You shouldn’t sign a phone contract because signing a phone contract is the act of giving all your power away. When you sign a phone contract you become a slave to the phone company and to the monthly bill you are forced to pay every single month.
Clever phone companies will give you a “free” phone or a heavily discounted phone if you sign a one or two year contract with them. That contract means you must pay them a monthly fee the time of the contract, if you wish to cancel the contract you must pay a large fee – often as much as you still owe on the contract. You may upgrade your phone at specific intervals as long as you expand your contract another year or two. At any one time a person could owe two years on a monthly phone contract.
Why would people sign such a contract? For a discounted phone. You will sign one to two years of monthly payments for a cheaper or free phone that is locked. “Locked” means that the phone will only work with the specific phone company you have decided upon. You won’t be able to take the phone to a different service provider until you have unlocked it.
When you sign a contract with a phone company you do not have a leg to stand on. When they mess up your plan or your bill or you get poor customer service what will you do? You will do nothing because you stupidly signed a contract. They can do anything they want and they know full well you cannot go anywhere with either paying them the remainder of the contract or messing up your credit in the process.
When you do not have a contract with a phone company you may demand perks and privileges and they will likely give them to you because they do not want to lose your business. Without a contract you can cancel your service at any time when a better deal comes along. Without a contract you as the consumer have the power.
When you sign a contract you stupidly give the phone company all of your power. “Here you go sir, here’s my power! Thanks for the cheaper phone!”
What to do instead of signing a phone contract:
Step 1: Purchase your own unlocked cell phone. An unlocked cell phone is a phone that can be activated with service by any major carrier.
New cell phones sold by phone companies are priced very high as a deterrant to you purchasing one outright, they want you to sign a contract because that’s where the real money is. To get you to sign a contract they price their phones too high for the average Joe or Jane to afford.
There is a simple solution: Purchase an unlocked cell phone online at a discount. You may even purchase a used or refurbished cell phone at a hefty discount.
Step 2: Pick the best provider and set up monthly service and do not sign a contract.
When you find a better monthly contract you may switch any time you wish.
For the truly Spartan reader:
You can pick up cheap cell phones with pre-paid minutes at phone companies, gas stations or online. You may use these cell phones as you would use any other cell phone. When the minutes run out you simply purchase more minutes. This way you never, ever pay a standard monthly fee. You only pay as you use minutes. If you don’t use the phone as frequently as the digital media obsessed phonesters you can save a lot of money this way.
Phone of choice for BOLD & DETERMINED:
For the businessman nothing beats the Blackberry.
A Blackberry is nice for a businessman, anyone who must use the phone a lot, and anyone who must use e-mail frequently. One cannot make money in this day and age without using e-mail and phone calls. The Blackberry simplifies all of that. E-mails come directly to your palm in real time and are sent back out just as fast.
The blackberry can also be used for it’s navigation, web browsing, calender, and notepad.
Most blackberry’s have a real keyboard with buttons you can actually push, which eliminates the frustration of touch screen phones.
Is a Blackberry necessary? No. Is it helpful? Absolutely.