How to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Services 

 Originally Written: July 19, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

You cell phone service doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg each month – understanding what your service provider has to offer and what suits best your needs is the key. Review your existing plan, compare to other providers, make some notes and ask some questions, You will be surprised at the substantial savings you can realize. Here is a helpful guide that will point out number of ways you can control and lower your cell phone costs:

Track Your Talk Time

If you go over your minutes each month, you will be paying quite a bit of money for doing that. So it is time to start tracking your time and contacting your provider to find a plan that will match your usage better.

Use the Same Plan as Friends and Family

It is quite normal now for service providers to offer free between family network groups call – so look into a family plan and you will save big!

Don’t Use Your Cell Phone for Toll-free Calls

Believe it or not – toll-free calls are not free when you make them on your cell phone – so it is a good idea to save making those calls when you can make them from a land line.

Don’t Use 4-1-1

Dialing  411 from your cell phone could cost you as much as $1 or even more. If you have to find a phone number and the only phone you have available is your cell, try free service by Google by calling 1-800-GOOG-411

Consider Going Prepaid

If you only use your cell for occasional calls, a prepaid plan may be the best way to go. Still- shop around to find the best dea

Pick a Plan that Matches Your Talk Times

Monitoring your actual calls will help you determine the best plan for your use – it will clearly show you your patterns and picking the right plan based on that information will most certainly save you money.

Switch to Unlimited Texting

Watch the amount of texting you do – it can add up in a hurry! If you do a lot of text messaging, look into getting unlimited text messages plan and you will not have to worry about extra charges.

Ditch the Extras

Check your bill carefully to see what extras you are paying for. This could be things like phone replacement insurance, road assistance, ringtone downloads, games, video streaming, emails, web surfing – there are tons of cell phone extras that can end up costing you a lot of money. Sticking to the basics will leave you will a very basic bill.

Hope this information was helpful to you – please send in your comments, suggestions and experineces, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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