What service provider should i go with when i get my new phone?

United States
July 5, 2010 7:58pm CST
I have decided to get into another cell phone plan. I recently was doing prepaid phones that you could update the minutes when you ran out. I finally figured out that it cost about the same amount to enter a cell phone contract. Who should i go with for the best bang for my buck?
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
6 Jul 10
It all depends on where you live of course. Not all providers have coverage everywhere, so look to make sure you are going to have suffecent coverage. Price wise At&T and Verison are the two providers who are the most expencive, and the most competive. This puts Sprint in at a close third. Altel and T-mobile both have reasonabal prices, but again compete with one another. However, T-mobile is now working hard to provide plans that give you litterally everything you could want at a low price. Now there are places like boost mobile and Metropcs who claim to give you unlimited talk, text and web for 50/month us. However the flaw in this is, it talks about one phone (which you have to buy at full price) which means one line. Looking up family plans (should you need it) is impossible online. You would have to actually grace them with a phone call. I would avoid a company who doesn't lay your choices out for you. That's not the wises choice you can make. Remember compare prices, look through everything. Watch out for asterics, they mean hidden fees. So watch out for those. Belive me you don't want that. Good luck phone shopping.
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• United States
7 Jul 10
This is what I did when I was looking for a cell phone plan. I did some comparisons, I went on the internet and looked at the different cell phone providers comparing their monthly plans. First you should know exactly what tpe of phone you want and what kind of features you are looking for. I would consider finding a plan that includes the phone for free so you will not have to pay so much for a phone. I am with T-Mobile and I have a family plan thats only 59.99 a month for 3 lines. Me, my mom, and daughter got our phones for free. I did not have to pay a deposit which was really good because some providers have you paying high deposits. This is a plus, it also depends on where you located. But do some comparison before deciding.
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• United States
7 Jul 10
I did not mean to post this here.
@MizzLadyB08 (1175)
• United States
7 Jul 10
This is what I did when I was looking for a cell phone plan. I did some comparisons, I went on the internet and looked at the different cell phone providers comparing their monthly plans. First you should know exactly what tpe of phone you want and what kind of features you are looking for. I would consider finding a plan that includes the phone for free so you will not have to pay so much for a phone. I am with T-Mobile and I have a family plan thats only 59.99 a month for 3 lines. Me, my mom, and daughter got our phones for free. I did not have to pay a deposit which was really good because some providers have you paying high deposits. This is a plus, it also depends on where you located. But do some comparison before deciding.
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@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
6 Jul 10
i think you must not consider merely the cost. first consider the service. then cost and then the plan. yes there are number of plans available in each provider service and you have to concentrate and compare them before buying them.
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@rosegardens (3044)
• United States
6 Jul 10
I do not know if Metro PCS is available in your area, but that is the one I would go with. The rates are pretty good for a cell phone service. $50.00 buys you unlimited everything. The phones cost more than they do on another plan, but you save more money in the long run with Metro's monthly service fee. They are also coming out with a 4G (LTE) network pretty soon.
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
6 Jul 10
It really depends on what type of plan you're looking for. How much you talk, how much you text, if you want internet or fancy apps. I have t-mobile right now and it's cheap compared to most other providers. Don't ever get cricket though. You will never have service and you drop tons of calls. It's ridiculous. I would suggest going to stores and telling them what you're looking for.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
29 Jul 10
Most important thing about getting a new cell phone, or I should say service provider, for me would be the coverage. You should go online & check out the coverage map for few different service providers & pick one that's best for you. I know someone who picked verizon & she hates it now. She went with it because everybody was saying how good the verizon is but she can't get any signal in & around her work.
@rosekiss (30284)
• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jul 10
It really all depends on what kind of plan you want. I started with t-mobile and I had it for several years, and then I changed to verizon. Now, they are expensive compared to t-mobile, but I have found the service to be so much better, as with t-mobile, I would get dropped calls, and with verizon, I don't. I have a smartphone, that has lots of features, as well as the internet. I probagly will stay with verizon for now, as I just upgraded in March of this year, and I have to wait until 2012 before I can either upgrade or change companies. AT this point since I have awhile yet, I am not sure what I will do. Good luck to you trying to decide though, and have a very good day.