Looking for ways to save on the cell phone bill? The answers may lie within the bill itself. Review the cell phone bill for the details, where hidden or unknown charges may lurk. Are you being charged for GPS, Roadside assistance, visual mail, voicemail or mobil insurance? See if any of those fees are necessary or relevant and contact your provider to stop the fees.
Data usage is a more common way to save on the bill. Make sure you are not being charged for data usage you are unaware of. For example, that free game may contain ads that use up your data plan. Pandora, Netflix or Google Maps use a lot of data and run up the data usage bill.
Use Onavo Extend to make your data usage “up to five times more efficient.” This free app installs easily and will monitor your data usage and strip out the extras you do not need and re-route your data through their servers, saving money.
Consider changing carriers to a smaller company, such as US Cellular or Boost Mobil that simply do not charge as much.
Use WiFi to access data. Make sure that, whenever possible, connect to a hot spot. You should not be charged for data usage while connected to wifi.
Finally, simply pay attention to the bill. Watch for erroneous charges and sudden increases in the monthly charges. Consider unlimited texting and using fewer services to further save on the cost of owning and operating a smart phone.