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Cell Phone As Your Primary Line

If you spend a lot of time away from the office, or are constantly have business phone calls forwarded to your cell phone, then consider going totally WIRELESS. As the number of cell phone subscriber continues to rise, the monthly fee for basic cell phone service are falling -- and many cell phone customers are now using their cell phone as their PRIMARY phone line.

As more Americans go wireless, the wireless industry has responded with more CHOICES and lower prices for basic plans. And of course, going from two phone bills to one, make this a very attractive option. If you are ready to make the leap to wireless only, there are many, many opportunities in the cellular market for you. Before you make the leap, here are the three most common things that you want to consider to minimize your cell phone bill and MAXIMIZE your usage and enjoyment.

Spend a few more dollars per month if necessary, but get the best service that you can afford. Customers and family members will not TOLERATE spotty service, dropped calls and interference on a daily basis. Figure out where you spend the majority of your time, indoors, outdoors, rural areas, dense urban areas or away on business trips. Make sure that your cell phone service is COMPATIBLE with your geography and lifestyle.

Basic service plans are comparable to the average landline phone bill. However, the major billing sore point for cell phone customers is OVERAGE charges. The average customer has really gotten used to 5 cents, 7 cents and 10 cents per minutes charges on their landline long distance bills. Cell phone carriers can charge 35 cents or 45 cents each minute over your anytime allowance. It's always better to have too MANY cell phone minutes rather than too few. The extra $10 or $20 for a plan with more anytime minutes is a much better option than a $180 cell phone bill at the end of the month.

Also, see if there is a plan available minimizes ROAMING charges. Roaming charges in some areas can be as high as 65 cents per minute. Either look for a plan with no roaming charges --- or get plan that alerts you when you are roaming and gives you the option to not send or receive calls.

There are so many things you can do these days with your cell phone -- make sure your plan supports all the activities you need for your business. Are you going to want to send EMAIL, and text messages? Find out how many text messages are included in your plan for free and what the cost is per message for additional communications. Want to surf the web? You need a WIFI enabled phone and appropriate calling plan. Remember that many cell phone services charge an entirely separate monthly fee for wireless internet, and the coverage areas may be different. If it's important to you, get a phone that allows you to listen to music and even take pictures, so you can keep in touch and entertain yourself with your cell phone. And don't forget to check into the most common FREE services -- free nights and weekends, free long distance.

Change your plan if needed, but get one that maximizes your usage time and minimizes your extra costs. If you get a great service, minimize your extra charges and avoid roaming fees, making the SWITCH from a landline to a cellular phone is a great option.


Syd Johnson is the founder of Rapid Lingo -- you may visit his website at

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