How to Choose a Cellular Phone Service Provider

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Choose a cellular phone service provider by examining coverage area, plan costs, phone selection and available special features. Check the Web sites of cell phone providers to determine the best plan with advice from a cell phone salesman in this free video on cellular phones.

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Hi, I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California. Today I'm going to show you how to pick the right cellphone provider to fit your needs. There's a couple of things that you're going to want to consider when you're choosing the cellphone provider that you need, and that would be coverage in your area. Coverage where you travel to most. Price is definitely a huge factor. And also, phone selection. You want to make sure that they have a cool phone. So, first thing you're going to look at is the coverage map. What you can do is, you can log onto the companies website, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and check out their coverage. It's always available online, or you can go directly into the store and pick up one of these pamphlets and check that out. And it'll usually have a map of the United States or possibly an international map to show you where...what areas are covered and where you'll be able to get cellphone service and what services you'll be able to use. Internet, text messaging and voice coverage. The second thing you want to check out is pricing. You can go into the cellphone provider's store and pick up one of these rate plan brochures. Inside you'll find a grid, which will show you all of the different amounts of minutes available. What it includes and how much it costs per month. With most cellphone providers you have to sign a two year contract, unless you go with a prepaid cellphone provider like GoPhone from AT&T, or from...or if you pick Metro PCS, which is a no contract provider. That way you don't have to be locked into a contract in case if you're moving around the country and you move somewhere that doesn't have coverage, or if you move out of the country and that provider just won't work there. So, you know, you really need to pick what's going to fit your needs best. The third thing that you need to consider is the features available on the provider. If you want lightening speed Internet on your cellphone, you need to choose something like Sprint, which has the fastest broadband data network in the United States. Even though they don't advertise it and all the other companies advertise it, they have faster Internet. Sprint really does have the fastest broadband speeds available on mobile devices. If you want something with good coverage, that would probably be AT&T if you're traveling around the country a lot. AT&T has pretty competitive rates with everybody else. However, you know, at some point their rates do go up. They get a little bit more pricey. If you wanna, you know, stay inexpensive and have a lot of features and some cool phones, Sprint would be a good option. They have a huge handset selection right now, and right now they have some great rate plans. So, make sure you go check out all of the wireless providers online, at...on their websites, and then you can choose the pricing and the rate plan that fits you best. So I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California. You can check us out online, myspace.com/cellphonebroker.

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