Cell phones have come a long, long way in our lives. There was once a time where they looked like actual bricks, possessing very little in the way of functionality. Not only that, the limited access and high costs meant that only the most financially well off could have them.

Fast forward 30 years and now nearly 60 percent of the globe owns at least one cell phone. That 60 percent number might not sound too large until you consider that it equates to about 5.5 billion (with a B) people. That’s quite the expansion.

Of course, over that same time period, there has been something of a divide among members of society. Arguments about just how safe or good cell phones are have emerged. On the other side of the same coin, there is indisputable evidence that cell phones have been able to make our lives easier and more convenient than ever.

Affordable Carriers

One thing that has also changed over that time period is the affordability of owning a cell phone. They are definitely expensive to buy outright – the new iPhones can run upwards of a thousand dollars – but alternative carriers to the major brands like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc. has made it more affordable than ever to get one.

Check out H2O Wireless or any Mint Mobile review and you will find that not only are the rates more affordable for these kinds of plans, but they provide the same level of quality as well. Getting the latest and greatest in cell phone technology is also now reaching a broader spectrum of people because of those alternative carriers.

Thankfully, the emergence of these alternative carriers has led to a reform in the pricing of the major carriers as well. Instead of holding a monopoly on cell phone plans and charging an arm and a leg, the major providers are having to deliver value in new ways. This means offering discounted packages, free phones, and a litany of other perks to sign up with them.

To say the game has changed when it comes to cell phones would be putting it lightly. The evolution in technology alone is enough to really make you stop and think. But when we also consider the affordability and availability of cell phones, it seems a little crazy. After all, they provide us with so many tools and access to so many different things that even 20 years ago would have felt impossible.

The game has changed when it comes to cell phone providers and it has changed for the better.