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Hate reading instruction manuals? Consider this Howcast video series your cellphone cheat sheet.
You Will Need
- Cellphone carrier
- Comparative prices
- Usability evaluation
- Voice options
- Multimedia options
- Extra feature options
- Service plan
- Internet access (optional)
- Walk-in cellphone store (optional)
- Payment options (optional)
Find a prepaid cellphone carrier that offers a range of phones and service plans.
Decide on price range
Decide on your price range for the cellphone. Prices can range from free -- with the purchase of minutes -- to a couple hundred dollars.
Consider the phone's usability. Determine whether it is small, functional, durable, and includes a long-lasting battery.
Consider voice features
Consider the voice features you need. Prepaid cellphone voice features may include three-way calling, speakerphones, voicemail, call waiting, and caller ID.
Consider multimedia features
Consider the multimedia features you need. Prepaid cellphone multimedia features may include text messaging, instant messaging, a camera, recording capabilities, audio/video playback, games, ringtones, and a radio.
Consider extra features
Consider any extra features that come with the phone, including a calendar, phonebook, task list, or note pad.
Select service plan
Select a service plan that meets your needs. Look at your recent cellular phone bills to determine whether a particular prepaid plan would be a cheaper option for you.
Look for free calling options
Consider whether the plan offers free calling on nights, weekends, and with in-network calls.