Ways to save on phone bills

Call up phone savings - Average savings: $35

The average American family is paying about $90 per month for a cell phone, home phone, pagers, and even items such as phone cards. This is according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When we examined many users actual phone bills, we helped users uncover potential savings of $15 per month for budget callers all the way up to $55 per month for heavy phone users. It is just a matter of reviewing and/or consolidating your phone plans and the usage of your accounts. The process is quick and easy.

How to save on your phone bills

You need to review your last few months' phone bills to truly learn how many minutes you use on average for wireless and landline calls. Then comparison shop between cellular service providers, independent long-distance carriers, the local phone company and even your cable TV company. Do not buy more of a plan than you need. That is why it is critical to review your most recent phone bills in order to be confident as to how much you are paying and what your usage is. For example, there is no need to be paying for an unlimited cellular plan if you rarely use over 900 minutes per month.

Review all those so called extras that you are paying for. For example, if you're paying saying $20 for unlimited texts, but you're only using 500 per month, maybe your carrier has a plan that allows you to pay $10 per month for up to 1000 texts. Also look into eliminating the data plan or Internet browser on your cell phone. Getting rid of it, especially if you have an unlimited use plan, can save you on average $20 per month. Use a site such as BillShrink.com or FixMyCellBill.com which will help you analyze your phone usage and potential ways to save money by reducing your bills.

About 20% of households are now completely wireless. If you use your cell even when you are in your house then you may not have a need for a landline and maybe you should cancel it. That can save consumers about $25 a month.





Another raising trend is on using free apps to both make phone calls and send texts. A number of companies, such as Mobile, Skype and Textfree (and there are others) offer free apps that allow people to call others with the same application for free. Some of the apps, such as Haywire and Textfree, also allow texts to be sent for free. Or try communication services such as Google talk.

Another option is Voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) technology. This will provide services to consumers that offer free local and long-distance calling. One resource to use is broadbandreports.com. This can help you find best service for you and the price you can pay.

Consider all possible money savers for your phone expense, such as measured local service, cell phones, and prepaid phone cards, VoIP service, cut-rate long-distance carriers, and landline/Internet/TV packages. Many of these other providers will have competitive prices that will help you save money on your bills. Also be sure to look into consolidating your service, as well as the government telephone assistance program. Another money saving option is to use the same cable provider as you use for your phone provider as many cable companies now offer some form of digital phone plan.

Ask for a better deal as well. Along with cable companies and service providers, many phone companies will provide you a discount on your account. Many people are surprised by how much they can save by making a simple phone call to your carrier and asking them to lower your bill. This is even more effective for long term customers as they do not want to lose your business.

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By Jon McNamara

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