Phone Preference May Help You Choose!
Your phone preferences may
be an important part that plays a role in
choosing which prepaid wireless provider you end up choosing.
following tips and questions to think about as you do your research.
For many people,
the type of phone (often referred to as a handset) is one of the most
important factors in selecting a wireless carrier and a plan.
the plan cost and payment flexibility, also check to see what phones
are available with which plans. This is important, because
all phones can be activated on all of a carrier's plans, and some
require certain plans to be activated (ex. certain data plans or data
add-ons may be required for specific smartphones).
- The price of the phone
is probably one of the largest startup costs. If you
the bells and whistles, and the latest and Best
prepared to pay for it. And if the phone is truly the most
element for you, definitely look at each provider's phone selection
first before digging into the plan details. Choosing a
typically much easier to do than figuring out all of the plan type
details, so you might as well get that out of the way first!
Also, as I'm noted elsewhere, don't let yourself be fooled
thinking that paying more for a phone is a bad thing. You'll
usually find that people buying postpaid plans may pay less for their
phone, however, they usually end up paying more for their plan.
So in the long run (even just one or two years), you'll end
spending much less overall even though you paid more for your phone.
So don't let this factor affect your phone preference!
features are the most important to you? Phone size?
Color? Physical (versus virtual) keyboard? Internet
connection speed (ex. 3G vs. 4G)?
the phone new or refurbished? Some prepaid wireless providers
selection of handsets, however, many or all of their phones are not
new. Most larger carriers ONLY offer new phones, however,
some smaller MVNO
providers offer refurbished phones as a means of offering lower prices.
So long as it comes with a reasonable warranty (ex. 90
it looks to be in good condition, this isn't necessarily a big deal.
In fact, it may allow you to get a nicer phone than you would
otherwise be able to buy for the same price. But just be sure
note. Also, keep in mind that some smaller wireless carriers
enough phones to get a good price from manufacturers, so you
end up paying more for a refurbished phone with one company than you
would for buying the same phone brand new from a larger company.
Lastly, note that refurbished phones are usually in
condition, and often have less issues because they've gone through a
rigorous human inspection and reconditioning process, so definitely
don't let this scare you off when thinking about your phone preference.
the battery life? People often get so caught up with how new
the phone is that we forget to check out how long it will last.
Depending on how often you use your phone, be sure to
life when considering size because there's usually a trade off there.
In other words, the smaller and thinner a phone is, the less
the battery will last. That said, there are some super thin
phones that seem to have amazing battery life, so this isn't a hard and
fast rule. With advanced phones these days, the size and
brightness of the screen, coupled with the amount of background
processes running (ex. Facebook status updates, email syncing, incoming
Groupon offers, etc.), can impact battery life more than anything else.
All else being equal, however, the size rating of a battery
1400mAh) is a quick way to compare similarly featured phones; the
bigger the better!
So all that said, figuring out your phone preference is no doubt an
important first step!