[AD:foo]Today's cell phone market is absolutely loaded with options. A growing number of people are carrying smartphones, although some people continue to buy cheaper phones that don't have 3G or 4G wireless capability. Now is a great time to buy a smartphone, with Windows and Android challenging Apple for operating system supremacy. This technology-fueled competition has spurred wireless phone producers such as Samsung, LG and Sprint to produce mobile devices that are more powerful, efficient and fun to use than ever before. With so many options to choose from, finding the phone that's best for you can be a bit overwhelming -- that's why it's so important to ask the right questions.

Can I get this phone for free?

A lot of new cell phones can be obtained for free (or for very little) if you're willing to sign a long-term phone plan with a major provider. Most cell phone providers offer some of the best cell phones on the market today, too, so getting a cheap cell phone doesn't mean sacrificing on quality! Ask the salesperson which phone you qualify for!

Can I get a discount on an IPhone 5s?

It's common for smartphone retailers to drop the prices on older wireless models. Now that the iPhone 6 is out, opportunistic buyers can get their hands on the iPhone 5s for cheaper. Many retailers may advertise their iPhone 6 prices, but be sure to ask about special deals in place for the iPhone 5s.

What is LG's best smartphone on the market?

The LG G3 was the company's most critically acclaimed smartphone of the year and was designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5. It features a massive 5.5-inch display, a rear camera button for selfies, a 2.5 GHz processor and at least 16 GB of storage. This model is based from the LG G2, another high-quality smartphone that can be found nowadays for cheaper prices.

Which top-rated smartphones can be used on Verizon's cell phone network?

Most of today's top-selling mobile devices are compatible with Verizon cell phone plans. The list includes the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G3 and the Nokia Lumia Icon. Ask your phone retailer whether devices you're considering are usable with Verizon.

What's the difference between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4?

The Galaxy S5 is Samsung's upgrade to the Galaxy S4. In many ways, it's the same phone. The hardware is comparable, and the S5 has a slightly larger screen and a marginally better camera. The Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, neither of which are found on the S4. The fingerprint scanner can be used to unlock the phone and make secure, mobile payments through PayPal. However, if you're not impressed by these extra features, then you may want to save money with the slightly older Galaxy S4.

Should I get an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus?

Screen size is the biggest difference between Apple's latest smartphone offerings. The iPhone 6 Plus packs a much larger display. Also, the 6 Plus has slightly better battery life. Otherwise, there's virtually no difference between the two models. If a big display isn't important to you, then you can save some money with the smaller smartphone.

Are Android phones more user-friendly than Apple smartphones?

The Android operating system is now the most common mobile OS in the wireless industry, and it's certainly more user-friendly than it used to be. Android phones are very easy to customize, and users have access to a wider variety of apps through the Google Play store. Apple phones still have solid reputations for being intuitive and easy to use, but most new Android phones are just as user-friendly as their iPhone competitors.

Are Samsung cell phones worth the hype?

It wasn't long ago that Samsung smartphones were near the bottom of the figurative totem pole. However, the company made a goal of elevating the quality of its phones. Now we have the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones, which is at least on par with any other lineup on the market. Of course, finding the right cell phone means finding a model with the features you need. Chances are, though, that any new Samsung phone will have what you're looking for.