How To Cut Your Phone Bill (And Your Clutter)

This post is a collaboration with Public Mobile – get ready to have your frugal socks rocked by an actually-affordable cell phone option in Canada.

When I first started tracking my spending, my phone bill was this consistently awful part of my month. I’d be totally on track to hit my spending goals, and bam – like clockwork, my phone bill would show up with extra data charges, or a long-distance call I forgot I had made.

Plus, the base rate was just nuts, all on its own.

I would watch with barely-contained jealousy at the amazing deals that would pop up in the States, like Republic Wireless and Google Fi, and shake my head.

“I wish we had better options in Canada,” was basically my cell phone motto as I counted down the days until cell-phone-contract freedom.

My options for cutting down my phone bill were pretty limited, and generally involved one of the following situations.

  1. Getting a much cheaper plan, but spotty coverage.
  2. Staying with my current plan until the day I die, because my phone company tried to upsell me about once a week on a new, much more expensive plan.

Literally. Those were my choices.

Those are bad choices.

That’s why I was so genuinely stoked to find out about Public Mobile in Canada. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to.

Public Mobile is basically the best parts of the big phone companies – a national network with full coverage, plus loyalty discounts if you stay with them for a long time – and the most awesome things about newer phone options. Those awesome things include no contracts, choosing exactly what you want to pay for, and not paying for things you don’t want.

You guys know I am all about not paying for things you don’t even use. Remember that time I saved over $1,000 just by eliminating useless payments? I do, and so does my bank account.

You know what else I’m all about, though? Is getting rid of stuff you don’t use.

Reading the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is actually one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place, so imagine my excitement when I found out that there was a cellphone option in Canada that allowed you to get rid of useless payments, and get rid of useless stuff at the same time.

Actually, no, don’t imagine it. Let me show you in person.

In case you don’t feel like watching me be a dork on camera, here’s the deal.

Public Mobile will make you a stellar trade as part of their #SIMSwap campaign. You trade them a useless item – think pen-that-has-no-ink-left, or gum wrapper – and they’ll send you a free SIM card. 

You can use that Public Mobile SIM card to sign up for cell phone service that actually fits your life, and save money in the process. Want data, but could live without texting or phone calls? They’ve got you covered. Want a basic phone plan, and to rely on wifi for your internet needs? They can do that, too.

Now, ok, of course there are limits to what can score you a free SIM card here. Some things are just big enough to be too useless, aka too expensive to swap. I’d recommend not trying to send them your old couch or your ancient refrigerator, but otherwise, go for gold.

All you have to do to score your free Public Mobile SIM card? Tweet or Instagram them an image of the useless item you’d like to swap using the hashtag #SIMSwap and their handle @publicmobile.

And if you’re wondering why anyone would trade you anything for your old stuff, like I was when I found that horrifyingly old hair tie in my junk drawer? Well, here’s the deal. Public Mobile is running this campaign because they want more Canadians to experience what a flexible, actually-fits-your-life-and-budget phone plan feels like (spoiler alert, it’s good.)

Want to score an even better deal?

If a free SIM card is good, a free phone is even better.

I know.

It’s crazy, but Public Mobile wants to give one of you guys a free phone. Specifically, I’m going to choose a winner at random to receive a totally free Alcatel phone, care of Public Mobile, and a full year of free Public Mobile cell service. To be eligible, here’s what you need to do.

  • Live in Canada.
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me if you’ll be participating in #SIMSwap, or what useless item you’d trade in for a free SIM card.

Seriously, that’s it.

Drop me a comment about what useless thing you’d trade in as part of the #SIMSwap campaign, and you’re entered in the draw to win a free phone and a full year of cellphone service.

If your cell phone bill is anything like mine was? That’s like, at least $1000 you’ll be able to put towards something way more fun this year.

The draw will close on August 30th, 2016, so make sure to comment before then to be entered! I mean, unless you don’t want free cell phone service and a free phone (can I call you moneybags? I might have to from now on.)

The content is now closed, and the winner will be contacted via email – thank you all for participating!