Smartphones have become a necessity for most of us – keeping us connected to each other and our lives more organized. But it also comes with a price. Literally.
Smartphones are pretty expensive and let’s not forget the monthly bill that you need to pay for. It does take a big chunk out of your monthly budget. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Obviously, the obvious ways to cut costs are to sign up for a no-contract deal, go for prepaid phones or find cheaper carriers, but if you’re already happy with what you currently have, you can still reduce your smartphone bill through these 6 ways.
1. Analyze Your Monthly Usage
You have to know where your money is going. You might be paying for a service that you don’t actually need – like an insurance, a roadside assistance or a visual voicemail, to name a few. Examine your monthly usage to see what services you are paying for and get rid of those unwanted ones to cut the costs.
2. Negotiate with your provider.
If you are not on a contract, negotiating a deal is worth a try. Do some research on what the competitors are offering and your provider might just be able to give you a better deal just to keep you as a customer.
3. Use Wi-Fi.
Data usage is usually the main culprit for having ridiculously high smartphone bill as it can pile up quickly. Use Wi-Fi whenever you can – at home, at work, at a coffee shop, at a friend’s house. Always check or ask for Wi-Fi access to conserve your mobile data.
4. Use messaging apps.
As for reducing costs for text messaging, use free messaging apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger and Viber that uses the internet instead.
5. Call from your computer.
The apps mentioned above can also be used for calls and video chat but another way to save on phone calls is to use your computer. You can download Skype or something similar to make phone calls without using up your phone’s minutes.
6. Beware of roaming charges.
If you travel frequently, make sure to check with your carrier to see their roaming charges, whether you it’s international or just within the country. It’s important to be aware of these roaming charges beforehand so you’ll be able to find better options before you begin your travels.