37,148

    Location: Surrey

    Everything is like this. The best deals are always for new customers.

    Just move, it won't affect your credit rating or your mortgage (selecting to upgrade will trigger a new contract and a credit check anyway).
     
  6. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

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    ^^ Used to get some better deals back in the day though - strangely right now I've got exactly the same options as the new customer deals but usually I'd be a right mug to pick most of the "upgrade" options. Years back used to get some options like pay 50p/m extra and get a load more data allowance and/or the option of picking the higher tier tariffs but with say 10% off for the first 6 months of the contract.
     
  7. Myshra

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    Joined: 26 Mar 2010

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    Location: M4 Corridor

    Highly depends on how good a customer you are but i agree, renewal deals are generally awful and are really there for those who are looking for a no hassle upgrade. To echo the credit rating stuff from Skeeter, this will not impact your ability to get a mortgage - the new rules since last year are a much bigger barrier than the credit check is as an aside. You need to trigger quite a few checks for it to be an issue and even then it's unlikely to affect it considering the circumstances of the check.
     
  8. Tee Hee Johnson

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    Joined: 30 May 2007

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    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    Not sure if that is true, i've upgraded my 3 contract 3 times and i have never seen a credit check for any of them.
     
  9. bastic

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    Joined: 24 Jan 2008

    Posts: 2,994

    Location: Londinuim

    thanks guys.
    will look on new contracts then .

    just need to convince wife to change from o2 lol :D she would like to stay with them which is possible but involves operators swapping back and forth ;D
     
  10. Haggisman

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    Joined: 6 Oct 2004

    Posts: 13,968

    Location: Birmingham

    This...

    I just upgraded my own contract and added my partner's number to my Vodafone account (moved from EE) and didn't get checked for either.

    OP - just ring them and get through to retentions, Vodafone were able to beat their new customer deals and even the online 3rd party retailers for me, although that doesn't necessarily mean O2 will be able to.
     
  11. Doco

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Aug 2011

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    Location: Ireland

    I worked in vodafone about 2-3 years ago over the christmas period, and opening a new account (not sure if it applied to a new line under an existing account because its been a while) required a credit check, almost everyone got through but I did have one or two that didnt get through the credit check and had to be denied a contract.
     
  12. bastic

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    might give it a try but doubt that I will get anywhere with o2 ;D
     
  13. BigBruiserAl

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    Location: Co. Durham

    I can confirm this as fact, an upgrade with your mobile phone provider does not trigger a credit check hope that helps :)
     
  14. Hxc

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Oct 2004

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    Location: London

    Vodafone can give absolutely ridiculous deals out if you get to the right people and fit the profile. Last year I was paying something stupid that worked out as an effective £14 a month for 4gb/unlimited/unlimited with 4g and spotify premium included.

    Flat out told me they couldn't do it again, regardless of how far I went with cancellation. Now paying £21 for 6gb/Unlimited/Unlimited 4g and spotify premium, still better than anywhere else factoring in Spotify.
     
  15. Gigabit

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Apr 2012

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    Upgrades do not trigger a credit check as has been stated.

    Get through to cancellations and ask for your PAC. See what they offer.
     
  16. The Running Man

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    Lol just gave 3three a chance to get me to upgrade to an xperia z5 or edge and they wanted 47 quid and 46 quid a month respectively for 4gb data contract.

    I saud no thanks and hung up...
     
  17. Steeps

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

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    Location: Bedfordshire

    With my last 2 upgrades it was always cheaper to stick with sim only and buy the phone on PAYG than it was to either upgrade or new contract.
     
  18. Gigabit

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    That's nearly always the case.
     
  19. neoboy

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    Always been the case, left Three sim only yesterday but they actually did offer S6 for free with 4GB for £28 which isn't too bad.
     
  20. tiffanys

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    Joined: 11 Sep 2015

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    its 39 on their site.