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Written by Omie Ismail   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 03:28
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Mobile Text and International Fees:

I have to admit, it took me a while to find the fees on my Verizon wireless account. By default, my account shows a summary of the fees only. Digging down however, I found one fee that I should never have been paying. For whatever reason, Verizon has been charging me a $3.99 fee for an international calling plan on each of our family lines. I found that interesting because we never make international calls from our mobile phones - that’s why we still have Vonage. So I was paying $8 a month for something of absolutely no value. Now that's us, but maybe you aren’t affected by the international charge but take a minute to check it out. It adds up to $48 per year per line.

The charge that really gets me is for a service that can be had for free. If you have a smart phone with Internet access, there really is no reason to pay for texting. You can text or instant message for free with numerous applications including mobile Skype. You may get hit with the $0.20 fee for the inbound text that you receive, but if you respond to that person with your free text account and let them know to reply to you there, you'll should save another $60 a year.

Annual Fee Savings: $50+ Each

Eliminating any one of these expenses doesn't seem like that much money.  But if you're as wired as I am, the savings can easily add up to over $500 a year. I am sure that's money that you can put to better use in your retirement account. Of course, you might have other charges that differ from mine, but a careful review of your telecom bills will usually turn up a few expenses that can be eliminated with a single phone call.

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Arlene |2011-04-25 14:00:21
Listen up guys! My cable bill was my most hated - higher and higher for less and less. So I finally canceled, got some converter boxes (4 TV's), and had a new antenna put on our roof. 65 stations free over-the-air! All of our locals (and most of them are offering 3 or 4 channels, which your cable provider will never tell you), 3 PBS stations with a total of 10 channels altogether, and lots of new indies, and new channels added all the time. Ad all in free HD, because that is what all over-the-air signals are now anyway. The best thing I ever did - try it!
snewell |2011-01-24 18:53:05
We dropped Netflix and Dish. During Christmas we noticed that Dish was offering great packages for new customers, but nothing for long-term dedicated customers. We went with AT&T Uverse. We get HDMI cable, faster internet, cell phones, and landline. We saved about $48 per month and have more cable channels, way faster internet, everything is high definition...more for less all the way around. They change out their movies so we are not forced to watch the same movies over and over. It was cheaper to increase our cable package than keep Netflix and their new monthly rates this year!
Kevin |2010-11-25 15:12:29
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Ivan  - Google Voice |2010-08-24 13:26:49
I'm currently using Google voice to make international calls (I do this about once or twice a month) and it charges only $0.02 a minute with no extra charges. A friend of mine is using it to make ALL his cell phone calls, and its saving him quite a bit too. To do that you need a 3G phone with a data plan. But either way its a pretty good service from Google. I think you need an invite to get in tho, but i'm sure it'll be available to all pretty soon.
Baron |2010-08-18 13:11:12
where can I purchase a digital cable box online?
Paula Jo Dorrity  - If no Dish Network, how can I get TCM? |2010-05-24 18:40:05
Right now I subscribe to Dish Network, and although it is a great service, I am tired of paying $58 per month to basically just watch TCM. If you are disconnecting your cable or dish, how would you be able to watch TCM (Turner Classic Movies)?
Omiewon  - Try this first |2010-05-24 20:35:06
Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to get TCM. So if you have to have your TCM movies, call Dish and tell them you want the same deal that new subscribers get or you are going to switch to DirectTV. The package (200) that has Turner Classic is $37.99 for newbies for a year. So if you wanted to shave about $20 a month without changing anything, you could do this. DirectTV has a package at $29.99 for a year that has TCM. In both cases though, you will see the rate jump after a year. only has movie clips which is unfortunate. Many loyal viewers are in exactly your shoes, paying the hefty cable/satellite just to watch one channel. It's often the same for HBO, but the difference is you can see many HBO movies/series on Netflix. Many viewers are hoping for a Netflix add on or a streaming directly from TCM, but that seems unlikely to happen since the cable/sat. guys generate most of their revenue.

I'd get aggressive on negotiating with your provider and show them what they are offering other people. If they tell you the deal is only for new subscribers, tell them if that's the case you'll be a new DirectTV subscriber.
Cheapskate  - Trim The Fat |2010-05-22 09:33:59
I have 12 Mbs internet only from my cable company. My GSM mobile phone is set for voice only, and is 100% unlimited for domestic use. $57 a month. I have a Magicjack for backup. (And it works great!) A very good digital broadcast antenna can be made from junk, the sites are out there with instructions. I won't buy TV, which is ad supported. It's all still more than I wish to pay, but it's as good a value as I can muster for what I get.
Jen  - Before you drop cable.... |2010-05-14 10:19:22
Check the "basic" package. We were about to drop cable all together with Comcast and realized that they discount the internet if you have cable TV. The basic package plus the discounted internet was $5 less for us than full priced internet alone.
thecolor  - agreed limited basic... |2010-05-14 10:45:19
There is a package they won't show online or most anywhere else or even tell you about... but your bill will show the break down... limited basic = $$ and then you have stuff tacked on. But, according to "comcast's TNC", you just have to have cable to get the internet discount.
lynx |2010-04-10 08:29:10
Cable company's in the US will not allow you to activate customer owned cable TV boxes on their network. You HAVE to rent them. You should probably correct that.
NeuroMan42  - Dumping Cable... |2010-04-08 19:33:55
Great idea actually. I have not had traditional Cable or TV for about 5 years now. I use the Channel sites, Hulu, or Netflix for everything.

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