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Understanding Your Phone Plane -

In this day and age of cell phone use, you have quite a few different options when it comes to paying your phone bill. Currently, there are three ways to do this. You can have a monthly contract, a prepaid plan, or you can buy an unlocked phone.

Monthly Contract

Most people are familiar with the monthly contract. You set up your service plan to include what you want. This enables you to determine how much Internet access, text messaging, or talk time that you will need. After this, you simply browse the types of plans that are offered and pick the one that you feel is right for you. And at the end of each month, you'll pay a set amount of money for your phone. Or more, in some cases, if you have gone over your limit. That's it.

Many of these phone plans will also allow you to purchase a really nice phone when you agree to a contract of one or two years. Some of the phones might even be free. The drawback to this is the fact that you have to have a contract. So if you change your mind and want to use another phone company, you'll have to pay a penalty fee in order to cancel the contract (in most cases).

Prepaid Phone

The prepaid phone plan is a little different than the monthly contract plan. With a prepaid plan, you'll need to add minutes when your allotted time runs out. The bright side to this plan is that there is no contract; the amount of time that you talk, text, or surf the Internet will determine the price. So if you use up a lot of minutes quickly, then you may be better off with a monthly contract. However, if you hardly ever use your phone, or you want a backup phone, then a prepaid plan may be perfect for you. Prepaid plans also come with a few cheap phones, but they are usually not nearly as nice as the phones on the monthly contract plan.

Purchasing an Unlocked Phone

You may want to look into buying an unlocked phone for whatever phone carrier you use. Due to these phones lacking a contract the price is usually much higher than normal; however, you now have the option of not having to worry about the added expense of buying a new phone if you need to switch providers.

Unlocked phones simply require you to have a sim card, which you can swap out and replace with a different one when you change to a different phone company. So an unlocked phone may not work if your phone company does not utilize sim cards. Also, the sim card may need to be unlocked in order for it to work properly.

If you are familiar with Google Voice or other similar services, then you will not even require a sim card or a cell phone plan. You can buy unlocked phones from eBay, Amazon, and other similar stores. Just make sure that it states that the phone is "unlocked". Ask the buyer if you're not sure.

Cell phone plans can be a hassle, but they don't have to be. Some individuals will be better off with a monthly contract plan, and others will prefer a pay as you go plan. And some may be better off with the unlocked phone option. ©JR All Rights Reserved

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