Did you know that you can lower your cell phone bill just by changing the location zip code for your billing? Many times when you first start your cell phone plan, you live in a different zip code than you do now. Say, you move from Salt Lake Utah to Burley, Idaho per se, and you still have an 801 number assigned to your phone. That’s all good and well, but your location taxes (even if you move) are zoned from the location of your cell phone number, and taxes in Burley are about half the cost of the taxes in Salt Lake. So simply changing your zip code for your phone number (you don’t have to change your number, just the tax zone in which you are charged) and save yourself up to $20 a month.
However, if you move from Burley, Idaho, to Salt Lake, Utah it’s best to leave your taxed zip code alone to continue having a cheaper bill.
The little things add up. If you constantly download ring tones and games, remember that the costs will show up on your bill, and some game downloads charge you monthly to have them. Dialing those texting physic and voting sites into your phone creates a subscription that can be difficult to remove, and you cell phone company will not reverse the charges because they are not the ones who charged you, the outside subscription company you inadvertently signed up for did.
Data (Internet and text) charges are the biggest culprits of a huge bill. If you are always accidentally hopping on line and then backing out, you could be charged upwards of $1.99 for a nanosecond’s worth of “oops” button pushing. Also, if you go over your text and picture messages, your best bet is to just upgrade to an unlimited plan rather than paying the per text amount. Call your cell phone provider and have them disable your web access (and your downloading access as well if you are a chronic downloader) and save huge dollars every month.
Stupid options that you never use, like VZ Navigator and Visual Voice mail (if you have Verizon) just call and have them canceled so you don’t accidentally activate them by trying to look up your contact list and get charged the one-time fees. Good luck arguing them with a cell phone rep. Believe me, I used to be one.
Also, when activating a new phone don’t ever let a cell phone rep add on any features to “try out” free for a month. Why? Because they don’t automatically deactivate after a month, and you get stuck paying for them. many in-store reps won’t even tell you they’re adding on trial features, and it’s the reps over the phone that have to deal with you whining about it 3 months later and they won’t reverse it. Just watch out and scour your bill every month to catch things that just don’t look right.
Get phone insurance, and get the kind that isn’t sponsored by the phone company you’re with. It comes in handy when you bust up your phone or drop it in the potty. A $50 deductible for a brand new phone is a helluva lot better than paying retail for a new one. Most cell phone companies will give you insurance options, and the best one is always the one that the cell phone company doesn’t automatically go through, but they have to give you all the options you have available. FYI- Assurion cell phone insurance is a joke!!!
You shouldn’t have to pay more for cell phone coverage than you actually use. If you are seeing your bill climb every month, find out why, call the customer service reps, and get the issue fixed then and there. For further help in dealing with your cell phone bill, see my other article here: What to Watch Out for when Changing Your Cell Phone Plan .