Even with technology prices plummeting across the board, it still costs a lot of money to buy and operate a smartphone. A newer high-end phone can be the better part of $1,000. Whether you buy it up front or finance it for two years, that's still a dent in your bank account.
Then you have to pay for a cellular data plan, which even as an individual can set you back more than $40 a month, and for a family can cost hundreds. Let's not forget that with so many carriers, smartphone and plan options available to choose from, you might end up paying more than you really need to. That's why it pays to do some research.
Now, you could spend a solid week visiting every carrier website looking at plans, working out costs, doing phone comparisons and hunting for deals, but that's a major headache.
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However, there is another way thanks to sites online that bring together all the information you need in one place. You can even tell the site what you're looking for and it will narrow down your best options.