How to Buy Cell Phones Online

Buying a cell phone is no longer an easy task. There are so many different styles, makes, service providers, and accessories that it is hard to know where to begin looking. In the world of modern technology the only thing that rivals the cell phone is the internet. So it is a very good idea to let the internet do the walking.

Cell phones are so much more than just handsets for sending and receiving calls. Your cell phone can be used as a personal planner, to check and send email, watch the news, take photos, play games, and send text messages.

Check The Site

The first thing you want to check out online is each site for all the major carriers. They all have plans that are greatly varied, but one of them is going to be just what you need. Make sure that you are checking in your local area (this is done by giving them your zip code), as prices and plans change from one place to another. Once you have chosen the carrier you want to use, that site will show you the wide array of phones that it has to offer.

Now it is time to pick the phone features that you will want on your cell phone. This can be done by checking out the comparison shopping sites, the mass surveys, and the user reviews to see what is being recommended. Then you might want to go to the manufacturer’s site to learn everything you need to know about their features and accessories.

Armed with this knowledge, you can head back to the carrier of choice website, and make the fun choices. What design interests you the most? Do you prefer a flip phone or one that is shaped more like a candy bar and doesn’t flip? Do you want a special color? Should it be very light weight?

I personally feel that before you make that final decision, even if you are going to buy online and have found a better price by doing so, that you should visit a store or service center for your service provider and try out the phone. Heft it…does it feel the way you imagined it would? Is it easy to hold against your ear? Can you read the screen easily? Is the keyboard to tiny for your big fingers? This can only be decided by handling the unit in person.

Now all you have to do is go home, and buy your cell phone online, right? Well, it isn’t really all that easy. There are so many things to think and worry about when you are shopping online. There are hundreds of sites for cell phones, if not thousands. Many of them are scams. Some are selling stolen cellular phones. Often there is fine print in a contract that ties you to some agreement or fee that you had not planned on, do not want, and cannot afford.

Did you read the user reviews? Was the carrier you picked recommended in the mass surveys? Did you talk to friends, neighbours and co-workers who live and work in your area about the cell phones they use? The carrier that you chose may be more successful in another location. This happens often.

It really is safer to buy from a carrier than from an independent seller. This way you have access to customer service, your guarantee and can easily handle it if there is an equipment malfunction. It is so much quicker to simply walk into the provider’s retail store.

Online sites often give better prices, but you need to get them in writing. Why not call your local carrier, tell them the price you were quoted online, and ask them to match it, with a written contract, and you will run over and sign it. This way you have the best of both worlds.

So let’s review the sites you should access to learn about and decide on your purchase:

  • Cell phone manufacturer’s sites, to learn about the features and accessories available and suggested retail prices
  • Comparison shopping sites, which will show you the pros, cons, and general ratings of comparable cell phones.
  • Mobile and cell phone information site map
  • Mass survey sites, to show which phones are the most popular with the actual user.
  • General user reviews, which will tell you about both good and bad experiences that users have had.
  • Consumer Reports
  • Carrier sites to find out what plans are being offered at this time, what phones that carrier is supplying, and what features they provide. Get your offers in writing.

And just a few things to remember:

  • A contract may offer you a discounted price on a cell phone, but if the contract is bigger than anything you could possibly use each month, it may not save you money in the long run.
  • The service provider is going to subsidize his loss on the cell phone by locking you in to a two year contract of service fees, and also try to sell you additional features, and accessories. If you have no intention of moving away, this isn’t always a bad thing.
  • If you want to upgrade your phone every time something new comes out, make sure that it is allowed for the difference in cost, without extending your contract.
  • If you have a friend who will loan you their phone for a day, you can get a good idea about how their carrier works in your habitat.
  • There are many scammers online!