||Loralee H.: I’m in a telecommunications dilemma. I need a cell phone with a data package, a land line, 1000 long distance minutes and high speed internet. I live in Canada and my telecommunications expense is higher than my car payment.
||Answer: I am not familiar with the telecommunications market in Canada. However if the market is similar to the US, I have a few suggestions:
- Try to eliminate services with more modern options, example landline. Unless you have an alarm system at business that requires a landline, you should be able to eliminate your landline and replace it with voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services for a flat or pay-as-you-go rate that is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than landline services. Many VOIP services also include long distance within the US and Canada.
- Try reducing your bills based on relationships. For example, many cell phone providers will give discounts if you are affiliated with certain professional societies, companies, financial institutions, or if you are a new customer. See if you are eligible.
- Try bundling. Whatever you are unable to reduce you may be able to bundle with another service through one provider to receive discounts.
- If all else fails put the service in your name and home address rather than your business name and address if possible. Consumer rates are usually cheaper than business rates. This may create additional book-keeping work, thus you should weigh the benefits.
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