Ditch your phone
STEP 1: Get a data-only plan. We’re on T-Mobile (US), but AT&T has some great ones too. Just make sure your carrier knows you ONLY need a tablet data plan with NO VOICE, otherwise you’ll be paying as much as a typical phone plan. (Our data plan only costs us $10/month each!)
STEP 2: Get an incoming number. There are a few different ways to do this, but my personal fav is via Google Hangouts. It’s free, and you can receive incoming calls OR incoming texts (via the Google Hangouts app). Step-by-step guide coming soon, subscribe via the bar at the top to be updated when we hit publish!
STEP 3: To make the initial process easier, have your current mobile phone number set up to forward all calls and texts to your new Google number. Make your Google voicemail something that informs callers your number is changing soon, and to make note of the new one.
Ditch your internet
This is not an absolute necessity, but isn’t hard to do if you’re not a heavy internet user, and can save a TON of $$ even if you are a moderate internet user.
STEP 1: Assess your current internet usage as well as possible. Do you stream a lot of movies (can you rent movies instead)? Or do you only occassionally view short videos on YouTube or similar services? Do you browse Facebook or Twitter a lot (can you cut back to only certain times of the day)? This is a vital step to switching to the most cost-effective data plan.
STEP 2: Turn off cellular data usage on as many apps as you can within the Settings app on your device. For instance, I have Facebook and Instagram set to only auto-play videos when I’m on a wifi network, and for games that don’t have any necessary online features, I turn cellular usage off, as well.
STEP 3: Get a data-tracking app to make sure you aren’t going over and costing yourself extra data charges (or just losing your LTE speeds if you’re on T-Mobile). After trying a TON, our fav is Data Usage Pro.