The main companies that offer family plans in Flowery Branch, Georgia are Verizon
Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, Nextel, Cingular, and Verizon. Sprint and Nextel have partnered together now, so most of their family plans are the same. Two good websites that can help you do your research on each plan are www.wirefly.com and www.letstalk.com. All you have to do in type in your zip code and it will list all the plans in the area.
The features that are included in all of the plans include no roaming charges, nationwide long distance, voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and three way calling. Each company also requires a twenty-four month contract. Their early termination fee differs slightly. Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile all charge a $200 early termination fee, whereas Verizon and Cingular only charge $175.
They have some differences in activation fee, the hours that are considered nights and weekends, early termination fee, and their prices. These differences only vary a little from company to company. The activation fee for Nextel is only thirty-six dollars; whereas, Verizon, Cingular and T-Mobile range near seventy dollars. To be exact, Verizon cost sixty dollars, Cingular cost sixty-two dollars, and T-Mobile ranks the highest at seventy dollars.
The companies also vary in the hours that they consider to be night and weekend hours. Nextel’s nights start at seven p.m. and ends at seven a.m. Their weekends start Friday at 7:00p.m. and end Monday at 7:00a.m. T-Mobile’s nights, on the other hand, starts at 9:00 p.m. and ends at 6:59a.m. Their weekends are timed from Friday at midnight to Sunday at midnight. Cingular’s night’s and weekend hours are from 9:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. and their weekend hours goes from Friday at 9:00p.m. to Monday at 6:00a.m.
The price per anytime minute stays about the same range from company to company. However, the price per anytime minute goes down in all the companies the more minutes you have on your plan. Prices range from $59.99 to $299.99 depending on the number of minutes you desire. Most companies now have it to where you can add an additional line for about ten dollars. Some will have a maximum number of lines you can add. Verizon, for instance, has a maximum of five lines.
Some of the variable that I am not including in this article that you may want to consider would be text messaging, browser capabilities, and instant messaging. The fees vary from company to company. Depending on your preference, you may also want to look into the type of phones that are offered through each company. For example, some phones are blue-tooth capable, while others include camera. The phones vary from company to company and depending on your preference of phones you may consider going with one company other another based on phone type. Phone range in size, style, and capabilities; so, make sure to do your research! Do your research online. You can sometimes find better deals including rebates and free phone with activation. By shopping online, you cut out the middle man and get a better price. They also run more special online than they do in stores. For example, T-mobile has a special offer online for 1000 minutes at the low price of $49.99. Coverage area is also something you may want to take into consideration. For just around Flowery Branch, all of these companies will pick up; however, if you travel, you may want to check into the coverage maps to see if you are covered in the areas that you travel to frequently.
One suggestion that I have is to talk to your friends and family. Tell them you are planning on getting a cell phone and see who they carry their service through. If the vast majority of your friends and family have Cingular, then go with Cingular; that way your minutes between them will be free because they are mobile to mobile and it won’t count against your anytime minutes.
You can contact all of these companies online. I have included the links to these companies so that you can do your research. I have also included phone numbers for those of you that like to deal with a real person instead of a computer. Verizon Wireless can be reached at (800) 256-4646. Cingular can be reached at (866) 246-4852. Sprint’ phone number is (800)777-4681. Nextel’s contact number is (800) 639-8359. T-moblie’s contact number is 1-800-T-MOBILE.