Though they may have been a luxury ten years ago, many now consider a cell phone to be a must have item. Many, like myself, have also ditched their landlines completely and are exclusively using a cell phone or other means as their main phone line. And with this rise in popularity of cell phones, many packages have also become cheaper though it may not always seem that way. Even so, here are 6 ways to save on your cell phone bill.
* Choose the right plan. In general, the more you pay for your plan, the better the per-minute price works out. But if you’re not using anywhere near as many minutes as you are allowed each month, you might be better off with a cheaper plan. And those who rarely use their phones often do better with prepaid plans. Check your usage periodically, and see if you could save money by switching plans.
With many major carriers, such as Verizon, you will likely have to purchase a bundled plan that includes unlimited talk, text, and a set amount of data. This is usually the case with a smartphone. In that case, you may not need a big data plan if you have WiFi in your home or you are able to access WiFi hotspots regularly.
* If more than one person in your household uses a cell phone, take a look at family plans. These plans allow you to share minutes among two or more phones, and you only pay a flat plan rate plus a reasonable amount per line each month. Just remember to monitor your kids’ usage carefully if they have phones on the plan.
* Get rid of extras that you don’t use. There’s no sense in paying for voice mail, call forwarding and picture messaging if you never use them. If you’re not sure what extras you have, it’s time to take a close look at your bill.
* Avoid overages as much as possible. If you consistently send more text messages than your plan allows, for example, you could be paying a lot more than you should be. A bundle that includes more text messages for a flat rate could save you a heap of cash.
* Steer clear of roaming charges. Roaming minutes can run your bill up in short order. Consider turning your phone off when you’re outside of your home network. If that’s not an option, check prices on regional or nationwide plans.
* Take advantage of free talk time. A plan with rollover minutes will allow you to keep the minutes you don’t use each month for when you will use them. And many plans include free nights and weekends, which can translate into lots of free calls if you take advantage of them.
Another way to save on your cell phone bill? When it’s time to upgrade your phone, consider passing on it or seeing if your carrier will discount your existing bill. By not upgrading, I save an additional $15 a month.
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