Many of us thought that the average phone bill would reduce a lot with the introduction of new phone technology. Alas, smartphones only seem to be making us spend more! If you’re looking for ways to save money when it comes to your family’s smartphone use, then you’ve come to the right place.
One of the best ways to save is to sign up for a family plan if you have several people in your household using mobile phones. This is often the first stop when it comes to families saving money on their phone bills; before you sign up with any service providers, see what different family plans they have on offer. If they don’t have any, consider looking elsewhere.
Negotiate with providers
You could be missing out on some really good deals simply because you haven’t thought about negotiating your bill with your service provider. The fact is that the vast majority of people are wildly overcharged for their mobile phone use; it simply doesn’t cost that much for providers to maintain, so the profit margins are really wild. If you tell a customer service representative that you’re shopping around for deals – or even that you’re thinking of switching – then they may be happy to offer you a price cut or some other deals. Consider calling them up – if you never ask then you’ll never get!
Track phone use
A lot of parents have found to their dismay that their kids have been blowing up those phone bills due to data use or even in-app purchases. This can be tracked and prevented with software such as Family Orbit, which can help save you a bunch of money in the long run. However, it’s important that you make sure your card details aren’t saved to your child’s phone. Those exorbitant app bills you sometimes see in the news? This is usually painted as the fault of the app developers or phone manufacturers, but the responsibility really does lie with the parents. Keep track of what’s going on!
Get free calls
If you need to make a call on your smartphone, then you usually have to face some pretty high charges. Sure, there are many plans that give you free minutes, but these tend to apply only to calls made to someone on the same network most of the time. But by connecting to 4G (or, better yet, WiFi) and using apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, or Viber, you can make calls to other people with the same app for free.
One of the most important things you can do if you want to save on your phone bill is ensure your phone is hooked up to WiFi whenever possible. And when it is connected, consider shutting off data usage. (Many phones will continue to use expensive data unless you manually shut this off, even though they’re supposed to switch to WiFi usage.) Video and audio streaming results in a lot of data use, as do images and even text messages sent over the likes of WhatsApp. If you send and receive data via WiFi instead, you won’t have to pay a penny.