Friday, July 9, 2010

Smartphones- convenient but emptying your bank account?

I'm guessing that most people reading this blog have a smartphone, and some of you are even reading this on your Blackberry, iphone, or Palm. I personally am still sticking to a regular phone without a data plan and using my ipod touch to get online, but my husband has had a smartphone for several years now, and I use his quite a bit. The rise of smartphones and their associated data plans have caused many to see their monthly cell phone bills go through the roof. The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about this phenomenon. The article also offers some tips on avoiding hidden costs.

Wall Street Journal Article

One method mentioned in the article which we have been using for awhile is Google 411. It's a free directory assistance line. The number is 1-800-GOOG-411. It sometimes takes a couple calls to find the right number, as it's all based on voice recognition, but it's much better than the high prices some cell phone companies charge for directory assistance.

Anyone out there have other tips to lower your monthly bill?

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