How to save on cable and cell phone bills

How to save on cable and cell phone bills

Whether you have cable TV, satellite TV, a landline phone or a cell phone, you can save money by negotiating with your current provider or shopping around for another.

Tips to get a better deal on existing service contracts:

  1. Look carefully at your bill. Is it accurate? Are there services you pay for that you rarely or never use? Are you still paying for a home fax or call waiting? Are there channels you never watch that you're paying extra for?
  2. Negotiate a better deal. Have an example of a competitor’s lower price and call the company’s consumer retention department. That piece is important - ask to be transferred to retention department. Be prepared to end your contract if you can't get a better deal. Record the name of the person you’re speaking with and note the date and time you called. These details will increase your credibility if you need to follow up later. 
  3. Ask about a discount for bundling packages. If you get your phone, Internet and television from the same provider you’re likely to get a better price. If you don’t want all the features listed with the bundled service plan, ask the provider if they'll deduct the amount of those features?
  4. Is there a penalty for early cancellation of all the services?

Tips to get a deal on new contracts:

  1. Is the rate they're offering an introductory rate? How long will it last?
  2. Before you agree to any deal, ensure the new plan price includes any equipment you need to install.
  3. Ask about installation fees.  What kind of equipment is involved? Will the installation involved any digging/wiring on your property?

Regardless whether you stay with your current provider or switch to a new one, check your bill every month to make sure the deal you negotiated doesn’t suddenly disappear.


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Bettyboo45

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Hi Karen I was thinking about getttinng a phonejack too but have some questions about that can I keep my current telephone number? I have a bundle so call package that started $99 still going now $200.00 month so if this keeps up I want be able to keep. I know its time to get out while can at this point I'm no longer in a contract either. So is their anybody out know what I'm talking about and have solve their problem. Please tell how.

Diane

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Most landlines are out of service during a lightning storm anyway; not just cable service and computers. If you're lucky, your cell phone may work.

Bo

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be careful of the reliability rating for the cable system you use if you add phone service. here charter cable's record is not so great and when the cable is out (when it is lightening nearby) so is your phone. no emergency calls to 911, etc. it can make a significant difference. I am a retired BellSouth employee, but saving money is saving money. not a biased woed in this comment.

karen

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Hello, I have had "Magic Jack" for approximately 5 weeks and so far it has worked. The device can be purchased at Radio Shack or can ordered online but shipping/handling applies. Not sure about returns/restrictions when you buy from store. I've had a few messed up calls, they dropped, but for $20USD a year (less device and s&h), you can't beat it. I got tired of paying for the phone every month, which I never am really on it that much. I am a stay at home mom, but even if you worked outside of the home, you can forward your calls to a cell or other line. Go on their website, which is where you usually turn to if you have tech difficulties and other questions, that would be another drawback to it. I am a amateur when it comes to tech problems but I do ok with this device. Must have computer access (high speed) to have service and they will also assign a number for you. I love $20USD year.

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