Bring Down that Cell Phone Bill

7 06 2010

Just came across a great article with tons of advice on minimizing your cell phone bill. Of the ideas mentioned, here are my four favorites:

Find out if you qualify for a discount! Several companies offer discounts on personal cell phones of about 25%. That is a great savings, and will not impact the terms of your contract in any way. Brows through your company’s website or contact your HR department for more information. If your monthly bill is $100, that can mean a savings of up to $25! This is quick and easy way to save!

Information is power: It’s important to be an informed consumer. Knowing what the competition has to offer can help you save money. In the U.S. the four main cell phone companies are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. There are some very useful websites that can help you compare plans offered by these carriers and determine which is best for you. Check out BillShrink.com and Validas.com. If you find that there is a better plan offered on a carrier that you are not currently with, you can talk to your carrier and ask for a better deal. If they won’t oblige you, wait until your contract is over, and switch!

Try a Pre-Paid Phone: Pre-paid phones offer the works, with no contract or cancellation fees! You can call, text, and access the web starting at $40 a month. If you aren’t much of a talker, using less than 300 minutes a month, this is an excellent choice.

Free 411: 411 is a convenient number to call if you don’t know the number you need on quick notice, but it costs $1.49 each time you use it. Google offers a toll-free option by calling 1-800-GOOG-411.

If you are looking for ways to save, these are great options. Good luck!

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