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Cell Phone Plans Comparison

Where can you go online to see a side-by-side comparison of providers?

It is amazing that there are not more places on the web where you can compare cell phone plans side-by-side. Fortunately, there is one service we've discovered that does this for a respectable line of carriers.

Top Ten Reviews has a page that provides just this kind of comparison. It is impossible to do a full plan by plan coverage complete with individual cell phones offered with the plans because there are so many ways to mix-and-match plans and phones. A side-by-side chart of this kind would take up hundreds of rows in a spreadsheet and would be largely unreadable for the average consumer. Instead, this site gives generalized reviews on the range of services offered by each provider and the phones that they offer with their plans.

They do give a price point for unlimited service with each provider, which can be helpful in making a decision. Also, the ever-popular "all everything" or "all you can eat" plans that group voice, data, and messenging into one overall, unlimited package are worthy of consideration, and their chart will give you a quick view of which providers offer these all you can eat services as well as what their price points are. Pre-paid plans, where available with the respective providers, are also noted.

Ultimately, the most important question with any provider is their service area within the context of your needs. If you live in an urban area and are likely to use your phone almost exclusively in that area, then you will likely have a wide range of options to choose from. However, if you live in a rural area or an area that typically has sparse cell service, then knowing which provider offers the best overall blanket coverage for your area is not something you're going to find in an online chart, for the simple reason that coverage areas can vary drastically from provider to provider. In these cases, often the best thing you can do is to simply ask friends and neighbors in your area what service they use and what the quality of contact with the nearest cell tower has been for them.

Last Update: 8/19/2011
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