What are the three basic types of cell phones?
Analog, digital, and PCS (which is a lot like digital). Digital phones have better rates and higher sound quality but can't be used in some parts of the country.

Can I get digital sound quality with the mobility of an analog phone?
Sort of. There are dual mode phones which automatically switch between digital and analog, depending on which offers better reception in the area.

Does it matter whether or not I plan to travel with my phone?
Yes, for two reasons: some companies charge roaming fees for calls made outside of your home area code and digital phones don't work in some parts of the country.

If I have a block minute plan, can I add on minutes in mid-month?
No. Phone companies may make it sound as if you can add minutes at any time, but these changes will only take effect the following month.

What happens if I use more than my allotted minutes?
You will be charged a penalty rate, which can be as high as 25 to 50 cents a minute.

What's the cheapest cell phone I can get?
It's possible to get one for free. Many good calling plans will give you a phone, albeit not the most high-tech one, when you sign on.

Which should I do first: buy a phone or choose a calling plan?
Definitely choose a plan first. Many plans offer free phones or require that you use certain types of phone.

Does the battery life refer to time spent talking or time when the phone is on but not in use?
Time when the phone is on. Some phones also state a talk time, which refers to how long the battery lasts if the phone is in constant use.

Are you charged for incoming calls?
Yes. The total minutes for which you will be charged in time spent on your phone for both incoming and outgoing calls.

Do calling plans charge you for exact time spent on the phone or do they round up to the nearest minute?
Unless they explicitly state otherwise your cellular provider will be rounding up to the nearest minute.

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