Sneaky Ways to Save on Mobile Phone Bills

Everybody wants to save money. Whether you’re cutting down on home energy bills or skipping your morning coffee, we’re all finding way to tighten our belts and save ourselves some cash. If you want to save on your mobile bills, there are plenty of ways that you can save cash without necessarily sacrificing your service. Today we’re going to tell you some sneaky tricks to help you save your hard earned money. So if you want to cut your mobile bills, then read on to find out how you can start saving…

Switch Your Operator for a Better Deal

Switching operators will nearly always get you a better deal, whether that’s a lower price for the same services as you have with your current operator, or more services for the same prices as you’re paying now. The thing is that all this competition on the mobile market means that providers offer lots of special deals and cut rate services to new customers. They do this to entice customers into signing contracts with them rather than another service provider. But once you’re all signed up operators count on the fact that you’re going to stay with the company. And, in fact, most people do stay with the first operator that they signed up with. Because of this, providers generally keep their best deals for new customers, meaning a second contract could cost you more than your first. The simple way around this is to leave your operator when your contract ends and switch to another, thereby becoming a new customer again and profiting from those great new customer deals. Changing operators is a very simple business and it won’t take you long. You can take your current phone number with you to the new company, and you should only be without mobile service for a couple of hours while the switch takes place.

Look into Dual SIM Phones

More and more people are using dual SIM phones in order to save money. A dual SIM mobile, rather obviously, is a phone that allows you to use two SIM cards simultaneously, and there are a couple of ways that this will save you cash. Firstly, if you need to use two SIM cards, say a business number and a personal number, buying a dual SIM mobile is going to be far cheaper than buying two mobiles with similar specs and features. But the main reason that people are turning to dual SIM phones to save money is that they let you take advantage of low prices from two different operators. For example, say one company has great prices on calling minutes, whilst having high prices on mobile data. You can get a SIM card and calling minutes from this operator, and then get your mobile data and another SIM card from another company. It really is that simple to get savings. You’ll have to shop around carefully and compare rates amongst different operators, but with a little research a dual SIM mobile will help you cut your mobile bill.

Skip 3G and Use WiFi Instead

Many of us depend on a mobile internet connection and use 3G and a data plan to access our emails and to surf online. But mobile data is expensive. It’s the pricey part of your mobile calling plan, and you can easily cut your bill by a third by not having a data plan at all. It’s not always practical to do away with a data plan altogether. However, you should connect to the internet using WiFi as often as possible. A WiFi connection does not count towards your monthly data limit, nor does it deduct credit from a pay as you go plan. And a WiFi connection is far faster than a 3G connection is. If you tend to be close to a WiFi hot spot most of the time, you can cut your data plan down to the bare minimum and just use WiFi as much as possible. And if you have WiFi both at home and in your work place, then you might want to consider ditching your 3G plan.

Get the Right Apps

You can also cut down on the amount of calling minutes and text messages that you need by using web based apps to make calls and send messages. There are a number of free apps, including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber, that will allow you to make calls and send messages for free to anyone that has the same app. Given that they’re web based these apps will count towards your monthly data limit, but they don’t use a lot of data. And if you connect using WiFi, then you won’t have a problem with this at all. Just make sure that your friends and family all download the same app as you, and you can be in constant contact for free.

Check Your Calling Plan

If you’ve got a mobile contract then you have a calling plan. This is the set of limits for the number of minutes, texts and the amount of mobile data you can use every month. Many operators will let you change your calling plan even when you’re in the middle of a contract. You might need to pay a little money for this, but it could be worth it because changing your plan could save you money on your bills. Have a look at a couple of your most recent mobile bills and calculate the average amount of minutes, texts and data that you use per month. Now compare these averages to the limits on your calling plan. Are your averages lower? In that case, you’re currently paying for services that you’re not using. Are your averages higher? In that case, you’re paying some hefty premium charges on all the minutes, texts and data that you use on top of your calling plan. You want your calling plan limits to reflect your average use as closely as possible. And if they don’t, you’re going to save yourself some cash by switching to a more suitable calling plan.

 uSwitch and other price comparison sites had a range of offers on dual sim phones. This was handy for Sam Jones as he needed an affordable contract for his new phone

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