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Almost three years ago I signed a cell phone service contract because they gave me a great unadvertised plan with all the bells and whistles, including unlimited data, all for a final bill of $47 a month. I also got to stop into a store and pick up a new smartphone for only $99. Now that my contract is coming to an end, I will try to get the plan rolled over for another 3 years and maybe an iphone, but if that doesn't happen I will consider all the options with these 10 ways to reduce your cell phone bill.

  1. Review your current cell phone bill. Are you paying for more minutes than you are using? If you find some room to cut back, go online or phone your provider and see if you can change your plan.
  2. If most of your calls are to just a handful of people, you may be able to get a family and friends plan that allows unlimited calling to 5 phone numbers.
  3. If you're not using your cell phone much at all, then look into prepaid phones to get the best value for your usage.
  4. Maybe you have some extra features than you could do without? See how much you are paying and weight that against how much the feature is needed.
  5. If you do need the extra options like caller ID and voicemail, there may be a package deal you can get instead of paying for individual features.
  6. Consider an unlimited text messaging plan if your thumbs are sore from constantly typing messages.
  7. If you have a contract ending soon, call your provider's customer service department and see what they can offer you in to sign a new contract and stay on as a customer.
  8. If the customer service department isn't able to win you over, ask to cancel your service and you'll be transfered to their second tier, or loyalty and retentions department. They will have more authority to give you a special deal.
  9. Once you have a plan that's worth signing a contract for, you might as well get a free phone, or at least a reduced price when it comes to some of the smartphones.
  10. When your current provider just isn't cutting it, it might be time to look at new cell phone providers entering the Canadian market like Wind Mobile.
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