Cut Down Costs on Your Cellphone
These days, cellphones are everywhere. Whether they are touch screen or QWERTY, pink or black, you can bet everyone has one (or two)… People use them to take photos, SMS friends, make phonecalls and play games… all of it coming at an unnecessarily high price. The good news? It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Arm yourself with the knowledge of how to cut those costs, without giving up your favourite gadget.
Safeguard the phone
Replacing a phone by paying cash is a hard pill to swallow. Cellphones don’t come cheap these days, and having to pay out of your pocket won’t go unnoticed. Take out cell phone insurance to cover you for any damage or theft.
Free is awesome
Whether it’s a free app or free minutes; use it! You might see a great app about gaming, but it probably costs, right? Don’t download the first app you see; browse the app store and find a cheaper alternative or even a completely free version. As for free minutes, this is a great way to save money if your phone is used mainly to call. Ask your service provider about free minute offers. It may be limited to certain hours of the day, but it’s worth it. Also worth a try are (free) apps which allow you to call friends at no cost to you (if they have the same free app installed).
Do you mostly call people in the evenings, or the weekends? There are specific calling plans available for these time slots, and they will save you a big chunk of money by offering discounts when you call between certain hours.
Switch to SMS
A lot of great deals are available for SMSing, and this is especially worth it if you SMS more than you call. Bundles are available which offer an unlimited amount of SMSes at a reduced rate, and seeing as SMSing is quicker than calling, you save not only money but also time.
Re-think that contract
Contracts are great, but only if you make full use of them. If you only use your phone sporadically, it might be time to cancel that contract. A prepaid option might work better for you, because you only pay for what you use. If you don’t use your phone on contract, you’re still paying those pesky monthly fees. With a prepaid option, you load money and decide when to use it.
Count the minutes
If your cellphone plan allows you a certain number of minutes, keep track of that number. Cellphone companies will charge you if you go over your set limit, and these charges can accrue without us noticing it… until the bill comes. Find an app which sends you an alert when you’re almost done with your minutes, so that you’re prepared when you run out.