There is an old saying that states ‘talk is cheap’. Monthly cell phone bills state otherwise, talk isn’t so cheap when it’s done over the cell phone. There are things you can do to lower your cell phone bill and still have the features and apps that you need without the costly cell bill that you don’t need.
The first tip to saving money on your cell phone bill is to get a pre-paid cell phone plan. Why be committed to a carrier with a long term contract for minutes that you don’t need? If you use a cell phone infrequently, a pre-paid or pay-as-you-go plan is the best money saving option for you. A basic cell phone will cost around $20, with higher priced cell phones available that feature cameras, text messaging, internet and other bells & whistles available for use with a pre-paid plan.
If a pre-paid plan is just not right for you, compare plans between wireless carriers. Ask for the best cell phone plan that will meet your needs as well as your budget. Cell phone plans that allow parents to control their kid’s cell phone usage might be the best money saving option for you, or a carrier that offers unlimited calls within a calling circle of friends.
If most of your cell phone calls are local, chose a local carrier for cell phone service. many local carriers have package deals that will save you money.
To save money on your current cell phone bill, re-evaluate the features that you have from your carrier. Ring tones are cool but costly. How often do you really use the GPS feature? Is your email so essential that you must receive it via cell phone? Review your most recent cell phone bill and see what you are paying each month for features, some of which you probably rarely use and can be discontinued to save money.
If you do connect to the internet regularly via your cell phone and text message often, then bundling service and choosing a carrier plan that offer unlimited internet and texting for one monthly fee will save money rather than choosing a plan that has you paying for each email or text.
If you have a cell phone plan with limited monthly minutes, don’t give out your cell phone number to everyone, only people that you really need to hear from so you won’t go over your monthly minutes.
Register your cell phone number on the National ‘Do Not Call Registry’ so that telemarketers can’t call you and waste your cell phone minutes, which ends up costing you money.
When it comes to cell phone plans, you really can have it your way. You don’t have to pay for minutes you’ll never use or for features and services that you don’t need. Shop around and save money, cell phone service providers want your business and will provide a service plan that works for you and saves money.