Remember when cell phones were simpler and cheaper? Now with data connection, cool apps, the ability to play games and watch movies, cell phones are taking on a life of their own and taking over a full line in the average person’s budget. But you can still use your cell phone and not break the bank. Below are a few tips on how to lower you cell phone bill.
- Avoid trends. Despite what the ads say, you really don’t need the latest smartphone technology. Consider going with last season’s “out-of-style” phone that’s no longer hot and you’ll save yourself hundreds of dollars and avoid getting stuck in a long-term cell phone contract.
- Negotiate your rate. Don’t let anyone tell you that service contract terms are set in stone. If you’re signing up for a new cell phone service contract, you can definitely negotiate a lower price or even get the sales rep to waive some fees. The longer you’ve been a customer, the more likely you’ll get a good deal.
- Remove the junk. Many cell phone contracts come stuffed with unnecessary services. Take a close look at your bill. Are there any services or products you use that you don’t really need? If so, drop them.
- Pass up the insurance. Many buyers opt for cell phone insurance for expensive phones. But the truth is that insurance is an unnecessary expense that adds additional costs to your phone. If you can’t afford to replace your phone with cash, then you’ve purchased a phone that’s outside of your budget. Instead of getting insurance, get a cheaper phone.
- Use Wi-Fi whenever you can. Data is expensive and it can add up quickly. That’s why you should always connect to a Wi-Fi spot whenever possible. This will help you avoid running out of data before your billing cycle ends.
- Lower your data plan. Take a look at your data usage over the course of a few months. Are you really using all the data that you’re paying for? If not, consider going with a smaller and cheaper data plan. You won’t regret the decision since the savings can be considerable.
Don’t pass up your chance to save big by trimming down your cell phone bill.