Money Tight? Reduce Your AT&T Bill to $10
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What this Article is For
There are a variety of reasons that you would want to reduce your cell phone bill to about $10 a month. To be clear, this article is to educate you on how it is possible to suspend you phone line and not have to pay the full bill each month. I do not guarantee that all wireless companies (especially the large ones) will honor this, but based off of my experience and research it is possible to do this when you call customer service for your cell phone provider.
The reason you may want to do this may include but are not limited to the following:
Tired of High Bills
Want to Change Providers
Want to Ride Out Your Contract
Again, this is not a solution if you want to continue using your phone or phone number. If you are serving in the military and are deployed, this is also not what you should do. Companies in the USA are required by law to allow you to cancel or suspend you service without charge if you are deployed, and in that case you should use those services rather then try this.
What to Do
It is really quite simple. Call customer service. Explain that you are going to be traveling out of the country for an extended period of time, but not permanently. When they offer you international packages, explain you will be getting a phone in the country you are in and will not need the package. Ask for a Reduced Rate Suspend so that you will not have to pay for a phone at full price. If the agent you are speaking with has no idea what you are talking about, explain a friend of your when overseas and that while he or she was gone that "your company lowered his bill to $10 a month he said." If they still have no clue, then you may be with the wrong department and ask to speak to a supervisor or specialist. Normally this suspend is good from anywhere to 3 to 6 months. You will not be able to use your cell phone during this time. I recommend this as a temporary solution only and most wireless companies do not require proof that you have left the country.