By changing a few ways in which you use your mobile, you can save a lot of money – both for yourself, and for the world. Here are a few ways to cut down on your bill, and some more ways to change your mobile usage to help the environment.
Monitoring the Usage
Many subscribers pay for a larger plan than they need, resulting in wasted money to the phone companies. If you notice that you rarely go over 500 minutes per cycle, but you are paying for 1,000 minutes, downgrade your plan.
Earn Cash back
Next, attempt to earn cash back on your plan. Websites such as Quidco pay commission to certain mobile carrier customers when those customers click on links. Some sites pay a straight commission for clicking or buying, but some are a percentage of the eventual purchase from the links. These sites may charge a small fee, but if you use them diligently, you will earn money off of them.
Recycle your old phone
Also, when you decide you would like a mobile upgrade, do not just throw away the old one. See if you can sell your mobile phone, either to a third party or to a provider, for some money to put toward a new model. This way, you are both eco friendly with phone recycling and economically savvy for your own wallet. You may also donate it, as many carriers take donations inside their stores.
Finding different ways to contact customer services
Since many charge per minute, you may end up paying hefty charges when you need to speak with a company representative. You may use the free app downloadable for smart phones, which changes digits within service numbers to make them free. Then, the calls simply deduct from your cyclical minutes.
Go on a SIM only plan
There are also several methods to make your mobile usage eco friendly. Several savers, such as selling, donating, or recycling your mobile, have already been discussed. You may also try to obtain a SIM only deal; you can find out more about these deals with this guide to SIM only plans. This can benefit you when you are ready to change service carriers. With SIM only you change the service only without necessitating new equipment. If you already have a smart phone that you like, such as a Blackberry or iPhone, you may not want to “downgrade” to a lesser phone with which you are not familiar.
In addition, look at the charging methods of different phones. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you may consider phones with chargers that use solar or kinetic energy, rather than non-renewable electric sources. This can also help you save money, as you will pay less on your electric bill to charge your phone.
A little bit of research
Do some of them have more eco friendly records than others? If so, they may be the ones more likely to offer more eco friendly options in the future. They will also be more likely to allow you choices such as SIM only upgrades and mobile recycling.