If you're in the process of selecting a new provider for your mobile phone service, there are a lot of things that you're likely considering when making that final selection. Here are a few things that should be on your list of things to look into.
The Talk And Texting Plan
While many people are actually using their phone less these days for talking and texting, it's worth looking into what kind of plan the phone has for both of these services. This is more common for pre-paid plans that have a limited amount of minutes until you have to reload the phone with more minutes. However, most post-paid plans offer unlimited minutes with a bigger focus on how much data you use.
The Data Plan
Where you are going to find the bigger difference in how much you pay per month is the data. Phones will either have one of two plans, one that has unlimited data or one that has a cap on how much data you can use. If you use your mobile phone for sending and receiving data, you'll likely want an unlimited data plan so that you don't have to worry about overages. If you don't use very much data because you're mostly on Wi-Fi, a limited data plan could be beneficial to save you money.
One thing to keep in mind is that even unlimited data plans can have a cap on how much data you can use at the higher speeds your plan offers. For example, your phone plan may offer you 20GB of unlimited data per month and then throttle your serve down to 3G speeds after you've hit your limit. Make sure you understand what the data cap is and what happens when you go over it.
The Mobile Hotspot Plan
Your phone may have the ability to be used as a mobile hotspot, but it is often a feature that needs to be supported by your mobile phone provider. If you frequently use a mobile hotspot or ever have a desire to use it in the future, figure out if your plan supports it in the first place. If it has support, you may have a limited amount of data that you can use over your mobile hotspot. This data may even be a much smaller portion of your data plan. For example, if you have a 20GB plan, you may only have 5GB of mobile hotspot data usage per month.
Talk to service providers to learn more about potential plans, such as a Spectrum mobile plan.