Buying a Smartphone for the First Time

The iPhone 5 may be the most anticipated smartphone ever. Everyone who already has an iPhone or another smartphone is already marshaling their resources to upgrade when the happy event of the iPhone 5’s release occurs. But existing smartphone owners buying a smartphone again – there is nothing all that exciting about that. How about those who will go about buying a smartphone for the first time now? Well, if you are the owner of a somewhat IQ-challenged phone at this point and you might upgrade to smart one very soon, what should you know? Is it all fun and games are there problems you should anticipate? vivo

The first problem you should anticipate is that your monthly bill is going to hop a couple steps up. And every major provider, you have to buy a monthly plan when you get a smartphone. If you’re someone who thinks he can just use Wi-Fi and never use a data plan, that will not work with these providers. Basically, you’ll find that your monthly phone bill goes up by $30. And then of course, if you get unlimited texting, that’ll be another $10 or so a month.

But it isn’t just about how much you add to your monthly bill. Not every data plan is the same. You probably want to go to the carrier’s website and use their data plan calculator to find out how much data you will probably use. This way, when you head down to the carrier’s wireless shop to actually buy, you won’t let the salesperson talk you into buying an expensive plan that you really won’t use much.

If you want to save money on your data plan, you should really consider starting off with a family plan instead of an individual one. This makes it very easy for families that have more than one smartphone. These plans let smartphones in the same family share data plans. You can just pay for one data plan, and everyone can use it.

Now no one likes to think of buying a prepaid plan when buying smartphone. It just doesn’t sound right. But if you could hold this thought in your head without disgust for a minute, it really does make sense. At carriers like Virgin and Boost, you can get a smartphone with no contract whatsoever. If you are a first-time smartphone user, and you’d just like to see what it’s like, this might be great way to test the waters without committing to anything.