I started this year off by moving from my cellular provider of about 15 years to a new provider. For many years I have seen that some of the other providers provided better deals to their customers and after reading online that my provider is the most expensive, I just decided to take the leap.
I did not want to lose my number and I was really thinking that it would be a huge job and struggle to port my old number to the new provider. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it only takes an SMS to do that.
I would therefore like to recommend that you no longer cling to your old service provider just because you do not want to get a new number. When you reach the end of your contract, feel free to shop around for the best deals that are available out there. Especially take into consideration the fact that your data consumption on your mobile device will increase dramatically in the next two years and you need to prepare yourself for that.
Many operators count on the fact that you do not want to take the risk of losing your old number, so you just keep renewing your contract. I can assure you that moving your number to a new provider is easy and quick and you need not worry.
When shopping around, also remember that some providers give you free minutes and others give you a monetary value that you can use on the contract before you are charged.
The difference is, the cost per minute of these calls could end up being only a few free minutes. Do your calculations and shop smart.