In today’s modern world, nearly everyone has some kind of phone. Out of all phone users, 75% are mobile phone users. That’s estimated to be a whopping 6 billion people with cellular phones. As we get older and technology progresses, so does the cost of living and prices of all the advantages we use on a daily basis. Including data, messaging, calling, extra fees and tax, the average smart phone user’s bill is an estimated $3,400 over a two year span. Does that seem like a little too much for your budget? Read on to learn a few tips on how to lower your pesky, monthly cell phone bill.
First off, there are alternatives to two year contracts or adding on a line with somebody else. Multiple service providers, such as Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and Smart talk, offer non-contract cell phones. These plans offer basically the same options, good quality smartphones, and run off of Google’s Android but are offered at much cheaper prices than your average contract dealer. The phone itself will cost a bit more with the pre-paid route, but you will save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on your phone bill. If you’re not completely satisfied with your pre-paid service, you can simply cancel or switch to another provider with no hidden fees.
The other option is a 2 year contract. There are always pros and cons with everything, including these. One of the first pros is the cheaper phone. Most cell phone companies will give you a discount or even a few free choices of phones to choose from. Before you jump in to an expensive everything completely unlimited plan, consider what you use first. Do you constantly stream videos from YouTube? Do you text all day long? If not, there are limited texts/data/minute plans that will fit you just fine that will take a few bucks off your final bill. Do you download a lot of apps? Watch out because some apps use data, some are not free, and it definitely adds up month to month. Canceling from a 2 year contract is not as easy as with a prepaid plan. It can cost a large sum of money, normally a few hundred dollars.
Whether you choose a contract phone plan or prepaid, make sure you’re fitting in your budget. Whether you’re a texter, a social networker, or just need an emergency cell phone, there is always a good plan out there for you!