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Shop Around With Unlocked Cell Phones

It’s the time of year when new models of popular cell phones get released, but don’t let the excitement get to you! There’s no reason to sign a 2-3 year contract with the first carrier to get the phone you want, it saves you money in the long run to buy an unlocked cell phone, then shop around for the right carrier for you. Then, inquire about no-contract plans, and you’ll save money each month. (Or pick by checking the Better Business Bureau‘s list of complaints).

Unlocked cell phones are phones that work on any GSM provider, all you have to do is pick the phone you want (make sure it’s an unlocked cell phone!) and take it with you when you get your plan. They’ll help you set up your SIM card, transfer contacts, etc.

But make sure you don’t sign that contract! The joy of owning unlocked cell phones is the ability to switch providers. If you had an unlocked cell phone when Verizon cancelled their unlimited plan, it was pretty easy to switch to Sprint (the last company with an unlimited plan).

Tons of factors affect what cell phone companies could do to your plan, plus some companies are notorious for hidden fees. So know the secret: ask about contract free plans, they could save you up to half off your cell phone bill, since the carrier will want to give you an incentive not to switch carriers!

But with unlocked cell phones, it’s easy to switch, if you need to.

Could Unlocked Cell Phones Give You More Control Over Your Kids?

Palm Pre, an unlocked cell phone with a great OS for kids.

Many parents are giving their children cell phones at ever younger ages, and it’s not uncommon to see a young child learning to use the device (as well as colors, numbers, and words) while playing with the many child-geared apps available.

But kids need to meet certain expectations for responsibility, as well as have a viable punishment when entrusted with cell phones. Unlocked cell phones can give parents that boost.

Unlocked cell phones work on any GSM provider, and more importantly, are super easy to use with prepaid plans from any company.

Pre-paid plans can be usd as allowance, as punishment if you want to take away kids data plans (or as a way to limit the functionality of the phones, permitting more uses as they age).

Because unlocked cell phones can be bought cheaper than carrier provided phones and without the contracts and fees, they also allow parents the ease of switching plans if necessary. As more kids use cell phones, carriers can be expected to add bonus features to plans (some already exist): being able to use the phone to keep track of your kid at all times, monitoring use, and with unlocked cell phones it’s easy to install thrid party apps for emergency situations (911 to mom with the bush of a button, for instance).

When every family member has an unlocked cell phone, it can help you to save money by finding the cheapest rates, and switching as need be (be sure to ask about the price of non-contract plans-they’re often cheaper).


Save Hundreds of Dollars Starting With Used Cell Phones

Used Cell Phones are the tip of the iceberg to saving money on your cell phone service. Do you know about no-contract plans to pair with your used cell phone? Well here’s 3 easy steps to save hundreds yearly:

1) The initial expense to a no-contract plan is the cell phone. Carriers heavily subsidize cell phones to get you locked into their contracts, but if you can afford the initial cost, you’ll save more money not taking their offer! Of course, when you buy a used cell phone the whole process becomes more affordable to begin, and in the end you’ll have more money saved!
2) Be brave. Ask your preferred carrier about their no contract plans! You could save between $20-$50 dollars a MONTH! (Of course, make sure that you have an unlocked cell phone before choosing a carrier, or that your used cell phone matches the service provider).
3) Profit! That is, enjoy your savings! And your used cell phone!

For shared plans, it may be cheaper to be on contract since adding lines costs very little…but you should still ask! And of course, even if you go with a contract, you’ll still save money with used cell phones for the entire family!

Used Cell Phones Save You Money

Older used cell phones save the most money!

People who really, really want to save money not only use cell phones, but buy used cell phones.

How does using cell phones save you money? With cell phones you can control how much money you spend each month by prepaying for minutes, or by tracking your minutes with your carrier.

With data plans even cheaper, people have begun using cell phone’s data to communicate (which is often cheaper since it’s not prioritised by networks and takes up less room; think a 20 word text vs. connecting a phone call, chatting for five minutes, etc.).

To save more money, used cell phones are a great boon. Free of contracts and carrier affiliations, used cell phones can help to cut a few dollars off the expense of buying and using a cell phone. Used cell phones still offer the same great quality, and can often be bought as refurbished cell phones.

If you really want to save money, older used cell phones (older refurbished blackberries or Nokias) have great durability and function and a huge discount of newer, trendier phones.

Of course, to save the most money with used cell phones it’s important to carefully pick a carrier or pay as you go plan based on how you plan to use your used cell phones.

Some websites will help you analyze your phone bill, but for a fee. Otherwise, careful planning on cell phone use is required.

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