In today’s tough economic times it can seem like there is never enough money for everything, particularly luxuries like a cell phone. But believe it or not, with a little knowledge of your options and your needs, you can afford a cell phone after all.
Know what your needs are
You can’t begin to know which phone is best for you until you know what your needs are. Some people are more inclined to send text messages than to make phone calls. But without an unlimited text messaging program, you will be paying per message and that can get expensive. On the other hand, if you are looking for a phone just in case you need to make calls in an emergency, than a simple pre-paid phone might work best for you. However, if you are a parent and are looking at getting a phone for you and/or your children, you will need to consider what they will use so you don’t end up with unexpected extra charges. Traditionally, prepaid phones seem to be far less expensive then contract plans when it comes to teenagers, but you will have to decide for yourself.
Things to consider
First of all, how will you be using the phone most often (text or calling)? Second, how many people will you be providing phones for (i.e. – yourself, or your kids)? Third, how much money can you actually afford to pay each month? Fourth, are there any other options you need available with your phone, such as, internet accessibility or office software? Fifth, which provider in your local calling area will best meet all your needs for the right price?
Choosing the best phone for your budget
Now that you know what you want from your phone; how many phones you will need; and how much you can afford to pay on a monthly basis; it is time to shop! Pre-paid phones (such as Tracfone) may be the best choice for single people with basic calling needs. Text messagers should consider low monthly no-contract phone services (like AT&T and Verizon). For families or individuals with more complicated needs, you should consider contract services, possibly with data packages (such as, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint). Read over each plan carefully considering what you will be able to do with the phone and what your monthly charges will be. Also take into consideration, if there are roll over minutes, and what is and is not specifically included in your plan (like internet access). Good luck and enjoy your new budget phone.
T – Mobile Phone Service – http://www.t-mobile.com/
Sprint Phone Service – http://www.sprint.com/
Cricket Phone Service – http://www.mycricket.com/
Verizon Wireless Phone Service – http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/index.html
Virgin Mobile Phone Service – http://www.virginmobileusa.com/
AT&T Phone Service – http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/welcome/index.jsp?WT.srch=1
Tracfone Phone Service – http://www.tracfone.com/