It seems like everyone has a cell phone these days. With literally hundreds of phones on the market, it can be very difficult to choose the phone that's right for you. There are all kinds of features, including QWERTY keyboards for fast texting, mp3 players, high-resolution cameras and even Bluetooth capability. It's hard to find a cell phone that has everything, so your best bet is to shop around and find the phone that has as many of the features you like as possible (while remaining within your budget, of course).
Some of the top manufacturers of cell phones include Motorola, Nokia and Sprint, but there are many other companies that make great phones, as well. Which company you choose to support is entirely up to you. Some people like to pick a brand and stick with it, while others prefer to try out a new brand each time they get a new cell phone.
There are a number of great cell phone providers in the U.S. There's Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and several others. We're not here to tell you which one to choose. Instead, we simply recommend that you take the time to compare and contrast the monthly plans offered by these companies. Figure out which one best meets your needs. Remember, cell phone contracts are legal contracts, so it's not a decision that you should take lightly. It's your money, so you should try to save as much of it as you can.
Another option is to not sign a monthly contract and instead opt for a prepaid cell phone. Depending on how much you use your phone, this may be a good option for you.
There's no clear definition for the term smartphone, but most people agree that smartphones are cell phones that have the ability to connect to the Internet. In many ways, they are like small personal computers. The BlackBerry and iPhone are two of the most popular smartphones. If you want to be able to access your email and use the web while you're on the go, you'll want to get a smartphone. However, you'll also want to keep in mind that monthly payment plans for smartphones are often significantly more expensive than for traditional cell phones because they include data transfer.