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Reduce Your Costs with Pre-Paid and Pay-As-You-Go Cell Phones

written by: •edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 9/28/2011

Why pay a premium for cell phone service when you can switch to a pre-paid or pay-as-you-go plan and only pay out for the minutes that you actually use? Learn about your options in the pre-paid market.

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    If you want the latest smartphone and you don’t want to pay the full price then you’ll often end up signing up to a long contract. Many people have an allowance for minutes and texts that they never come close to using. With pre-paid plans you only pay for what you actually use and there are no unexpected bills at the end of the month. If your current contract is running out and you are still happy with your cell phone then consider switching to a pay-as-you-go model and you could save yourself some cash.

    The pre-paid phones offered by carriers tend to be entry-level handsets and older models so, unless you are willing to pay a big upfront fee to get a great smartphone, you should be expecting something pretty basic. For many people that’s not a problem and if you just want a phone for texting and calls then pre-paid is definitely the way to go to keep your costs down.

    Take a look at what you should consider when choosing a new plan and find out about the benefits of pre-paid and pay-as-you-go options.

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    Do you have any recommendations for pre-paid deals? Post a comment and let us know.

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