In the current economic climate, people are looking to save money any way they can. Millions are facing unemployment, and every dollar counts. Given how critical having a cellphone is these days, canceling your cell phone isn't an option – but there are some easy ways to bring down your mobile bill.
Many people pay over $200/month for a relatively basic family plan with data access. An increasing number of low-cost carriers are available to help keep your phone bill affordable without sacrificing reliability. These low-cost carriers have come a long way and are worth considering if you're trying to cut costs.
Affordable cell phone carriers have grown in number, giving a broader range of choices for those with limited income. Even though they are low-cost, the selection of cellphones is very respectable.
Twigby offers a variety of phones and plans and has plans starting as little as $15/month. Their cheapest plan includes 3GB of data, with unlimited talk and text, and phones starting from $31.00.
BoostMobile.com is the brand you've likely heard of, as they market their brand well. BoostMobile advertises four unlimited lines at $25 a line per month. If you're only looking for one line, they begin at $50/mo with 12GB of data and unlimited talk & text.
CricketWireless.com is another company that's done well branding as a low-cost carrier. In the same price range as Twigby, Cricket offers its customers a plan for $15/mo with 2GB of high-speed data, along with unlimited talk & text.
With these providers, you may have the opportunity to bring your existing phone. If you have a working phone, check if that's an option before switching.
Another option is the lifeline program for low-income consumers. This service will help you save even more than the low-cost carriers mentioned above.
As of December 1, 2019, the plan offers 1000 voice minutes and up to 3GB of data at 3G speeds for $7.25 per month. This program is an excellent choice for the elderly on fixed incomes or an individual only looking to have an emergency phone.
Thanks to advances in mobile technology, carriers can begin offering more affordable options and take advantage of older technology that, for many, provides reliable service. Just because a new phone comes out every six months doesn't mean the previous ones are too outdated to be useful.
If you're in a plan now, always call and ask what your provider can do to help you lower your monthly payment. In these extraordinary times, companies are willing to take extraordinary measures.