Buying A Cell Phone – Making Smart Choices

Written by Lillian Fuller

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It isn’t a very sexy list but if economy is important to you then that is really all you need. BUT if economy isn’t number one on your list of what to look for in a cell phone, read on.

2. The Latest And Greatest – Can You Say “E A R L Y A D O P T E R?”

If you wantrepparttar latest in technology, be prepared to pay for it. A minimum of $200.00 will buy onlyrepparttar 133430 most basic of cell phones. Inrepparttar 133431 case of pricing for cell phones and cell phone accessoriesrepparttar 133432 sky truly isrepparttar 133433 limit. Nokia, Motorola, LG, Ericsson and Kyocera provide an established name in cell phone technology and they also provide cutting edge features in their repertoire of cell phone offerings. Check out their web sites forrepparttar 133434 latest and greatest in cell phone offerings.

3. Style – Looking Good For A Price

Many companies include face plates as a catchy cell phone accessory. You can wear your heart or your favorite sports team on your sleeve. Motorola, for example carries a cell phone face plate that features a major league hockey team. You can even pick up a purse to carry your cell phone torepparttar 133435 most elegant occasions. Check out these “must have” little numbers onrepparttar 133436 Motorola site or one ofrepparttar 133437 many other sites onrepparttar 133438 internet selling these aftermarket accessories. If you love color and need to match your cell phone to your Mercedes that is possible too!

Would you like something a little different? A cell mate isrepparttar 133439 thing to have. This cell phone accessory allows you to dress your cell phone. This item was adopted by Ashley Judd who is reported to have many different plush covers for her cell phones. These items are available from a limited number of cell phone companies and other manufacturers. Type your brand of cellphone and “cell mate” into your favorite search engine to find a unique cover for your cell phone.

4. Reliability – When You Need Your Cell Phone To Be Dependable

One ofrepparttar 133440 most important features when looking for a cell phone is dependable service. There is no point in having a cell phone andrepparttar 133441 most up to date cell phone accessories ifrepparttar 133442 phone is not reliable. Some cell phone companies advertise that they providerepparttar 133443 best cell phone service but unfortunately this isn’t always true. Ensure that you deal with experienced cell phone service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

5. Rate Plan Flexibility

Phone plans – finding what’s right for you. Family plans, call home plans, free included cell phones and prepaid cell phones! There’s a multitude of choices but what is right for you? Your lifestyle will indicate what type of phone plan you need. If your cell phone is your main source of communication and half your life is spent on your cell, you need a plan that will guarantee yourepparttar 133444 most air time forrepparttar 133445 least amount of money. If you have children and want to give themrepparttar 133446 opportunity to have a cell phone but want to controlrepparttar 133447 amount of time they use it , a family plan may berepparttar 133448 right choice for you. Perhaps you need to call a certain phone number regularly, then a “call home” plan isrepparttar 133449 choice that serves your needs best. Do your research to findrepparttar 133450 best fit possible. Gone arerepparttar 133451 days when you had to fitrepparttar 133452 cell phone plan; today companies such as Verizon and AT&T make sure thatrepparttar 133453 cell phone plans fits you.

The Choice Is Yours – The Sky’s The Limit

As you can see, there are lots to look for when shopping for a new cell phone. This article covered only a portion ofrepparttar 133454 information available onrepparttar 133455 World Wide Web and inrepparttar 133456 Marketplace. I hope you found it helpful in your search for justrepparttar 133457 right cell phone company for your unique lifestyle. Keep in touch!

Lillian Fuller is a talented freelance writer providing tips about cell phones, cell phone plans and cellular accessories. Her articles offer valuable insight on many different topics. © 2004

Cell Phone Plans – Choices Abound!

Written by Lillian Fuller

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The most popular plans these days are shared plans or family plans. Family plans are useful torepparttar small business because each employee can have a cell phone andrepparttar 133429 company receives just one invoice. This is a good way of keeping track of communication expenses. This applies to a small business but one invoice is a good way to monitor family budgets as well.

Prepaid Cell Phones…Diamonds & Dust


  • Prepaid minutes can be less expensive than contract minutes.
  • No Credit checks, no hassles!
  • No monthly bill, you’ve paid upfront.
  • No service fees.
  • Extras costs more, long distance and roaming fees can be very expensive.
  • Not all services are included, you may not be able to surfrepparttar 133430 web.
  • Your phone only works in analog areas (quite common in more remote areas).
  • Prepaid minutes can be more expensive on a minute by minute basis. Readrepparttar 133431 fine print.
Contracts – Bundles Of Bargains

The most attractive feature about cell phone contracts isrepparttar 133432 bundle concept. There are numerous cell phone plans to make it easy for you to adhere to a contract and get a bundle of great deals. You can get special “add ons” like three way calling and call display. You can purchase a relatively nice cell phone at a reasonable price. As mentioned above contracts are notrepparttar 133433 iron clad document they used to be. If need be you can get released from them and you do get nicer phones!

Companies You Can Count On

Tried & True There are so many cell phone companies and service providers these days, who can you, count on? Forrepparttar 133434 best hardware (the phone) andrepparttar 133435 best software (airtime and air quality), you could choose cell phone companies that have been inrepparttar 133436 communication business for a long time. Verizon is one of these companies. They have a long standing tradition of superior customer service and product dependability. AT&T is also a long established communications company with impeccable standards.

Up & Coming There are also some new cell phone companies and service providers who are making a good name for themselves because ofrepparttar 133437 attention to quality as well. Check out new companies such as Nextel (a proud sponsor of NASCAR), T-Mobile, Cingular and Cricket.

There are reviews you can read aboutrepparttar 133438 latest and newest technology about all ofrepparttar 133439 above companies so go to each company’s websites and check out how their phones rate against each other.

What’s Your Style?

Truly today, it is all about you and your unique lifestyle. This isrepparttar 133440 most important decision making factor of all. You know what you need in a cell phone plan. The key is findingrepparttar 133441 best one that will serve your needs best. Don’t be intimidated or overwhelmed byrepparttar 133442 number of choices out there. Just keep in mind; it’s all about your unique communication needs. Read these two short scenarios. They will help to show you what could be right for you.

Your job takes you all overrepparttar 133443 world. Your friends have a hard time keeping track of you because you are always onrepparttar 133444 move. You pay your bills onrepparttar 133445 internet and phone your family periodically just to let them know you’re “OK”.


You’re still in school and living at home. Your parents want you to keep in touch but you’re sick of pay phones. Borrowing your friend’s cell phone is getting old but you still need to check in.

The first scenario indicates that a prepaid cell phone would suit your lifestyle well. Make sure you prepay your minutes and avoid those pricey extra airtime costs. Use an international company such as AT&T so that you receive global coverage.

The second scenario indicates that your family needs a shared plan likerepparttar 133446 family plans currently available. Surfrepparttar 133447 web and research companies like Verizon and AT&T.

The Bottom Line – Choices Do Abound!

So there you have it,repparttar 133448 future is flexible and choices do abound. I hope you have found this article helpful as you make that choice between a prepaid cell phone and a cell phone contract. Keep in touch!

Lillian Fuller is a talented freelance writer providing tips for consumers about prepaid phone plans, family cell phone plans and shared cellular plans. © 2004

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