Guest post by: Eric Salce of Gem State Computers
Everyone loves a new gadget, but the pressures of buying a new phone can sometimes be very confusing. For instance you go to the local mall to look around and you are greeted with a hand full of carriers or service providers, and with what feels like hundreds of phones. How do you pick one? By following a few simple steps, you can sort though the stacks of phones, and pick the best one for you.
Step 1: Get flexible with your preconceived notions, Your friends tell you to buy an IPhone, or they tell you Sprint is the place to be, this is good place to start looking, but if sprint does not have service in your area, or you cannot figure out how the iPhone works, then they are not for you.
Step 2: Pick your carrier, not all carriers are created equal. Service is the backbone of any good phone, after all what good is a phone if it will not work. Do a little research what carrier works best where you live, and travel.
Step 3: Do you need a smart phone? Sure Smart Phones are great but they are not for everyone. There is typically an extra charge for the data portion of the smart phone, and if all you want to do is Text and Talk on a phone, they may not be for you, and this will decrease your choices to a handful of handsets.
Step 4: what are the features that you want in your new phone, for most of us, a phone needs to last eighteen to twenty four months. So I say don’t short change yourself, or you may end up regretting it later. You can pick the screen size, If there is a keyboard or not, speed of the phone, and the speed of the internet.
Step 5: Do Some comparing, By now you have you choices down to about five phones, Now do some looking around, and check the reviews for the handsets you are looking into. After all you don’t want to buy a phone that is plagued with problems. Amazon is a great place for reviews.
Step 6: Is the most important, Make the purchase and love your new phone. Most retailers have a fifteen to thirty day return policy, if the phone is not everything you think it should be then return it and get one that will be. After all, the phone will be by your side for the next two years.
As you can see if you take the time to follow these steps you will find that buying a new phone cannot only be stress free but also fun. By taking your time in selecting a phone not only will you not fall into the trap of following the sales person around the store, but also the choice you make will be your own.