November 25, 2005, Newsletter Issue #23: Cellphone Tips from!

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For consumers with bad credit or those who do not want the contractual commitment that comes with a carrier`s cell phone plan, there are pay-as-you-go cell phones. These mobile phones are still stylish and have many or all of the same features as contractual cell phones but without the monthly obligation. The prepaid cell phones can usually be purchased for around $200 (the cost will increase based on additional features).

The prepaid cell phones usually have a chip that is coded for a specific area code and phone number but the user can purchase multiple chips with prepaid minutes on them to allow them to use their phone in multiple areas. The amount of minutes or charges will vary depending on the types of call made (local calls will use less time or money than long distance or international calls).

Many prepaid companies will offer bonus minutes with certain prepayment plans. The prepaid phones usually offer call waiting, caller id, three way calling, voice mail, and data services. The features used will depend on the user and will vary in charge depending on the carrier. Prepaid cellular phones are a great way to control the amount of money spent on a cell phone per month and are practical for the consumer who has bad credit, uses a cell phone for emergencies only, or just does not want to deal with a contract or unexpected charges. Users need to pay attention to the details of their prepaid plan to find out when minutes may expire and any set-up fees involved. It can be an expensive venture at first but can balance out in the end.

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