Tech Tips: How to get the best deal on the best phone


VERY CONFUSING…. SO HOW CAN YOU GET THE BEST PHONE… FOR THE BEST PRICE? OUR TECH CONTRIBUTOR… QUINCEY HOBBS… HAS SOME TIPS… EVENTUALLY EVERYONE NEEDS TO UPGRADE THEIR PHONE AND SERVICE PACKAGE. THIS CAN BE A PAINFUL AND EXPENSIVE EXPERIENCE, BUT IT NEED NOT BE. SO THIS WEEK WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT HOW YOU CAN GET THE BEST PHONE AT THE BEST PRICE. MANY PEOPLE NORMALLY UPGRADE THEIR PHONES THROUGH ON OF THE BIG FOUR CARRIERS; VERIZON, SPRINT, T MOBILE, OR AT&T. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BUT YOU CAN GENERALLY SAVE A LOT MORE MONEY BY SIMPLY MAKING A FEW CHANGES. ONE OF THE CHANGES WOULD BE SWITCH TO A LOWER COST CARRIER. THE THREE MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS WHEN SWITCHING TO A LOW COST CARRIER ARE HOW MUCH DATA DO YOU USE, IS YOUR PHONE GSM OR CDMA, AND IF YOU PHONE IS UNLOCKED. KNOWING HOW MUCH DATA THAT YOU USE IS GOOD TO KNOW BECAUSE MANY OF THE DATA PACKAGES FOR LOW COST CARRIERS ARE BASED ON YOUR USAGE. AS FAR AS KNOWING IF YOUR PHONE IS GSM OR CDMA, THIS WILL DETERMINE WHICH CARRIERS AND NETWORKS WITH WHICH YOUR DEVICE WILL BE COMPATIBLE. GSM PHONES ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE MOST NETWORKS, AND MANY OF THE LOW COST CARRIERS USE OTHER CARRIER’S NETWORKS, SUCH AS TMOBILE AND AT&T. ENSURING THAT YOUR PHONE IS UNLOCKED MEANS THAT IT WILL BE ABLE TO USE SIM CARDS FROM VARIOUS CARRIERS. SIMPLE MOBILE, GOOGLE PROJECT FI, AND US MOBILE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE LOW COST CARRIERS ON THE MARKET. WHAT MAKES LOW COST CARRIERS DESIRABLE IS THAT THEY GENERALLY DON’T RESTRICT YOU TO A CONTRACT, ARE CHEAPER, AND HAVE BETTER PHONE OPTIONS THAN PREPAID PHONE SERVICES. MOST LOW COST CARRIERS ALSO USE A MONTHTO MONTH PAYMENT MODEL AND ARE EASY TO JOIN. SIMPLE MOBILE USES A PACKAGE OF FEATURES AT PRICES STARTING AROUND $20. GOOGLE PROJECT FI STARTS AROUND $10 AND ITS UNLIMITED PLAN IS ROUGHLY $60. THE DOWNSIDE IS THAT YOU ARE ADVISED TO USE SELECT GROUP OF PHONES FOR THE BEST RESULTS. US MOBILE OFFERS AN ALA CARTE MENU OF FEATURES. YOU NOT ONLY SELECT WHICH FEATURES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE, BUT YOU CAN ALSO SELECT THE AMOUNT OF EACH SERVICE. WITH US MOBILE, YOU COULD LITERALLY HAVE PHONE, TEXT, AND INTERNET ON YOUR PHONE FOR $5 PER MONTH. YOU MAY NOW BE WONDERING WHAT ARE BEST PLACES TO BUY UNLOCKED PHONES? EBAY IS ALWAYS A GOOD PLACE TO START, BUT YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT OTHER STAPLES LIKE CRAIGSLIST, SWAPPA, AND

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