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How do I Choose the Best Free Wireless Device?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 29 October 2016
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You can choose the best free wireless device by looking into each wireless provider and determining which plan is right for you. Most free devices are given for signing up with a particular provider, generally for a term of no less than two years. Additionally, if you do come across a free device elsewhere, it will likely be programmed to operate with one provider or another.

Go to each wireless provider’s local branch and look into which options they have available. To choose the best free wireless device, you will need to compare not only the devices themselves but also the companies offering them. There are several options you may consider before signing up with one provider over another. These may include cost, features, coverage area, and your credit score. Some companies may be more or less lenient than others when it comes to your financial past.

Once you have narrowed down the plans you may be interested in, you should compare the phones or other devices each company has available. You may be able to choose the best free wireless device simply by choosing a provider, or you may want particular features. If you intend to use the device for wireless Internet service, for example, you will need a device which has this capability. You’ll also want one with the particular applications or programs you find important, including office programs or navigators.

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Keep in mind that the best free wireless device may not be as sophisticated as something you would have to pay for. You should also consider that many providers offer a selection of free phones, as well as many that are deeply discounted. If you can’t find a free device with the features and applications you desire, consider how much you may be able to spend and look into a discounted option instead.

If you find or acquire a free wireless device through either a friend or giveaway, you may be limited in the providers with which you can use the device. Most devices use subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, and each wireless provider may have a card with a different size or shape. In this case, you will likely have to either have the SIM card unlocked by paying a fee, or you can use the provider for which the device was intended. Keep in mind that fees can be hefty with some providers, and these costs can offset the fact that you didn’t have to pay for the phone.

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