When shopping for a wireless service plan, choose one that offers you the widest range of coverage for the areas in which you're likely to be placing or receiving calls. Doing so will keep long-distance and roaming charges at a minimum. If you expect to receive a high volume of incoming calls, look for a plan that offers the first minute of each incoming call for free. Don't pay extra for features such as voicemail and caller ID if they're useful to you; some providers include them in their basic plan. If you travel frequently, you may opt for a flat-fee plan, which means you simply pay one per-minute rate for all calls. Make sure you know what you're getting and that you're getting what you want when you sign your contract. In general, you'll be charged a hefty penalty fee for canceling a plan before it expires. Alternatively, you can obtain wireless service without a monthly service plan by pre-purchasing blocks of calling minutes. With this approach, there's no contract to sign and no monthly bill.
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