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So, you want to have the same great (or even better) phone service while cutting back on the budget side of the house? Don’t worry, we can help you with that.

Here’s what you need to do to make sure that you are making the most (and getting the most) out of your cellular service plan:

First Things First, Shop the Market

In their recent survey of approximately 90,000 cellular subscribers, Consumer Reports, an agency that does independent research on things that consumers have to have, found that nearly half of the people who switched their cellular plans in the past year saw their monthly rates drop by nearly $20 per month. That is the equivalent of saving $360 per year!

If you haven’t checked out the market lately, there are a lot of new cellular plans being created all the time. Furthermore, the Big Four phone carriers (i.e. T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T) are increasingly competing with each other to gain market share. All of this works out in the consumer’s favor, so much sure you are keeping an eye on the deals.

Whistle Out does a great job of keeping track of the various rates and plans so that you don’t have to scrounge around on the internet finding out all of the information on your own.

Consider Using an MVNO

MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. These are companies that have bought the rights to lease usage capabilities from the towers of the Big Four networks, and they usually only sell their services online. As a result, they can provide (usually) the exact same service that the Big Four providers do while offering an extremely discounted price.

US News has created an excellent list of some of the top MVNOs right here for your easy access.

Personally, this humble writer has used Republic Wireless, and they have been absolutely fantastic. While their smartphone offerings don’t include the Samsung Galaxy or the Apple iPhone, which is somewhat of a drawback, their 1GB plan starts at only $25/month with unlimited talk and text.

Compared to Verizon, that is nearly a $25/month savings, AND Republic will pay you back for any data that you don’t make use of each month. For me, their cellular service was excellent and their customer service was highly responsive.

 

There are many options out there to help you cut back on your budget while getting the same great cell service. All you have to do is take a couple of hours one day and research the alternatives. Please, don’t continue to let the Big Four providers take advantage of you with their cellular service pricing, as this will only reinforce their bad behaviors!

Together, if enough of us pull away from their tactics, we can serve to teach them a lesson by refusing to pay for overpriced cellular service any more!