How To Save Money On Phone Bills

Abhinav Thakur
3 min readMar 16, 2021
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It hit me like a bus when I saw, how much it cost to keep a phone active. The line charges, the data charges and the phone cost all rolled into one seemed like just too expensive. After optimizing for our investments and spending through Personal Capital, I was looking at other ways to optimize spending.

AT&T used to be my network carrier when I was in Florida. After moving to the remote town of Bagdad in Arizona, I had to switch to Verizon because that was the only carrier which serviced that area. I started out with a flip phone and then switch to a smart phone. Between my wife and I having a phone each, our Verizon monthly bill used to run over a hundred dollars with a 2GB data plan. And then I came across this post from Frugal Professor.

It became clear to me that I was clearly being suckered into paying too much for a basic necessity. These days internet and phones are in fact basic needs just like food and water. More so in the age of Covid-19 when you need these to stay in touch with people you cannot physically meet. Upon doing some research I found the world of MVNOs.

What is an MVNO?