Consumer Reports: Simple ways to save on your cell phone plan

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It seems that cell phones bills continue to go up year after year but experts say there are a few things you can do to make sure you are not paying too much.

Consumer Reports looked at the carriers to determine which customers were getting the best deal.

When it comes to the big name providers, Consumer Reports says Verizon Wireless earned the highest score.

At the bottom of the list was Sprint, which received low marks for value, voice, text and 4G reliability.

One way to save money is to check into pre-paid plans instead of traditional two-year contracts.

Some pre-paid plans, such as “Straight Talk” sold through Wal-Mart, cost as little as $45 a month for talk, text and data.

Even if you’re in a traditional contract, check your bill closely to make sure you aren’t paying for more data than you really need.

Rosalind Tordesillas, with Consumer Reports, said, “Of the people we surveyed with a monthly data allowance, nearly 40 percent reported using no more than half of it.”

Another tip, make sure your Wi-Fi connection is always activated, which lets you surf and stream for free in Wi-Fi areas.

Also, never use an insecure connection for sensitive tasks like making purchases or paying bills.

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