Cingular Wireless - There For The Consumer

By: Martin Smith

If you are shopping for your first cell phone plan, be awarethat Cingular Wireless has some of the most affordable callingplans available. They have plans starting at under $30.00 amonth.

Consumer Reports recently rated the basic calling plans fromCingular as some of the most affordable currently offered bycell phone carriers. Cingular ranks third, behind T Mobile andAT&T Wireless. Cingular is rated near the top in coverageprovided in cities such as Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston,Philadelphia and Dallas, making it a leader despite its relativenewness on the cell phone scene.

Cingular has several plans to choose from. One of the mostpoplar plans they offer is Cingular Region with 600 anytimeminutes and 5000 night and weekend minutes. In addition to thementioned minutes, there is free long distance anywhere in theUnited States. This is a great plan for people who travel widelywithin their regional calling area and make a lot of calls.

There is no worry about long distance or roaming charges. Thisplan is offered by Cingular for under $50.00 a month. CallWaiting, Caller ID, wireless email and three way calling areavailable. There is a 45 cents per minute charge for calls overthe plan limit and the fee for 411 information calls is $1.29plus airtime. The monthly plan charge does not includeconference calling, voice mail, or two way text messaging.Cingular charges and activation fee of $36.00.

You must sign a one year contract and they charge an earlytermination fee of $240.00 and depending on a credit check, asecurity deposit may be requested.

Cingular Super Home 900 with Rollover is a frequent user plan atan average cost of $75.00 to $80.00. Also offered by Cingular isa very popular family plan called Cingular Nation GMS. FamilyTalk 700 with Rollover allows you to have up to four phonessharing minutes with a charge of only $10.00 for each additionalline. The average monthly cost for this plan is about $100.00per month.

Adding to Cingular's popularity is full line of phones withevery imaginable feature. You can get phones with webcapabilities, text messaging, camera phones, voice mail, abilityto send and receive email and an almost unlimited number of ringtones that can be downloaded. Be aware though that time spentdoing emails, web surfing and/or downloading ring tones, willcost you air time and money. Make sure you know the true cost ofthese add ons.

If you are a casual user, who just needs a cell phone for use inemergencies then Cingular has some good basic plans to meet yourneeds. Cingular offers rollover minutes on most of its plans,allowing to you to carry unused minutes from month to month.Whether you use your cell phone only rarely, or max out yourminutes every month Cingular Wireless Cell Phones has a plan foryou.

Cingular's Wireless network operates on digital networks TDMAand GSM. TDMA is Time Division Mobile Access. GSM stands forGlobal System for Mobile Communications. GSM can only operate onother GSM networks, but the DMA network is larger and allows forroaming other TDMA or analog systems. Cingular Wireless is thefourth ranked cell phone carrier in the U.S

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