Keeping Cell Phone Costs Down


Remember the days when households only had one phone and everyone-moms, dads, brothers, sisters and guests alike-had to share it? Remember when phones were anchored to the wall with those coiled bungee cords and you couldn’t walk to the next room with it, much less carry it around the world? Yeah, neither do we. But we’ve heard that those days existed, once upon a time.

These days, we relish the convenience of being able to stay connected wherever we go. In an increasing number of families, even the kids have phones.

While there are plenty of benefits to keeping everyone connected, there’s also one big drawback: cell phones and their usage cost money. Even in tough economic times, when people are tightening their belts and slashing their budgets, we’re spending more and more on cell phones. American families are spending an average of about $10 more per month now on cell phones than they were five years ago.

That doesn’t sound like a tremendous amount, but every little bit adds up. Truth be known, most families could save a lot on their cell phone bills if they simply took a look at what services they actually used and cut out or cut back on services they don’t use.

Here are some more ways you can save on your cell phone bills:

  • Textfree. These days, just about everyone has a text package on their cell phone bill. If you have an Android or iPhone, you’re paying for a service you could have free. Yes, there’s an app for that. Textfree is easy to use and free.
  • Bring up the competition. Whenever your carrier tries to charge you for activation or anything else which a new carrier would (or might) offer free, hint that you’re thinking about switching because of all the peripheral costs. Cellular companies will do what it takes to keep your business, more often than not.
  • Prepay. Most people don’t use anything close to the minutes they pay for. Unless you live with the cell phone glued to your ear, you’re probably better off prepaying for your cell phone usage.
  • Stop dialing 411. If you have web access, the same information is available on your web browser. Google it. Really, it’s there.
  • Kick the third parties out of the party. Most carriers will allow you to block third party charges. This is especially useful if you have kids who don’t get the idea that all that downloading costs money.
So, have you looked at your cell phone bill lately? How else could you save money on cell phone usage?

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