How I Pay Less Than $30 On My Cell Phone Bill

Disclaimer: If you choose to join Ting through my referral link, I will receive a credit on my account.

My home-screen has since changed, but I dig this phone.

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for new ways to save
money. One of the biggest money leaches I’ve found is the cell phone bill.

It’s easy to pay hundreds of dollars a month for one phone. Because of that, I’ve hopped around services. I’ve gone with big providers T-Mobile, AT&T, and smaller ones, like Virgin Mobile and Earthlink. Almost a year ago to the day, I stumbled upon Ting Mobile.

The base fee per phone with Ting is only $6, and it’s pay as you go, so you’re not paying for service you don’t use. What caught my interest is how low the usage prices are.

They break voice, messages and data into categories.

Here’s the break down for voice:

1-100 minutes – $3.00
101-100 minutes – $9.00
501-1000 minutes – $18.00
1001-2100 minutes – $35.00
2100 + minutes – $35 + 1.9 cents

Messaging, voicemail, 3-way calling, hotspot and other services are all free.

If you already have a compatible device, you can bring it over when you sign up for the service. I bought one, because when I signed up, I only had an eight year old phone. From what I’ve seen, their prices are on par with independent retailers.

Since getting this device, my highest bill was $26.44 after taxes. Over the year I’ve had this phone, I’ve been involved with two weddings, a convention and a camping trip to the middle of nowhere. My usual bill is usually under $20.

I can easily hook up to WiFi networks, so my data usage is always very low. That’s a feature offered by most of the phones they carry. Currently, they have Samsung (including the pretty S6 Edge – must…resist…), Apple, Motorola and a few smaller brands. My current phone is the Samsung Galaxy S4, and it continues to serve me beautifully.

Coverage was a little spotty in some places, but it was better than some of the other networks I’ve been a part of, and the customer service has been far better than anything I’ve dealt with from other companies.

A few other things to note:

  • They offer the chance to donate to select charities.
  • You can bring your phone number with you – great for people like me who have trouble memorizing numbers.
  • NO CONTRACTS. NO CONTRACTS. NO CONTRACTS. If you want to cancel, you won’t need to pay ridiculous cancellation fees.
  • You can have control over how many minutes, messages and megabytes of data are used per device.

If you’re interested in checking it out more in depth, please click this referral link. If you sign up through that link, you’ll either get $25 off of a new device or a credit towards your first bill on your account – your choice!

Always a good thing, right?

This device even helps with knitting.

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