I consider cell phone bills as “painful” bills I have to suffer. Yes, I know we can’t live without them now, but over the past four or five years, I have paid Globe Telecom an average of P2,200 each month. On bad months, I even spend more than P3,000 on calls. That’s about P25,000 each year!
But thanks to the wonders of market forces and competition, I somehow managed to get a free second cellphone while drastically reducing my cell phone bills.
1. I got a SUN cellular line.
A couple of months ago, SUN cellular came up with an uber cheap promo where you sign up for a P999 monthly plan, and you get 3 cellphones with 3 separate lines with unlimited texts and calls to other SUN subscribers! I got one of the phones, and my mom and my sister got the rest.
Now, I have two cell phones with two bills – P2,200 for Globe and P333 for Sun.
2. I downgraded my Globe line.
Unfortunately, SUN cellular’s network isn’t reliable enough yet for me to give up my Globe line, and most of my contacts are still on Globe and Smart Communications networks. So, I downgraded my plan from P1,800 per month to P1,200. I can’t go much lower since I use my cell phone for work.
If I stick to the P1,200 plan, my monthly cell phone spending would only be P1,533 per month — P667 less than my usual bill each month!
3. I claimed my rewards
Here’s the best part. When I called Globe Telecom to ask for a plan downgrade, I was told that I was already qualified for loyalty rewards. I get P600+ in rebates every month for 24 months! That’s about P15,000 in two years!
My total savings:
Original monthly phone bill: P2,200
New monthly phone bill: P1,200 (Globe) + P333 (SUN) – P600 = P933
Savings: P1,267 per month, or P30,408 over two years
Hmm, you think I can “claim” those savings now and buy myself the Nikon digital SLR camera I’ve been wanting for so long? =) Hehe.