How to Save Money on Your Cellphone Bill
46 percent of Americans with cellphones said that their monthly bill was $100 or more. 13 percent said that their monthly bill is $200. The average cost of an individual's cellphone bill was $71 in 2012. If you have an expensive cellphone bill, consider using the tips in this article to lower the costs.
• Use Apps
You can download apps on your phone to make free calls and texts. Viber and Skype Mobile are free apps that allow you to call anyone else who has the app. Heywire allows you to text anyone else who has the app. Textfree allows free calls and texts.
• Don't Call Toll-Free Phone Numbers
Toll-free calls aren't free when you make the calls using your cellphone. Toll-free calls are only free when you make the call using a landline.
• Bundle and Save
If you use cable, phone and internet from the same company, you'll be able to save money if the company has bundle plans.
• Track Your Time
When you're using your cellphone to make calls, you'll want to start tracking how many minutes you're using. Going over your allowed minutes in a month will raise the cost of your phone bill. There are free services you can use to track your minutes, and when all of your minutes are almost gone, you'll receive alerts.
• Use Prepaid Services
If you don't use your cellphone a lot, you may want to consider switching to a prepaid plan. You may be able to find a plan that requires you to only spend $20 every 90 days. Be sure to shop around before making a decision.
• Unlimited Texting
If you text a lot, you may want to consider switching to unlimited texting. Text messages can cost money to send and receive, and the amount of money you spend will add up quickly.
• Use One Plan
Many cellphone service providers offer free calls to people who're using one plan together. They may also allow you to choose a small group of friends and family that use the same plan you do to call for free. You can save a lot of money.
• Employee Discounts
Depending on where you work, you may be eligible for employee discounts through your cellphone service provider.
• Senior Discounts
If you're over 55, you may be eligible for a senior cellphone plan. Call and ask your cellphone service provider if they offer a senior discount. Most cellphone service providers do offer senior discounts, but they don't advertise it.
• Use a Landline
Using a landline to call locally is free, but calling locally using a cellphone isn't free. Try to get in the habit of using your landline at home, if you have one, to make local calls rather than using your cellphone. If you don't have a landline, consider getting one.
Lastly, ask your cellphone service provider if they'll lower your bill. Your service provider doesn't want to lose you to the competition. If you ask for them to lower your bill, you'll probably get what you're asking for.
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