3 Surprising Ways to Save on Wireless Bills
If you've found yourself gasping for air after opening your wireless cell phone bill lately, take a deep breath — there may be discounts you aren't taking advantage of. (See also: Part-Time Jobs With Serious Discounts)
1. Join Your Employer Discount Program
Take advantage of employer discount programs simply by contacting your wireless carrier's website (or visit their store) and submitting your work address to find out if you are eligible to receive offers and discounts. Once the email address is validated, and you qualify for the discount, you'll start saving on access charges, and in some cases, receive discounts on accessories too.
If you are self-employed, or your current employer doesn't qualify, you can always piggyback onto a spouse's plan. And the same discounts are available to students. If you attend a university, simply submit your student email address to your provider for validation. (See also: List of Student Discounts)
2. Make Wi-Fi Calls
Keep track of, and cut data usage with free apps. Jon Lal of BeFrugal recommends the iTunes Wi-Fi Finder app to locate nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, and use a Wi-Fi connection to browse online instead of your data plan whenever possible. (For Android, consider WiFi Finder.) "This will help you get by on a much smaller data plan that costs less." Andrea Eldridge, CEO and co-founder of Nerds on Call agrees. "If you're not hooked up to WiFi, those minutes can add up fast. Try to make sure you're always connected to WiFi, and turn off apps that switch to the phone network when WiFi is unavailable." (See also: How to Get Free or Cheap Internet Access)
3. Get a "Family" Plan
Two lines (or more) are cheaper with family plans; wireless providers charge more, per person, for individual plans. This works even if your family members aren't living under one roof — or aren't related at all. As long as one person takes responsibility for the account, a group of friends can start a family plan, too.
The Last Word
Even if you don't take advantage of one of these money-saving techniques, check in from time to time with your current provider to inquire about unadvertised packages that may be a better fit for you based on your usage plan. And be sure to sign up for free alerts from your provider, just to be on the safe side, so that you are aware when you are reaching your data limit and don't have any overages.
How do you save on your cell phone plan?