Stop Paying for These 3 Phone Plan Perks Amid the Pandemic

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As many people are facing financial hardships, finding ways to save money has become more important.

If you are looking for ways to cut costs, you might want to take a look at your cellphone bill. You may be paying for services you don’t need. Here are three things you might be able to cut from your plan in order to lower your bill.

1. International travel perks

As things stand, international travel is probably not going to be a major part of most of our lives in the foreseeable future. You might have international travel perks as an add-on service to your cellphone plan, or you may have even bought a high-end cellphone plan specifically because it included travel perks.

If this is the case, now is probably a good time to cancel the add-on or downgrade your plan. When things go back to normal, you always change your plan to include travel perks.

2. Mobile hotspot

Mobile hotspots, also called tethering, allows you to connect devices to the internet using your cellphone’s mobile data. This is a great perk for people who are on the go and want to stay connected while also avoiding unsafe public Wi-Fi.

However, if you are home most of the time, and you can use your home internet, having a mobile hotspot might be something you can ditch to save money. Like with international travel perks, mobile hotspot data is often an add-on feature to cellphone plans with its own separate monthly charge, or it may come included in higher-tiered cellphone plans.

If you are paying for a hotspot and not using it, look into canceling that add-on. If it’s included in your plan, check to see if you can save by downgrading to a plan that doesn’t include the hotspot.

3. Unlimited data

Having unlimited data is a great perk to have on your cellphone plan. Like with mobile hotspots, this is especially true if you are constantly on the go and don’t want to rely on public Wi-Fi.

But with the current climate, you are likely spending a lot more time at home, and there really isn’t any need to be paying for unlimited mobile data when you already have home internet. That’s basically paying twice for internet. Look into downgrading to a limited data plan. You won’t have to worry about overage charges: Those are a thing of the past. Nowadays, once you reach your data limit, your speeds will just be slowed down.

Limited data cellphone plans from smaller carriers can be significantly cheaper than unlimited plans from the major carriers. Here are just some of the most popular cellphone plans with limited data.

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