Monday, April 9, 2012

Choosing A Cell Phone & Plan To Suit Your Needs

Time to get a new cell phone! It seems these days that everyone has a cell phone. From young children to the elderly, cell phones have become a main form of quick communication. Whether it is used for business, emergencies, or just personal use, there is a lot that goes into choosing which cellular provider and phone to choose. After all, it is a decision that you may have to stick with for two years!

The most important thing to consider is the coverage available in your area. You can do this easily by visiting any cellular company website and look for a coverage map. Using your exact home address is the most efficient way to see what kind of coverage you will have available. Checking your work address, as well as any other place where you may be often, is a good idea. Know what to expect and what you would be paying for.

Now you will have to choose your service plan. It is important that when you chose a plan, the sales representative explains if there are any free periods to use you phone and when they are. Get the most for your money by utilizing those free periods. Don't forget to ask about additional features like text messaging and internet.

Make sure that before you leave the store, you know how to check your minutes. This tool can potentially save you from outrageous overages and is quick and easy to use. Consider prices and make sure the phone and plan fall within your budget. You don't want to hurt your credit by digging yourself into a hole!

One of the most important things is choosing the actual cell phone. There is such a massive variety of phones available, so don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Do your research ahead of time. Read reviews and forums online, see if the phone is available in a store so you can play with it, and be aware of the buyers' remorse period in which you can return the phone. In most states the buyers' remorse period is fourteen days.

Find a phone that has all of the features that you need and want. Try to stay away from fancy phones that have more features than you would ever use. You may just become overwhelmed with a phone that has more than you need or is too complicated and you will end up regretting your investment.

Lastly, read what you are signing! It is important that you know what kind of contract you are signing and what the terms are. Don't let yourself be tricked into signing something that you didn't want by a sales representative eager to make commission. Above all else, find the phone that is right for you and meets your particular needs.


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