I saw this article and initially thought it might be helpful, but it really only helps if you don’t use your phone a lot. Here are my tips that will save you significant money if you really use your phone.
- If you have broadband, you must use either a VoIP service like Vonage or Digital Phone Service from your cable provider. Both are significantly cheaper in terms of monthly charges and usage charges. In fact if you are only calling the U.S. and Canada there typically are no usage charges.
- If you are single and/or don’t have children, consider dropping the home phone altogether. Why not have all of phone calls in one place and the cost of the home phone may more than cover the additional cellular minutes.
- Take advantage of the free cell phone times. For Verizion that is from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am Monday through Thursday and 9:00 pm Friday to 6:00 am Monday Morning. My mom uses her cell phone from the Eastern Time Zone to call a friend who lives in the Mountain Time Zone. She places the call at 9:00 pm and her friend gets the call at 7:00 pm Mountain.
- Take advantage of in-network calling. Don’t call friends/family on the same cell network with your home phone, use your cell phone (saving them money) and ask them to do the same.
- Get the minimum sized cell phone package to cover your typical month of calls. If you have an extraordinary month of calls, you may (depending on the provider) be able to bump your plan up prior to the end of the billing cycle and back down for the next month. Be careful, Providers will typically only backdate requests to bump up minutes not down.
- Get a number through a service like Grand Central. This can save you money by giving people 1 number to call you but allowing you a choice of how to answer it. For example, my Grand Central number rings my cell phone and my Home Office phone. If I am home, I answer the home office phone because it is no cost to me. If I am away, I look at the Caller ID to determine if it is a call I need to take. This is effective because people do not have to anticipate when you are home or when you are out and call the appropriate number, saving the number of times they call your cell phone when you are at home. IMPORTANT: This tip does not apply to the friends and family on the same cellular network.
My phones are used heavily as I am working from home and have 2 home lines as well as 3 cell lines. My cell phone usage is nearly 2000 minutes per month and the home phone usage is similar.