The average American cell phone bill is $70 for a single user, according to JD Power. That adds up to $840 per year, which is basically the same cost as buying a used car. But by taking a few simple steps, you can lower your phone bill significantly.
Unlimited plans can be expensive. Just pay for what you use.
Choose your carrier wisely. With emerging non-traditional wireless mobile phone carriers, the customer has more freedom than ever to choose a carrier and a cell phone plan that suit individual needs instead of being stuck in an expensive multi-year contract.
The more you know about what you use and how much, the more equipped you are to choose a plan that is customized for you. Unlimited plans may sound good but if you for instance aren’t a big talker or texter, you end up paying for unlimited minutes and texts you don’t use. If you use a lot of data, your plan should reflect that and you can keep talk and text to a minimum. In case you run out of talk, text or data mid-month a few carriers like US Mobile will let you top up without overage fees.
If data tend to be the biggest cost on your phone bill, there are a few hacks to lower your data usage:
- Turn off cellular data for all apps that you don’t need regular updates from. Once you do that, the apps will only update and use data when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
- Compress your data by connecting to a third party server that compresses the data and then delivers it to your phone. While video and image quality may be reduced, data heavy social media apps like Instagram and Facebook will greatly benefit from the compression.
- Download podcasts and playlists ahead of time to save data.
- Disable Background App Refresh since apps often update in the background when you are not using them and this of course uses data.
- Use wifi hotspots where available.
Optimize your cell phone plan in real time.
Optimizing your plan may sound too good to be true but If your plan allows it, downgrade your plan if you’re entering a month/week you know you won’t be using your phone as much as usual. If you can optimize your plan based on how much talk, text and data you’re planning on using the next month, you’ll will save a lot of money by not wasting it on a service you don’t use/need.
US Mobile has a real time dashboard where you can easily change your plan for your desktop, phone or tablet. If you know you’re not going to use your phone at all, they also allow you to keep your number as long as you pay the $2 monthly service fee.
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve hopefully realized how easy it is to save on your cell phone bill. US Mobile offers cell phone plans with talk text and data from $9 and it’s fully customizable based on your needs. If you’re an average user you end up paying $15 instead of $70 dollars per month, which means a yearly saving of $660.