I wrote an article a few days ago about the possibility of the FCC changing the way that cell phone companies rope you into contracts with exorbitant early termination fees. One of the ways that cell phone companies try to rope you into signing a new contract extension is by heavily subsidizing an upgrade to a new phone. Most people want to upgrade their phone after a year or two, so they sign the new 2 year contract extension, and get a phone for cheap. If you don’t want to sign a new contract and save money on a new or newer phone, try looking for a lightly used phone.
eBay and Craigslist. You can usually pick up a new or newer cell phone for much cheaper than buying it retail directly from your cell phone carrier. Right now on eBay, you can find the popular Blackberry Curve for $299 rather than the $399 you would pay from the cell phone company. AT&T will give it to you for $99.99 dollars right now, but that’s only for new contracts. You have to make the decision about getting locked into the contract again or paying a little more to have the flexibility of leaving whenever you want. I am personally going to stop renewing my contracts to buy a new phone, because I hate being locked into T-Mobile for life. Just watch out for the scammers when you purchase on eBay and Craigslist!
LetsTalk.com. This is a pretty cool site. If you’re searching for a new carrier or looking to upgrade your phone, you may want to check this site out and compare it with the deals that the individual carriers are offering. Because of the letstalk.com rebate offers plus the mail-in rebates that the carrier will offer, you can actually MAKE money on some of the most popular phone models.
Cell phones are like microwaves. Everyone has one these days, and if you don’t, you’re wondering why you don’t have one. I used to think that it was silly for us to be so dependent on cell phones, but they serve so many different purposes. Just for the sake of being safer and being able to communicate with your family better makes it worth to pay for the service. Could someone live a normal life without one? Of course, but my point is that they are worth the money you put into them. Look for every way possible to save money on a service that is quickly becoming a necessity in our society.