These days it seems as though everyone can’t live without a smartphone, but they could definitely live without the high bills that accompany them. Cell phone plans are notoriously high, and for many, they can seem as high as a car payment. However, owning a smartphone does not have to break the bank each month. There are several ways that you can save on your cell while still getting the great service you need:
Set a Budget
For smartphone owners, apps can quickly become an expensive expenditure. One app may only cost a couple of bucks, but downloading several each month can quickly tack $20 or more on to each cell phone bill. To keep your spending down, set a monthly allotment for apps and then stick with it.
Consider Your Gs
A 4G network is great –- if you are an extreme gamer or business professional. But for the rest of us, a 3G network will fit our needs just fine, and will be easier on our budgets. If you don’t need to have all those Gs (and you don’t, unless you are simultaneously live streaming videos while chatting on Facebook) go ahead and downgrade to 3G and save yourself a few bucks monthly.
If you have kids in your family or just find yourself frequently going over your plan’s allotted minutes, texts, or data, consider going prepaid. A prepaid cell phone comes with no expensive contract, and the overall price of the phone can be monitored much better.
Pre-Owned or Refurbished
The initial cost of a cell phone can be high, especially for smartphones. Instead of buying a new smart phone, consider purchasing a pre-owned or refurbished phone. These types of phones much meet certain criteria in order to be sold so you will be able to receive the same quality phones –- just at a reduced cost.
Family Plan It
One issue that will quickly waste minutes and run up your cell phone bill is talking to those outside your plan. If you find yourself doing this on a regular basis, sign up for a family plan. Service providers rarely require that those included in your plan actually be family members, allowing you to make free calls to friends without going over your minutes.
You may need your cell phone, but you don’t need to pay a high bill. Simply be smart about your cell phone use and you will be able to save yourself a few extra dollars each month.