The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.An unlimited, contract-free smartphone plan for $19 a month? That's awesome! It sounds too good to be true, but I am now using the service and am pleased with it. I can cancel at any time with no termination fees or any other charges. All I need to do is simply notify the cell phone company, and the service and charges stop immediately.NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, one of my personal interests has always been saving money. I recently found a bargain that is almost too good to be true, so I decided to try it. I must say that I am pleased with the results in my first week of usage. Even better, I don't even have a standard, old-fashioned telephone. I can now use the new cell phone for all my calls and pay a TOTAL of $19 a month for all telephone conversations. I am using an Android "smartphone" that not only places and receives telephone calls but also surfs the web with a built-in web browser, sends and receives text messages, reads and writes email messages, takes pictures, reads and updates my calendar, maintains a large phone book, displays maps, provides directions, plays games, and much, much more.
To be sure, this bargain does have some restrictions; but, I found those restrictions to be so minor that I can safely ignore them, and I suspect that many others can do the same. I have now cut my cell phone monthly expenses from nearly $100 a month to $19 a month. I also found that the phone and the service work well. The people I call never know that I am a cheapskate... uh, "thrifty."
Cell phone plans vary widely. Most cell phone contracts vary from $50 to $70 a month or more – much more if you add in data plans. To be sure, a number of "pay-as-you-go" plans are available for cheaper prices, but they are typically based on usage: The more you use the cell phone, the more you pay. The pay-as-you-go plans are excellent for anyone who doesn't use a cell phone very much, but they can be even more expensive than a contract for anyone who is a heavy user of cell phones. Several companies have recently entered the marketplace with new plans that are even lower cost.
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