I’ve been with AT&T for over 5 years, since the iPhone originally came on their network. Every few months, I like to call up my various utility providers, like AT&T, and negotiate a rate decrease. Don't forget that you can get many fees waived just by asking.
There are many options when it comes to cheaper cell phone service.
Republic Wireless has cellular phone plans starting at $10 a month for unlimited talk and text plans and $40 for unlimited talk and text plans with 4GB of data per month.
T-mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and data starting at $50 per month for 500mb of high speed data and up to $70 per month for unlimited high speed data. T-mobile has even started offering to pay for you and your family’s early termination fee on up to 5 lines.
You can see a list of many other cheap cell phone service providers here. These companies lease wireless telephone and data from major cell phone networks, and package it for cheap.
I have stayed with AT&T because in our location, AT&T provides the most reliable service and fastest internet connection. Because I am on call for my company one week each month, I need to have the best coverage possible, no exceptions. My company kindly subsidizes up to $100 a month for my cell phone bill, and I am responsible for paying any amount over $100.
Me and my wife have been on a currently unlisted AT&T plan which includes 700 minutes of anytime calling. This costs $60 for the first phone and $10 for the extra line. We are also each on a 3gb data plan for $30 each for 2 data plans. We are also on a pay per use text messaging plan. Our monthly bill (before taxes) has been $130 ($60 + $10 + $30 + $30).
I learned a while ago that there are many apps that allow us to text and instant message for free using our data plan and not our text plan. Using free messaging programs saves us $30 a month for the useless (to us) “unlimited texting” plan that AT&T offers. For free text programs that use data instead of text messages, look to Kakao Talk, Google Voice, or WhatsApp. If you’re an iPhone user, you probably already know that messaging other iPhone users with iMessage is free.
I have found that we have never gone over 2GB a month for data usage, even though we are constantly browsing the web, downloading apps, streaming radio and music. Most people simply don’t need those expensive unlimited data plans, and yet they still pay for it.
Last week I decided it was time to negotiate another rate decrease on my cell phone bill.