How to Spend Less on Your Phone Bill Every Month
Sounds too good to be true, right? You probably think you’re stuck paying the same huge phone bill every month, and there’s little you can do about it other than change carriers, which is a huge hassle that you’d rather not go through.
Luckily, the UAE Money Expert knows of a few tricks to keep that phone bill from getting out of control. Hopefully you’ll be able to take advantage of one or all of these awesome cost-reducing tips!
First off, switch to a service provider that offers a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. VoIP services allow you to make calls using the internet using a call card. It is incredibly cheap (just 40 fils per minute in some cases!) and offers equally good service as the phone companies do.
The two biggest providers of VoIP in the UAE are Etisalat and Du. They’re the only two providers officially licensed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). International rates vary from time to time, so it’s best to check in with them before you make a decision to purchase this service.
Secondly, check out what new bundles your phone company is offering. This can be hit or miss, and it’s likely that you’re already bundled in if you have multiple services such as a landline, TV, and internet. All the same, give your phone company a call and see if there are new bundle deals that you could take advantage of. This may require renewing a contract to get the better rate—but if you’re planning on staying with them anyway, might as well take advantage of the lower rates.
Be careful though—bundles usually have low rates to start, and then after a period of time, those prices jump up to their “standard” rate. They can also have hidden fees, so ask about all charges before you accept the contract.
While you’re looking at bundling, you may want to consider downgrading or even canceling some services. Some people pick up services that they never even end up using (but pay for consistently every month.) You may not need the fastest internet speed, or perhaps you could ditch some of those landline services like caller ID and call waiting (yes, they cost money). If you don’t watch TV, or use it for background noise, maybe it’s time to cancel that service and switch to radio.
Next, look at removing one of your phone bills (either your mobile or landline). Chances are, you don’t really need both. Landlines are great because they offer consistent call quality, are inexpensive, and aren’t reliant on batteries. You aren’t likely to lose a landline either!
Alternatively, cell phones grant you greater freedom, but you may go over your minutes easier without a landline, and call quality isn’t always fantastic. When they’re paired together you don’t have to deal with their cons. However, if you’re serious about saving some cash, there is plenty of redundancy that could be done away with by getting rid of one or the other.
As an expatriate, do you call home a lot? You may want to look for a good unlimited long distance plan. You won’t have to worry about finding insane phone bills in your mail box and you can stay on the line as long as you need. Just be sure to ask about the terms and conditions of these plans before you make a decision.
Lastly, consider getting a phone card. Up to 90% of your international calling costs could be cut by switching to an international phone card. This is, of course, only for individuals that aren’t calling home too often. With cards, you only pay for the calls you make, and you aren’t surprised by big bills at the end of the month (since you’re limited to the money on the card anyway.)
These cards can be used anywhere and offer the convenience of being automatically recharged upon request. However, there are some caveats. Firstly, there may be connection fees while using these cards. Secondly, if you lose it, all the money you’ve put into it is gone.
We hope this article gives you a few additional places where you can search for savings. Phones are an essential part of our lives, but they also come with plenty of bells and whistles that may not be as essential. A good look into these services is always warranted!