Unlimited Cellular Plans Getting Cheaper

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

If you watch television, you’ve probably come across a large number of cell phone advertisements that talk about the rates and plans available by the company. About five years ago, Sprint made a huge breakthrough in the cell phone industry with the first-ever plan that offered unlimited voice/call minutes. This unlimited plan allows the user to make and/or receive calls anytime, day or night… without any restriction for a single rate flat fee. This flat fee, in the beginning, was around $200 per phone line each month.

The seeming slowness with which the market has adapted to the availability of an unlimited plan illustrates the massiveness of the effect such a plan will inevitably have – most major service providers now offer some form of package that gives customers unlimited minutes. Slowly, providers have started expanding the idea of ‘unlimited’ to the quickly growing text and data market as well, first offering the service between accounts of shared providers, and eventually opening it up to any new or used cell phones.

Early in 2009, Sprint broke new ground again offering their unlimited everything plan. This allowed the user to make and receive unlimited calls, texts messages, and picture messages for one flat rate; this rate was originally $149 and has since fallen to $69 per month per line. For those of us that had the unlimited voice plans it was time to throw away our used cell phones and sign up for a new plan.

During the past few months, the cell phone industry has changed once more. Many cell phones have made their way to the landfill since people are watching for prices to fall again on the unlimited voice & data plans. If you choose a refurbished phones, go into a local retail store or shop online, you may find their prepaid unlimited plan for around $60 per month. If you want to stick with an unlimited plan on a contract, you can find some for as little as $49 per month and the unlimited everything plans for around $99 per month.

As more and more people make cell phones a part of their everyday lives and the technology becomes more affordable, prices will continue to come down and stablize. I personally predict that, at the rate things are going, it will soon be unnecessary for service providers to perform the credit checks that currently keep so many people from becoming customers, lowering the overall cost further. Due to the removal of this limitation and partially thanks to the competitive nature of business, service providers will soon likely offer nothing but unlimited everything plans for less than $50 a month.

If you have a used or even a refurbished phone, stop by your local cell phone retailer and inquire about the unlimited options available to you. Many times, the retailers want you to go to unlimited plans; after all they are paid on commission of plans sold.