You see in ads online and on TV all the time: the call to switch cellphone carriers.
Yes, switching could be a great way to save money on your cellphone bill, and even get a new phone at a discounted price. However, switching might not always be the best option.
Here are the top reasons you should stick with your current carrier.
1. You get great coverage
There’s a reason why every carrier likes to brag about their network coverage. Without good coverage, your cellphone plan is basically useless.
If you get strong coverage in all the places you regularly are, switching carriers might not be best option. You could end up on a network that has spotty coverage in those areas.
Instead of switching carriers, you might want to take a look at your current provider’s plans and see if there is one that is cheaper while still meeting your needs.
2. You’re already getting a great price
Switching carriers is basically the best way to save money on your cellphone plan unless you’re already paying a low price. How do you know you’re getting the best rates?
It’s always a good idea to do some comparison shopping now and then to see if another carrier is offering a similar plan at a lower rate. If you find a cheaper comparable plan, it might be a good idea to switch.
On the other hand, if you’re getting the best rates, stick with your carrier.
3. You’re getting the best perks
One of the best features of modern cellphone plans is the perks that come with them. With all the competition out there between the major carriers and MVNOs, carriers are offering some excellent perk packages to gain new customers and keep their current ones.
Verizon offers free Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ on select unlimited plans. T-Mobile offers eligible customers free Netflix or Quibi. Not to be left behind, AT&T gives its own HBO Max free to customers on their Unlimited Elite plan.
If you are digging the perks you get with your current carrier, you might just want to stay with them.
4. You don’t need a new phone
If you need a new phone and you’re looking to save, the best thing to do typically involves switching carriers. That’s because most carriers save their best deals for new customers switching from a competitor.
These deals can save you hundreds, but if you don’t need a new phone, you could stick with your current carrier. Wait to switch when it’s actually time to get a new device.
How do you know you don’t need a new phone? If your phone still holds a charge well, doesn’t have any functional damage, and is supported by current operating system updates, you probably don’t need a new phone.
Sure, it’d be nice to get a new 5G-capable device, but 5G tech is still very new and hasn’t come close to reaching its full potential. For now, your 4G LTE phone should be more than sufficient.
If none of these reasons to stick with your current plan and carrier resonates with you, it’s probably time to switch. Here are some of the most popular plans in the country:
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