OZ Helps You Cut the Cost of
your job? Need to cut expenses? You don't need to give up wireless!
Here's a bucketful of methods to slash your cost of cell service.
Keep the same phone, the same carrier, and in some cases, the
same amount of data.
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is now offering prepaid plans starting at $15 per month, plus tax. This
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lots of ways to get a better deal on wireless products,
and plans that are much cheaper than what you're paying now.
Does FREE Work for You?
there are plans and methods to get your wireless for FREE, or a least
with no monthly charges! We have a whole page dedicated to FREE Wireless.
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.
Employer, School or Organization Might Get You a Discount:
work for a large company, government agency or school, you probably
qualify for a discount, as much as 25%. This may include phones for
yourself and all your family. Check the Employee
or ask your personnel department (instead of the boss), sometimes the
carrier will help you look. It may require a change of wireless
Rid of Your Home Phone:
you still have a wired home telephone, there are much cheaper
alternatives! You can drop it totally, replace it
wireless box, switch to VoIP, or connect your cell phone to a drop-in
base that operates your old home phones, and save
from 50 to 100%! Make sure that dropping your home phone line doesn't increase your costs as part of a bundle discount with cable TV or internet.
more than 50% of wireless customers are 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 expensive overages.
Most 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. You might
be able to cut the number of "anytime" minutes needed by adding Mobile
to Mobile or Night & Weekend minutes. Want to admit
you're over 65? More inexpensive plans
able to use your current phone or carrier and start paying 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 an app:
several downloadable apps that complete your calls over a Data
Wi-Fi connection. You still get an assigned phone number,
mail and at least some Calling Features, but your service could be as
cheap as FREE! We
are most familiar with TextNow.
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.
and Veteran Families:
you have one or more members in your family in the military or a
that member, or the whole family
could be eligible for a military discount. However, many "family" discounts can be even more
generous, so make sure you do the math on both. An example of Military
& Veterans Discounts is available at
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. This is
available from several carriers, many prepaids and Google Fi.
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 $125
deductible. You also may have an old plan
that charges extra for features like long distance, or does not include
mobile to mobile calls. You may be better off dropping long distance if
you make few long distance calls, or see Change
or Limit Usage:
prevent the kids from downloading too many ringtones or apps by
blocking data downloads on their, or your, account. You can also set up
warning messages that account limits have been reached. Some carriers
offer these usage controls for free, others charge as much as $5 per
month, but it may be well worth it. Some of these features can be set
up and changed online.
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.
to a Carrier That Doesn't Add Taxes or Fees:
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":
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.
Pay Huge Data Roaming Rates:
have the ability to turn off cellular data access and use free,
or cheap, Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Calling can make regular calls through
any Wi-Fi connection in the world
but may use your regular calling minutes, although with no long
distance charges. This can also be supplied by a
"Wi-Fi First" carrier.
Overpay for International Calls:
carriers, like TracFone,
offer free international calls to a number of countries. Others, like Metro by
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 Verizon
Wireless phones does not incur long distance charges even on
calls made through the Verizon network. 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. 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