The mobile phone may be a piece of technology that many of us would find hard to live without, but that does not mean spending a fortune on bills is necessary and unavoidable. For individuals and families that wish to cut back on the costs, below are five ways in which this can be accomplished.
1. Keep track of your usage
One way to save money involves keeping track of used minutes. Many people have never bothered to stay alert on how many minutes they have used on their iPhone. To them, talking to friends and family members for hours or at least several minutes at a time is nothing to be concerned or careful about. Neglect with this makes it very easy to go over the allotted amount of minutes with certain plans. This can add extra fees to a bill and bring about added stress that could have been avoided otherwise. When using the phone, calls should be kept as short as possible, unless there is an emergency.
2. Think before splashing out on extras you might not need
It is important for a consumer to think about what they really need for their phone. For instance, although it is a great way to personalize a mobile phone, extra ringtones are not an absolute must. Even if a person only buys one or two from the provider’s store during the course of their contract, the costs can still add up. They should also think about how often they exchange text messages with the people they know, or if they need to access the internet instantly. Some make the mistake of adding extras that they do not actually plan to use; again, these lead to more costs.
3. Consider using a SIM only plan for your mobile
If your contract has come to an end and you like your phone there’s no need to opt for an expensive plan which comes with a new phone. If you like phone you can move to a cheaper monthly plan with your existing phone by going for a SIM only deal. There’s plans for those who use lots of minutes and texts and those with a Blackberry, iPhone or other smartphone can find SIM only deals with internet data allowance included to make the most of their phones capabilities.
4. Use the same network as the people you call the most
In the recent past, mobile phone service providers have come up with a way to reward people who have chosen to use them. These special incentives are often referred to as family plans or group packages. If a few people sign up for the same plan from one particular company, it may be free or at least significantly cheaper for them to call each other. The number of people eligible for this could be limited, however, and a person should only choose to include the people they call the most if need be. Friends, should they use the service provider, may be able to take part as well.
5. Use your landline for free phone numbers
Try to avoid calling free phone when using a mobile phone as these numbers are usually only free if you call from a landline. If you don’t have a landline it is often better to get in touch by email rather than be kept on hold to a number that will run up a big bill for your mobile phone. Alternatively, if you don’t have a landline but do have an internet connection you could probably save money with a VoIP system which allows you to make calls over the internet, Skype is one of the best known and allows you to call other Skype users free of charge.
About Author – This article is written by Saksham who is an active mobile user.