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What Benefits Do You Expect From Your Cell Phone Carrier Contract?

Aug 17, 2007
The wireless industry is currently slightly smaller than the computer, automobiles, publishing and agriculture industry segments. But this monster is expected to grow to even a larger sector of the US economy than the agriculture and automobile sectors.

This is based upon the wireless industries anticipated 15% annual growth rate over the next 5 years. The cell phone behemoth continues to roll on unchecked. It generated an astronomical $118 billion in revenues in 2004. Truly, this larger-than-life industry contributed a staggering $92 billion to the US coffers.

It has become known for taking a no-nonsense stance when it comes to their beloved carrier plans. If you switch, it is vital that you thoroughly investigate your intended carrier and do it before you sign on the dotted line.

The more investigating and inquiries you make, the more you diminish the risk of ending up embroiled in a nasty situation. A contract that gives you what you desire at the price you can afford is what you are after.

Wireless consumers are becoming increasingly demanding. They are hungry for information on the availability and quality of mobile telecommunications services. This has led to the dreaded churn. In wireless circles churn refers to the number of customers an operator loses over a given period of time.

As consumers become more cell savvy, churn will increase for the carriers who don't adjust to consumer demand. When your contract is nearing completion use the opportunity to survey other carriers. Do not just hop back in bed with the same carrier. It is important that you beat the bushes and hunt down a better deal for yourself.

Digital handsets using TDMA, CDMA or GSM may not be able to access systems of carriers employing different digital technologies. It is important that you understand this. Since switching carriers may render your cell phone useless if it is not compatible with the technology of your intended carrier.

My personal rule is probe, dig, and find out as much as you can about your intended carrier. Odds are if people are being burnt by a particular carrier others will know. Word of mouth is so much better than other more costly channels.

Having ascertained that the carrier you have decided to go with has passed your stringent test lets now consider your needs. How many calls do you normally make a day? Who do you call? Will you call people at home or your friends on cell phones? How about local, interstate or international?

It is vital that you merge your calling needs with the rates offered by your planned mobile carrier. Needing more minutes is the chief reason for moving from one plan to another.

Again, read your contract thoroughly! If you are unsure do not sign. Wait for a clearer time; you will be glad you did. If you are a shy and easily influenced person conduct your business on the internet.

Talk to your friends. That may be something to consider. It is more economical to call phones that are on the same network. Use vision; look down the road a bit before signing. If you anticipate your needs changing discuss it with your carrier. Sometimes switching plans with the same carrier may not always mean additional fees. Doing your homework today is the key to avoiding headaches tomorrow.
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