How To Choose A Good Wireless Carrier

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Signing with a wireless carrier is a requirement if you have a cell phone. It is a tough decision knowing which carrier to choose, especially since you are signing a contract.

No carrier is created equal, and they all have their strengths, as well as weaknesses. This article will help you consider the right questions and thoughts in order to help you choose an optimal carrier.

Depending on where you live, a certain carrier will either have better coverage or worse than its competitors. Make sure that the carrier you are considering has solid coverage in your area. A carrier that only has minimal coverage or none will hinder your ability to talk and make signing with that provider useless. The carrier plan maps are often exaggerated, so ensure that you are asking the representative whether or not your area is covered.

Get the best data plan for your money. Almost all cell phones have Internet availability. However, if you plan on playing games, chatting with friends and hanging out online, it can eat away at data plans. The most common ones have limits and there are almost no carriers that offer unlimited data plans. Consider what you plan on using your phone for and ask the store rep which plan or plans they recommend.

The carrier you are signing with should offer phones that fit your lifestyle. For example, if you like to text message a lot, get a phone that has a built-in keyboard. If you only want to talk with your friends, purchase a phone that gives you the best sound quality and doesn’t necessarily have a built in keypad. Brows your carrier store and see if you find a phone that you like. If you don’t, keep searching!

If you have family members that are also in need of a phone, inquire whether they offer discounts for family or multi-line plans. It is imperative that you aren’t charged extra or insane amount for calling your parents, grandmother or siblings. Major carriers usually offer such a discount, but it is best to know for sure before signing on the dotted line.

Is the data network fast? Depending on how well your area is covered, your carrier’s network will either be fast or slow. Some carriers such as T-Mobil will downgrade your speed after a certain amount of data has been used. Always know ahead of time what to expect in terms of speed when it comes to data exchange.

Customer service is probably the most important factor next to pricing. You need to be able to contact the carrier’s customer support and have your needs addressed quickly. Read online reviews to help make your final decision. The carrier will claim that they have solid support, but it is imperative that you hear this from outside non-paid parties.

There are so many factors to consider when signing with a wireless provider. This article has discussed some simple ways you can make your decision making process easier. Use what you have learned today to sign with a company you won’t regret!

This is a guest post.  Garrisson Hannelly loves to write about tech related topics and iphone jailbreak guides, among other topics. 

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