The prolific use of cell phones continues to race ahead. Some people even dropped their home phone service in favor of these little portable communication devices. The problem with this comes in those every growing cell phone bills. Here are a few ways you can ditch those hefty fees:
Drop the data
Data plans have become an instant add-on for smart cell phones. You canâ€™t buy anything that has an Internet browser on it without being slapped with some sort of data rate. The worst part is that some cell phone companies have dropped their allotted data transmission allowances. This means that if you go over that data cap, you get slapped in the face with big fines.
Time to rethink that data plan. You may not be able to post to Twitter or check in on Foursquare, but you will save a pretty penny over the course of a year. The money you save could go toward an Internet only device. Use this on the many free wifi points popping up in restaurants, book stores, and coffee houses. It is cheaper and allows you to get your web surfing on.
Use computer based phone services
Did you know there is an increasing amount of ways to place free phone calls with your computer? All you need is a computer, decent Internet connection, speakers, microphone, and a willingness to search for software. Some of these services even have programs that run on cell phones. These apps run over wifi and keep you from racking up minutes on your cell phone plan.
Skype is not the only company that allows you to make calls to people using your computer. Google has recently introduced a free service that allows you to make free calls anywhere in the US and Canada. With all these free services, you might just find it better to cut all your phone cord.
Pay as you go
There is a funny stigma about pay as you go phones. These options are available from just about every major cell phone provider. All you have to do is choose a network, find the phone, and setup an account. This really is a painless process.
Pay as you go cell phones provide a wealth of advantages over contract cell phones. Many pay as you go phones have no contracts. This equals no early termination fees. These types of phones are also great for people who use very little minutes of talk time.
Home phones still exist
Cell phones maybe the most popular way to chat, but there is another option that existed long before this little device of gum flapping. Home phones still exist. These phones have grown from local phone companies to cable providers including phone service in their package deals.
Many of these antique style phones come with monthly charges so low you may feel your daydreaming. Maybe it is time to evaluate your needs and cut the cell phone cord. Beside, do you really need to be in constant contact on your long overdue vacation?
Cell phone plans can get quite hefty on the wallet. Those folks who donâ€™t like this pillaging of their bank accounts donâ€™t have to suffer. There are options out there. You just have to do some research to find them.