Friday, February 18, 2011

How to Save on Cell Phone Costs

There are over 292 million cell phone users in the country. Cell phones have difference pricing depending on the company and features offered. Most cell phones only last 2-3 years and after that time the features of the phone stop working or start to diminish in quality. The average cost for basic cell phone service can range anywhere from $19.95 to $100 a month. The average cost of an actual cell phone can range from $19.95 to $1,000.

Most cell phones offer additional features for a cost such as ring tones, unlimited texting, unlimited nights and weekends, roaming and more. Prepaid cell phones charge by the minute and/or charge a daily fee. Most cell phone plans included caller id, voicemail and call forwarding. Some also include long distance. Here are 8 tips to help you save money when buying a cell phone.

1. Basic plan. Get a basic plan with basic features. Comparison shop shop online or by calling different cell phone companies to see what company provides the best value for your money.

2. Discounts. Ask about discounts and specials. Some discounts are provided through employers and certain organization memberships.

3. Bundle services. If you have multiple services with the same company get your cell phone service with the same company to save money.

4. Features. Eliminate unused or unnecessary service features such as: caller id, caller ring tones, conference call, detailed billing, etc. to save money.

5. Same plan. Use the same provider as your family and friends.

6. Calls. Don’t make calls during times when you will be charged, i.e. out of service areas, after 7:00pm, on holidays, etc.

7. Prepaid. Get a prepaid phone and keep track of your talk time to help determine how much you spend monthly.

8. Contract. When your contact ends contact the company to negotiate a lower price or a new phone. Ask for free activation, a free phone or other discounts.

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