Cellular phones, popularly known as cell phones, are portable phones which utilize cellular technology. The portability of cell phones makes them fall under mobile phones. The cell phone category of mobile phones uses radio cells, a radio coverage area. A cell phone plan is where a mobile carrier allows a user’s cellphone to send or receive text messages and cell phones using the carrier’s network. Cellular phones such as smartphones need a plan in their functionality. Smartphones have a data plan each; thus, users need the data plan to get online when they are out of range of a Wi-Fi network.
Cell phone plans fall under three typical categories; prepaid, postpaid, and pay-as-you-go. There are also other cellphone plan types, including cheap cellphone plans, family mobile phone plans, senior cellphone plans, and unlimited data phone plans, in addition to the typical ones.
To choose a good cell phone plan, one needs to understand how they work. This means understanding mobile carriers. Mobile Network Operators (MNO) are licensed to provide cellular service, including transmitters and cellphone towers. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) are also not federally licensed and have not invested heavily in infrastructure like the Mobile Network Operators (MNO). They are popularly known as mobile service resellers and are often cheaper than the Mobile Network Operators (MNO).
The two operators have their own advantages and limitations. Therefore, users can choose between Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) on the desired choice of a cellphone plan. In order to come up with a good deal in the choice of a plan, one should consider various factors, including the type of phone being used, the number of users expected such as family members, the budget on data, and the provider with the strongest signal strength, among several others.