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How to Save Money on Phone Bills

Updated on February 24, 2012

How to Save Money on Phone Bills: The Budget Saver

Save money on phone bills! The Budget Saver is a free website that includes time-tested tips to help you save your hard-earned money each and every day. If you want to save money on your phone bill, you’ve come to the right place.

With times the way they are, family expenses just seem to keep increasing. If you’re like me, you're looking for ways to save money. If you're willing to read through this free website and all of its links, you'll find many, many ways to save your hard-earned money. I’ve saved thousands of dollars using many of these ideas. You can do it too!

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  • At least once a year, review your phone bills for the previous three months to see what kinds of calls you normally make.Comparison shop several phone companies which provide service in your area. Don’t forget to include both wireless and cable phone services. Consider a bundled package. Many phone companies offer bundled packages, typically including internet, phone, and television, that can often save money.
  • Check your phone bill to see if you have calling features or additional services that you don't need. Dropping these options can save you money. If your'e not quite sure what some of the charges are for, check out Understanding Your Phone Bill.
  • If you make very long distance calls, avoid calling plans with monthly fees.
  • Consider dropping your land line. Instead, use cell phones only.
  • If you use a cell phone, make sure your calling plan really matches your needs.Are you paying for text messages or Internet service on your cell phone? Do you use these services?
  • If you use a cell phone occasionally, prepaid wireless plans may be the way to go. While they tend to have higher per minute rates and fees, infrequent cell phone users may save money by opting for prepaid wireless plans.
  • Do your own dialing when it comes to long distance calls. Using an operator to place a call can cost you as much as 10 extra dollars.
  • To save money, look numbers up on the Internet. Calling directory assistance costs money.
  • When dealing with the phone company, always ask for the customer retention department. This department is authorized to make much better deals. Remember, they want your business, so ask this department for a better deal. You might be surprised to see what you get.
  • Consider a prepaid phone. If you don't use your phone often, this is probably the way to go. You usually don't need a contract, and monthly fees are a thing of the past with prepaid phones. Yes, you often pay more per minute, but you avoid monthly fees and a contract.
  • If you make most of your cell calls withing five or six miles of your home, consider getting rid of your cell phone. Long-range cordless phones have come a long ways. Utilizing these phones, you can often use your existing phone line at home to make calls from anywhere within five to six miles of your home. For more information on this, check out Get Rid of Your Cell Phone Bill with Long Range Cordless.
  • If you are a low income family, you may qualify for a free cell phone and free minutes. The FCC mandates a government-sponsored program called LifeLine Assistance. Through this program, the financially disadvantaged can receive a free cell phone and up to 250 free minutes every month. Nearly ten million Americans have received a free cell phone as a result of this program. As the largest provider of free cell phones, SafeLink has provided 2 million customes with a free phone (Obamaphone), and it is available in over half the states. TracFone, another option, pays for the cell phones and for the cost for promoting the program. This is not a federal program, and no tax dollars are used to pay for the phones. Instead, the program is funded by the telecommunications companies.
  • Learn about the benefits of being a VIP customer. You might already be a VIP customer. Do you spend more than $79.99 a month on your cell phone? If so, you may be missing special deals and even better treatment by your provider.
  • You don't need a cell plan for 911. Many people, often older people, have a cell plan for one purpose, emergencies. In most areas, you do not need a plan to use a cell phone to call 911. Any cell phone, regardless of whether it is currently active or not, should work for 911 calls. Just keep it charged, and you have an emergency backup. Again, this is true in most areas but not all. In order to verify that your area's 911 service will work on an old cell phone, contact your local police department. Never dial 911 unless it is a true emergency.

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    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Great post, I think many people would find this information useful :-)