Do you know how much your cell phone plan costs you? You might have a vague idea of the monthly cost, but do you really know how much it costs compared to other expenses? I once had a cell phone plan that was $84 per month. I had a Nexus S (a smartphone), with Sprint service. This was a completely average plan that many people have. And it cost over $1,000 a year. This was just for a single plan! Throw in the cost of the phone itself and it cost me around $1,200 the first year I had it. That means I was spending over 2.5% of the average U.S. income ($45,000/year). All that money just so I could do things that I couldn’t do on a cheaper plan. You know, important stuff like checking Facebook while I walk down the sidewalk.
And this was just my bill. Many people pay for a spouse and children to have these extremely expensive plans. My spouse’s plan at the time was about $75 (an iPhone with AT&T). Add our bills together and we were spending nearly $2,000/year. Now stop and think about lowering that to just $3.33 per month, or $40 per year for each of us! Would you like to have an extra $1900 every year? Here’s how you can do it.
** MVNOs, or the Secret to the $3.33 Phone Plan **
There are many smaller cell service companies called mobile virtual network operators (MVNO). These are companies that utilize the cellular networks of larger providers (like Verizon and AT&T) to provide service to end users. In other words, you get to use AT&T’s large network for a fraction of the cost. And they also offer a variety of plans that you can’t get with AT&T or Verizon. The specific MVNO that I use is called Airvoice Wireless. They currently offer a plan that costs $10 and gives you 100 voice minutes that expire after 90 days. This works out to $3.33 per month.
** But what about texting? And I need more than 100 minutes! **
I know, I know. We all need to have texting now. And how could one ever user as little as 100 minutes every 90 days? There is a solution to these problems, and that is Google Voice. With Google Voice, you have unlimited free texting and calling in the U.S. You can even text from your computer at voice.google.com or make phone calls from gmail.com. You can also set up Google Voice to forward calls to your Airvoice Wireless number so that you can take them when you are away from home. To learn more about Google Voice read this article: Save $20 a Month with Google Voice
So check out Airvoice Wireless to save tons of money on your cell phone bill. It requires some change in your life, and for the cheapest plan at $3.33 a month you won’t have texting on the go, but there are other plans offered by Airvoice that might fit you better, like the unlimited talk and text plan for $30/month. That means you still save $650 per year if you had a plan like my old one. A little bit of research can really pay off when it comes to changing your cell phone plan.
Save $20 a Month with Google Voice