How to save money on your cell phone bill

(WFSB) – All month Eyewitness News finds ways to save you money.

One of the biggest expenses that many people have is their cell phone bills.

Channel 3 spoke to financial expert Clark Howard about ways to save on that high cell phone bill.

It seems that everyone has a cell phone these days. Whether you love them or hate them, most people will agree, they don’t like that expensive cell phone bill at the end of the month.

Clark has some suggestions for saving on your cell phone bill that you may not have heard before.

“I would say 9 out of 10 people pay way more for cell phone service than they need and you can lower your rates with the existing company you’re with,” Clark said. “Verizon has Visible. Cricket is AT&T’s discounter. T-Mobile has Metro from T-Mobile. And you’re on the same network owned by the same company you’re already with, but you can usually get your cell phone plan around 60-70 % cut just by going with their junior brand instead of the one that has an ad on TV every four seconds.”

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“So if these companies have this kind of, you know, they’re the ‘A’ brand, but they have a ‘B’ brand, is there even a difference between the two? Eyewitness News asked.

“There will be some features that won’t be introduced and things like that. Let’s take Verizon. Verizon is the most expensive of the cell phone carriers out there. But Verizon is losing customers to lower priced plans. So they have Visible. Visible is their discount brand. I call it ‘Invisible’ because they don’t really promote it. But Visibel is $30/month and for unlimited everything. And you won’t find $30 a month from the flagship Verizon. For just a single person it’s $30 a month. And you get the unlimited data and all that,” Clark said.

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Clark said you won’t see commercials on TV for these brands or stores and that’s how they keep the prices lower.

“But they don’t promote it. They don’t have cell phone stores. Everything is done online. And all you do is save money,” Clark said.

If name brands are not important to you, Clark said it’s an even less expensive way to save on your cell phone bill.

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“If you’re willing to go a little further, you can go with an independent cell phone company and cut your bill massive amounts. I have a guide on clark.com where you can see what you’re paying for, how many people are on your plan are in all that, whoever is the cheapest,” Clark said.

Clark said before you consider adjusting your cell phone plan, think about how much you talk, text and surf the web on your cell phone to figure out what plan is best for you, but he said there are opportunities to save hundreds of dollars each year save

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