Many mobile phone users, even those who are completely satisfied with their networks, have qualms about signing mobile phone contracts. If they come across better mobile phone deals before the expiration of their contracts – and these contracts are usually binding for at least two years – they cannot switch carriers without having to pay a large penalty. Plus, it can be hard for people without solid credit histories to find a carrier allowing them to sign a contract.
But all that has changed with the emergence of cheap prepaid mobile plans. Little by little, this option is entering the public's consciousness. When you pay in advance for a set number of minutes over a set period of time, each of those minutes becomes substantially less expensive. International Phone Calls, moreover, can be much less pricey under such a plan.
But how do you find the right company from which to buy mobile phone minutes? The first step is to take stock of everything you use your mobile phone for. Make a list: Do you make video calls? How often do you send text messages? You don't want to a pay-in-advance plan that won't allow you to use one or more of your favorite phone features.
You also want to think about whether or not you want to switch networks when you buy phone minutes ahead of time. If you like the network you're on, you can stay with it. If not, look into switching networks. Depending on what kind of mobile phone you have, however, you might not be able to switch networks without first buying a new mobile phone, and you might come to the conclusion that purchasing a new handset is not worth the expense. But if you have a mobile phone with GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, all you need to do is obtain a SIM, or Subscriber Identity Module, card when you purchase your minutes. With a SIM card inside your GSM phone, you're now free to switch networks as you please.
GSM phones offer various benefits in addition to making it easier to switch networks. GSM mobile phones typically have longer-lasting batteries than non-GSM phones. GSM phones also include the most advanced, state-of-the-art security measures available, including cutting-edge systems of encryption, so your personal data will be as safe as possible. The sound of a mobile call is also terrific on GSM phones, free of static.
If you have any friends or relatives who are light to moderate users of cell phone data, have a talk with them about the prepaid solution. Even better, buy them a SIM card with some prepaid minutes ready to go. They will thank you for the savings they will enjoy, no doubt about it.