The Secret To A Cheaper Cell Phone Bill

Americans currently spend an average of $73 a month on their cell phone bills. Here are seven ways to pay below that average:

• Consider Going Contract-Free: While a two-year contract may advertise a free or dirt-cheap iPhone, many of them actually end up charging more per month than the end cost of buying a phone outright, or paying for a phone in monthly, no-interest installments. Contract-free also means you can switch providers without penalties!

• Shop Around: The big carriers generally have as fast, reliable data networks with smooth-operating customer service. But a smaller service (there are many out there) can also be cheaper and meet your specific needs. Sites like MyRatePlan.com and WhistleOut.com can help you make comparisons.

• Consider Prepaid: If you don’t use your phone heavily or know exactly what service you need every month, consider pay-as- you-go. You usually can even get a smartphone as part of the deal—Although it may not necessarily be the latest and greatest model.

• Use Wi-Fi: Whenever you can, save your data by logging onto the Wi-Fi at home, the gym, or your local café.

• The Data Dilemma: Assess your bills to get a sense of your usual data usage. Many people mistakenly get a plan that’s too small and pay overage fees, orpay too much up-front for services they don’t use. You should also avoid streaming videos, podcasts, and music, unless you’ve paid for unlimited data.

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