A small but relatively steady expense you incur every month is your cell phone bill, which can at times even give you a rude shock. And the higher your phone charges are, the more surcharge and taxes you have to pay. Here are a few tips on how to cut down your cell phone expenses:
Go through your bill
Checking your bill is crucial as it will give you an idea of where you can cut down costs. For instance, if you are on a talk plan of 400 minutes, after going through your bill, you may realize that you are in fact overshooting your current limit by talking on your phone for 500 minutes, leading to extra charges. You may want to either switch your plan to something more suitable in this case or cut down on your usage to save money.
As most cell phones are web enabled these days, you can enjoy browsing the internet on your phone. The only problem is that you are likely to lose track of your usage, and run up an exorbitant bill. One way to prevent this is by choosing an unlimited plan at a flat rate.
Check with your carrier for new plans
You can call your cell phone company and change your plan to one that gives you enough talk time at a reasonable rate. Cell phone plans change from time to time. Your carrier may offer newer and cheaper plans that may be more suitable for your requirements.
One of the best ways to rein in cell phone expenditure is by consciously limiting it. If you opt for a prepaid plan, you will find that you have only a limited amount of talk time beyond which you will need to recharge your phone. This is especially suitable for people who do not spend a lot of time talking on cell phones. The biggest advantage of prepaid plans is that you don’t need a contract. Several companies offer unlimited talk time and texting for under $50 per month, and that too without a contract.
Check whether your company offers any corporate plans or discounts. You can also ask your service provider if there are any special offers for employees of the company you work for. This can save you up to 20% per month.
If you cannot do without ring tones or caller tunes, use them, but remember that there is an additional charge on them. You should however remember that you can actually direct that money towards adding more minutes to your talk plan.