At 18 I signed up for my first cell phone account, and I signed up at a local store down the street from where I lived. The store owner seemed very nice, and he talked me into buying the latest smartphone at the time, which would end up costing me a lot of money. He said he would be willing to add the cost of the phone into my monthly plan, and after calculating it, I would end up paying a lot less for the phone than buying it outright. I got a great deal, and I left the store with a smile on my face. It was days later when I found out I was hustled.

It turns out that I didn’t get as good a deal as I thought, and after I paid for the phone it’s going to cost me $300 total. The phone at the time only cost $150 everywhere else, but the store owner would like for me to think I was getting a good deal. He was overpricing the phone, even though he said he was trying to help me out. Even with a monthly fee, the phone shouldn’t cost double what it’s worth. I signed up for a two-year contract, and it will be up very soon, and I plan on moving to another company.

I’ve learned a lesson over the last couple years since I signed up for that account, and the first thing is to shop around. I went to the first company that I could find who would accept me, and it’s the reason I ended up with a lopsided cell phone deal. Although I have unlimited service when it comes to my cell phone, I still wanted a much lower price. I was paying $100 a month, so after two years, I would have paid $2400 to the cell phone company for my phone and plan. It’s unbelievable that I’m paying that kind of money, but the contract is almost over. My research led me to find FreedomPop, who has some great plans when it comes to the Internet, cell phone, and Wi-Fi service.

FreedomPop sounded great because I was mostly interested in the cell phone service, especially since I would be able to switch my cell phone over to FreedomPop with no problem. The unlimited cell phone service was only going to cost me $20 a month, and that’s $80 less than what I’m paying now. I wouldn’t have to get a new phone, I will have great service, and I wouldn’t have a contract with FreedomPop. I wish I had found FreedomPop almost two years ago when I got my first service, but late is better than never.

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