Want to lower your cell phone bill. That would be a great – wouldn’t it?
When your cell phone bill comes, do you look at it and just shake your head like me? I can’t believe how much it costs!!
We do so much with our phones. They are not just a device for calling people. Most of us I realize I do so much with my phone. It is not used just to call people. We use it for work, social media, entertainment and even to save money!
If you find your cell phone bill is out of control, you are certainly not alone. However, just because you get a bill and they tell you what you have to pay doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck in that higher payment rut! Check out these great tips to help you lower your cell phone bill.
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LOWER YOUR CELL PHONE BILL
1. Compare plans to find the best option
Whether you are in the market for a new carrier or just want to see if you can reduce your rate, it is important to compare plans. Grab your current bill and visit MyRatePlan or WhistleOut. You will enter a few key pieces of information from your bill and they will offer different plans which may be available from your current carrier, or perhaps even a lower one through another company.
Don’t forget that you can now keep your same number if you do happen to sign up with a new carrier. It is very important to read reviews about the company before you jump on board. Research things such as coverage area, dropped calls, dead zones, etc. It is not worth paying less if you are going to also receive less service and/or your phone will not work when you need for it to.
2. Renegotiate your current plan
A simple way to lower your cell phone bill requires making a call to your current carrier. Talk to them about a possible rate change.
First, discuss what they offer new customers and try to negotiate to get that same rate, or share what you can get if you happen to leave to go to a competitor (which is when the above information will come in handy).
If you happen to be at the end of your contract, you will often have much better results, as they know you will be free to leave and they want to do what they can to keep your business.
Now, if you are not comfortable doing this on your own, you can use a service to help you – such as BillCutterz or SlashaBill You send them your bill and they negotiate the rate on your behalf. If they find savings, they split it with you 50/50!
3. Go with a no-contract plan
The worst thing that we can do as consumers is to lock ourselves into a contract. It may sound great to pay less for the latest cell phone, but it may actually be cheaper to purchase the same phone via an installment plan.
You may find that the access fees are less on these installment plans and you usually do not have to put any money down. Many of the larger providers are already heading this route, so they know what customers want and are making the changes for you!
What is really great is that when you pay your phone off, your bill will drop by $30 or more every month! However, should you be on a contract plan, your rate stays the same for the entire term of the agreement.
If you find that you want to leave your current carrier and sign up with someone else on a no-contract, installment plan, talk to the company about buying out your current contract. Many times, they will offer to do so in order to get your business. It is always worth asking!
4. Avoid data hogging traps
Do you love to watch video streams on your phone or even play online games? These often use a LOT of data. Instead of using your data to stream these, make sure you are connected to WiFi. When connected to a cell network the following will gobble up your data:
- Video Calls: Face to face calls can use up to 3 MB per minute!
- Video Streams: HD-Quality video streams can consume upwards of 6 B per minute. If you stream just one 4 minute video daily on YouTube, you can use upwards of 700MB of data every single month!
- Uploading videos: A video can use a lot of data when uploading to YouTube or other providers. For example, a 3 minute HD video can use as much as 300MB.
- High Action On-Line Games: These are a lot of fun, but can use 1MB of data for every minute of play.
Connect to your home WiFi whenever you can to run these types of applications. Doing so may reduce your overall data usage and you might be able to change your plan. Make sure you also disable automatic updates. That way, you can only complete the update when you are connected to your home WiFi instead.
You can use an app like My Data Manger to track your data usage and alert you when you are getting close to your monthly limit, so you don’t have to pay overages.
5. Carefully review your plan
This is one of the simplest tricks to lower your cell phone bill.
Look for mystery charges on your phone. If you are not sure what something is, then you need to check into it and make sure you are not paying for something you do not need. Even at just $5 – $10 a month, that is YOUR money. Even at just $5 a month, that is $60 in just one year!
You might want to even take a look at Republic Wireless. They have amazing customer service and their rates are very affordable!