Source: Huffington Post
Technology has increased and gotten more powerful over the years, which has resulted in people finding new ways to connect with friends, family and even strangers. Next to face to face contact, cell phones are the most common way that people choose to stay in touch with people and the world, but this uncontrollable need to avoid being disconnected has left many people paying obscene prices for their cell phone service every month. Despite these high, seemingly unreasonable costs that cell phone providers have decided to charge their customers, there are a number of things that people can do to avoid being broke and penniless after paying their bill.
Here are five ways to reduce your monthly cell phone bill.
Just as people make unnecessary purchases at the grocery store or mall, they can do the same with their cell phone services. When looking for ways to reduce your bill, sit down and closely examine the breakdown of your costs so you can get a better idea of what it is you are paying for every month. You may be surprised to find that some of the things you are being charged for you are unfamiliar with, let alone use on a regular basis. If it is not a necessary service, remove it and save a few bucks.
From sending and receiving emails to updating your Facebook status and sending tweets to everyone you know, it is fairly easy to use a large amount of data on a daily basis. Depending on your plan, you may be spending an extra $25-$50 for data in addition to what you are paying for your minutes and text messages. As the price of data increases, so does the amount of data allotted to you, but you should stop and really consider if you really need all of the data you are paying for every month. Lowering your data could save you money, but you will want to be careful because if you lower your plan, you will have to get better control of how much data you use. Check your emails less, don't update your statuses or tweet as often and you may be able to stay within your data limit and avoid those nasty overage charges that no one enjoys seeing on their bill.
Smartphones are fun and convenient, but just like a large truck guzzles an absurd amount of gas, smartphones run up data because of their many capabilities. Switching phones to one that does not have access to the internet or Candy Crush is a great way to keep some money in your pocket. Without access to the internet or apps, you won't be able to run up your data or even need a data plan.
It is a well-known fact that all cell phone carriers offer customers varying rates for their service. Your current provider may be cheaper or more expensive than another, so you will want to look into other carriers' prices and compare. If you find that you can save a significant amount, then it may be worth switching. However, you should bear in mind that sometimes cheaper equals a poorer quality of service. You may be sacrificing great service for a smaller bill and a few dropped calls, but if it may be worth it if you can reduce your bill by $20-$30.
Switching to prepaid service is not the most appealing option, but you will be able to lower your bill by almost 20% when taking advantage of not having a contract. Of course, one of the pitfalls of prepaid service is that you have to pay retail price for your phone. To some, this may seem silly, especially when you can enjoy a nice, expensive phone that you don't need to pay for upfront if you simply sign a contract, but when looking at how much you will spend in the span of two years, prepaid will almost always be the cheapest, more affordable route.
Staying in contact with people you know and love will always be important. People crave contact and it is something they need, but they should not have to go broke trying to keep in touch and maintain the relationships they have built. People can send letters and use their landlines to reach out to one another, but at the end of the day, nothing has made communication as quick and simple as cell phones. Although this preferred method of contact is expensive at times, people can save and avoid spending their hard-earned pennies on something they can have for a more reasonable, affordable price.