Are you like me? Do you dread opening your cell bill each month? It never seems to matter how much your plan is supposed to cost you it always ends up being so much more and you never seem to save money? Not only are we talking a lot on our cell phones, but if we have a smartphone with a data plan, we’re texting, sending photos, checking email, playing games (clash of clans anyone?), surfing the web, and much more.You might wonder if there is really anything you can do to reduce your bill.
Here are 3 clever ways to cut the cost of your cell phone and save money without sacrificing any of the great features you’ve come to expect so you can surf, talk and text without skipping a beat!
3 clever ways to save money on your cell phone bill
Savings Tip #1: Use Free Apps
Instead of using a cellular network every time you make a call, consider using free apps. Skype, Google Voice, and Apple’s FaceTime app are internet-based, so they don’t count against your valuable cell plan minutes. Other apps like Apple’s iMessage and whatsapp, allow you to send or receive text messages for free.
Savings Tip #2: Log On to WiFi
Streaming videos and downloading large files over a cell network uses a large amount of data. If you have a smartphone or other mobile device without an unlimited data plan, you typically get charged extra when you exceed your monthly data cap.
Savings Tip #3: Ditch Your Contract
This one might seem like a no brainer but for many of us we were caught in the cycle of “the never ending contract”. We did some simple math and decided it was cheeper to dumped our contract and switch to a month-to-month cell phone plans instead. Even after paying to get two phones unlocked, two new sims cards and having to paying out our contract we will still be saving money.
When we figure out how much it was going to cost us to get out of our old contract and “eat the expenses” we still came ahead by $900/year. Not only did we get a much better price but we upgraded our service.
Those are just a couple of ideas to help you save money and make the bean counters happy.
How do you cut costs on your cell phone bill?