When you’re in college, it’s no secret that you’re on a tight budget. Many, if not most, college students track their spending one way or another, including their cell phone bills. Now, some college students don’t have to worry about paying a cell phone bill every month, as their parents pay for it but for the rest of us, price usually takes the front seat over coverage maps. Here are some helpful tips to reduce your monthly cell phone costs:
- Prepaid/Pay-as-you-go phones and plans: Nowadays, you can purchase a fully-functional smartphone for as low as $50 without signing a new contract. If you pair that with a prepaid plan, you’ll be saving a fortune! Most prepaid plans include unlimited talk and text and therefore, all you need to choose is your data allowance (based on your data usage). Best of all, you don’t need to sign a contract when you purchase a prepaid phone and plan because you own the phone; you can “shop around” and use your phone with the best possible option at the time, in terms of coverage and pricing.
- Use less data: You can find a wifi signal at most, if not all, schools, libraries, and coffee shops nowadays. I’d highly suggest using a wifi signal wherever you can to significantly reduce your mobile data usage, which would allow you to purchase a cheaper plan with a lower data allowance
- Always check for your wireless provider’s newest plans: Wireless providers are constantly coming up with new plans to earn your hard earned dollars and as a result, constantly check your wireless provider’s website for any new or updated plans. In most cases, they offer more value.
- Employer Discount: If you’re employed, contact your wireless provider and ask if they offer an employee discount through your employer.
- Used smartphones: If you have to have the latest smartphone, you should consider buying a used smartphone online, such as eBay, Swappa, Gazelle, etc. You can find quality, used smartphones from reputable sellers and fortunately, some of them offer money-back guarantees and/or extended warranties.
Without a doubt, owning a smartphone can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. If you can get by without having the latest and greatest smartphones, you can save a lot of money by switching to a prepaid plan and phone. Prepaid phones, phones are becoming more and more popular every day and as a result, there are a lot more choices for you, the consumer, to choose from.