Tech Tip: Looking to change your Wireless plan? Mid November is when the holiday deals start. A great time to start shopping around
I have been involved in the mobile phone industry for in some way, shape or form for many years. Either working directly for a wireless provider or providing consulting and analysis on the industry. One thing I have learned is that the holiday season is the best time to shop around for a new phone and plan.
The Christmas and holiday season has always been the busiest for retail in all forms, and the wireless industry is no exception. Even in the day past when giving a phone as a gift was very difficult due to contracts and phone subsidies, it was still a huge business time. With family plans, unsubsidized phones, tablets and prepaid services, giving phones has become big business.
But if you are already on a contact, how does this help you?
This is the time when wireless plans also get very aggressive as providers look to increase their subscriber numbers before the end of the year. Even if you are on a plan, even in contract, shop around at different providers and look for a deal that would work for you. Now you can use this as leverage when contacting your existing provider. It doesn’t always work, depending on where you are in a contract, but if the saving you can make switching can offset any cancellation penalty, then it may be worth pursuing. Plus you would get a new phone if you switch, or get your old phone unlocked to take with you. (If its not unlocked already)
Use this time to either shop or negotiate for the best package for your needs. Remember, if its been over a year since you last changed your wireless plan, there is a good chance that your needs have changed. It is at least worth a few minutes of your time to check it out.