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How to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

Debba Boles

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Cell phone bills can be astronomical. Once you add up all the fees for minutes, text messages, data plans and insurance coverage, you may be putting out well over a hundred dollars each month for your plan. Save money on your bill with the use of smartphone applications, cell phone accessories and taking the time to shop around to get the best deal.

Comparison Shop

Don’t be afraid to compare packages from other cell phone providers in your area. The market is competitive and service providers are trying to offer low all-inclusive rates to entice new customers. Many of the phones offered by discount service providers are manufactured by the top names in the business and obtain the newest operating systems by Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Check your plan details often and contact your cell phone providers if you notice a price drop they’ve been advertising.

Change Plans

Track minutes, texts and data used in an average month for your cell phone. If you’re not close to the maximum allotted, consider changing to a lower priced plan. With the inclusion of friends and family calling and mobile to mobile minutes, you may be surprised at how few minutes you’re actually using each month.

Text and Talk Applications

Instead of getting locked into a new contract with your cell phone provider, smartphone users have the option of downloading applications to help cut down the cost of their phone bill. Android and iPhone applications can be downloaded onto your device that help you send text messages to contacts at no cost. Additionally, there are applications that allow you to make and receive phone calls without using up your minutes from your cell phone provider. Browse your app marketplace to review available options.

Extending the Life of Your Current Phone Model

Many people run into expenses with their phone bill due to contract disputes with their cell phone provider. If your phone breaks or you lose it before your contract expires, you must either have a large fee hefted onto your cell phone bill to get out of the contract or purchase a new phone at full retail price. Save money by purchasing cell phone accessories that protect your investment. Cases and shells protect the exterior of the phone from scratches and damage from falls. Aftermarket cell phone batteries can be bought to keep the phone lasting through the length of your contract. Do you own an expensive mobile device from Apple? Wouldn’t you rather pay a small fee for an iPhone 4 battery, then putting out for a whole new phone before your contract ends?

Not only can you lower your cell phone bill to save money, but you can also get rid of your land line. Unlimited cell phone calling plans are making land lines obsolete. If you believe you’re paying too much for your cell phone plan, don’t be afraid to call your service provider and see what they can offer you. They may be more inclined to work with you when you inform them you’re looking into switching providers.

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