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How To Pick The Best Cell Phone Plan Without Pulling Your Hair Out

Aug 17, 2007
Cell phones have become a big part of our lives and it seems like everyone has one. They enable us to stay contact with our friends and family members, as well as call for help if there's an emergency while on the road. There are 6 main providers of cell phone service. They are Alltel, Verizon, Cricket, Cingular, T-Mobile and US Cellular. With so many providers competing for your business, it can be very difficult to choose the one that's best for you. Consider the different types of plans that these companies offer to help make the choice easier.

Package Plans

The first thing to consider when choosing your plan is what you will primarily use the cell phone for. If you are going to use it for your main source of communication, then it's best to choose a package plan. These plans include not only daytime minutes but offer other features, such as no roaming charges, free long distance and free nights and weekend minutes. Make sure to ask what time the free night minutes begin, since they vary from company to company. Naturally, you will want the one that starts the earliest.

Anytime Minutes Plans

Packages that offer just anytime minutes might be more cost effective, if you will be using your house phone when returning home at night and during the weekends. These plans offer a set price for the amount of minutes that you choose. Determine how often you think you will use this phone, so that you can choose the right amount of minutes on the plan. This is also good for families, since many providers will allow you to share your minutes with other family members. This way you won't have to have multiple phone accounts.

Prepaid Cell Phones

Another option is prepaid cell phones. These phones are good to give to children. Many parents give cell phones to their children, so that they check up on them. It also gives the child the ability to call for help should an emergency arise. The problem is that children may use the phone to call their friends and go over the minutes on the calling plan. This can result in large phone bills. By giving a child a prepaid cell phone, they are limited in the number of calls they can make and there's no worry about breaking the bank when the bill arrives.

As you make your plan comparisons with the providers, ask about what specials they are offering. The competition between them is fierce and many run special promotions where you can get a free or low cost phone and a good plan at an excellent price. Also, if you are going to be traveling to another part of the country, make sure that there is a signal available there.

By knowing the type of plan that you need and doing your research, you will be better able to pick the plan that's right for you.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Cell Phones and Accessories at http://www.cellphoneaccessoriesplus.com
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