Apple revolutionized the cellphone market when it launched the first iPhone in June of 2007, but Apple's competitors soon released the first Android phone in September of 2008. Since that time the functionality of both devices has increased and smart phones are commonly found in households. While the Apple iPhone is easy to use and had well over 300,000 applications in early 2011, compared to around 100,000 for the Android phone, the latter has a more flexible and open system for application developers. Switching from an iPhone to an Android phone is a simple process.
Contact your wireless phone provider to find out if your wireless account is eligible for an upgrade. When you sign a two-year contract with a wireless phone provider, there are upgrade eligibility clauses that often don't allow you to purchase a new phone until a certain period of time has passed. This eligibility period varies depending on your cellular provider. If you are not eligible, you will still be able to upgrade to an Android phone, but you will be charged the full listing price in addition to signing a new two-year contract.
Locate your wireless phone service provider's nearest retail outlet and visit the store.
Browse through the various Android phones and their respective price points. Test their functions, see how they feel in your hand and ask a customer service to explain the pros and cons of each Android cell phone.
Leave the store without purchasing a new phone. Take the time to read customer reviews of the Android phones you prefer. You also should decide whether you wish to remain with your current cellular service provider or sign a contract with a new provider. Note that there are fees associated with canceling your cellular service before your contract has expired.
Purchase the Android phone through your chosen wireless phone service provider. You may do this online or in a retail store. The retail store customer service representative can help you transfer your data and activate your new Android phone.
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