A Smartphone Bill Feels Anything But Smart

A Smartphone Bill Feels Anything But Smart

Like an invasive species, smartphones are everywhere. They’re on the bus, in the coffee shop, at the office, and on your pile of monthly bills.

While you may beg to differ after listening to the guy ahead of you at Starbuck’s yell last night’s exploits into his very own smartphone, the bill pile is the most annoying place a smartphone can appear.

We’re no longer just paying a phone bill, the Wall Street Journal reminds us. Now we’re shelling out for texting and a data plan to the point where the average American family is spending $107 per month on cellphone bills. That’s $1,284 per year. On phones.

The WSJ has a handful of tips to take control of outlandish phone bills—one of our favorites is calling 800-GOOG-411 or 800-FREE-411 instead of $2 directory-assistance calls.

And perhaps you can get the best of both worlds—a reimbursement for your stone-age cell phone could cover a month’s charges for your shiny new smartphone.

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