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Create a list of ten of your most contacted people.
Next to each person on your list mark their carrier unless they have a land line. Tally up because this simple research can save you loads of money over time. Many cell phone carriers offer free in-network calling.
New accounts: The carrier you choose is the most important decision you’ll make. Choosing the right carrier saves you money, time, and will help power any additional services you demand such as web browsing.
Existing accounts: You might want to consider switching carriers if your contract is ending and you are burning up valuable minutes that could be avoided with in-network calling.
After all, what good is a cell phone without reception? Dropped calls can be frustrating and not receiving calls can be the worst.
New accounts: Use hub sites to determine the best choice before choosing a carrier.
Here are some other great tools straight from the source:
Existing accounts: If “dead spots” get in the way of normal use of your phone you should use the tools above to see if another carrier can offer higher quality service in your area.
Chances are you or someone you know has one of those fancy phones with TV, radio, or turn-by-turn directions because they installed a trial and are now being charged monthly. Get a fresh bill and check it twice for add-on services that are useless and cancel them. If you disagree with charges on your account don’t be afraid to call your carrier and dispute them. Although add-on features are usually considered cheap, don’t forget that they add up quickly and can be easily forgotten.
New accounts: Choose your features wisely, try to think about what you must-have and write them down. In some cases selecting too few features can end up costing much more if you plan on upgrading to accommodate your new requirements. With your list of required features in hand you’ll be able to make a smarter decision during the next step.
Existing accounts: Review your bill and perform spring cleaning… don’t be afraid to dispute charges if something seems out of place.
In terms of hardware most carriers have very comparable phone models if you look closely. After you have you have selected a preferred carrier locate a phone that suits your needs.
New accounts: It is imperative that you select the right phone… after all– it’s your personal sidekick. Choose a phone that meets your requirements from step 3.
Existing accounts: Ignore this step if you are satisfied with your hardware. If you are not happy you might be eligible to upgrade your cell phone. Since you already know what bothers you, choose a device that is strong in those areas without sacrificing in others.
Determine your coverage to determine your carrier. Where do you live? Where do you work? What is your typical commute? Do you need to make calls out of the country?