Know More About Your Cell Phone Service Provider Contracts
Most cell phone service providers require you to sign an annual contract for their services. So even if you do not as much as turn the phone on, you will have to keep the service provider for at least a year since you signed the contract. If you get a better deal with another cell phone service provider or simply want to change it because the service is not suitable to you, remember you signed the contract! Of course you could cancel the contract but this attracts a huge fee tuning to the amount of $150 or more in some cases. So, learning about your cell phone service contract is necessary and know what you are signing before doing so.
To begin with, a contract must be signed only after you have read the terms and conditions of the cell phone service contract well; check for the cancellation policy and fees as well just in case you may want to consider it at a later date. Even if the other cell phone service provider gives you a much discounted rate to cross over, the cancellation fee with your current provider and the activation fee with the new carrier will negate any discounts! Some of the cell phone service providers provide monthly, biannual and annual plans, like Sprint PCS plans. The month-to-month plans are more beneficial when you are not sure of your plan or provider or in some cases both. However, contracts have an advantage, almost all cell phone service providers offer discounted rates for signing an annual or longer contract.
Credit checks before activation are a norm with the cell phone service industry and depending on your credit report you may be asked to pay a deposit before your cell phone account is activated. If you do not want to enter into a contract with a cell phone service provider or have a damaged or no credit history, you could opt for the prepaid cell phone service plans for your phone. These cell phone service are more expensive per minute but you are not required to pay taxes on the rates.
Knowing about the various fees and taxes on your cell phone service plan will avoid any surprises when you finally see your first bill. All cell phone service providers still work on the peak hours and the off peak minutes like the old fashioned long distance companies. So, you pay higher rates during the day on weekdays; 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Friday is peak hours. Talk time is billed in full minute increments rounded off to the next full minute. Evening and night hours and all day on weekends and defined holidays as set forth by the cell phone service provider are referred to as off peak hours.
Added to these you pay airtime charges for usage of the wireless network including incoming calls and toll free calls; long distance fee is eliminated for toll free calls. In case you travel outside your service calling area, you are subjected to roaming charges not included in your talk minutes and are billed in full minute increments. In addition to this you pay a long distance fee for calling long distance when you are roaming and pay network access fees when you roam into another cell phone service provider's coverage area. And rounding up your bill are the Federal, state and city taxes which vary. To sum it up - if you are offered a $19.95 plan by your cell phone service provider, be prepared to pay about $30 a month or more. You must now know what kind of a bill to expect at the end of the month if you are a new user; simply add $20 to $30 to your quoted plan rate and that is the figure that will likely be more accurate to the reality.