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Elf's Shelf: Buying a mobile phone

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Today we're launching the Elf's Shelf, a how-to guide to holiday shopping. If you're in the market for a new mobile phone or buying one as a gift over the holidays we have a few things you should consider. Buying a new mobile phone or switching providers can be confusing but there are a few basic things that may help. Considering the fact that there are a number of service providers out there from Sprint, Alltel, Verizon and much more, you first want to narrow your choices down by finding who offers the best coverage area for where you live, work and, and travel. Then choose the best calling plan that fits your lifestyle. For example, you don't want pay for a plan where you can surf the web and download music, if all you want is to be able to make calls in an emergency. Once you get that out of the way, ask the provider about any specials, discounts, or rebates that come with purchasing a new phone, signing a contract. One-stop Cellular manager Chris Rea said, "The price of the phones go up with a one-year contracts, but with a two year contract they're usually free, or lower price, discounted, and you usually get a rebate on the two-year contract." Mobile phone carriers want to lock you into a contract in order to keep you with their company. But if you're unhappy with your service, the best time to change providers is when your contract is up, so you won't have to pay a termination fee. You might also want find out if the provider has a trial period for you to test out the service and your phone, and if you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund. You might also want find out if the provider has a trial period for you to test out the service and your phone, and if you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund.

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