Bad credit mobile phones

A mobile phone, especially a smartphone, has become a very important part of our everyday life.

Whether you are a housewife, a stay at home mom, a student or a high-flying businessman, your mobile phone not only keeps you in contact with others but can act as your mobile office, keep you up to date with the latest news and become a very handy tool for study.

Often, the only way to secure these phones is through a mobile phone contract.

But what happens when you cannot secure a smartphone on a contract basis? What happens if time and time again you are turned away because of a poor credit rating? Since the financial crisis of 2008, people are struggling financially. During the past number of years, many individuals in the United Kingdom have got themselves into financial trouble. This leads to taking out loans, getting deeper into debt and sometimes defaulting on payments. Their credit rating then drops, becoming poorer and poorer with each non-payment.


And that’s why the big mobile phone contract providers will not allow you to sign a contract with them. But don’t worry, there is hope!

Apply for a bad credit mobile phone

A bad credit mobile phone? Yes, if you have a bad credit rating, you still can get a mobile phone on a contract basis. At ELFA Phones, we have helped individuals such as yourself throughout the United Kingdom secure a mobile phone contract despite them thinking this was impossible and in many cases just giving up and accepting that they would never have a contract mobile phone.

Together with our suppliers, we have sourced a range of models that we can provide to you on a contract basis. We are able to do this due to the fact that we have built up an in-depth knowledge of the mobile phone market.

We also believe that although you have made financial mistakes in your past, you deserve the opportunity to have the option of owning a mobile phone on a contract basis if you so choose.  It should also be one that will not put you under financial strain and that you can pay back with ease, improving your credit record in the process.

So how do you apply?

Well, it is simple! To apply you need to visit our offices or contact us by email. We will require a number of important documents that will make the application process go even quicker. We promise a 24 hour turnaround time if you bring them to us during your first appointment. These documents including your identity document, a utility bill to prove where you stay, your wage slips for the previous three months and a printout of your bank statements for the past three months.


What phones can you get on our contracts?

We offer a range of budget smartphones that have come onto the market over the past couple of years. These phones will be able to do everything you expect them to, including access to all social media sites, surf the internet, play games, download apps, and take pictures and even access email.

Although we would love to offer you the latest iPhone or Galaxy, this is just not possible as it will make your contract too expensive. Once you have successfully gone through your first contract with us and your credit rating improves, you can move onto a phone such as those.

When your contract has been ratified, you will receive your handset in the post or you can come and pick it up from our offices.  If you have any questions about the whole process, please contact us or click here for additional information.


How to backup your budget Android smartphone to cloud storage

In the cheap mobile phone market, most budget smartphones run the Android operating system. This system is exceptional and offers a very easy to use interface as well as many of the same features you will find on higher priced Apple iPhones or Samsung Galaxy models.

Once such key feature is the ability to back up your important information. As smartphones become more and more prevalent, the ability to backup photos, emails, music and other information is critical. If you are a student or a businessman, your phone holds key information. Lose it and you could be in a serious amount of trouble, especially if it is not backed up somewhere.

And the easiest way to do this is to ensure that your budget smartphone backs itself up automatically to a cloud storage system each time you enter a free Wi-Fi area.

What is cloud storage?

Cloud storage systems are a form of storing data digitally. Users upload their data to servers owned by other companies. Each user is often given a large amount of disk space to store their data, for example, 5 gigs.

Setting up your budget smartphone to back up to a cloud

Now many people will tell you that you can just back up your important data to your own PC and laptop, but this can be risky. These devices also fail, especially if you do not regularly check them for malware or viruses. By backing up into a cloud, you know that your data is safe as companies hosting these clouds have complex backup servers themselves. In other words, our data can never be lost. By backing up to a cloud you are also able to access your data from a multitude of devices, not only your budget smartphone.

So let’s begin!

  • Start by backing up your Google Account

As an Android budget smartphone user, no doubt you have a Google Account. This account can hold a lot of key information that you need not keep elsewhere such as bookmarks, contacts, phone settings, calendar and apps for example. This needs to be setup, however. Start by accessing your Google account and going into settings/privacy. Make sure the boxes ‘backup my settings’ and ‘automatic restore’ are selected. Also, ensure that under ‘backup account’ you include the Google account you want to backup as some people do have more than one.

Now move onto the account and sync tab. Start by selecting your chosen Google account and make sure all options are ticked.

  • Backing up photos

Again, the Android operating system can be set to automatically backup any photo’s you have on your phone. This is done through the Instant Upload service. By enabling this, all your photos and videos will be uploaded to your Google Plus account linked to your Google account. They are stored in a folder called ‘From my phone’. If you prefer not to use this Google Plus account, many other third party programs offer uploading of all photos or videos including Photobucket Mobile, Flickr, Instagram and even Facebook.


  • Backing up email

Backing up your email depends on the email app you use. Should you use Google Mail, well your mail is already on a separate server and not on your phone. So if you do not delete a mail, it will stay there forever.

Should you use Outlook, for example, you can archive your mail to Outlook.com where you will receive free storage space. Depending on which version of Outlook you are currently using, this needs to be setup in the mail program itself. Once done, you can either backup all your mail or drag and drop certain messages to have them put into a cloud storage.

Don’t make the mistake of not backing up important information on your budget smartphone thinking that you will never lose it. You never know when a problem might lead to your losing all of your data.


Don’t you just hate….

There is no doubt about it, both Apple and Samsung release incredible smartphones.

Right from the start, both these companies’ phones were nothing short of technological masterpieces. In fact, they can be considered the first real smartphones that were made available to the public. And in the United Kingdom, they certainly both sold like hot cakes!

Let’s face it, you either an Apple or a Samsung person! Granted, there are people that have tried both phones, but they always go back to a particular model. In the office here at ELFA Phones, we are pretty much split down the middle as to which phone is best. Often it’s just a personal preference, something small that either makes you like the iPhone or the Galaxy.

And then there is me! I hate both and I have tried both for extended periods of time. So my judgment is pretty sound in terms of my feelings towards them and why I don’t like these phones.

Take that poison Apple away from me!

Let’s begin with the Apple iPhone. As I mentioned before, the iPhone is a technological masterpiece, of that there is no doubt. From its inception, it has captured the imagination of the world. Apple knew they needed a new product after the success of the iPod and with the mobile phone market growing worldwide at a massive rate, that’s where they moved to next.


And so my disdain for Apple products started. I had the first iPhone that came out in 2007. Granted, for the first month I loved it but then the gloss quickly faded. You see, I am a music junkie and I have plenty of MP3’s and compact discs. So the task of loading these onto my phones started in earnest a day after I received it.

Now there is only one way to do this – ITunes… oh, how I hate ITunes. Surely Apple as one of the leading tech companies in the world could come up with something better. Yes, it gives you access to a massive range of music. Yes, it converts your compact discs into a number of different formats. But why must it be so clunky to use? Even today, where ITunes has improved, I steer well clear of it, even as just an ordinary music player for my laptop.

The uploading process was a nightmare. On some occasions, my iPhone would not sync correctly with ITunes. Then, when it did, it would either wipe out any songs I had already uploaded or make double copies of them. How annoying!  I quickly learned that manual synching was a far better option. This immediately stopped the double copies of songs, but if my computer hung at any point while syncing, I would have to disconnect my iPhone and I would lose all my songs again. Eventually, after around three months, I managed to upload all the music I wanted.

And then there was the interface. Although there has been many incarnations of the IOS operating systems from those early days, an iPhone still seems ‘clunky’ to me. I just hate how it navigates and the way certain critical settings are hidden behind menus and sub menus.

Finally, the release of new models. With sales that went through the roof, Apple knew there were onto a good thing. While the first new models of the iPhone were brilliant upgrades – offering 3G connectivity amongst other things, Apple has released a new model every year since 2007. Is that necessary?  Are there such massive upgrades that they need to release a phone every year? Well, for me the answer is NO! They do it because they know the Apple loving public will snap up their models. Good business yes, but it drives me insane!

There was plenty of other things that I didn’t like, but these highlighted above put me off Apple’s flagship phone forever. Clearly, however, I am in a minority here!

Moving to another Galaxy

Then there is the Samsung Galaxy. After trying out Apple for a year and falling out of love pretty quickly, I moved over to a different Galaxy so to speak. And I loved it! The Galaxy II (my first foray into this new universe) was a brilliant phone. I really could not fault it. Easy to use, access to a multitude of apps on the Google Play store, good camera and the ability to put in extra memory. What was not to like?

And then, just a year later came the Galaxy III. I had to have it! Stupidly I chose the ‘mini’ version. I had nothing but problems with this phone. I thought I would love the smaller screen but it became a real problem, especially when navigating web pages not optimized for mobile. It also froze – every second day. My love affair with Galaxy quickly petered out.


In terms of models, Samsung is very much like Apple, releasing phones every year on average. Is this necessary? Well, they do it because Galaxy lovers snap up the phones. I just don’t think it’s necessary to release a new phone unless there are great leaps in technology.

Anyway, I have moved on. I now try a different phone every two years. That way I get to experience the other models out there and can advise people who are not bitten by the Apple or Samsung bug! Lately, I have tried a range of budget smartphones that have made their way onto the market. Let me tell you, there are some incredible budget phones out there, all very capable of doing a perfect job for students to businessmen.

Of course, many will disagree with my opinions on both Samsung and Apple and that’s fine – each to their own I say!