Cell phones are pretty vital to today’s communication. Having one is a great idea because you can easily reach someone no matter where you are.
But, because of rising demand, cell phone plans have become increasingly expensive. Just because it’s become a bit more expensive doesn’t mean that you can’t have a cell phone or cell phone plan.
Here are a few tips on how you can save on cell phone plans:
USE APPS FOR CALLING AND VIDEO CHATTING
Today, phones generally have the ability to video chat as well as the ability to call. Instead of wasting minutes on phone calls, do your communicating through apps like Viber, Skype, and TextFree.
This can allow you to purchase a cheaper plan instead of opting for a more expensive unlimited plan, ultimately saving you money. It can also save you money if you are normally connected to WiFi because you aren’t using a data plan for your communication.
CHECK WITH YOUR COMPANY ABOUT DISCOUNTS
A lot of companies give discounts to members of the military, students, and seniors 55 years old and over. If you fall into any of those categories, you could qualify for a discount with presentation of your military or student ID as well as a valid form of ID.
If your company isn’t offering discounts for any of these, you can also check into their latest promotions. See if your company is bringing back a deal where you can get a free phone when enrolling in a plan or if there is a special monthly price for new customers.
Don’t forget to see if your cell phone company offers small discounts for paying online or enrolling in auto-draft payments. Even a few dollars off can help you save a lot of money in the long run.
SWITCH PROVIDERS, OR TELL YOUR PROVIDER YOU ARE SWITCHING
Hopefully you aren’t locked in a contract, because if you aren’t, you can likely switch to a provider that offers the services you need for a fraction of the price. You can also try to let your current provider know that you’ve been thinking about switching to another provider. They may offer you discounts or a special monthly price for your services.
If they don’t bite, go ahead and move to a provider that offers a better deal. You shouldn’t be trapped using an expensive cell phone plan.
USE THE SAME PROVIDER AS YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Most mobile phone companies offer free calls and texts to those who also use their service. If you have a Verizon phone plan for example, you would be able to call and text anyone else who also has a Verizon phone plan.
If you don’t have the same provider, most companies also offer free calls after a certain time at night. Wait to call and catch up with your family then. You can purchase a smaller minutes plan and just call them when you can do it for free.