The Future Is Flexible
Gone are days when only way you could afford a cell phone was to buy into a lengthy cell phone plan. In those early days, a cell phone plan included a seemingly ironclad contract that lasted a minimum of three years. There simply were no choices. If you wanted a cell phone you had to buy phone and commit to being tied to a contract; like it or lump it.
Thankfully those days are over and today because of number of service providers, choices abound! Today’s cell phone plans are designed with consumer and their multitude of choices in mind. The wireless customer can choose an affordable cell phone with many choices and combinations of cell phone plans. That’s good news! There is bad news though, with large volume of information available today, where does a person start to look and how do they decide what to choose?
Choices, Choices, Choices
That’s reason for this article. My goal is to help guide you through myriad of choices that are available and to introduce you to world of prepaid cell phones, family plans and shared plans for multiple cell phones. I’ll be giving you some suggestions on how to match best cell phone plan for you and your lifestyle. I’ll also be giving you an idea where to find some ratings and reviews.
There are a few things to consider when making a decision. Once that’s done you can look into various reviews on what’s currently available. Some internet sites provide ratings for cell phone plans they advertise and are always striving to inform customer about their newest offerings and hottest deals.
Hardware And Software
- Hardware & Software.
- What’s Available?
- The prepaid cell phone – Diamonds & Dust.
- Contracts – Bundles of Bargains.
- Companies you can count on.
- What’s your style?
The Hardware When it all comes down to it, isn’t it all about phone? This is primarily one of first of decision making factors because it determines what kind of phone you’ll get. This is especially true when you are looking at what can be a very expensive purchase.
Almost every cell phone company provides most simple or most complex cell phones with their prepaid cell phone packages. Companies such as Verizon, Cricket, and Nextel all offer easy consumer friendly “pay as you go” options.
If you chose a contract, there seems to be a formula but some companies have very enticing offers especially if you are changing service providers. The basic rule of thumb seems to be:
As mentioned above some service providers offer up to a 75% discounted price for a top of line cell phone in exchange for a three year contract. As a particularly good salesman told me “you can always get out of a contract these days, you just have to pay it out”. Because cell phones offered by most service providers are top of line items from Motorola and Nokia and contract is so consumer friendly it will be easy for you to stick with a contract for three years.
- $50.00 price reduction for a one year contract.
- $100.00 price reduction for a two year contract.
- $150.00 price reduction for a three year contract.
The Software The service provider is most important software factor when choosing between a prepaid cell phone and cell phone plan contract. This is an important issue because even best phone is only as good as its signal.
Buyers beware however; some service providers’ piggyback on top of more established lines. If it’s a case of first come; first serve and your service provider piggybacks, you could be first one off. This results in dropped calls and unreliable air space. Not a good outcome to your purchase. So do your research diligently.
Because it’s all about phone, ask yourself following questions. What kind of phone do you want? Do you want one that is bare bones or one that has it all? Does cell phone company or service provider offer a phone that comes with family or shared plans? If you chose a family plan, are both phones equally efficient? Do you want a cell phone that doubles as a palm pilot or perhaps you want a cell phone camera?
All these questions will determine where you want to look when making your choice between a contract and a prepaid cell phone plan. There may be some features that you can live without. Knowing this upfront will help you determine what is best for you. There are numerous websites that provide ratings and reviews of what is currently available. Surf web and research Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Nextel, Cricket and Cingular.