Cell Phone Savings: Tip-of-the-Day #152


Cell phone companies are pretty good at sharing things like rollover minutes and family plans, but there is one secret savings opportunity they won't tell you about upfront. It involves using a work or school e-mail address, so if you attend a college or work for a large company, you may be eligible!

Cell providers are always making deals with large companies (much like my article on corporate discounts with Fed Ex and UPS). In fact, they might have a corporate contract with your company already. As long as you have a work-related e-mail address, you may be able to save up to 25% on the cost of a traditional plan - just by being a "member" of the discounted group. It also works for colleges.

Many college e-mail addresses are easy to identify (they usually end in ".edu" and contain the college's name). If your college has a deal worked out with a cell phone provider, you will automatically qualify by using the school address. It's important that you ask upfront for any special deals, and many cellular Web sites will let you get a price quote instantly, based on the e-mail address you provide. Remember, these deals are usually unadvertised, so you may have to do a little digging to see what you qualify for. It's worth it!

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