Getting your first cell phone is a very exciting experience. Cell phones have become so technologically advanced over the years that some people use them instead of computers. This guideline will go over tips for getting your first cell phone. To purchase a new cell phone, cell phone accessories or a wireless plan, check out stores like Abt Electronics and Verizon.com.
Setting a Budget
Simply put, cell phones are expensive. You need to decide how much money you want to spend per month on a cell phone. Are you looking to spend $50 or so per month or can you afford to spend $100 or so per month? The amount of money that you can spend will dictate what features you can look for in a cell phone plan. Text messaging and data usage are additional fees on top of the monthly fee you will pay for your minutes. You will also need to think about how much money you want to spend on a cell phone. You may be able to find a promotion from a wireless carrier to get a free phone, but some phones can cost $100 to $200 or more.
Selecting a Carrier
Once you have a budget in mind, you are ready to start looking around for a cell phone carrier. You will need to decide if you want to go with a prepaid phone or a contract phone. Prepaid phones are more expensive than contract phones, but you will save money on your monthly plan. For example, you can get a $50 unlimited plan from some prepaid carriers, but the same plan would cost $100 or more with a contract carrier. However, contract carriers typically have more reliable networks and have access to better phones. Before you purchase a cell phone or select a carrier, be sure to check with the carrier to ensure that they provide wireless coverage in your neck of the woods.
Picking a Phone
Do you plan on simply making calls from your cell phone? Or, do you want to text message and browse the web, too? Are applications and games important to you? Do you want a phone that has a slide out keyboard or touch screen? Those are questions you need to ask yourself before you pick your first cell phone out. Generally speaking, the more features a phone has, the more money the phone will be. You may need to shop around for a bit to find a phone that has the features that you want and is in your budget. If you go with a contract wireless carrier, you can get a basic phone for free most of the time, but if you are looking for a phone that is full of cool features, you may have to spend a couple of hundred bucks on the phone alone if the carrier isn't running any promotions.