Remember when cell phones used to be simple flip phones that you could fit in your pocket? Now, it is rare to see someone who is not carrying a smartphone in their pocket, if it will even fit in their pocket.
Cell phone bills have gone through the roof over the past few years, and as new changes in technology increase the need for more data and even unlimited data plans, new plans have developed as a response.
Your cell phone bill might be one of those expenses you’ve written off thinking you can’t get a lower plan, but I’m here to show you how you can trim your cell phone bill with just a few calls!
Turn Off Your Data When You Are Not Using It
One of the most costly parts of having a smartphone is the data usage.
Unless you have a plan with unlimited data, you need to be more aware of your usage. Even when you are connected to Wifi, if your smartphone data is on, it will use trace amounts of it.
Only use your data when you need it, and turn it on when you plan on using it. When you’re done, just turn it off until the next time you need it.
Starbucks, McDonald’s, and even some tire shops have Wifi available, so when you’re out running errands, there is usually some form of Wifi you can connect to.
Cut Cell Phone Insurance
Let’s say that your cell phone insurance costs you $10 per month.
Over the course of the year, you will have been paying $120 just in case your phone breaks.
Even if you go multiple years without breaking your phone, when you do break it, you will likely have to pay a deductible and still have to pay for a new phone in some cases if yours is outdated.
Instead of paying for phone insurance, put aside money each month for your next phone.
Don’t Go On Contract
Cell phone companies are willing to do whatever it takes to get you on a contract. This could mean paying for your Netflix account to get your business, or other tactics to make sure once you’re on, you can’t leave.
If you are looking for a phone, you may have been promised the option to get a free iPhone by merely signing a two-year contract.
However, the reality is that most users will want to replace their phone after two years, or even before that.
Not only will you have paid more on contract for that iPhone by the end of your contract, but you will be unable to get a new phone until then!
Instead, pay for your phones outright and choose a month to month plan instead.
Do You Need Everything You’re Paying For?
If your smartphone has an excellent maps feature, do you need that GPS you bought years ago?
Take a look at your cell phone bill as well to see what you are paying for.
Many cell phone companies will charge for things like enhanced voicemail, and more to get every penny they can.
If you are not using these services, give your cell phone company a call and see if you can get these things taken off if it lowers your bill.
Be Cautious About Add-On Plans
Adding on to your plan might not always be such a great deal. Some plans may charge you anywhere from $15 to $40 for the luxury of being able to use these features on your device.
Then they will charge you a high rate for the amount of data you use, and extra charges for going over.
In most cases, you probably won’t even need this data, and if you do need an add-on service, you can buy a data pass to give you access when you’re traveling.
You also don’t need to be on one of the major carriers to get a family plan. Do your research and see what the best fit for your family and your needs is.
If you are tired of having to fork over your hard earned money every time your cell phone bill comes in, follow these tips to trim your cell phone bill today!
If you are looking for even more ways to lower your cell phone bill, check out these alternative plans to your traditional cell phone service.
YOUR TURN: What do you do to lower your phone bill? Have you cut your landline yet as well? Let me know in the comments below!
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