If you have not owned a cell phone before, you can become overwhelmed with the services existing for them. You may already be on a plan and just are curious about changing the provider you have now. There are vast differences among the various carriers’ services. If you are willing to spend a little time answering a few questions and doing research on this subject, you can easily choose what cell phone service to buy.
Cell Phone Needs –
Write down your cell phone needs. To help find the best service, you need to know what you want. Do you need a phone for emergencies only or do you plan to use it all the time? How many minutes do you desire? Do you want a camera on it? Text capabilities? Web connection? GPS tracking or other such services? What type of coverage area do you need? Will you be using international or only domestic service? Do you need Bluetooth or MP3 hookup? Make note of these on paper and any thing else you would like to have included in your cell phone service.
Cell Phone Budget –
Figure out how much money you want to spend on your cell phone and the service for it. This can narrow your search tremendously. Cell phones can be free (usually with some type of “catch”, of course) or they can cost you hundreds of dollars. How much are you willing to spend on the phone itself? The price for additional services can add a lot to the monthly cost also. Is this worth it? Only you can answer this. Figure out an amount you are comfortable with for both the phone and the monthly service charges.
Cell Phone Contract Type –
Decide on the contract type. You need to consider what form of a contract you want for your cell phone service. Most of the popular service providers require you to sign a year contract or longer. Do you want to be committed this long? A lot of times you can get better deals by signing a contract, however this is not always the case. There are numerous “pay as you go” (prepaid) cell phone services existing that may work better for your situation. Do you want to be locked into a specific carrier and have a monthly bill? Or do you want to have no contract, no commitments and no monthly bills? Make your mind up as to which you prefer.
Cell Phone Comparison –
Compare the various cell phones and services existing. There are a few links in Resources (below) to sites that have reviews on both types of cell phone services (contract or prepaid). Draw on the answers you came up with in Steps 1, 2 and 3 to narrow the vast selections shown. Use these reviews to find at least three service providers to compare. Once you have narrowed your choices down, select the best cell phone service for your situation.
Cell Phone Tips
Ask your friends and family what cell phone service they use. This way you can ask them questions about it and also you may be able to get a discount or free calls (to their cell phone), if you choose the same one.
Cell Phone Warnings
It can be very costly to get out of a contract, once it is signed. Always read all of the “fine print” and ask questions about any part of a binding cell phone service contract that you do not understand, before you agree to it!