Ways to save on your landline
A lot of people haven’t used their phone landline service properly for years but need it to get broadband, while others prefer to chat ‘on the phone’, than use a mobile.
Whatever way, the vast majority are stuck with landline payments, but shopping around for the best deal and understanding your tariff is key to cutting the cost of your phone bill.
“Unlimited” phone plans sound great – but check which calls are actually covered. Just landlines? You’ll pay extra every time you call a mobile phone, abroad or on a premium rate number. If it’s an issue, see if you can save with a package including international calls or mobile minutes?
How long it’ll take: A morning
Internet access, so you can research and negotiate on price
Mobile phone with unlimited data, if you want to avoid having a landline
1. Cut the chat
Some call packages put time limits on free calls at 30 or 60 minutes. If you talk for longer, they start slapping on the charges. Know your limits, and if you’re still in full flow, put the phone down and redial.
2. Pay upfront
If you’ve got the spare cash, it’s usually cheaper to pay a lump sum for a whole year’s line rental, plus you’ll end up with lower monthly payments. Weigh up the benefit against being tied to your provider for another year.
3. Wonders of the web
Cut the cost of calls from your home phone by using the internet instead. Genius!
Take advantage of what the techies call ‘Voice over Internet Protocol’ (VoIP) to make free calls to other VoIP users, or free or cheaper calls to landlines.
Use the likes of Skype, Facetime and MSN Messenger (though with some versions of these you will have to pay) for free calls between two computers, smartphones or tablets.
Install apps like Skype, Viber and Google Talk on your smartphone, for free voice and video calls to people using the same app.
You know what, also think about if you just want to use your mobile and ditch your landline altogether, especially if you only want to use the internet now and then. Your local library can help you get on the web.