It’s been over a month since the great experiment to slash our cell phone bill in half began. Like all the
exciting scary adventures in our marriage, I made Mr. P go first. Ziplining, cenote jumping, breaking up with Sprint and spending a month with Boost Mobile. Now that thirty days have passed, I’m ready to dish on the service, the true cost, the biggest snag, and if I’m ever going to take the plunge.
A Month with Boost Mobile
When we first decided to make the switch, we wanted to choose a carrier that used a network that we were already using. That didn’t stop me from being particularly nervous. While it was clear from the start that Boost Mobile worked just as well at our house, around our town, and at Mr. P’s work, I was hesitant to write anything definitive until we branched out. And by branched out, I mean visited the cornfields.
Not only did Mr. P’s phone work fine the entire drive from the Chicago suburbs up to my parents’ cottage in Wisconsin, he even got service from the middle of the lake. And yes, while we drove through cornfield after cornfield. Phone calls, group messages, web browsing. It all worked just as well as Sprint. In fact, he swears his phone stays on LTE more often and runs faster now.
But What Does it Really Cost?
Ever the skeptic, I was fully prepared for the second bill to be more than the first. Sure, I knew they promised $50 a month for unlimited everything for the first line. But there’s always a catch. Always.
And there is. At least, sort of. The second Boost Mobile bill just cleared our Discover card, and Mr. P actually paid $50.72. Before you think that these are the world’s lowest taxes and fees, know this. Because he signed up for auto bill pay, he receives a $5 discount. And then he pays those pesky taxes and fees. Still, when you remember that his phone bill was over $80 with Sprint, it’s hard to not call this a win. The real savings, though, happens if I switch. We can add my line for an extra $30.
The Single Hiccup
That’s not to say that the switch has been entirely smooth sailing. Aside from having to buy a SIM card for $15, there’s been one other hiccup that’s been a bit more costly and infinitely more frustrating. Sprint still hasn’t credited our account for the final bill. After a half dozen phone calls that ended with promises to prorate the bill for the month, nada. Mr. P has pledged to put himself back in customer service limbo one more time this week. After that, he’ll notify Discover and see if they can do anything for us. Otherwise, we’ll consider the $30 a parting gift. Because you can only spend so much of your life on hold listening to that awful music, right?
My contract is up with Sprint this month, and I can’t wait to make the switch. After watching Mr. P spend a month with Boost Mobile, I can’t think of a single reason not to make the switch. Since we both brought over our iPhones that we had purchased, there’s no real risk. If we switch to a lesser plan, no worries. If we test out another low-cost carrier, fine. If we let one of the big wig companies lure us back with a new customer promotion, we’ve got nothing to lose. In fact, we gained an extra $960 a year by switching to Boost Mobile. I’d say that makes this experiment a success.
Note: This isn’t a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links. It’s just the honest-to-goodness truth. If anything changes in terms of signal or service, you can bet that I’ll post an update.
So Tell Me…What’s been your most successful money saving experiment lately?