I get a lot of questions from readers about how they can save money on their smart phone plans and internet service bills.
I don’t have a good answer for you on how to save money on your smart phone service because I don’t have one. So far, this has been a smart, money saving plan for me and for our monthly budget. It also helps me to be “unplugged” and not distracted with constantly checking email, my site statistics, how many followers I have on Twitter or Facebook fans.
I do have a TracFone, which I bought for $10.00 several years ago and I spend about $80.00/year on air time for that. I rarely have it on. (One time, I had it on and it rang for the first time in 6 months and I answered it. Guess what? It was the wrong number!) I broke down and got my TracFone when my kids were old enough to stay home by themselves and my husband no longer had an office job where he could be reached in case of an emergency. It’s also reassuring for me to have a cell phone in my cute handbag because I drive a 19-year-old car which is in great condition but it is still a 19-year-old car.
My husband doesn’t have a cell phone at all. Sometimes he borrows mine and every time he uses it, I have to give him a class on how to turn it on and what to do if (gasp!) it rings. He’d rather write 100 letters than talk on the phone so I don’t see this changing anytime soon.
Neither of our teens have cell phones. One teen had one for 6 months until he realized he couldn’t afford it (we, his parents, did not pay for his cell phone). When he went to cancel his cell phone account, the cell phone company gave him quite the run-around!
We still have a land line at our home. Yes, corded telephones, and one of them is even a dial phone. We also have high speed internet (with wi-fi) that our phone company provides us with, for a fee, of course. Supposedly, it’s “bundled” or whatever that means and we get a discount because our phone and internet are from the same company. It’s a difficult bill to understand but I think we get a good deal on it.
We don’t have cable TV but that can be bundled into the phone, internet service if we wanted to do it. We don’t want paid TV because watching DVDs from the library has worked out well for us.
I do have an iPod Touch that can be used with the wi-fi (which I got for free by opening a bank account at a new bank in my neighborhood). I really like it – so cute, so little – and it takes really good pictures. I use it for sharing pictures on Instagram and Twitter.
So, my non-answer answer is to check around. Compare prices and see if a competitor can offer you a better deal. Group your services together and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or a good customer credit. I always ask and many times receive one.
Readers, what are your suggestions for saving money on smart phone bills?
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