Your life is constantly changing. But many people don’t change things like their cell phone plan, auto insurance, life insurance, etc. It’s always easier to “set it and forget it,” but that approach often ends up costing hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars annually.
Once a year, it makes sense to look at your cell phone bill and make sure your minutes, texts, and data plan are right for you, right now.
It’s Less Painful than You Think to Switch Cell Phone Carriers
Just because you’ve got a two-year cell phone contract doesn’t mean you’re locked in.
If you can save just $40 a month, that’s $480 a year, and might make “eating” a $200 termination fee worth it. And you might even find a new carrier that will pay your early termination fee.
To make it even easier, in many cases, you can keep your old number, transfer over all your data, and activate your phone in minutes online or with one phone call. It’s a small price to pay to potentially save several hundred dollars a year.
Make Switching Cell Phone Carriers Worth Your While
Cell phone plans are extremely flexible. You can customize them as much, or as little, as you want to suit your situation. The idea is to only pay for what you need. The most important questions to ask are:
- Is it just me on the plan, or can I save money by switching my family too?
- How much data do I need every month?
- Does the cell phone plan come with enough minutes and texting?
- Are there any add-ons (cell phone insurance, etc.) I need?
Compare what’s on your current bill to what you can get with another carrier. Then, cut out the features you don’t need. Save money and share your data with other family members. You’re on your way to making switching worthwhile!
Switch Into Great Cell Phone Coverage
Most importantly, you want to make sure you’re getting great coverage on your new cell phone network. Check out the coverage map for the cell phone companies you’re considering, like U.S. Cellular’s Coverage Map.
Check to see if there’s good coverage:
- Where you live
- Where you work
- And places you spend lots of time
Ask your friends and family to see what company they use. They’ll be able to tell you who has the best service on a day-to-day basis. Most carriers also have at least a 14-day return policy, so if you get a cell phone carrier that doesn’t work as advertised, you’re not stuck.
Avoid Getting Locked In to a New Contract
Many people don’t want to switch cell phone carriers for fear of getting stuck in a new two-year contract. If, after reading this article, you’re still not convinced, maybe a prepaid plan is a good fit for you. With a cell phone carrier like U.S. Cellular, a prepaid plan comes with almost all the same features as a regular plan without the commitment.
While switching might sound like a big deal, it’s actually more costly to “set it and forget it,” because you’ll miss out on opportunities to save or get better service.
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