When it's time to purchase a new cell phone, the options are limitless. So, how can you save money while getting the best gadget for your needs? Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind.
With all of the carriers, manufacturers and models out there, getting a new phone can be dizzying. If you are loyal to your current carrier, however, you could score a new phone for free. Yes, free. Many carriers will waive the fee for certain models, if you sign a new contract. If you're happy with your carrier, this is a no-brainer. Additionally, you can get a deep discount on the newest technologies (i.e. the iPhone 5 or the Note II) by signing the new agreement.
Refurbished phones are also a good way to get newer devices at a discount. Some of the components of the phone may have been replaced, but the phones usually come with a good warranty. There's a stigma about refurbished phones, but they are generally backed by the company that's selling them, and will perform all your phone functions for less.
If you don't need the latest and greatest phone in your life, think about which features you can eliminate and look for cheap options on sites like Wirefly. The company offers a wide selection of models, and you can easily compare them no matter which carrier you have.
If you're looking to switch carriers, use it to your advantage. Many companies don't like to see their existing customers go, and may offer discounts that are too good to pass up. When talking to new carriers, explain that you are already with another company and ask what they can do to convince you to switch over. Many times a customer service rep can add additional discounts to help sweeten the deal.
If you're not into the idea of having a contract, invest in a prepaid phone. They're the best option for the most basic cell phone user, as you can pay as you go.