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These days, folks are watching every penny. And when it comes to mobile phones, it’s usually not the initial hardware cost that hurts the most. It’s that recurring bill for the next 24 months that hits the wallet. To help minimize that expense while also getting […]

billshrinkThese days, folks are watching every penny. And when it comes to mobile phones, it’s usually not the initial hardware cost that hurts the most. It’s that recurring bill for the next 24 months that hits the wallet. To help minimize that expense while also getting the services you need, you could hit up every carrier and wade through their offerings. Or you could just hit BillShrink and have them tell you which plans will best meet your needs — and your budget.

With BillShrink, you just pick the terms and services you’re looking for on a monthly basis: voice minutes, data and messaging needs. Enter your zip code and provide an email address to get your results. It’s that simple. If you want be really lazy, you don’t even need to enter the data. Instead, you can authorize BillShrink to gain access to your wireless account records online.

The free service looks fairly useful and it just ran a little comparison between the upcoming MyTouch 3G, Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS with these results:

·        MyTouch:          $1998 – 1000 minutes/month + unlimited data and messaging
·        Palm Pre:          $2359 – 900 minutes/month + unlimited data and messaging
·        iPhone 3G S:    $2839 – 900 minutes/month + unlimited data and messaging
  • MyTouch 3G:  $1998 – 1000 minutes/month + unlimited data and messaging
  • Palm Pre:   $2359 – 900 minutes/month + unlimited data and messaging
  • iPhone 3G S:    $2839 – 900 minutes/month + unlimited data and messaging

There’s a vast difference between the total cost of those three devices. Not that I didn’t know that before, but it’s a good example of where a service like BillShrink can come in handy.

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  1. BillShrink didn’t do much for me when I tried them out as I was already on the cheapest plan T-Mobile had($29/month for voice only). I was just about ready to tack on unlimited data for an extra $19 when my device crapped out completely. Unfortunately, T-Mobile breached it’s contract by refusing to provide a replacement device, and my matter is now with the FCC.

    I liked T-Mobile and I was happy paying the $5.99 extra for equipment protection, but if all they can do is screw their loyal customer of 5 years then I’ll cancel in a heartbeat. It’s too bad the competition is even more expensive. Now I’m forced to go prepaid – $10 refills good for 3 months.

    End of rant!

  2. That Palm Pre cost also includes unlimited Telenav.

  3. Jose R. Ortiz Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    This is pretty cool. According to this I should switch to t-mo to save almost $600/year. Unfortunately most of phones don’t support the 1700MHz band so there goes 3G for me.

  4. This is pretty cool. According to this I should switch to t-mo to save almost $600/year. Unfortunately most of phones don’t support the 1700MHz band so there goes 3G for me.
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

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