Are cell phones now number two on the household budget?
Upon reading this article I decided to review our AT&T bill which includes one home phone, two cell phones (one of which is a smart phone with a data plan) and our internet service.
This past month our bill was $202 (which is about $20 higher than normal). In studying the bill there are certainly charges that jump out at me. And of course each phone has separate surcharges and taxes which further ups the costs.
For my iPhone I have a data plan (unlimited) which my employer reimburses, $30, each month since I regularly use my phone for work. But, I don't have a texting plan and last month I had $6.00 in texts. I don't have a text plan because I don't normally text but others text me. I've thought about adding a text plan, but I always worry about changing my plan and losing my grandfathered in unlimited data plan. Frankly, I don't trust AT&T to change my plan without screwing up something else.
Mr. Sam doesn't have a smart phone so he calls directory assistance quite often, those calls are billed at $1.99 each and last month he had $7.96 in such charges.
We continue to maintain a home phone which Mr. Sam uses when he works at home. This past month he had $12 in long distance charges. After discussing whether to seek reimbursement for those charges from his employer we have decided not to because the amount he saves in gas by working at home far exceeds the telephone charges.
How about you, how much is your phone bill? Have you undertaken efforts to curb your phone bill or is it simply the price of being connected these days?