Are you one of those who feel dizzy each time you look at your monthly mobile bill? Well, join the club. No matter how hard many of us try to curb our bills, we invariably end up in the same situation month after month wondering where we went wrong. It seems like the mobile phone has become an efficient tool of siphoning our hard-earned money. The bills have so much of technical jargon and fine print that it only serves to add to the confusion.
We at Techtree have put together some very useful tips that can help you tide over this problem. A close study of the bill is your first step out of this misery.
A common misconception is that SMS is always cheaper than making a call, but this is not always true. With certain talk plans, making calls is actually cheaper. Most mobile service providers have mobile-to-mobile plans of 50 paise or less per minute at a nominal monthly rent. This makes it cheaper to make short calls rather than exchanging 4-5 SMSes of Re 1 each (in case of SMS conversation). Also, it is more effective to talk within a minute than to send a single SMS.
Avoid calling landlines while roaming, as such calls are more expensive than calling mobile phones. Calls are generally cheaper than SMS in this case too; SMS costs Rs 2 while calls can cost anywhere between Re 1 and 3 depending on the plan. A roaming plan also lets you call anywhere in India at Re 1 per call and therefore it is an attractive option.
Make sure that you stick to the same service provider even while roaming. For example, if you are a Vodafone subscriber in your hometown, manually select Vodafone network in your mobile phone's network settings even when you are in another city. In case that network is unavailable, select an alliance network which you can find on your mobile service provider's website. If you use any other network, you may end up paying heavy interconnect charges.
If you stream data, like watching YouTube videos, you may easily end up with a huge bill at the end of the month. You can reduce the amount of data transfer by disabling images and sounds from the Internet settings of your mobile phone. Better still, you can go for certain mobile service providers who do not charge for downloads at all, though the Internet speeds are invariably slower in such cases. If you are a heavy user and need GPRS, it is better to go for a flat rate unlimited subscription.