You spend time researching each smartphone to discover which one best suits you, how much memory it has, what features it offers, what shape will be easiest to carry, and what color best defines you. But no phone can work to its best potential without being connected to the right network. Why don’t we spend quality time researching our wireless carriers? If you’re not checking into the following six factors, you’re not getting the best deal.

Matching Your Service to Your Lifestyle

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Do you travel often or need to keep your options open for a future switch of providers? A plan can have an impressive array of features but still not suit you.

CDMA and GSM are the two major network bands used in mobile phones. Some wireless carriers use GSM, as does most of the rest of the world. While this choice doesn’t have a significant effect on your phone’s day-to-day network coverage, if you move around or travel often, the SIM card technology associated with GSM makes this mobile activity easier for you.

Not All Companies Have the Phone You Want

This item is an easy first step, as it’s mostly about personal choice. Now that all major carriers offer the popular iPhone, the choice of carriers that support the phone you want is no longer a restricting one. All the major service providers may claim to have the best choices, but you know which phone you want. Whether it’s an iPhone or an Android, if a certain wireless carrier doesn’t offer it, it’s out.

Enhancing Your Smartphone Features

What does it matter if your new smartphone can do standup comedy and cook you dinner? If your wireless carrier can’t provide a service that enhances these features, you wasted your money.

Take the time before picking a service provider to compare the current OS systems of each provider. Otherwise, you’ll simply be waiting around for an update. Compare the data plans and multimedia features offered by each provider to find the one that matches your needs.

Customer Service Is Worth Paying For

Smartphones are fantastic until something goes wrong and you’re stuck on the phone with customer service for hours. If you do some research beforehand, you shouldn’t have poor experiences dealing with customer service. You want friendly service from a real person who can offer you simple solutions without wasting your time. Get online and read some customer service reviews before you sign up for a carrier selection.

Comparing Speed and Wireless Coverage

So you picked the smartphone with all the latest capabilities. If you don’t have a carrier that can enhance this potential, you may as well go back to using smoke signals. We know that 4G is good, with more coverage at faster speeds. But without LTE capability, the 4G symbol on your phone is ultimately meaningless.

Weighing the Perks With the Cost

As much as we may want all the perks, money is still one of the most important deciding factors when choosing a wireless plan. By researching plan options beforehand, you can make sure that you’re not wasting money by paying for perks you don’t need or want.

The big companies are often competing with each other, and T-Mobile is rolling out great deals on its wide range of cell phones thanks to the fact that this wireless carrier is removing subsidiaries and offering more choices when adding calling, texting, and data to your plan. Combine these deals with the company’s current ranking as the fastest 4G LTE service provider in the United States, as well as the one with the widest coverage of this service reported by OpenSignal earlier this year. Basically, you can’t go wrong.

You wouldn’t buy a Blu-ray player without a television to use it or a laptop without storage, right? Why would you buy your favorite smartphone without having the best wireless service provider to enhance your experience with your device? A simple comparison of the six factors presented above will make sure you get the best wireless service for your needs.

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