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4 Tips to Help Lower the Cost of Your Phone Bill

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It’s no secret that cell phone bills are expensive. Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where cell phones are almost an extension of ourselves. To combat the out-of-this-world cost to own a reliable phone, we’ve found 4 simple ways you can lower the cost of your bill!

 

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Use Wi-Fi whenever possible. Try to stay on a Wi-Fi connection whenever it’s available to you, especially at home or work – where you spend the majority of your time. If you don’t have Wi-Fi access when you’re out and about, be smart about it; don’t download or stream music, TV shows or movies, and consider shutting off your data all-together until you reach a Wi-Fi connection.

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Negotiate a better price. When you’re in the market for a better phone or a new plan, whether it is with a new provider or the one you have been with, don’t just assume you have to pay the sticker price. If you go to the store and speak with a salesperson, insist that they give you the best deal possible. This could include waiving the activation or upgrade fee, or even asking if they will match an offer from one of their competitors. Every effort counts!

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Eliminate features you don’t often use. For example, if you’re paying for international data, but don’t actually make calls to or from international locations, it would be smart for you to cut this feature from your plan. Oftentimes, you don’t realize you are paying for features such as this, until you take a closer look at your plan. If you’re curious about what you are actually paying for, call a network representative today and ask them to provide you with the details.

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Purchase a no-contract phone. In an effort to avoid the miscellaneous fees included in a phone contract (and the cancellation charge if you attempt to switch carriers,) you should look for a no-contract, gently used phone. Ask around or look online for older phone models that you can purchase at a discounted price. Going this route will allow you to save money on both the phone and the monthly expense.

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