Choosing a Carrier

There are many issues to weigh when considering the best carrier to pick for your new Unnecto smart phone. To make the best decision about what carrier is right for you here are the top things to consider when choosing a carrier.

Which carrier should you use?

The first thing to check is whether the carrier you have chosen uses a GSM of CDMA network. All Unnecto phones use the GSM network standard and will not work on a CDMA network. Examples of carriers that use GSM networks would be AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS and their carrier partners. CDMA carriers are companies like Verizon and Sprint and their partners. Some companies, like TracFone, will also support both GSM and CDMA. Whatever company you choose to use, make sure that it has a GSM network and that it can provide you with a SIM card that will work with GSM phones.

What SIM card should you get?

In the current market there are 3 standard SIM card sizes. The largest is a full or standard SIM card. The mid-size is called a mini or micro SIM and the smallest size is called a nano SIM. Unnecto devices do not support nano SIM cards. Depending on which Unnecto device you have you can choose between standard and micro SIM cards. Below you can find a picture that shows the different sizes of SIM cards:

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Below is a list of all Unnecto phones with the supported SIM types for each slot listed:

Unnecto Phone SIM Slot 1 SIM Slot 2
Air 5.5 Standard Micro
Air 5.0 Standard Micro
Air 4.5 Standard Micro
Neo Micro Standard
Rush Standard Standard
Quattro X Standard Micro
Drone XT (& XL) Micro Standard
Drone X Standard Standard
Primo Standard Standard

As can be seen from the chart, all Unnecto phones have two SIM card slots (a feature known as dual SIM). The SIM card you use for your phone can go in either slot. Only one SIM card is required for the phone to work, however if you would like to have a second SIM card in the device that supports a different number this is an option, but not required.

What carrier provides the best service in your area?

Many carriers offer coverage maps that show what areas they are able to provide the best service. Smaller carriers will many times use the same cellular towers as the larger carriers, so ask the carrier you sign up with if they work with any larger carriers. The coverage may be better than you think.

T-Mobile Coverage Map: http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.html

AT&T Coverage Map: http://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html

What services should your plan have?

Another important factor in choosing your carrier is what kind of service plans they offer. All carriers should offer talk, text, and data services, in varying package types. When choosing your cell plan services it is best to consider what types of things you plan on doing with your new phone and what you are doing with your phone currently. If you call a lot of people from your device a high or unlimited minutes plan is probably best. If you text frequently unlimited texting plans are usually much more cost effective than by-the-text charges. Finally, it is a good step to consider what types of media you will be consuming on your device in order to determine what data plan to choose. If you are going to be using your phone’s data connection primarily for email and web browsing, a lower data cap should work. If you plan on doing more data heavy tasks such as watching streaming video, or listening to online music or radio, you will want to look into a high or unlimited data plan. Here is a data calculator you can use to estimate your monthly usage: http://www.att.com/att/datacalculator/

How much will your plan cost?

After determining what services are most valuable to you, the next thing to consider is the cost of the plan. There are a variety of plan cost comparison tools available (such as this one http://www.whistleout.com/CellPhones). When comparing costs be sure to look at plans that offer the same level of coverage and the same type of services that are going to be sufficient for your needs.