Like most of us, you probably get your cell phone service from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint. Those are the big kahunas that dominate the wireless industry — but they also charge the highest prices.
Maybe you’ve thought of switching to a different carrier, but you’re not sure it would be worth it. Exactly how much money would you really save? It’s hard to know for sure, right?
Actually, it’s easier to find out than you might think. The wireless company Pure TalkUSA has a handy digital calculator that’ll tell you exactly how much money you could be saving on your cell phone bill. All you have to do is answer four quick questions.
The average family of four saves about $70 per month by switching, the company reports. That adds up to $840 a year. Think about what you could do with $840.
A More Affordable Version of AT&T Starting at $20/Month
Pure TalkUSA uses AT&T’s wireless network — but doesn’t charge as much. Think of it as a generic-brand version of AT&T. You get roughly the same product for noticeably less money.
Its cell phone plans start at $20 per month and include unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data. If you want unlimited talk, text and data, you can get a plan starting at $55 a month. (How much are you paying for unlimited data now? Exactly.)
Plus, you can get 50% off your first month when you get started here.
Oh, and if you’ve got a family, the more phone lines you have on a single plan, the more of a discount you’ll get. If you add a second line, you get 10% off your total bill. Add a third line and get 15% off. That means if you need a family plan, you can get a really good deal.
Make the Switch and Potentially Save Hundreds This Year
If you want to give Pure TalkUSA a try, you can bring your own phone or buy a phone through its website. Right now, you can snag a $250 discount on any iPhone with select plans.
If you’re not sure how much data you need, check your existing phone plan to see how much you use on average. If for some reason you hit your monthly capacity, no worries. You won’t get charged overage fees. Instead, you can just upgrade your plan for more data anytime.
And if Pure TalkUSA doesn’t turn out to be your cup of tea, don’t worry. Because you’re not tied to a contract, you can cancel your service any time. Heck, if you cancel your service within the first 30 days, you can get a full refund.
So, see for yourself how much you can save. You just might be able to put more than $800 back in your wallet this year.
Mike Brassfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.