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7 easy ways to cut mobile phone costs

Amid the ongoing challenge of the escalating cost of living, finding ways to reduce your monthly expenses and save money remains a top priority. Citro partner Tangerine explains how.

By Citro partner Tangerine

Get ahead of the game and tackle rising expenses. There are heaps of savings waiting to be discovered!

Below we offer some valuable suggestions to consider when you’re managing your mobile phone expenses. Quality and affordability can be the achievable duo! 

Don't miss out on discounts and offers

Most mobile service providers extend discounts and special offers to their customers, which can translate into substantial annual savings. These can include new customer discounts, double data deals, free months or bundle deals.

Avoid lock in contracts

Lock in contracts are very 2000 so it’s only fair that customers are opting for flexible plans that can be upgraded, downgraded or switched as needed. Don’t lock yourself into something when life can change.

Don’t pay for data you don’t use

The average data consumption among postpaid mobile customers in Australia is 14.5GB per month. If you find yourself paying for more data than you actually don’t use, you might be squandering your money.

Some providers offer the flexibility to adjust your data allowances each month. If you’re on a 200GB plan but only utilise 20GB of data, it's worth looking at switching to another plan.

Take advantage of databanks

Databanks allow you to save multiple months unused data to use in future months. 

Over Christmas and New Year we tend to use more data as we’re off from work and travelling around so you can save money by banking your data in the months prior to use when relaxing over summer.

At Tangerine, all customers on SIM only mobile plans have access to a minimum 500GB databank.

Consider second hand devices

Second-hand phones offer excellent value for individuals seeking to upgrade their phones without the hefty price tag of the latest models which keep increasing in price. Some newly refurbished devices come with 12-month warranties, providing even greater value to consumers.

Opting for a refurbished iPhone 12 128GB rather than a brand-new one can save you over $400.

You can also trade in old phones for cash or discounts, so it’s worthwhile to look through your drawers and cupboards for pre-loved devices to save some extra money.

Consider paying out your handset in full so you can switch

If you're currently paying off your handset, look at the potential savings you can make by unlocking your phone and embracing the affordability of a mobile provider like Tangerine.

Remember, your existing mobile number can be ported or transferred to a new provider.

Review roaming inclusions

Before embarking on a holiday, look at your providers roaming packs and inclusions, so you don’t rack up expensive unforeseen mobile bills.

Tangerine offer affordable roaming travel packs 7- and 14-Day Packs for use in over 65 destinations which give our customers flexibility across data and call inclusions while living their best life overseas!

Read more about how to secure your smartphone for travel in the Citro guide.

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Enjoy up to $100 cashback on your Citro Card when you activate any NBN, SIM-only mobile plan or mobile broadband service. All of Tangerine’s plans are no lock in contract.  Their mobile plans allow you to bring your mobile number across and operate on the Telstra Wholesale Mobile Network – for further information click here.

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