cell phone networks require 1 or 2 year contracts. With the
average cell phone bill being over $60 per month, you're
committing almost $1500 when you sign up. If you terminate a
contract early, termination fees are usually around $200 or
$300. There is also a $30 to $40 activation fee.
Taxes: There are
tons of taxes on phone bills: state, federal, local, 911
service, etc. That add up to 20% to the bill in many areas.
All cell phone plan rates are listed without taxes.
Night & Weekend Minutes:
Almost every plan over $40/month includes unlimited night and
weekend minutes because those are the times when there is
least demand on the networks. Every company except Sprint
starts their weeknights at 9 PM.
Mobile to Mobile Calling:
A big deciding factor should be what network your friends and
family are on. To get customer loyalty most of the carriers
offer unlimited calling within their network.
Long Distance & Roaming:
Most national carriers do not charge extra for long distance
or roaming. However some of the regional carriers may still
charge extra. If you buy a regional plan, it might be cheaper,
but be careful when traveling.