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Golden rules on mobile phone savings

Feb 10, 2008

  1. Use landlines – sometimes mobiles can be too convenient … don’t get lazy if the landline is only a room or two away. If you are out, ask yourself if you can wait til you get home to make the call.
  2. Don’t talk forever – stop being a chatterbox & keep your calls short. If you know you are going to have a long call then use a landline.
  3. Use off-peak services – call friends in these cheaper times … some carriers even have these calls free but don’t run over the time limit!!
  4. Stop unnecessary SMS – we have all been guilty in engaging in multi-message SMS conversations … some of them can cost a few dollars each. It is probably cheaper to just pick up the phone & call instead!
  5. Talk to your mobile provider – I find it useful to challenge your provider every 6 months & ask them if there is a more suitable plan for you based on your actual phone usage. Invariably you end up with a better deal.
  6. Pre-paid rather than plans – ideal for the kids to stop them from racking up high bills & helps give them a sense of budgeting
  7. Use your PIN – if you have teenagers that can’t get enough of talking/texting & used all of their prepaid credits then use the PIN function to stop them from using your phone … just don’t tell them what it is!
  8. Don’t take your mobile everywhere – it is ok to leave home from time to time without your mobile. Bringing it only tempts you to use it.
  9. Talk over the internet – use email, chatrooms or online phone services such as Skype to communicate with friends
  10. Don’t use mobile overseas – the costs are ridiculous when you use your phone overseas. If you need to have a mobile phone, use one of the overseas local carriers and pay their local rates instead. Buy a phone card if you want to call family & friends back at home.

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