March 13, 2023
When shopping for a cell phone plan, you want to get the best value for your money. Sure, you don't want to pay too much. But given the important roles that mobile phones play in our day to day lives, you need to select a plan that fits your life.
Before you sign up for a new cell phone plan, here are some important things to consider:
1. Network Reliability
It's important to be able to reach people and get online when you want. A cell phone plan that has sporadic coverage or widespread dead zones isn't worth it, regardless of the price. Check the carrier's coverage map to make sure it provides the best service in a big enough area for your needs. Cox Mobile, for example, offers the industry standard of 5G service where available and 4G LTE on all devices across the country.
2. Data Options
When it comes to data, one size definitely doesn't fit all. An unlimited data plan works best for people who live on their phones, streaming TV shows and TikToks, attending virtual work meetings and devouring social media. But if you're on the phone less frequently and primarily plan to use it for calls and texts, you might not need a one-size-fits-all plan. Cox Mobile offers two data plans — a “Pay as You Gig" version that adapts to your data needs and a "Gig Unlimited" option — both using its 5G network and including unlimited talk and text. You can change your data plan at any time as your usage changes and always switch back.
3. Mobile Hotspots
Mobile hotspots allow you to connect to wifi when you're at home or on the go. It's a good way to save on data, because you're tapping the network, instead of your own plan. Cox offers 4 million of these hotspots, thanks to our extensive network.
4. Network Speed
Today's data chews up a lot of bandwidth — and if you don't have a fast connection, you're going to experience frustration waiting for video or websites to load. Look for a cell phone plan that offers 5G reliability and speed. If you have Cox internet service, you can access a reliable and speedy connection through your home internet — and reduce your mobile data usage and costs at the same time.
A good cell phone plan is useless if you don't have a good phone to take advantage of it. Cox offers discounts on Samsung Galaxy phones as an incentive. If you're looking for the latest phone, Samsung has rolled out its Galaxy S23, which includes features like a 50-megapixel phone and "enhanced" low-light selfies.
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