The rise and rise of the mobile phone is one of the biggest changes to everyday life we have seen in our lifetimes, and our obsession with mobile gadgets shows no signs of abating. However, mobile phone bills can be a burden on anyone trying to live on a tight budget.
We’ve grown so dependent on them that they are seen as a necessity rather than a luxury, but high monthly bills can be a struggle for many. If you want to cut down the amount of money you’re spending on your mobile phone, this quick guide could help.
How To Save Money On Your Mobile Phone Bill
Change Your Monthly Mobile Phone Contract
If you’re signed into a monthly contract, take a look at your usage to make sure you’re getting the best deal. If you’re regularly going over your allowance of calls and texts the charges can be disproportionately expensive, so think about getting a better value ‘add-on’ package as part of your monthly deal.
The same applies with data: if you’re regularly going over your limit chances are you’ll be paying through the nose. A free app such as Stats Free will let you keep track of how much you are using and even notify you when have reached your limit. You can save money by adding a data package to your tariff, or by setting up your device to connect to free Wi-Fi whenever it’s available, cutting down on your usage of 3G.
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Use Apps To Save Money On Your Mobile Phone Bill
You can also save money by using some of the many apps that allow you to make phone calls and send text messages for free. Software like Viber and WhatApp both let you call and text internationally free of charge, while apps like Skype allow free video chat to anyone with the same software. These services are incredibly high quality, particularly with international calls, and the clarity is often even better than that on a paying call.
Consider A Contract Phone To Save Money
If you’re not signed into a monthly contract, or yours is coming to an end, have a think about whether or not a contract phone is really the right choice for you. Download an app and keep track of how many minutes and text messages you use every month – often people don’t use nearly as much as they think and end up paying premiums for services they don’t use.
If your usage is light or medium, you might be better off getting a SIM only pay as you go for your existing phone. With an add-on data package and Wi-Fi connectivity you’ll still be able to enjoy using your smart phone for everyday tasks like checking your email and social media, but without being tied into an expensive contract. What’s more, it costs nothing to try – you can get free SIM cards with Lebara or similar companies just by visiting their websites.
In a world where mobile phones are becoming more and more intrinsically linked with our everyday lives, many see their devices as a necessary expense. However with a little bit of planning, you can stay connected without breaking the bank.