Hopefully, if you are reading this, you either don’t have a cell phone or are looking to purchase a new one. You may already know how to get a good price on a cheap cell phone. If not, allow me to show you.
I work in the wireless industry and sell cell phones all day long and usually people are looking for the cheapest cell phone available. Most cell phone carriers offer a cheap cell phone or maybe even a free cell phone provided you are a new customer and sign a new 2 year (generally) contract. But did you know if you do a little comparison shopping and avoid dealing with the major cell phone providers directly, you can usually find a much better price on a cheap cell phone?
“What are you talking about?” you ask. I’m talking about the wireless retailers that do business only online such as Wirefly.com and LetsTalk.com. These web retailers offer the exact same cell phones as the major carriers like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile but their prices are much better. In many cases, Wirefly.com and LetsTalk.com can beat the major carriers price by at least the cost of a month of wireless service!
How can they afford to do this? Quite simply, the major wireless carrier pays the retailer a large commission for providing them new customers. Wirefly.com, LetsTalk.com and several other online wireless dealers then pass savings on to the customer in the form of their own discounts and rebates. In some cases, depending on the cell phone model being purchased, the customer ends up making money just for purchasing the wireless service from them. What’s better then getting paid to buy a cell phone?
Here’s a quick example of what kind of savings are typical when your service is purchased through an online wireless retailer instead of the provider directly. One of Sprint’s popular cheap cell phones right now is the Sanyo Katana II. I just checked the price at Sprint.com and they are offering the Katana II for $49.99 after a $50.00 mail in rebate for a new customer signing a new 2 year contract. Both Letstalk.com, and WIrefly.com offer the Katana II for free, and then after all rebates, you end up making $50.00. That’s a savings of $100! Not bad for a few minutes of comparison shopping.
I hope this article has been helpful. I love saving money and if I can save a hundred dollars just by shopping around, I’m going to take advantage. And remember, the only thing better than a cheap cell phone, is a free cheap cell phone plus cash back.