How to Save Money on your AT&T Cellphone Bill

by Vanessa Padgalskas

With texting, data plans and dependance on cellphones, an AT&T phone bill can get expensive. One way to save money is to cut back on a cellphone plan and add ons. Ask yourself, "Do I really need email on my cellphone?" or "Do I really need unlimited texting?" By taking an inventory of how much you use your cellphone and by knowing of cheaper plan options, you can save money on your AT&T cellphone bill.

Look at your phone usage in past months for text messages and cellphone minutes. If you have a plan for 700 minutes, are you using all 700 minutes or could you cut back to the 500 minutes per month plan? If you have unlimited texting, are you using more than 200 text messages per month or could you downgrade to the cheaper 200 messages per month plan? If you really need to cut back on your cellphone usage so you can switch to a less expensive plan, try to make more calls after 9 p.m. or on the weekends when you have unlimited minutes on AT&T.

Consider sharing a family plan with a friend or family member. You do not have to be family members to have a family cellphone plan with someone. With a family plan you can split the cost of the plan with the second line, which may be cheaper than having an individual plan on your own. You can also add a third, fourth, or fifth line for a small fee per month. For example, rather than paying $40 per month for 450 minutes, you could have a family plan with 550 minutes each month for $60 per month, which would be $30 per person. Switching to a family plan may require you to cut back on your cellphone minute usage but it will save you money.

Try to eliminate your data plan if you do not use it enough. A data plan is around $35 per month, which is a huge additional cost on your cellphone bill. If you are not using your data plan for work purposes, you may be able to go without the data plan and save the extra cost.

See if you qualify for an AT&T discount. Military members, people over 65 and qualifying colleges and businesses are eligible for a discount on a monthly cellphone bill.

About the Author

Vanessa Padgalskas was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., and currently resides in Portland, Ore. Padgalskas graduated from American University in 2007 with degrees in international studies and economics. She holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

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