What is the best rate on the market is perhaps the most repeated question in telecommunications, but with such a wide range of operators and with so many variables, answering it requires a small prior analysis of most important factors that will influence your satisfaction as a user.
A good, beautiful and cheap rate is basically what consumers are looking for, and to find it, we are going to review those elementary aspects that will guarantee the best experience based on the needs of each user.
Coverage, a fundamental pillar
In order to start ruling out operators, know the fiber and mobile coverage in the habitual residence and in places where you usually move regularly it will be fundamental.
If you are interested have internet at home, it is advisable to opt for operators that have fiber installed. Even if mobile coverage is poor at home, if you have WiFi contracted, you will not miss calls thanks to advantages such as VoWiFi offered by some operators.
But in addition to having fiber coverage, and knowing the differences of whether it arrives through FTTH or HFC, it may also be of interest to the most demanding, to know if the internet connection is behind CGNAT, to know which routes are used by the operators for their access to the internet, the status of their backbone or know the peering agreements that will make the connection more immediate in their response.
Here also play an important role Wifi router used by the operator, and although generally most operators do not allow you to choose a model and these are usually very simple, the most premium brands also bet on improving the experience inside the home through a router with WiFi 6 and a router with WiFi mesh.
Regarding mobile coverage, all operators cover close to 99% of the population (not the territory), but the quality of mobile coverage is influenced by various aspects that make it advisable to carry out prior tests or know the experience of other users in those places where we will spend more time.
Furthermore, although the scope of coverage is equal in MVNOs that hang under the operators with their own network, the quality of service is not equal, because prioritization criteria and different APNs are established.
Final prices and permanence
Some operators often try to capture the attention of users with eye-catching offers, whose prices are tempting for a few months, but then lose much of their appeal and can end up being expensive.
For this reason, changing operators just because of their offers is not usually a good choice, unless there is no permanence and you can quickly free yourself as soon as the final price is no longer interesting. But generally, discounts of less than six or twelve months are usually not profitable if we compare with the operators that offer definitive prices all year round.
Regarding permanence, the majority of only mobile, they have no permanence Since the arrival of MVNOs more than a decade ago, and if they have permanence, it is usually for the purchase of a mobile in installments. Although there are also cases in which there is permanence during the same months in which a promotional price is applied.
On the other hand, the permanence in the rates that include fiber service is much more common. And if they also include loyalty discounts to prevent you from changing operator (the well-known offers for portability threat), the penalty for not fulfilling the permanence it can be incremental. That is, the penalty is calculated based on the months that you have enjoyed the discount, instead of the months that remain to complete the period of stay.
Small print and additional benefits
Moving on to the conditions of the rates, obviously the final price plays a fundamental role, but the cheapest rate is not always the one that best meets your expectations due to the small print and the additional advantages that characterize each operator.
Once calls have gone to the background after unlimited minutes have become almost ubiquitous, operators have gone for other benefits and services to improve the user experience.
With the gigabytes taking over a large part of the protagonism of the rates, it is not surprising that the operators have managed to make that the mobile data can be fully squeezed through advantages such as the MB accumulation and sharing by different methods.
But also, we find all kinds of advantages in some of the operators such as cheaper international calls, free roaming, installment mobiles, mobile insurance, pay TV, connected home products, banking services, energy, telemedicine and home alarms.
Compare rates and operators
Taking into account all these fundamental aspects, at Xataka Móvil we elaborate comparative graphs of rates with final prices that we divide according to different needs in order to shorten and facilitate the choice of your best rate, and which you can access from here: