I cringe whenever I hear of anyone paying in the $100 range or more for their cell phone bill. But then when I tell them I only pay $35 per month using a no-contract service, they’re usually the ones cringing. “Isn’t your service terrible? And don’t you have an old, useless phone?” they ask.
You may be surprised to hear that the answer to both those questions is, “Not at all!” A few years ago, I was getting standard service through one of the most popular providers – no fancy smartphone for me at that time. But the phone I had was outdated and barely functioning, and I was tired of that company’s service. So I decided to take the leap into buying a smartphone.
I looked at all the options and found that I’d probably be paying around $100 with any of the major carriers. Then a friend suggested Virgin Mobile, so I checked out their website and found that I could pay $45 per month for 1200 minutes, unlimited texting, and unlimited data. That seemed like a great deal. I did have to pay $200 upfront for the phone, but with the cost of my bill, it paid for itself in no time. Plus, the next month I looked at my minutes used: 150. I guess I’m not much of a talker – I prefer to text. So I switched to the cheapest plan: $35 for 300 minutes, unlimited texting, and unlimited data. I have never gone over my minutes or had any issues with the service because it’s on the Sprint network. So anywhere you would have Sprint service, you’d have Virgin Mobile service.
This was a few years ago, and now all the major providers have jumped in and are offering no-contract plans too. I’ve still found Virgin Mobile to be the cheapest, so I’ve stuck with it. But those of you who are weary of no-contract plans because the service might not be good can rest assured that if you use a Verizon or T-Mobile plan, you’ll get the exact same service you would with a regular contract plan.
So for those of you who feel like you’re spending way too much on your phone bill – jump on the no-contract bandwagon! It’s a great way to cut expenses and you’ll be shocked with how much you can save each month. This is one of the easiest cost-cutting tips I have for people.
Have you ever had a no-contract plan? What was your experience with it?