Where to Find Cell Phone Deals

We all need cell phone deals. Not too long ago, cell phones were status symbols -- toys for rich kids and powerful executives. These days, everyone has one, often instead of a landline. A cell phone is almost a necessity of life in our modern time, and the suppliers know it -- which is why they charge through the teeth.

You're in luck, though: there are ways to start saving money on cell phone bills, and cell phones themselves, today. Follow this guide and watch the savings roll in.

Your step by step guide to cell phone deals

First of all, check where you are in your contract. If you have a pay as you go phone or, by some miracle, you're not in a long-term contract with a cell phone provider, you're in the perfect spot to negotiate a good deal. If your term is about to expire, you're in just as good a situation.

If, on the other hand, you're in the middle (or at the beginning) of a 3 year contract, things are a little bit more difficult. Not impossible -- but you don't have as many choices. You might find a great deal with another provider, but chances are you'll have to pay such hefty fees to terminate your current contract it won't be worth it in the long run.

If you're at the end of a contract, or not on a contract, do a bit of research. Find out where the best deals are -- and then call your current provider and say, 'I'm thinking of switching to _____ to get a new ______.' Do not go into the store -- phone them so you can talk to someone higher up. Most of the time, cell phone companies have more flexibility than you think, and they'll quickly match or beat their competitors.

The same thing works for cell phone plans: find out where the best deals are, and then challenge your current provider to match them. You'll usually find them very accommodating.

If you're in the middle of a contract, there are still ways you can make sure you're saving money. Go through your cell phone bills and see if your current plan works. Are you racking up a lot of charges in local calls or texts? Or do you have an unlimited texting plan when you only text about once a week? Sit down with your provider and review their plans, making sure you have the best one for you.

Secondly, don't be afraid to phone them up even if you're not at the end of your contract. Providers know your contract will expire one day, and they want you happy so you'll renew at the end of that time. In a surprising number of cases, simply phoning and saying, 'Hi, I'm paying way too much -- what can you do for me?' yields all kinds of cell phone deals you won't find in the stores.

Saving money is about common sense, initiative, and restraint. Use your cell phone wisely and actively seek out the bargains. That way, you're sure to find the best cell phone deals around.

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