Has this ever happened to you?
You open your monthly cell phone bill to be shocked, yet again, that your plan is way too expensive.
Has the price gone up? Are you paying for features or data you don't use?
What's amazing is that most people still don't know that they're not locked into a single plan under a single cell phone carrier anymore.
It's easier now than ever to switch and save each month, and most carriers are even offering exclusive online promotions to encourage you to make the switch.
The problem is not many people know they can switch and continue to overpay by hundreds of dollars!
I'm here to clear the air on common cell phone myths that have kept millions of Americans overpaying on their monthly cell phone bill.
In This Guide
Myth 1 - I'm Stuck in a Contract
Nearly all contract cell phone plans have gone extinct. No longer are we tied down to a single carrier and a single plan for two years until you're finally set free.
The major cell phone carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) now offer postpaid cell phone plans under no contractual obligation. Don't like your service? Found a better deal? Switch to your heart's content.
Because no-contract plans are relatively new, that means there are millions of people still locked in a contract and you might be one of them. No worries, the major cell phone carriers will pay up to $650 to buy out your contract, eating that early termination fee, to incentivize you to switch. But that deal won't last forever.
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Myth 2 - I Won't be Able to Keep my Phone Number
In the past, this used to be a major issue. Get a new phone and you'll have to go through the hassle of reminding your friends, family, coworkers, and the pizza guy that your number has changed.
These days your cell phone provider can transfer your number--sometimes for a small fee--and the process is instantaneous.
Myth 3 - I Can't Keep My Old Phone
When the Motorola RAZR came out in 2004, my dad's world changed. He loved that flip phone for nearly seven years before it faded to a black screen for its last time. If you have that same attachment to your phone, or simply don't want to spend the money on a new one, nearly all cell phone carriers have BYOP programs.
BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) programs allow you to keep your current device while getting a new plan. In fact, BYOP plans are so popular that there are special online promotions offered to consumers who bring their current phone with them when they switch. All you'll need is a SIM Card, which you can pick up for cheap from the provider.
Myth 4 - There are Hidden Costs to Switching
You won't be ambushed by hidden fees when you make the switch to a new cell phone carrier. You may have to pay an early termination fee if you still have payments left on your current phone, but even that isn't something to worry about.
Every major carrier is now clamoring for your attention. You can save hundreds of dollars for every line you switch.
There may not be hidden costs to switching, but you will be subject to new terms & conditions. Be sure to read the fine print!
Myth 5 - You Get What You Pay For
If you're like me, spending over $100 a month for cell phone service, you might expect quality service. You've heard the old adage, "You get what you pay for."
This isn't always true when it comes to cell phone plans. We've found dozens of smaller carriers offering amazing plans at significantly lower prices. You can spend as low as $10 a month for cell phone service!
Myth 6 - Other Carriers Won't Have the Same Coverage
You see the commercials and advertisements about cell phone coverage all the time. Each of the major carriers claim that they have the fastest speeds, the widest coverage, the strongest connection, the best network. If you don't pay too much attention to what they say, you might think that cell phone coverage is a hot-button issue that each carrier is actively competing over to win your heart and wallet.
I'll let you in on a little secret: there aren't many differences between cell phone networks. Based off our coverage maps, you can see T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T cover essentially the same amount of space across America. The gaps in service are similar across carriers. Coverage almost always suffers when you're inside a building.
What does this mean for you?
There isn't as much a cause to worry about cell phone coverage as there used to be. On top of that, the low-cost MVNO carriers all have access to one or several networks from the Big Four, so low cost doesn't mean poor reception.
Myth 7 - You Have to Go to a Store
Brick-and-mortar store no more!
You can shop for a new phone or plan online or call in to make a purchase from the comfort of your home.
Once you discover how much money you could save on your cell phone bill, it's easy to switch.
Switch and Save Today!
We created our Cell Phone Savings Calculator because we believe informed consumers can make smart shopping decisions. We'll show you how much you could be saving and help you take advantage of the exclusive, online-only promotions the major cell phone carriers offer. It's easy to find out how much you can save.
Consumers are more empowered than ever today to find the best cell phone plan that matches their needs. People who switch today can take advantage of the exclusive, online-only promotions offered by the big carriers and start saving some serious cash every month.
Stop overpaying and start saving like a Pro today.