One way that consumers can save money on their mobile phones is by haggling with vendors over the deal, it has been suggested.
A writer for Fool.co.uk claimed this week that the free gifts which come with a lot of deals these days are often not as good a bargain as they may first appear and negotiation can yield better results.
"I negotiated a new handset, 600 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited web browsing for just £20 a month," the journalist remarked.
"Over 18 months this will cost me £360, which beats the free gift offers."
The article referred to Omio.com, which it claimed showed that the majority of £40 a month or more contracts come with free gifts, such as an iPod Nano or a Nintendo Wii.
These items could be easily purchased for the amount of money the writer claimed he saved by haggling over his mobile phone contract.
According to MoneySavingExpert.com, haggling over prices is possible because mobile vendors are keen to get customers onboard.