by Lori Bartez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
If you’re too lazy to compare phone services and just opt to stick with your old provider to play it safe, you could be missing out on a lot of savings without knowing it.
Telecommunications is a huge industry that has a lot of players and when there are many of them on the court, that can only mean two things: better service and lower rates. Now, if you had the chance to save money on your phone bill, wouldn’t you grab it?
Long distance rates
Different phone companies offer different long distance rates. By simply comparing these figures, you can save several hundred dollars a year, especially if you make use of this service regularly. Phone companiesoffer long distance plans at different rates, one of which is just perfect for your communication needs. A simple phone call or a few minutes spent on the internet can mean a considerable amount of money saved.
To keep themselves competitive, many phone companies offer bundled services which can save more money monthly than if you ordered the features separately. For example, you can pick a local phone service and have it bundled with international long distance, conference calling and high-speed internet service.
You get all these services and pay a pre-agreed low rate, regardless of whether you use them or not. If you use these services regularly, you could save a lot of money by simply ordering them as a bundled service.
Some phone companies offer huge discounts if you sign up for their phone services. These contracts usually last for at least one year. This is a good deal, especially if you’re satisfied with the services, but make sure you understand what will happen in case you decide to end the contract.
Some companies require you to pay a termination fee that can be very costly. Compare rates and plans among companies to see which one can give you the best services and the lowest rates in exchange for your loyalty.
Beware of promos
Occasionally, phone companies come up with ads and promos offering low rates if you switch providers. If the savings are significant and you’re thinking of changing your provider, make sure you know how much the services will cost when the promo period is over.
You could be enjoying huge savings for the duration of the promo, only to be stuck with a phone service for which you’ll have to pay more.