Mobile Phone Contracts - Cost
OK, I’m a reasonably intelligent guy, but I have a question for which the answer eludes me. Why do I need a Contract with a provider if I choose to purchase a new mobile phone ?
I have lived overseas for many years and all mobile phones I have had, in many countries, have always been either Pay As You Go (pay in advance) , or invoiced at month end (pay for service used).
Is there in UK some advantage (is it cheaper ?) to have a contract ? Certainly with my current PAYG mobile in the UK it costs me about £4 - £6 a month. I just cannot see what benefit some of the eye wateringly high contract prices offer above what I currently have.
I admit in advance that may be missing something , but why are mobile phone Contracts in UK so expensive ?