Compare Wireless Phone Services

Written by Liza Hartung
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When you're looking to get a new cell phone and a new plan, it's very important to compare wireless services. Many of them have one or two-year contracts that will cost you upwards of $150/$200 to break. When you sign on the dotted line, you want to make sure that this is the deal for you. Just because one plan works for your neighbor doesn't mean it's the best for you.

The best way to start looking is to do a little research on the Internet. Go to all the major providers' sites that you can think of. Most of them are fairly easy to navigate. They'll usually have the plans broken into a few categories such as those for people who need a lot of anytime minutes, those who only talk at night and those who need to talk nationally, internationally or locally only.

The further out your cell phone plan extends, the more you'll have to pay. The more minutes you have, the more you'll have to pay. In addition, special features such as text messaging, internet access and having your nights start earlier will generally cost a small monthly fee as well. When you look online, make sure to note the companies and the plans that look good. If you don't write them down, you'll forget later.

Choosing a Company

As far as customer service, phones and reception go, ask your friends, family and co-workers. See if any company names come up as habitually being bad or good. You also might want to take a day and drive to different stores of different companies. Find out what kinds of deals they can offer you. You can also walk into some places and say things like, "This other company said they could give me this deal, what can you do?" You're bound to find great deals that way.

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