Setting up a phone plan is important to communicate with others.
Having a working phone connection is useful for
contacting friends and family. It is also important to have a phone
connection in case of an emergency. Follow these directions to set up a
phone connection in your home or on your cellular phone.
Choosing a Provider
First, decide what phone service is best for you.
at the websites of the different phone companies and compare what
services they provide and how much they cost. You should choose based
on how often you make long distance calls (calls outside your local area), or whether or not you want voicemail (voicemail is a service that allows people to leave you voice messages if you don’t answer when they call you).
You should also check what packages are
offered by different companies. If you have a broadband internet
connection, sometimes you can buy your telephone service through that
company, and it will be cheaper. Buying long distance and local phone
service together can also be cheaper.
Now that you’ve decided what kind of service you want, it’s time to set up your connection. If you want to set up a landline (a phone that is plugged in at your house and only works there), it’s really easy to do online.
Go on the Internet and find the website for the phone service company you’ve chosen. Then select the option for residential home phone service on
the webpage. Make sure that that particular company offers service in
your local area. Then the website will ask you to answer some
questions. You’ll probably need to give them information like your
name, your address, your date of birth, your social security number (if
you have one), your employment information, and information about where
you used to live.
the package you chose based on your needs like long distance and
voicemail. Then continue to the checkout section of the website. You
can either pay for your phone service online with a credit card or you
can choose to receive paper bills. If you have a credit card it’s
probably better to pay your bills online because it’s more efficient
that way. You can also set up your account so that it pays your phone
Some people choose not to install a landline and just get a cellular phone instead,
or they get a cellular phone in addition to their landline at home. A
cellular phone is a phone that you can take with you and use anywhere.
This is a good option for you if you’re rarely home. Many Americans are
getting rid of their landlines so that they only have to pay for cell
phone service. In many cases a cell phone is all they need.
If you want to get a cell phone, it’s easiest to do it at a cell phone store. But before you go, do some research and pick the wireless network that’s
right for you. You can use the Internet to compare the websites of
different networks. Check the prices of their services and what
features they offer. Make sure to check what additional fees they
charge for long distance (when you call someone who is outside your local area) or roaming (when
you make a call while you’re outside your local area). You should also
do research and ask around to make sure that whichever network you pick
has good reception in your area.
you choose a wireless network, go to the store and ask a salesperson
for help. They will show you different kinds of phones that work on
that network and you can choose what features you want your phone to
have. Many cell phones come with extra features like
cameras, video cameras, or speaker phone. These features can be useful
but they make the phone more expensive, so if you don’t think you’ll
use them choose a simpler phone.
salesperson will help you choose the plan you want based on how many
minutes you think you’ll talk on the phone each month. Plans with fewer
minutes are cheaper. However, make sure you don’t pick a plan with too
few minutes. Most networks charge a high additional fee for going over
your monthly minute limit, so if you don’t buy enough it could end up costing you much more.
you leave the store, you can ask the salesperson to show you the basic
features of your phone and how to use it. You can also ask them any
other questions you might have about your cellular phone service.
WARNING: Every cell phone contains a SIM card.
A SIM card is a small piece of plastic that is a link to your phone
service. It contains information vital to your phone such as your phone
number and address book. Because of this, SIM cards often get stolen.
If your SIM card is stolen, call your cell phone provider immediately
and cancel your phone service. If you do not do this, the person with
your SIM card will be able to access your account and use up your
Here are the websites of a few phone service providers to get you started: