Cell and Mobile Phone Budget Tips
The simplest way to save money on mobile phone call costs is to use a phone or set of phones less or not at all. Many people do not know how much time and money they spend on individual calls. Using a pen and paper to record the details of all calls can help people budget.
When it is clear how and when people are spending money on mobile phone calls, they can decide which calls are essential. They can they try to minimize other calls and use other forms of communication.
Reduce Text Alerts and Custom Ring Tones
Many cell phone bills include elements for other services. These may include automatic text message alerts, cell phone ring tones or mobile phone wallpapers. This type of service can be fun and entertaining, but may also add large amount to mobile phone bills. Turning automatic text message alerts off and using the ring tones and wallpapers supplied with the telephone can save a substantial amount of money.
Budgeting on Cell Phone Costs
Having a rental agreement is usually cheaper than using prepaid mobile phone cards. However, people who find it very difficult to ration their cell phone usage may find prepaid cards a practical way of rationing their cell phone use. They can decide on a particular amount of money to spend on mobile phone calls in a week or month. When the prepaid credit has been used, they simply cannot use the phone except to receive calls until the next lot of credit has been bought.
People with a rental agreement can contact their mobile phone service provider to find out whether they can transfer to a cheaper package. People near the end of a contract can also look at offers made by other cell phone service providers.
Save Money on Work Related Mobile Phone Calls
Many people have contact with their employer, coworkers or customers out of office hours or when they are not at their work place. This contact is often via a mobile phone. Some people have a designated work phone that is paid for by their employer or comes out of their business expenses.
Other people do not have a clear dividing line between private and work cell phone calls. These people may find it useful to make a point of using a work mobile phone to make work related calls. An alternative is to make careful notes of the calls made to their coworkers or customers and to charge the costs to their employer or business.
Reduce Mobile Phone Bills Using Land Lines and VOIP
Many homes have one or more telephones or Internet connections on land lines. Making a phone call on a land line or via voice over internet protocol (VOIP) is usually much cheaper than making the same call on a mobile phone. Many providers also include certain lengths or types of phone calls as part of the package. If a person makes more land line calls, they do not necessarily get a larger bill.
People wishing to reduce their cell phone bills using land lines or VOIP may have to plan and prioritize calls. They may choose to only make short, urgent calls on their mobile phones while they are out. They then follow up on these calls or make less urgent calls at home. Partners or other people sharing a home and land line phone connection may also have to arrange who can use the telephone and for how long.
Mobile Phone and Cell Phone Alternatives
Mobile phones have become an important way of communicating for many people. However, it is also possible to communicate in many other ways. People who wish to reduce their cell phone usage can:
- Ask someone to deliver a message or note.
- Cycle, drive or walk to the person who needs the information.
- Make clear arrangements so that a group of people can meet each other without a flurry of cell phone activity beforehand
- Send an e-mail or text message via a computer.
- Phone someone using a land line or VOIP telephone.
- Write a note on paper with a pen or pencil and leaving it where the recipient can find it.
- Write a letter and post it to the person who needs the information.
These alternatives are often cheaper than communication via mobile or cell phone. They may fit well into a person's lifestyle and encourage a more personal level of communication.