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Cheaper cell phone bills will be the wave of the future

Cheaper cell phone bills will be the wave of the future

Clark Howard January 26, 2015
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The cellphone industry is going through the most historic shift in pricing we’ve seen in almost 2 decades. But how low will prices go?

$10 will be the new norm for cellphone bills

Verizon and AT&T have a dirty little secret they don’t want you to know: Their cost of providing service to you has collapsed. They’re offloading about 80% of their traffic onto wifi without you knowing it.

We’re already seeing some reliable options that price out around $10 a month from competitors. Republic Wireless has a $10 a month no-contract plan for unlimited talk and text on a cellular network, though there’s no data except on wifi.

The latest price cut in the industry comes from Boost Mobile, which has just announced $35 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 2.5 GB of data. That’s a flat $35 a month, no contract.

The prices are going to keep going down, down, down!

Next up, Google is poised to become a wireless provider. They’re rumored to bring their offering live first in Puerto Rico. But very quickly, they’ll offer nationwide cellphone service at a fraction of what AT&T and Verizon charge you.

Want another sign of the times? Regional cable provider Cablevision is reportedly offering a poor man’s cellular that will work exclusively on wifi networks for $9.95 a month.

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Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer expert who shows consumers ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. His radio show is heard every day on more than 200 radio stations throughout North America. Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for Clark; it's a way of life. As a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and best-selling author, the Atlanta-based consumer champion is dedicated to helping Americans of all means get ahead in life.
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