What to Consider When Gifting a Cellphone

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Do you have someone on your list whom you want to give a cellphone this season? Lucky them! It’s a great gift, but you want to be sure to get the right deal at the right price.

Here are some key things to consider when picking out a cellphone to give.

Look for BOGO deals

Yes, it’s the time for giving, but that doesn’t mean you have to be completely selfless. By taking advantage of a buy one, get one free or discounted deal. you can get a new phone as a gift for your loved one while getting a new phone for yourself. Two birds with one stone, right? Keep in mind, however, that BOGO deals typically require you to activate at least one new line on a plan. If you and the receiver of the gift are already on the same carrier or plan, you might not be eligible for a BOGO deal.

Pro tip: BOGO deals can be a great opportunity to get a new cellphone for yourself and your child (or grandkid) as they get old enough to handle the responsibilities and privileges of having one.

Verizon is currently offering BOGO deals (or buy one to get hundreds off on a second device) on most of the current flagship devices including the new iPhone 11s.

Activate the new phone after Christmas

This tip applies if you are buying a phone for someone who already has a phone and will want to continue using the same number: Don’t activate the phone right away. Otherwise, you risk deactivating their old phone and thereby ruining the surprise of the gift. Some carriers require you to activate a new device within a certain number of days after buying it. Be sure to get all the details from a representative.

Check coverage

If you’re buying a new phone and plan for somebody, make sure that the carrier provides coverage in the areas where the recipient will be using that new phone. Dealing with poor coverage can be frustrating. The last thing you want to do is give a gift that causes frustration.

Keep an eye out for cool extras

New cellphone plans often come with great extras — and that may influence where you buy the new phone. For example, Verizon’s unlimited plans come with Apple Music and a year of Disney+. AT&T offers HBO for select plans and T-Mobile will give you a Netflix subscription if you have two or more lines on their Magenta plans.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly family plan, US Mobile offers great perks on unlimited plans with multiple lines. Depending on how many lines you have activated, you can take your pick of free Disney+, Apple TV+, Spotify, PlayStation Plus and several more. US Mobile unlimited plans start at just $40/month (plus $2 service fee), and you can add lines with customizable plans from there.

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