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(StatePoint) When you’re buying a new phone, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s time to break up with your current wireless provider and move on. Doing so might save you money and offer you more convenience and better service.
But changing providers is a big decision and there are several things to consider when deciding to change your mobile network along with your phone.
Know Your Priorities
It’s important to make sure your mobile plan works for you. Look over your bills from the past few months and make a list of what features are important to you -- calling, texting, unlimited data, international calling benefits, travel fees, etc.
Right now, there is no reason to ever run out of data each month. Almost all the major wireless networks are offering unlimited data plans and many will give a lot of free extras to get you to switch. But not all plans are created equal. Do your homework to get the best deal. For instance, some wireless providers include taxes and fees in the quoted rate, while others charge taxes and fees on top of the bill. And if you are getting more than one line, ask about family plan rates. If you are over 55, find out if there are any discounted plan rates for your age bracket and make sure the plan meets your needs.
Look for Discounts and Perks
Americans are now spending over half their screen time on smartphones and digital devices, versus watching traditional television. And the trend is only accelerating -- mobile viewing is expected to more than double by 2020.
Seek out a wireless provider that understands how you really use your phone. For example, T-Mobile ONE family plans now come with a standard Netflix subscription included, so customers can binge all their favorite programs on their favorite devices, without spending a penny over the cost of their mobile plans.
Review Trade-in Options
If staying current is important to you, check out a network’s trade-in options. These days, many providers will either pay off what you owe on your devices when you switch or give you a sweet trade-in deal. For example, T-Mobile allows customers to trade in their current iPhone for the newest iPhone after just 50 percent is paid off, and customers will have their remaining payments wiped out. Such perks can make a particular network an attractive choice. To learn more, visit t-mobile.com.
Make the Switch
Do some research to decide if you need a new smartphone and what kind of smartphone works for you. When you go in to make the switch, have the customer service rep help you to back up your contacts and transfer everything correctly to your new device. Also consider the best way to protect your new phone -- using a case or adding a device protection to guard it against loss, theft and damage.
Breaking up with a wireless provider can feel like a big deal. Before doing so, do your research to make the best decision for you.
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