If you’ve already switched to a SIM only plan and are interested in saving even more money on your mobile bill, there are a few options at your disposal. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the top six ways to cut your mobile costs.
Assuming you are like most people, then you probably spend the majority of your time on the phone making calls and sending texts. If that’s the case, then you might want to consider a group of applications used to text and make calls for little to no cost. Skype Mobile, Textfree, WhatsApp, Viber, and Truphone. Aside from Textfree and WhatsApp, all of those applications permit calls, messaging, and video calls. This equates to big savings if you plan on contacting someone internationally. So what’s the catch? The only drawback is that the party you’re contacting also needs to have the platform installed on their device in addition to a Wi-Fi connection or data plan.
SmartTalk from BT
BT customers can reap the benefits of affordable calls with the free BT SmartTalk app. The program runs calls through your phone’s Wi-Fi or mobile data connection. Make calls to the UK from abroad for the same price as a BT calling plan. All you need to do is download the app and complete the sign-up form. Then, link your mobile with your home phone and registration is complete. This works with up to five devices (iPhone or Android) in your household so you’re entire family can join in on the savings! One last added benefit is you’ll gain access to over 7.5 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world at no cost.
Bill Analyser is a little bit different than the first two options. This service is designed like a calculator so you can determine the most suitable plan based on your average past mobile usage. You can’t include international calls into the calculation but you can get a rough idea with another one of its features. The last point worth mentioning is that it’s only a beta version so don’t expect it to be glitch-free. Read this article to find out more about data only SIM cards.
The Onavo suite comes with two main services: Onavo Extend and Onavo Count. This app is ideal for anyone not enrolled in an unlimited data SIM because both features allow you to send more data for the same gigabyte value while simultaneously monitoring your usage. Onavo Extend operates using a compression formula which is where the 70-80% bandwidth savings come in. Onavo Count is configured to monitor your usage and set limits so that you don’t exceed your allowance. Before you reach the limit, you’ll receive an alert to notify you.
Save on 0870, 0800, and 0845 Numbers
Mobile companies make the big bucks off of the 0870, 0800, and 0845 numbers so the best way to save money if your call these frequently is to download an application that turns it into a local number. Check the iTunes or Android store for some of the newest releases. Just type in your phone model then 0870, 0800, or 0845.
Green charging applications won’t save you money upfront but they can prevent you from shelling it out later down the road. Battery overcharging accounts for one of the main reasons people purchase new batteries so if you can avoid doing this with an app, why not right? Again, browse the iTunes and Android stores for a list of the most popular ones.
Saving money on your mobile bill doesn’t have to be complicated. By just downloading one of the aforementioned apps you’ll be able to significantly reduce the amount you spend per month.