An important step to saving money is finding ways to cut out the recurring charges you see each month.
And while I like to think I’m pretty good at finding deals, I am still frequently — and pleasantly — surprised to talk to people who are doing just a little bit better than I am. The surprise is even better when I find out that I can reproduce what they did and get the same low price.
It just goes to show that there are always ways to improve.
So let’s do that for cell phone service. Let me know in the comments what you paid and what features you get for that amount. If it takes a little extra hustling, share your steps and whether or not someone else could get the same deal.
I’ll go first
I’m with T-mobile and get:
- Unlimited voice calls
- Unlimited text messages
- 2.5 GB of 4G data
- Unlimited 3G data after those 2.5 GB of 4G data are used up
- Unlimited international text messages
- Unlimited international data
- No contract 🙂
As I mentioned in the title of this post, I paid $18 last month — or to be more exact, $17.50.
How I got there
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might know I was paying around $90 last year with Verizon before I made the switch. Here’s how I got from $90 to $18.
- Switched from Verizon ($19 savings brought me down to $71)
- Went down from 3 GB of data to 2.5 GB of high-speed data, which is included at no additional charge ($10 savings, down to $61)
- Asked for the Veteran discount ($8 savings, down to $53)
- Asked six members of my extended family to join my plan ($35 savings, down to $18)
As for whether these steps are reproducible, (1) and (2) definitely are.
Step (3) is reproducible if you’ve got a few years to spare and don’t mind eating a lot of dirt. Ha! But seriously, the Veteran discount is actually a government discount, so lots of people are eligible for it.
Step (4) is reproducible for anyone because the people you add don’t actually have to be members of your family. However, the friends you pick should be trustworthy enough that you’re confident they’ll pay you on time. Of course, because T-mobile has no contracts, if your friends end up being deadbeats, you can just cut them out of the contract after a month of not paying.
And that’s that. Who paid more and who paid less?