Have you ever made the face above after receiving your monthly cell phone bill? Well, I definitely have, but that ended a couple of years ago after I threatened to leave my dog-logo telecommunications company.
(It wasn’t an empty threat either because I did my homework, calling all the competitors, to do a price comparison. With this information, I told said company that I was able to get a deal elsewhere.)
After I said the magic words, “I’m leaving”, I was passed onto a supervisor and put on a special retention plan.
My old plan was $25 for 200 daytime minutes, free after 7pm, and on weekends. Not terribly bad per se, but after all the features were added + lovely taxes = over $30. And for what? Not much.
My new plan is $17 for 200 daytime minutes, free after 5pm, and on weekends. Plus since they screwed up a bill, they threw in 100 free text messages/month for a year.
Since I’m not much of a gabber, I don’t need more than my plan provides. HOWEVER, Call Display would be nice, but I’m not willing to pay $8/month (+ taxes) for that 1 feature. I’m also unwilling to spend $11/month (+ taxes) for the Call Display/Call Waiting/Voice mail package.
I find these charges to be highway robbery and Call Display, at least, should be free. An Aussie friend of mine told me that all those features are included in his monthly cell phone bill. I asked a couple of friends who live in Asia and they said that an average plan usually includes 300-500 free texts/month.
So when I heard a recent news story, similar to this one from the Toronto Sun, reporting that Canadians pays the highest cell phone bills, it wasn’t a surprise to me!
I’m sure that the majority of high school kids now have either an iPhone (4s) or at least some kind of Smartphone. And I don’t even want to know how much their plans are with Data, texting, and stuff like Facebook/Twitter.
Unless you run your own business, I don’t think it’s necessary to pay for a Data Plan. Sure, it’s convenient to have, but I don’t want to become one of those people who cross the street with their head tilted down, go to dinner while both my partner and myself are on our separate devices, &/or a customer who proceeds through the cash while snickering about something posted on Facebook.
So how much do you pay for your cell phone bill? Have you ever tried lowering your monthly bill by talking to your cell phone provider? And if the data on the news stories is correct, is there anything we can do as a country of cell phone users to LOWER our costs?