If you have a plan with AT&T, buy a AT&T Go phone, same with Verizon and so on. My cell phone broke this morning, I did this and it worked.
By Michele from Bangor, PA
In addition, if your have a Blackberry, BBM (messages) fall under the data plan forcing megabytes to be accrued and costs to go up. Since the text message plan we have is unlimited, my kids now mostly text message instead of BBM, lowering my costs.
By cipi2000 from Miami, FL
I dropped my monthly cellphone charges by getting a 20 dollar cellphone.
My Smartphone was costing me 75 dollars a month, way too expensive, so I decided to just get a regular phone without internet and apps.
Now, I was wondering what I could do with this phone that I wasn't going to use.
What an a ha moment: even without the SIM card I can still use the Smartphone as it is connected to my Wi-Fi desktop connection!
I still have internet from my living room without the charges that I was paying for the Smartphone.
Saving over 35 dollars a month. Yay!
Hope this helps you all to save every dollar that you can and smile while doing it.
By Lorraine S.
I recently noticed an ad for a free Verizon smart phone and was about to upgrade two of my family's older technology smart phones when my son pointed out to me that in doing so, I was giving up my unlimited data plan. Sure enough when I called Verizon, it was confirmed that the new plan would not provide unlimited data.
Be advised. If you're a big data user, you may not want to do the hardware upgrade because your new contract will no longer provide unlimited data.
Where can I get a free or cheap cellphone?
My hubby's had a SafeLink phone for a couple of years now. I applied online, & since we're on Social Security (disability for me, retirement for him,) we qualified. 60 minutes have been more than enough for us. The down side? It's not blind-accessible. I had to ask him to paint the "talk" and "end" buttons with my tactile marker just so I could turn it off when he forgets.
There's a second provider now, Assurance Wireless, through Virgin Mobile rather than Tracphone. Here's a link to their FAQ page.
I'm debating whether to switch. We don't need more minutes, but what if something happened to our power and my hubby at the same time? I'm hoping the Virgin Mobile phones would be more accessible.