Ah, cell phone providers. Everyone’s favorite thing that you love to hate. Is anyone truly satisfied with their service provider? It appears that every network has their downfall. One is too expensive. Another doesn’t have good coverage. In this day and age, choosing a cell phone provider has turned into a “pick your poison” situation. How do you decide which provider to go with when it is nearly impossible to make apple-to-apple comparisons?

A recent study conducted by SimpleTexting.com has found the most searched cell phone provider in every state from 2012 to 2017. Although Verizon has shown an obvious monopoly over the past six years across the United States, there is no hard and fast answer as to which provider is “the best.”

Do you need a cell phone for work or pleasure? How many lines do you need? Do you want unlimited data? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking yourself before you select a carrier, or consider a switch. Consumer Reports found that nearly half of consumers that switched service providers in the past year saw a price drop in their monthly phone bill. Although it can be easier to stay loyal to your current provider, you might end up paying the price- literally. If you always do what you’ve always done, you may miss what else the world has to offer.

Whether you decide to switch or to stay with your current provider, it is always important to know your options. A little research will only help your wallet.