How to upgrade your cell phone service plan

Aug 20, 2009 at 8:58 p.m. ET

At least a couple of times per year, it is a good idea to look at your cell phone service plan to see if you should upgrade. With technology evolving at a fast pace and cell phone service plans dropping in price, you may be surprised at how much improvement you can see if you shop around. The good news is that upgrading your plan is rather easy.

Mobile Phone and BillStep 1: Look at your current habits

The first thing you should do is to see exactly what it is that you need. Study your recent bills to see how many minutes you are using. Also be sure to note any internet or text message usage. If you have a family plan, add up the statistics from all of the phones.

Step 2: Contact your provider

Call your current cell phone service plan provider. Simply by calling and telling the company that you are shopping around, your provider may offer you an upgrade that you can't turn down!

Step 3: Shop around for the best fit

If you didn't get a satisfactory offer from your current provider, don't hesitate to shop around. You should also consider the various types of service plans including prepaid and pay-as-you-go. Be aware of any cancellation charges you may incur from your new provider if you make a switch.

Step 4: Initiate a smooth transition

When you finally find the cell phone service plan upgrade that suits you, allow the new provider to help you make the transition. In most cases, you should be able to keep your number if you change providers.

Step 5: Keep an eye out

Watch to see that everything goes as planned. For example, ensure that you are getting charged the correct amount of money from your new provider. Also don't forget to make sure that your former provider stops charging you! You'd be surprised how often they "forget" to end their relationship with you.

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