Areas to check on before buying a cellphone and service
Many of us cruise the web, email and look at satellite maps on our phones as well. Talk about a personal gadget that does everything. But, just because it does everything does not mean you should pay everything for it, right? As I always do when signing, you know, a contract, examine every inch of it and investigate your options fully. That's right -- get into lawyer-mode.
When it comes to money out of your pocket, did you really look at the cost of that cellphone when you signed up for service? In many cases, new and existing wireless subscribers receiving a new phone are required to sign a two-year service contract. That free cellphone, in other words, just cost you over $1,400 (assuming $60 per month for 24 months). Did you buy service from one of the higher-rated wireless carriers? Did you buy a phone with the right mix of style and performance (but not a lot of one and non of the other)?
- Make sure your phone works where you want it to work. In other words, if you can't get reception in key areas of town, it's time to find another carrier. And that'll cost you in broken contract fees.
- Figure out what the estimated taxes will be on your monthly bill. They add up.
- What exactly are the early termination fees, anyway? Are they pro-rated? Best find out up front.