Cell Phone Service
Cell Phone Services
are available through multiple providers. Before you get started in your
search for new cellular phone service, we recommend you think about your
needs. There is no reason for anyone to pay for services that they do not
use. Below are some questions that we believe everyone should ask themselves
before purchasing new cell phone service.
Are you ok signing a two year contract? With
each of the major carriers in the United States, Verizon Wireless, Sprint,
T-Mobile, and AT&T you have an option of signing a two year contract. In
T-Mobile’s case, your contract is to pay off your phone on a month to month
plan. Still, you have to pay this off. Each of the carriers offer prepaid
plans also known as pay as you go plans. The major difference is you have to
pay full price for a phone. Then you get your monthly service cheaper than
the post paid service which requires a two year contract.
Do you send text messages? Anymore this might
seem like a silly question, however not everyone likes texting. Some people
want nothing to do with texting at all and contact their cell phone provider
and ask them to block all text messages so they are not charged. If you
don’t like texting, you will probably be best served with a pre paid plan
since basic phones are inexpensive. This makes it easier for you to find a
simple phone and avoid the two year contract. If you do want texting
services, make sure you get a phone that is easier to text from. I prefer
phones with either full Qwerty keyboards or with touch screen keyboards that
make it easier to text.
Are you a heavy talker or is your phone for emergency use only?
For many people their cell phone is their only phone as they have gotten rid
of their home phone line. If this is the case, you need to make sure you
find a plan that offers enough minutes to meet your monthly needs. If you
are a really heavy talker, an unlimited cell phone plan might be needed.
These are available from both the major cell phone service providers and
from prepaid resellers like Virgin Mobile, Straight Talk, Boost, and many
more. If you are looking for a phone for emergency use only, I would
consider prepaid options. We buy my mother a Tracfone every year with 450
minutes she can use during the year for $100. This is only $8.33 per month.
T-Mobile has a prepaid plan where you only get charged $1 per day that you
use your phone. This could be a great option if you rarely use your phone as
What is more important, coverage or price? If you
are searching for cheap cell phone plans you will find cheaper options,
however, the coverage may not be as good depending on where you live. It
might be that the value carriers like the resellers and Sprint and T-Mobile
all work great where you live. If this is the case, you can save a lot of
money. Or you might require better coverage. If this is the case you will
have to pay more with Verizon Wireless or in some markets AT&T.
Do you need the Internet and email on your cell phone?
Anymore people want to do just about everything from their phone. Find a
nearby restaurant, or check your email while you are out and about. Some
people want access to their Face book page from their phones. If you have a
need or desire to use the Internet and do email from your phone you will
need a data plan. If you are at home or in a place that has a secure
wireless Internet connection, you may not need unlimited data. You can use
your wireless Internet access instead of your data while in these places.
For data users, there are great plans with a contract and great pay as you
go cell phone services as well.
Is getting the latest and greatest cell phone technology important to you?
If you want the hottest phones on the market like the Galaxy S phones or an
iPhone, you will probably need to go with a major carrier like Verizon
Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile. Or if you want one of the other top
Android or Windows mobile devices, signing a two year contract or T-Mobile’s
payment plan could be a great way to go to get a discounted device.
Secondary or reseller services typically don’t have the best phones right
when they come out. Instead they normally offer phones one generation old or
get the best phones after they have been on the major carriers.
Is a family plan right for me and my family? For many
families getting a family shared cell phone plan is a smart option. Although
it is not as automatic as it used to be. Again, it really depends on the
needs of each user in the family. Still, I would say that for most families
these options are cheaper unless they are doing a prepaid type plan. Do your
homework and make sure this makes sense for your usage needs.
While there are other questions you
may consider before purchasing cell phone services, we think these are at
least a good place to start. We hope we have helped you as you plan your new
or upgraded cell phone plan and phone purchase. Thank you for visiting our