Hopefully you are already, but maybe there is room for improvement.
Check In with your Current Plan
If you haven't logged into your online account for your cell provider, or looked at a bill in some time, you should. Cell phone companies are constantly changing their plans and types of offerings, for example giving a streaming service for free (HBO Max, Netflix). It wouldn't hurt to take a look.
Either login to your online portal for your cell phone service and try to change your plan from there, call the customer service line to chat with an agent, or go into your cell phone provider's store.
We’ve all seen the commercials that claim HUGE savings and incentives if you switch cell phone providers. They aren’t lying. If you are in a place where you’re looking to save some money, go ahead and claim some incentives by switching it up. It’s typically a painless process that can be done over the phone and in person.
Ever Think About Prepaid?
Maybe you are trying to cut costs even more. There are reasons why somebody would want to stay with a company like AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. One of those reasons is they all offer decent programs to get a hot new phone for a small monthly payment, for some us it is also that it's easier when there are multiple devices on one account.
Don’t worry about there being an issue with network quality. Of the popular prepaid companies that exist they are owned and operated by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. They do use the exact same networks.
You DO need to have your own device already to begin using it on a prepaid network, but there are many ways you can buy a device for pre-paid if you don't have one yet. If you're looking at using a smartphone on prepaid, make sure it is an "unlocked" device before purchasing. If you are leaving your current carrier for another carrier, or pre-paid, you will need to ask the carrier you purchased your phone from to unlock your device. Most companies have a form on their website for this.
(This article is not intended to be a promotion for any cell phone providers. Just a useful reminder to check in on your own bills, like we do for large properties all over Chicago.)