By John Marick
Before diving into that “unlimited” cellular plan, it’s important to ask yourself some important questions about how you currently use, or plan to use your cell phone:
- Do you care about texting or sending/receiving photos?
- If so, how often do you send/receive text messages a month?
- What about the internet?
- How often do you make calls?
- How often do people call you?
Many cell companies tout unlimited calling at night or to other phones within their network, in addition to unlimited texting and internet.
But stop and think about how often you are using your phone for calling, texting and/or the internet. Does unlimited make sense? Sure, the piece of mind of unlimited can be nice, but is it really worth the extra cost?
If you are not using the service extensively for these “unlimited” calls, texts or internet usage, the high monthly fee associated with the plan may make it a more expensive option than buying a plan that is more in line with your actual usage needs.
In any case, make sure you do the math.
To give you some perspective, a recent survey by the Nielsen Company reported in the NY Times, found that teenagers send and receive 80 texts a day, on average – or a whopping 2,272 a month. If this is you, than an unlimited text messaging plan is probably a good bet. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
So, take a look at your past cellular bills and map out how you use your phone. That is the best place to start in determining what you actually need.