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How to Get the Best Price on a New Phone

Traditionally, the best deals on cell phones have gone to those who change carriers and subscribe to a new rate plan. This is still the case in many situations. However, there are now some ways to upgrade your phone at a reasonable price while remaining with your current provider. The goal of this page is to help you navigate replacing or upgrading your cell phone at the best possible price.

Bundling Pros & Cons

There are a number of issues you may want to consider before committing to one vendor for multiple household services.

Reasons to Bundle

  • Attractive introductory pricing, usually for 6 months to a year
  • Easier to buy vs. shopping for each service individually
  • Getting one bill is more convenient than multiple bills
  • One bill is consistent
  • May be easier to deal with one vendor (unless they have lousy customer service)

Reasons not to Bundle

Should I Bundle My Services?

Is the bundling of household services like internet, phone and television with a single provider a good idea? The answer is a definite "maybe". The simplest approach would be to add up your monthly bills for these three services and compare it to a phone or cable company "triple play" bundle that closely mirrors what you currently have individually. If the bundle is cheaper, you can sign up and save some money.

However, if you are making the effort to research bundles, we think it is worth spending a little more time to answer two related questions:

Compare Internet TV Phone Bundles

Bundling is an option with many service providers that allows you combine several different services into one bill. Bundling frequently includes phone (landline and/or wireless) service, Internet service, and TV service. You can choose bundles that include all of these services or a selection of these services.

Service providers created bundling:

AT&T to Acquire BellSouth

The AT&T name has been up and down, bought and sold since the company was broken up by the Government back in the mid 1980's. Now, it is set to become a household name again. SBC, the former Southwestern Bell, renamed itself AT&T after buying that company in 2005. Now, with its announced purchase of BellSouth, AT&T will be the local phone company to most of the southern U.S., and it will be the largest wireless compay in the U.S., as the AT&T name will likely replace that of Cingular, which was jointly owned by AT&T and BellSouth.

Lots of Ways to Call Far Away

We've created a new page that summarizes the various ways to call long distance. These include: Traditional 1+ service, Bundled plans, Wireless, VoIP and Calling Card. The pros and cons of each are listed, as are links to pages on MyRatePlan where you can get additional information.