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How to Compare Cell Phone Plans and Prices

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Although most cell phone users enjoy using their cell phone, many dread comparing cell phone plans and prices. With so many providers each offering numerous cell phone plans, keeping track of all the information can be daunting and overwhelming. However, although time consuming, comparing cell phone plans can save you money. Fortunately, you can prepare ahead of time and simplify the process.

Step #1 - When comparing cell phone plans, determine what is important to you. For example, do you talk on the phone a lot? If so, you will likely need unlimited calling. Do you need online access and messaging? If you’re a realtor or your work involves using the GPS, is there a separate fee for this service? It’s important to have the answers to such questions when comparing cell phone plans.

It’s a good idea to write down the features that are important to you. If you leave everything to memory, you might overlook important features when you make your selection.

Step #2 - Type up a list of questions to ask when comparing cell phone plans. Leave enough room between each question so you can write down the answers from each provider that you contact. Below each question, write down the name of the cell phone provider. Write down the answer to the question beside it. Follow the same procedure for each question.

Step #3 - Make sure that the cell phone plans and prices that you’re considering are not introductory offers. If you’re dealing with introductory offers, ask when the offer expires. Also find out what the rate will be once the introductory offer ends.

Step #4 - Find out exactly what the cell phone plans include. Some service providers advertise low rates, but don’t tell you that you have to pay a separate fee for certain features. Once you add the advertised plan fee, features and taxes, you could end up paying much more than you initially intended.

Step #5 - Look for no-roaming charges when looking at cell phone plans. This is particularly important if you frequent traveler. Most providers have a map on their website indicating the areas where using your cell phone could result in roaming charges. Other providers don’t charge roaming charges, but you might experience and increased number of dropped calls in certain areas.

Step #6 - Analyze the answers, and select a cell phone plan. Beside looking at the answers to the questions you typed, also consider the rates. If you have to pay a separate fee for certain features, don’t forget to add them to the base rate. In addition, you’ll want to add another $10 to $15 for taxes.

Tips & Warnings:

  • Don’t forget to ask whether the plan requires that you sign a contract. If a contract is required, ask about early termination fees. Find out if there’s a disconnection fee.
  • Remember to ask whether you have to buy a cell phone. If you already own a cell phone, is it compatible with the plan you're considering?

Comparing cell phone plans and choosing the right provider is important, particularly if you sign a contract. The wrong selection could mean frustration for the term of the contract, or it could mean spending more money in termination and disconnection fees. Take the necessary time to compare cell phone plans and prices now so you can enjoy your cell phone usage later.

Copyright © 2011 Ana Jackson. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part constitutes plagiarism, is illegal and strictly prohibited.



Jan 18, 2011 5:17pm
Knowing if an amount is an introductory offer is important. Good tips!
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