Having a cell phone was a luxury years ago, but it’s now considered by many as a must-have. I bet most people would probably admit that they couldn’t live without their phones. The privilege doesn’t come cheap though. Aside from buying the phone itself (which can cost hundred of dollars), you’re also paying a monthly bill that’s far from cheap. At more than $100 each month, that cellphone bill could be a huge drag to your wallet.
Luckily, you don’t have to pay a lot to get what you need. Let’s take a look at four simple ways you can save on your cell phone bill:
Analyze Your Monthly Usage
Many pay for cell phone services they don’t need or use. For instance, you might be paying for 5GB of data but you’re on average using 3GB a month. Analyze your monthly usage every time you get the bill. If you’re not using all the data, text, and minutes you’re paying for, consider downgrading your plan so that you’re not wasting money on services you don’t use. It’s also a good idea to speak to a customer service representative, who can help you analyze your usage and find the right plan for you.
Always Connect to WiFi
Why pay for data when you can connect to WiFi for free? Free WiFi can be readily found all around us, from public parks to your local Starbucks. Whenever you’re spending a significant time browsing on your phone in a public place, look for a WiFi network to connect to. This will cut down on your data usage significantly.
Forget Your Texting Plan
Many cell phone users text and have a texting plan, but why pay for texts when you can get it for free? There are plenty of messaging apps available these days, such as WhatsApp, WeChat, and Google Hangouts. There’s even chat functionality on Facebook. Your friends and family are bound to use at least one of these free services. So ditch your texting plan, as there’s really no need for it.
Shop the Competition
Don’t forget to shop the competition even if you are happy with your plan now. Plans, promotions and offers are constantly changing. Plus, there is always healthy competition among cell phone carriers. They are always looking to gain new customers and many will pay for your termination fee to get out of any existing contracts. If you see an enticing offer at another company, reach out to them and see what they can offer you. Often times, their incentives can make the move to a new provider well worth it.
How much do you pay monthly for your cell phone? What have you done to reduce your bill? Tell us in the comments below!
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