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Cheap Cell Phone Calling Plans

Apr 2, 2008
So the cell phone industry has blossomed into a gigantic gorilla that instead of taking loads of bananas from the public seems to give them out. You are bombarded everyday with free cell phone this and free accessories that. These promotions always seem great and too good to be true much of the time but what really counts in the whole deal is your calling plan.

What calling plan you decide to sign up for will be the most important decision in all of your wireless purchases being you will be paying monthly for whatever calling plan you choose. While calling plans will vary in prices and minutes the real outcome of a good cheap calling plan will rely on you and how you choose to use your phone.

While thinking of calling plans for your cell phone(s) there is more to put into consideration than just calling. There was a time when calling plan meant making phone calls, but now technology has graced the consumer public with advanced usage options such as email, texting, Internet, walkie talkie, ringtone downloads, and more. If adding people to your plan, expect to see that usage utilized by the other parties involved.

When signing up for a plan you will want to ask yourself what kind of usage your lifestyle will put into your wireless calling minutes. Put some of these questions into consideration:

* How much do I need to talk on a mobile device?
* Do I have to commute great distances often?
* How many family members or business associates will be on the plan?
* What are the calling habits of the other members I will add to the plan?
* Will I need to do any text messaging?
* Will I need to access email away from a computer?
* How often will I need to talk to the members included in my plan?

In the questions you will notice I mention the word NEED not WANT. In your quest for a cheap cellular calling plan you will have to rely more on needs than wants. Wants can become a ravenous pig that consumes your budget and hogs up enough money to fund a spring vacation in one year alone in respect to wireless plans. You want to focus on bare minimums when considering your calling plan if going the route of cheap.

If you commute often or are in a bad reception area for your service you will have to put roaming charges into consideration. Many wireless providers offer free roaming in their pricier packages but if you think you will not end up accessing other networks while using your cell phone the gamble shouldn't be too risky to opt out of a package with free roaming.

If you plan on adding other people to your wireless plan you will want to consider if you will be calling the involved parties frequently. If you will be then you might do better with an unlimited phone to phone calling plan to help reduce costs.

There are many calling plans out there with various pricing structures but the ultimate decision of cheap will rely on you. Focus on what you will need and not what you will want and you might find that you have created your own cheap calling plan for yourself without the help of a provider.
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