Telephones & Phone Bill

Make a smart purchase on your next home phone and answering machine. Learn about the newest technologies like DECT 6.0. Cut your phone bill costs and find the very best tips for alternative phone service options such as cable, VOIP and more.

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  • Use free alternative services for making long-distance calls
    Skype users can call each other for free, or call landlines for $2.95 per month unlimited to the U.S. and Canada. offers free phone calls from a web browser. Google Voice offers a free permanent phone number for incoming calls that can [...]
  • Try a "10-10" number for instant savings on an international or long-distance call
    There are a multitude of phone service providers and resellers which you can access right now from your home phone by dialing an extra set of numbers before the regular phone numbers. These are called "10-10" numbers because those are the digits [...]
  • Consider eliminating a landline if you have a good cell phone plan
    So many people rely on cell phones today that landlines are becoming less and less necessary. If you have a good cell phone plan, consider eliminating your landline - you'll save between $20 to $50 per month.
  • Drop unwanted services
    In the age of auto-payments, many companies take advantage of the fact that most consumers don't review their bills in detail. By tacking on minor fees to your bill, they're able to increase their profit margin. Examine your phone bill to ensure you [...]
  • Make long-distance calls on off-hours or call from a cell phone
    Make long-distance calls when it's cheapest--during the 'off' hours. Usually these are nights and weekends, but check with your phone company for specifics. If you have a cell phone, try to make all of your long-distance calls from it during times [...]
  • Shop around for the best long distance rates to save money on phone bills
    With the increasing use of cell phones for long distance calls, many long distance providers for land lines are offering better rates than ever before and unlimited plans are now very common. Shop around to find the best prices for long distance [...]
  • Save money on long-distance calls by using a phone card
    Instead of paying for long distance service on a land line or cell phone, opt for long distance phone cards. Great deals can be found at warehouse clubs like Sam's and Costco, and international cards can often be found where University students hang [...]
  • Check your phone bill for questionable extras
    Few people thoroughly review their phone bills each month, especially with online and automatic bill payments becoming more popular. But often phone companies sneak in extra charges, which are worth disputing if questionable. State and local taxes [...]
  • Call "800" numbers when possible
    It's rare to find a business that doesn't have a toll-free number these days. Find the toll free number, which will start with 800, 866, 877 or 888, instead of paying for the call.
  • Temporarily suspend service when you're away
    If you're out of town for more than 60 days, temporarily suspend your phone service to cut down on costs. Call your phone company for details and rates.
  • Get a tax break on phones
    If you use a personal landline or cell phone for business purposes, you may be able to deduct a portion of the bill as a business expense. Check with your tax advisor or IRS office to see if this is an option for you.
  • Ask for a lower rate
    If you've been with a phone company for awhile, ask them to lower your rate. If you find that other companies offer similar programs for lower rates--even better! Have those rates available and cite them when you call your phone company.
  • Get a phone company-sponsored credit card to get discounts on your phone bill
    By signing up for a phone company sponsored credit card, you may be eligible for discounts on your monthly phone bill. Check with your provider to see if this is an option. Be sure to scrutinize the details. If they're truly offering a discount, it [...]
  • Refer friends and save money
    Most phone companies will give you a credit (ranging from $20 to $50) when you refer a new customer. Make sure your fiends mentions that you referred them to ensure you get the discount.
  • Compare rates and plans
    If you've been with the same landline phone company for awhile, it makes sense to shop around again. Long distance rates have dropped in recent years due to the rapid growth in cell phone usage. If you like your current carrier but find cheaper [...]
  • Don't pay for wrong numbers
    If you call the wrong number--particularly a long distance wrong number--let your phone company know immediately thereafter to avoid being charged for the call.
  • Keep an 'emergency' phone card in your wallet
    If you have to use a pay phone and don’t have any change, use the card rather than making an expensive collect call to your home phone.
  • Save money on phone bills by owning instead of renting a phone
    If for some reason you are one of the few people still renting a phone from the phone company, give it back! It is much cheaper to buy your own phone than to keep paying rental fees. Try Walmart, Kmart or other discount stores.
  • Consider a telephone credit card for monthly bill discounts
    Some telephone service providers offer credit cards. If you qualify, you can get a discount on your monthly bill when you pay with that credit card. Enquire with your local telephone company or do a Google search of phone credit cards to find out [...]
  • Low income families should consider government assistance programs for telephone service
    Some state governments provide assistance to low income families who need telephone service. If you are on government assistance, ask what programs are available to help. For cell phones, visit SafeLink for information on free cell phones for [...]
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