|| Save on Your Wireless
doesn't need to be expensive, but costs
can get out of control
if you're not paying attention. The wireless companies take advantage
of this, but with some simple steps, you can achieve significant
savings, often more than half off, and yes, it's
possible to get FREE wireless! Check these cost-saving
strategies to see what works for you:
Employer, School or Organization Might Get You a Discount:
work for a large company, government agency or university, you probably
qualify for a discount, as much as 25%. This may include phones for
yourself and all your family. Check our Employee Discount Page
or ask your personnel department (instead of the boss), sometimes the
carrier will help you look. It may require a change of wireless
Military and First
Military, Veterans, First Responders and
their families are eligible for serious discounts. Search for
those discounts or ask.
If you've lost your job or got bumped off someone else's plan, consider
one of these methods to get FREE
now offer competitive combinations of Calls, Texts, Data and Features
that are split among all members of a "family". The big benefit is how
loosely they define a family. You can join with a friend or colleague
to share a plan, just make sure you agree how billing and overages will
be handled. Many carriers will bill each "member" separately.
able to use your current phone or carrier and start paying a lower
fixed rate, or by the
minute instead of by the month. There are choices among the major
carriers as well as substantial deals among prepaid-only companies like
offer nationwide coverage. Some prepaid services have prices that start
at almost FREE, a few cents per month, or just a few dollars a
month...believe it or not! See the Guide to Switching
Have You Reached a
Most carriers offer a special discount or
plans for customers
at 65 years of age. Some of these discounts are available to the 55+
crowd. These deals can either be for "Unlimited" plans or
plans with a smaller amount of minutes or data. Careful, you
could save even more with other methods of saving money such
as family plans or switching to prepaid. You might have
into this age
group without thinking about it, but be prepared to prove your
age. Yes, you'll get "carded".
to a Data-Only Service:
carriers will sell you a package that only includes wireless Data
When you need to make a call or text you will do it through
an app that completes calls through VOIP (Voice Over Internet
Protocol) either through a data connection or "Wi-Fi Calling." This is
available from several carriers, many prepaids and Google Fi.
Support and Subsidies:
wireless carriers offer a
government-subsidized "Lifeline" or "Link-Up" service at a
significantly reduced cost. Lifeline support lowers the cost of basic,
monthly local telephone service and can be Free or just a few dollars
per month. An eligible customer may receive the Lifeline discount on
either a wireline or wireless connection but the discount is available
for only one account per household. Qualifying programs are either
determined by each state's Public Utility Commission or the federal
Lifeline/Link-Up program. Some states and U.S. territories do not
provide state-funded discounts, but in most cases, an individual is
eligible if he or she participates in any one of several
public-assistance programs. Get more on our FREE Wireless Page.
- Pay for What You Use:
You might be on the wrong plan. You can save
by switching to a cheaper plan that more closely matches your usage,
one that includes more features you now pay extra for, or one that
includes more Data which keeps you from paying overages. Some
carriers will help you evaluate your usage over the past year and
tell you which plans would be best. This is a call you can make on the
way to work. If someone in your family uses more Text or Data than
Voice, there are plans with Data-only, or Unlimited Data with some
extra Voice minutes or Unlimited minutes to wireless numbers.
There may be other options you can choose if you just ask.
to a "Wi-Fi First" Service:
several carriers, including cable companies, that try to complete your
calls over Wi-Fi, failing
that, will then complete your calls on a cellular channel.
Some will connect to Wi-Fi anywhere in the world.
Look for Bundles:
communications companies offer "bundle" discounts for their
cellular products when you subscribe to their other services.
addition, some communications companies, not affiliated directly with a
wireless carrier, offer a bundle discount with an unaffiliated
wireless service tied together with one
bill and a
fixed rate. These include wireline phone companies, cable
and Internet service providers.
to a Carrier That Doesn't Add Taxes or Fees:
most common unused product
is handset insurance. Unless you have really bad luck, insurance won't
pay off when phone replacement still may cost you up to
a deductible. You also may have an old plan
that charges extra for features that are now included in newer plans.
carriers now absorb
all taxes and fees and offer your monthly charge as a single flat fee.
Even some Prepaid carriers charge taxes and
"government-imposed" fees. Look for a new
doesn't charge anything above the fixed cost. You may need to
press your new carrier to reveal all
charges that will be added
to your bill.
for Special "Deals":
might be able to catch really good price on a new phone model.
carriers will subtract a
certain amount from your bill if you sign up for "Auto-Pay".
Also, watch your online account page for extra deals that may
require you agreeing to the new (lower) charge. This may
include promotions that are being offered to new customers. Watch out,
making changes to your account, like changing your credit card, may
cancel these deals.
Overpay for International Calls:
carriers, like TracFone,
offer Free international calls to a number of countries. Others,
provide unlimited international calls for a set fee. You can also use
the Wi-Fi features of some phones to use service like Skype, and even
using the Skype app on some phones does not incur extra charges. You
can also program a prepaid
calling card code in to your phone book. There are several inexpensive
international long distance services available through your phone's
broadband connection such as Google
Voice. Also, consider
texting instead of calling, many carriers offer FREE international
texting, even prepaid.
Don't Overpay for
Roaming Outside the US:
are lots of options for using a wireless
phone in foreign countries. In some cases you can save with your
current phone and wireless carrier. See International