A Quick Way to Cut Your Cell Phone Bill

A Quick Way to Reduce Your Cell Phone Bill

Probably the most dramatic way to slash your cell phone costs is to switch to a pay-as-you-go plan and use your mobile phone only for emergencies.  This is my tactic, but I know it’s not an option for most people who work outside the home.  So why not check to see if you can get an employee or student discount on your current plan?

Companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile offer discounts —- as high as 25% off —- to thousands of corporations, government agencies, and schools.

To cash in on the discount, all you need to do is to enter your employer-issued email address into the phone company’s website. If your email address matches up with the phone company’s list of qualified businesses, you’re in the money.

Tip: Many universities offer free email addresses to their students and alumni.

Almost Too Good to Be True

We were chugging along paying full price for my husband’s Verizon cell phone service until I revisited a Money magazine article — 35 Minutes to Riches — that I had clipped three years ago. (Talk about procrastination!)

Buried among the 47 quick tips was a blurb on employee cell phone discounts that caught my eye. I went to verizonwireless/getdiscount and typed in my hubby’s work email address. Within seconds he received a congratulatory email with instructions on how to sign up for a 19% discount!

It’s Up to You to Claim the Discount

My husband has been working at this hospital for a year and a half, but we were unaware of the cell phone benefit. Informational flyers can get buried in the mountains of paperwork you receive when starting a new job. And because phone companies are not motivated to publicize these offers, it’s up to us to find out about the programs and claim the discount.

Just for fun, I typed hubbie’s email address into the AT&T and Sprint sites. Even though he doesn’t have service with these carriers, he would have gotten a 23% Sprint discount, a 13% Nextel discount, as well as an AT&T discount.

Since T-Mobile requires a T-mobile phone number to start investigating special offers, I wasn’t able to check that one out. But according to their site, if your company qualifies, you can request a corporate discount of up to 15%.

Start Saving Money Now

To find out if your employer or school has been offered mobile phone discounts, here’s where to start clicking — and cashing in:





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  • Ruumide Rent January 1, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Great advice! Switching to prepaid can save you a lot of money every month. That is a good idea. I haven’t been using it. Thanks

  • John @ Cell Phone Lookup February 24, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Amy, thanks for this link – http://www.verizonwireless.com/getdiscount – I appreciate it. Until running across this article I didn’t think I could qualify for any discounts with Verizon. And it’s still the same, but I can get a discount for my son through his school. And since I am paying the bill, it’s a nice savings. Thanks for this post and your other article!

    • Amy March 5, 2011, 9:29 pm

      Hi John,

      Great, I’m glad you found it helpful!

      Thanks for writing in,

  • Zack Ralfy January 30, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Great advice! Switching to prepaid can save you a ton of money every month. Straight talk, which can be found at your local walmart has a plan for only $45 a month for unlimited calls and text. Plus, I didn’t have to sign a contract. How much better can that get??!!

    • Amy January 31, 2011, 6:06 am

      Hi Zack,

      I totally agree about prepaid. I have Virgin’s pay as you go phone, and it really works for me as I only use the phone for emergencies.

      Good to know about Walmart’s deal too!

  • Lisa C May 26, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I actually switched to prepaid because my carrier wouldn’t work with me and I was fed up with the ridiculous bills every month. I went to Net10 and cut my bill to 1/4 of what is was. I realized I was paying for minutes I wasn’t using because I’m a bigger texter than talker and Net10 allows me to customize my minutes/texts month to month. I can’t believe I’m saving this much money, but still talking and texting almost the same.

    • Amy May 27, 2010, 11:52 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Great news! I love that you were able to save a lot of money without having to change your life. I too use a prepaid cell phone (from Virgin Mobile) and pay about $6 per month total. Of course I rarely use the cell phone — just for emergencies.

      Thanks for writing in!

  • Tina @ Life Without Pink May 14, 2010, 8:31 am

    Oh added you to my blog roll so I can share with others!

  • Tina @ Life Without Pink May 14, 2010, 8:31 am

    What a great blog! I recently just came across your site and LOVE the information you provide. Look forward to reading more.

    • Amy May 14, 2010, 9:05 pm

      Wonderful! It’s great to hear from you, Tina. I’m glad the information can be of use, and thanks for putting me on your blogroll!