Are Your Cell Phones Giving You Monthly Bill Shock?

Put an end to bill shock with these tips for cell phones

Are cell phones killing your budget…bankrupting you…causing family tension…in danger of sending you to the poor house? If so, you’re not alone. Every month people the world over are opening their cell phone bills and receiving heart-stopping shocks. If you’re tired of this happening to you, here are a few ideas to use to put a stop to this crazy cycle.

U.S. Government to the Rescue?

In Europe when cell phone users are close to their allotted minutes, they receive a message from the carrier warning them. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States is now considering taking the same action.

If this happens, anytime you are about to exceed your minutes, your carrier must send you a message telling you this. After that, it’s up to you to cut back on usage, quite using your phone for the rest of the month, or continue using it and paying the consequences later.

T-Mobile already has a plan in place…sort of. To keep their customers from going over on their minutes, they slow your Internet connection down until your next billing cycle. This limits how much you use your phone because the service is so much slower.

If your cell phone bill is eating you alive each and every month, and you can’t wait until these changes come about and don’t like having your connection slowed down, try prepaid cell phones.


With StraightTalk, you won’t get any more unpleasant surprises when it comes to bill time. For $30 a month, you get 30 days of service and 1,000 minutes plus 1,000 texts or picture messages. When you run out of minutes, you run out. The meter doesn’t keep running shocking you with overage charges at the end of the month.

If 1,000 minutes and texts isn’t enough, for $45 per month you can get unlimited minutes and texts. At the end of each month, you pay either $30 or $45, depending on your plan without ever having a contract.

With StraightTalk, you have a wide variety of phones to choose from. Everything from LGs, to Motorola’s and Samsung cell phones are available.


Tracfone is another great cell phone company when it comes to having a cell phone without the worry of shocking overage charges. Tracfone offers automatic plans starting at just $9.99 per month. For this amount, you get 50 minutes of phone time and 30 days of service.

If you buy a phone that comes with automatic double minutes, you can automatically double that amount and get 100 minutes of phone time each month. Like StraightTalk, Tracfone has a variety of phones to choose from including LG, Motorola, and Samsung. These phones do many of the same things others do including video, phone, email and Internet access.

Cell phones are a great convenience — the shocking bills that come with them are a great inconvenience. If you’re looking for a way to regain control of your finances and feel that your cell phone is a great place to start, try these suggestions.