Buy Cell Phones

Written by Charles Peacock
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Looking to buy cell phones? It can be a daunting task, since there are so many models and service providers out there. In addition, the pricing can be very confusing when you buy cell phones--you'll see what looks like a perfectly fantastic phone that costs 99 cents and other models that don't look as nice that cost hundreds of dollars.

How to Buy Cell Phones That Are Right for You

First, let's get to the bottom of cell phone pricing. If you want to buy cell phones but don't want to spend a lot of money, there are plenty of options--just be sure to read the fine print. Free phones typically require signing a long-term service contract. This used to generally be one year, but now most providers require a two-year contract to give you a good deal on a cell phone.

Signing contracts is always a good way to get the best phone for the lowest possible price. If you don't want a new contract, you'll probably have to spend more (since the cost of the phone is not being subsidized by the provider). The good news is there are plenty of used and refurbished phones available online that will be substantially cheaper than the newest models.

When buying a cell phone, it's also important to keep in mind which type of network it uses. GSM phones, for example, will work with many of the major carriers--but they will not work with Sprint. GSM phones have the added advantage of utilizing SIM card technology, which allows you to put your carrier-provided SIM card in the phone and begin using immediately.

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