Well, the Super Shuttle is coming in about 20 hours to pick me up for FinCon (eep!), so this won’t be the prettiest post in the world. But I wanted to make sure you guys know about a limited time offer (and an ongoing one) that will reward you for decreasing your phone bill.
Let’s start with the limited-time offer:
Ooma is an incredible (and incredibly cheap) phone service.
The company offers VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which is essentially a landline run through your Internet connection. This is the same type of service you’d get from Vonage or your cable provider. All of the companies offer the same benefits. You can read the full list of features in this post but the highlights are free local and long-distance calls, call waiting, voicemail, etc.
Most providers charge around $30 for the service. Ooma only bills you for the taxes and fees associated with the line. Those vary by state (and slightly by month), so I can’t tell you exactly what you’d pay. But I can say that we’ve been using Ooma for more than two years and have never paid more than $5 a month. Usually, it’s under $4.50.
Of course, nothing is perfect. You’ll need the base unit to get started, and that’ll set you back a cool $100. That said, your savings mean the unit will pay for itself within four months. And if you’re nervous about the investment, know that there’s a 30-day, risk-free return period if you buy through the Ooma site.
And now there’s one more incentive to switch: New customers get a $20 Amazon gift card for joining.
Just as an FYI, it looks like this is an exclusive referral deal. That means you would have to use one of the links in this post to activate the offer, so if you’re not comfortable with that… Well, the savings alone make it worth joining Ooma without a referrer. And you can always contact customer support to see if it will apply the deal as a courtesy.
It looks like the deal is set to expire in mid-January. I got an email saying it ended on October 31st, but it may just have been the deadline for the referral special.
Yes, “referral special” means that I’ll get a bonus if two people sign up. But that’s not why I’m recommending the service. (It just reminded me that I haven’t talked about Ooma in a bit.) I talk about it on here because it’s a fantastic way to save.
If you’ve wanted a landline (but hated other companies’ prices) or if you’re using (and feeling ripped off by) another VoIP company, then you owe it to yourself to try Ooma. I hope this deal will convince you to finally give it a try.
Not interested in a landline? Well, here’s a way to save on your cell phone!
Ting is a no-contract, post-paid service that only charges you for the amount of service you use. The company charges you based on tiers of usage.
It’s been a bit since I reported on our phone bills, so let me catch you up.
You guys may recall that our first and second months’ bills were each $17.46 after taxes and fees. That’s because we stayed under 100 minutes, 100 texts and 100 MB of data. Each one cost $3, plus the phone charge of $6.
We (read: I) got more liberal with data usage in the third and fourth months. Even so, we kept it under 500 MB, so we still only paid $10 for the data. So each bill was $24.53 after taxes and fees.
It’s comforting to know that even if we got really data-happy, a full GB would only be $16 total (total pre-tax bill: $28). Heck a second gigabyte is only another $4.
These ridiculously low rates are why I endorse Ting so much. We get the Sprint network, which so far has been great. And we (like all new referrals) got a $25 credit to our account. Since the average Ting customer only pays about $25 a month, you’re essentially getting your first month free!
I encourage you to go check out how much you can save with Ting. Go to the Rates section to see what you’d pay. There’s even a calculator option on that page, so you can plug in your specific usage and see how much you’d save each month.
What’s your favorite way to save on your phone bill?