You’re never far from a cell phone. Whether it’s glued to your ear while you’re jogging, foolishly using it when in freeway traffic or see a two-year-old gabbing on one in his playpen.
Because of the enormous popularity of the little yakking device, there’s considerable competition among the many providers to get you to sign up for their plans. As time goes by, both the phones themselves and the plans get more and more complicated, and you’re confused about how to keep your costs down.
You know you want the most effective phone at the least possible price, but where do you start to save money for the service by cutting your cell phone bill? Maybe some suggestions can help clear away the confusion while keeping your budget under control.
1. Read the fine print: Before you enroll for cell phone service, research several companies and examine their plans. Make sure you only take features you’ll really need. If you don’t go to rock concerts nor hang around clubs where celebs hang out, you won’t need the photo or quickie video service. This could add $20 to $40 a month to your bill.
2. Determine how many calls you’ll make out of your network coverage. If it’s just one or two numbers, don’t pay for the extra service. Of course, as many people have found out, some out-of-network calls can cost a bundle.
For example, you’re on a cruise sailing along the Baja coast of Mexico, just a hundred miles south of San Diego, California, and call a friend back in the good old U.S.A. several times to tell what a great time you’re having. Don’t be surprised that the out-of-country charge adds up to $20 for each call.
3. Texting is often better than talking, because you can send messages that won’t interrupt someone’s dinner or potty break. In many situations, people like to read messages on their own time, rather than running to a ringing phone. However, the same network restrictions and extra fees that govern cell phone talking may determine texting costs. Be sure all those features are explained to you by your provider, or check with online cell phone advice sites, such as myrateplan.com.
4. To cell phone users, using Email today is like going way back in history to the Pony Express rider. However, Email is absolutely free, and you can still use it to send messages, photos, videos, maps and your kid’s awful piano recital. Even your little old grandma who can’t figure out how to use the cell phone, texting or tweeting, can be taught to send out and receive Emails.
5. Skype is one of several free services you can add to your computer’s working features. Skype handles outgoing and incoming messages and also be a handy office cell phone for contact with other Skype users.
As seen on many TV news programs, Skype can be used for two-way live video chats and interviews through other Skype set-ups at homes, studios and elsewhere. The picture quality often looks like something out of a 1948 Jackie Gleason TV kinescope, but it’s totally free for subscribers.
There many ways to save money on your cell phone bill. To do it, you must have to know if the service you have is what you can afford, and how to use it effectively and economically.