I was astounded to learn that the average cell phone bill for an American is about $114 per month right now. That’s a shame because there are so many low-cost options out there. And that’s not just a platitude. My son’s flip phone with unlimited talk and text is only $9 per month; my limited smart phone data plan is only $19.
If you’re on a very tight budget, a fixed income, or already classify as low income, then you should definitely look into low-cost or free wireless.
But before we even get into cheap cell phones, stop and ask yourself two important questions:
- Am I paying for a bundle with services I don’t even use?
- How can I cut my usage to save money?
We should all curb our wireless use as much as possible, not just because it’s cheaper, but because it can be addictive and in many cases harmful. Start looking at your personal phone as a useful tool, like a hammer or a microwave oven. Don’t let it become a time-waster, or a dangerous temptation for you. (Need help getting your cell phone addiction under control?)
And now, here are the two options I recommend for anyone who’s looking to pare down their monthly bill.
Twigby is a fast growing, low-cost provider offering affordable and high quality service all across the U.S. With plans ranging from $9/month to as high as $40/month, Twigby provides reliable service at the lowest possible costs. Not a surprise, but their company is growing like wildfire. Visit Twigby today and check the coverage in your area.
I’ve had service with Twigby for over a year; it includes a smart phone, unlimited talk and text plus 1 GB of data and is only $19 per month. My 18-year-old son has a Twigby flip phone with unlimited talk and text; his bill is a mere $9.00. Pocket change! Our phones work just fine, and any time we have questions, Twigby’s online chat support reps are fast and helpful. In case you’re wondering, new phones do have a 1 year warranty.
You can bring your own phone to Twigby, saving even more money, or purchase one of theirs for a discounted price. Check back every few days because they update their inventory regularly and the prices are so good they sell quickly! My son’s flip phone was only $15 and my Poblano smart phone was less than $50.
Besides the budget prices, I love that Twigby is an a la carte service provider. You can add exactly what you need to your plan instead of having to pay more for a “bundle” that includes things you don’t want or need.
In fact, I am cutting back on my data plan starting in March, to really discipline myself when it comes to smart phone usage. Over the past year, I was wasting too much time surfing the net and using social media. With the way social media giants are censoring free speech these days, I’m more than happy to cut them off as much as possible anyway!
There are no games on my phone, no videos and no movie-watching. No music, no social media apps and my notifications are cut down to the bare minimum.
In other words, I’m striving to use my phone like a phone. I use it 90% of the time for free talk and text and the browser (ditch Google, and go with DuckDuckGo!) only when absolutely necessary.
Click here to get 50% off for your first 6 months of service!
With Assurance, you can get a smart phone plus minutes, text and data for cheap or even FREE. There are no credit checks, no monthly bills and no contracts. One Assurance/Lifeline plan is available per household. Wondering if you are eligible for a completely free phone? If you are already enrolled in a state or federal assistance program, then it’s highly likely you’re eligible. This includes Medicaid and Most recipients of Medicaid, SSI, Section 8, TTANF, Snap, etc. If you’re not currently enrolled in a program, no worries. Just apply using your current income and number of household residents.
Just click my link to pick out your new phone and apply for service!