You’ve ditched the land line, but your smartphone — your communications lifeline, the tool you always keep with you — still seems to cost too much. The key to driving that bill down is to pay close attention to what your actual needs are and determine what services or features you can get for free. Here are eight practical changes you can make to lower your monthly bill.
If you’re not on an unlimited data plan, it makes sense to use Wi-Fi whenever you can, whether you’re at home, in the office or at a local coffee shop. Allowing your phone to find and connect to available Wi-Fi networks will help reduce the possibility that you'll exceed your phone’s data cap. Plus, Wi-Fi is faster than 3G (and sometimes 4G) so you can communicate, read or surf with greater efficiency.
When they’re out and about, AT&T customers can access thousands of hotspots, including those at Starbucks, for free via AT&T Wi-Fi. A Smart Wi-Fi app for Android phones automatically finds and connects to available hotspots.