Save Money on Your Phone Bill
Posted By :Elena Difiore
Posted At : Monday, Apr 25, 2011
There are some monthly expenses that simply can’t be avoided-one of them being your phone bill. However, if you’re low on cash, there are ways to cut down on your phone bill and help keep a few extra dollars in your pocket. Read on for some great money-saving tips from the Unlock Your Wealth staff.
Cut Out the Unnecessary
Still have a landline phone? It may be time to reconsider dropping your landline service. If you have a cellphone as well, then ask yourself, “what purpose does my home phone serve?” After all, wouldn’t it be easier to only have to keep track of one phone number? The beauty of a cellphone is that it goes everywhere with you, so why bother with a home phone?
If you don’t have a cellphone, or simply can’t imagine living without a landline, then it’s time to do some research. Contact your cable or internet provider and see if they offer any good deals on phone service. Most major cable and internet providers will offer significant savings if you choose to bundle your services, which would lead to savings on your cable and internet services, as well.
Take Advantage of the Internet
Nowadays, it seems the internet can save you money on everything-including phone service. Products like MagicJack plug right into your computer’s USB port and use your internet connection to make outgoing phone calls.
In addition to these types of products, there are also options you can download online for absolutely free. Skype is a downloadable internet application that has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. The free download allows you to make free calls over the internet to other Skype users, without a limit on talk time. If you want to make an outgoing call to a regular landline or cellphone, you will have to purchase Skype credits, which currently average between $.01-$.02 per minute depending on the credit plan you purchase.
Broadband phones are another great internet option. Companies like Vonage offer great service deals that are sure to put your regular phone bill to shame. However, there’s a catch: only go the broadband route if you have a speedy, strong, and reliable internet connection. If not, calls can be easily dropped and you’ll be less than pleased with the service.
When it comes down to it, you have to choose the phone service that best fits your needs and lifestyle. The important thing is to do your research and know the options available to you when it comes to phone service so you don’t end up throwing away your hard-earned cash on unnecessary plans and expenses.