Breaking Up Isn’t Hard To Do: 3 Tips When Switching Carriers
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Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.

Which came first, the phone or the carrier? Sometimes we forget how tied together the two can be, especially when you want to acquire the latest phone on the market.

Smartphone service providers are in fierce competition with each other, resulting in frequent reductions to the cost and commitment of using a smartphone.

Leaving your carrier is easier than ever before, but make sure to consider all the potential costs, hidden and otherwise. There could be some surprises.

If you’re going to switch, check out our tips first:

1. Back Up Your Files and Data
Switching carriers isn’t all about beginning a relationship with a new company – you also want to take steps to make sure that your digital life isn’t interrupted during the transition. Make sure that you back up all of your files and data prior to the switch so that you can pick back up where you left off as quickly as possible. If you’re an iPhone user, for example, you can back up all of your data to iCloud or to your computer. Android phones and other devices have similar features.

2. Consider No Contract Monthly Payments
Make sure that you have the freedom to switch carriers whenever you want, look into securing a “No Contract” monthly payment from your new company. Your cell phone bill will be a bit higher, but you won’t have to sign a contract and won’t have to pay an “Early Termination Fee” if you ever want to suddenly switch from one company to another.

3. Look into Leasing Plans
Smartphone purchasing has evolved to include leases, the same way you can lease a car instead of owning it. The standard two-year contract has been replaced by leasing plans that give subscribers the ability to purchase a new phone with no money down. For example, Sprint offers its “iPhone for Life” promotion, and expanded that to Android handsets, including Samsung’s new Galaxy S6.

Switching cell phone carriers used to be a nightmare. Thankfully, those days are over. Keep a few basics in mind, you’ll find yourself with a tremendous amount of freedom to show off the device everyone else wants, but waits to acquire.

With SanDisk mobile storage tools, moving content from your old phone to your new phone has never been easier, especially if you plan to upgrade every time the latest phone debuts.

And we’re not done on this topic. In upcoming posts, we’ll give you tips on switching operating systems (iOS to or from Android), too.

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About the Author

Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.



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