It is estimated that 93% of adults in the UK either personally own or regularly use a mobile phone. Of these people, more than 66% use a smartphone. Smartphones are capable of a number of tasks. These taskes include using applications, browsing the internet, downloading images or streaming music, all of which require data. As a result, most mobile phone contracts include data in addition to free call time minutes and text messages. However large bundles of minutes, texts and data can cost upwards of £30 per month, and exceeding lower allowances in bundles can cost even more. Here are some great ways to reduce your usage and therefore save money.
Make Free Calls on your Mobile Phone
Gone are the days when you have to limit the amount of time in which you can spend having a conversation with someone using your mobile phone. The majority of contracts come with an allowance of free minutes, but this is often exceeded. Using applications such as Skype, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts mean that you never have to pay a penny to talk on the phone again – so you can downgrade your contract so that it includes less free minutes.
Send Free Texts on your Mobile Phone
Most contracts nowadays come with such a generous allowance of free texts that you would never be able to exceed it if you tried. The problem is that these generous allowances are not actually free because they are factored in to the cost of your bill. Reduce the number of free texts that you can get, and instead use a free instant messaging service such as Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.
Cut Mobile Data Costs on your Mobile
When it comes to mobile data, it’s the ‘mobile’ part that costs the money. Therefore whenever you can connect to a Wi-fi network you should do this instead of using your mobile data. Connecting your mobile phone to your wireless router at home, at work and in many public places is absolutely free. It will reduce the amount of mobile data that you use. When you are out and about, consider using less mobile data. Do you really need to stream music? Or download an endless list of photos every time you scroll down your Facebook feed? Use mobile data only for the essentials such as navigation and quick use of the internet for reference and you will be able to drastically reduce your data allowance and watch your phone costs plummet.
Join the Same Network as your Friends or Family
For many years mobile phone operators have loved people who call or text people using the same network as themselves. Therefore it’s well worth considering changing mobile phone providers to match the people who you talk to the most. This will ensure that you’re getting the best deal whenever you talk to them and on some networks such as GiffGaff it’s completely free to call people on the same network.
Beware of the 118 Directories
While the 118 directories are helpful if you need to find a number fast, they can actually be very expensive. This is because they charge a connection fee as well as an hourly rate. If you must use them, always ask for the number you need to be texted to you instead of being connected. Better still use the internet to find the number you’re looking for.
Avoid the Added Extras
A lot of mobile phone contracts now come with bundled insurance. This can very quickly hike up the price of your bill. It is sometimes worth protecting your smartphone – especially if it is worth a lot of money. However there are far more affordable ways to do it. Adding it to your home contents insurance policy is cheaper than getting insurance from your provider. If you can’t afford to replace your mobile phone, can you really afford it in the first place?