One way to get a quick read on wireless service providers is to talk to other wireless subscribers and find out how they feel about their service. Be sure to talk to traveling salespeople or other people who use their service a lot. If there are any red flags, such as a carrier that has poor reception in an area that's important to you, they may know. Doing your own research is also important. When you call, ask the sales representative to supply you with coverage maps, service plans and details on special services. You should compare services closely that you may be using a lot, such as the cost and availability of directory assistance. Ask each carrier where they may have gaps in coverage. To get an idea of the company's capacity, you might also ask how many channels are available during rush or peak hours. Regarding price, virtually all carriers have low-cost plans for people who only make occasional calls, such as in emergencies, as well as plans with discounted air-time rates for heavy users. For more information contact your local wireless service provider.
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