Smartphone Fees To Spike

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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 1:29pm

Experts say explosion of smartphone popularity will hit users in the wallet.

More and more people are ditching their home computers in favor of smartphones.

"2011 is the beginning of us starting to use our wireless broadband more and maybe, possibly use that home broadband less," says MSNBC.com technology editor Wilson Rothman.

Naturally, that means the price of wireless is headed up.

Starting next week Sprint tacks on a $10 monthly fee for smartphone customers.

By doing so Sprint is just catching up with Verizon, AT&T and others.

Fortunately there are ways to save.

"If your carrier offers a tiered plan, you should find out your usage and find out if you can drop down to one of those lower tiers. That'll save you $5, $15 a month," advises Wilson.

Monitoring usage is why SmartMoney.com's Catey Hill recommends OverMyMinutes.com to avoid overage fees.

"What that does is alert you when you're about to go over your minutes and that can save you a ton of money," she explains.

Another recommendation: Whenever and wherever possible make your smartphone work with WiFi.

When you're using WiFi networks, you're not using your allotted data from you carrier.
 

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