Dollars & Sense: Cut Mobile Costs

15 Jan

Things are getting heated in the mobile industry, with AT&T and T-Mobile duking it out over their respective customers. Just one week after AT&T announced their offer of up to $450 in plan and device credits for T-Mobile customers, T-Mobile retaliated with an offer of up to $650 in credit for AT&T customers. Meanwhile, Sprint has done away with their annual device upgrade program, and no-contract plans are increasing in popularity as consumers become increasingly annoyed by strict agreements and erroneous fees.

With all the options available today, how do you know which plan is right for you? I stopped by the FOX31 Denver studio to chat with Good Day Colorado’s Kirk Yuhnke about ways to reduce mobile costs in 2014.

6 Responses to “Dollars & Sense: Cut Mobile Costs”

  1. Debt BLAG January 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    Notably absent in these battles is Verizon, which is a real shame because Verizon has such better service here in New York. Still, I may not be able to stay away from T-mobile both because they cost less and don’t require a contract

    • Kendal January 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Agreed! Verizon is also the only carrier that doesn’t currently offer no-contract plans. Perhaps their coverage map makes them feel immune to these battles — I live in a semi-rural area and Verizon is the only carrier that gets consistent service.

  2. Travis @debtchronicles January 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    It’s true that people not only buy too much cell phone plan…but also too much cell phone! I have a Galaxy S4 (which in my defense I got free through a blogging opportunity), and it has all kinds of gadgets and features that I will never ever use. If I were actually going to buy a phone (for full price), there’s no reason I would need to pay $600 for a phone.

    Awesome to see you on Video, Kendal!!!

    • Kendal January 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Good point, Travis. I have an iPhone 5 purchased by my work and don’t use all the features. In fact, just last night I used Siri for the first time just to try it out! That’s the beauty of no-contract plans where you can purchase a more basic smartphone for much less than $650 and not be pressured by carriers to upgrade or use certain devices. Thanks for commenting!

  3. David January 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    I just heard that AT&T announced a new and cheaper famly plan. Every time I hear a new release from these companies I get way too overwhelmed.

    • Kendal January 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      The fine print associated with deals, promotions and contracts is absolutely ridiculous! They count on people becoming overwhelmed and just signing the document. That is NOT good customer service and I think it’s another reason why no-contract plans are getting popular. Thanks for commenting!