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Can You Hear Me Now? How To Choose A Cell Phone Company

Aug 17, 2007
Picking the best cell phone company for your personal use is no longer an easy proposition. With literally dozens and dozens of different companies all competing for your cell phone dollars, it's hard to decide which service is the best.

There are a few things consumers can consider to help make the cell phone company choice a little easier, however. These include:

* Pricing. This is one of the biggest reasons many choose the cell phone companies they have. Cheaper pricing plans are available and there are even advanced pay options to take away all the hidden charges. Look at several things when looking at pricing to be certain you're getting the best. You want to go with a flat-rate service, if possible, if you intend to use a lot of minutes. This means a single monthly fee no matter how much or how little you use your phone. Otherwise, consider plans that offer decent pricing and fair amounts for per minute charges if you go over.
* Network availability. A cellular phone company that offers a great deal on a monthly plan is a fantastic buy, but make sure the phone works in your area. It's important to understand the local network before you buy in. Some people find their great choice has them paying roaming charges five minutes from their own house. Ask about service areas, towers and black out spots.
* Reliability. A cell phone company that doesn't have a good infrastructure backbone could be a big mistake no matter the pricing plan. Be certain yours offers good service and has the technology to back it up.
* Extra features. A good cell phone company will offer top-notch local and long distance service, but an extraordinary one will have lots of side perks, too. Be certain, however, that the side perks don't come before the main features - reliability and service. Side benefits commonly offer include: Internet access over the phone, text messaging, specialized ring tones, video games, camera abilities and more. The bells and whistles offered by cell phone companies today can be amazing, but make sure your phone does what it's supposed to before you worry about an MP3 player!
* Easy to understand contracts. A lot of smaller companies and even some of the bigger ones have contracts that are so difficult to understand, buyers don't know what their getting into. Make sure the contracts you're given are clear and you fully understand the terms before signing.
* Servicing options. A cell phone can be a big purchase, and good cell phone companies stand behind the phones they offer. Check into servicing options offered by the different companies you're considering before you buy in. Replacement phones, insurance and other options should be offered.

A cellular phone is almost a necessity in today's world. Getting a good phone company, however, can be difficult. The best way to ensure a good one is chosen is to review the options carefully, consider pricing and service, and be certain you're not buying into something you can't afford. Some cell phone companies say they offer good plans, but when the monthly bills arrive, they're staggering. Research and compare before choosing a cell phone company.
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