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Choosing The Right Mobile Phone Service Provider

Oct 11, 2007
Making the right choice in a mobile service provider could save you literally hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. It can also be the difference between going crazy with terrible reception and being happy with your service.

The wrong choice could leave you with a phone that doesn't work in your home, or with a phone that is much more expensive than it should be. This article will give you some things to consider before making your phone purchase.

The first thing you should look at before choosing a service provider is reception in your area. There are a few different things you can do to find out whether a phone will work properly in your area. Start by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about which provider they're using. They can give you valuable insights into whether they like their service. Additionally, most service providers have coverage maps you can use to make sure you're covered in the areas where you need coverage.

Lastly, most service providers will allow you to try the phone during a grace period to ensure that it has the coverage you need. The standard grace period is around 14 days. Make sure you check with your specific provider for the exact details. You can use this technique to make sure you get the proper coverage. If you don't, you can simply return the phone for a full refund.

The next thing you will want to look at before choosing a specific provider is the type of features you will need. If you have a lot of friends that use a specific provider, for example, it may make life a lot easier if you use the same provider. Many times conversations with other individuals on your network are free. Many times, text and picture messages with people that you share providers with are also free.

Another important factor you will want to consider before choosing a provider is their credit requirements and your credit rating. Choosing a provider that has a stringent approval process could end up costly you a few hundred dollars for a deposit. Some providers have easier requirements suited for those that have less than desirable credit.

Finally, you should consider your budget before choosing a service provider. Some providers are more expensive than others, and you don't want to get yourself in over your head. You will probably be getting yourself into a one or two year contract, and you want to be financially responsible. If you choose a plan or provider you can't pay for, it will likely damage or even ruin your credit.
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