Choosing the right cell phone carrier
the right cell phone carrier can be just as important as deciding on
the phone itself. To help you determine which cell phone company is
right for you, consider the following factors.
Can you hear them now?
all carriers cover the same areas. More than anything, it's important
that you're able to receive calls, text messages and access data
services in your local area. If you're unsure of whether a carrier
covers the places where you live, work and travel frequently, ask to see
the carrier's coverage map. Better yet, take a poll among friends and
family to see which carrier they use and how they like (or don't like)
the service that carrier provides.
all wireless carriers offer the same phones. If you have your heart set
on a specific phone, it can be really frustrating to find out the
provider you want doesn't offer it. If you can't have the phone you've
been dreaming about, chances are there's another model that offers
similar features. With a bit of research, you're certain to find a
smartphone that can do everything you want from a wireless provider that
has you covered everywhere you go.
The price is right … Or is it?
wireless carriers offer discounted monthly rates when you sign on for
data, text and voice services as a bundle. If you use a landline at
home, you may not need as many minutes as you think. Many providers also
offer family plans to consider as well. Go through your old bills to
see how much time, texts and data you really use, then comparison shop
to see which network offers the most bang for your buck.
The fine print
Most carriers will sell you a smartphone
handset at a great price to lock you into a fixed-term contract. While
this deal can be an affordable way to get your hands on the latest
smartphone technology, it isn't for everyone. When you pay full price
for your handset, some carriers may allow you to pay for their services
on a month-to-month basis. This way, if you need to cancel your plan for
any reason, you can do so hassle-free. Be sure to ask about
early-cancellation fees, and evaluate your long-term cell phone needs,
as well as your budget.
You're ready to shop — now brush up on the latest smartphone lingo to sound like a pro.
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