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I am currently trying unravel the complexities of telecommunications services – home home, mobile phone, home and portable internet services.

Home telecommunications
What do we really need?  Are we getting value for money from our current setup?

Budgeting
I don’t believe we are getting the services we need at the best available price so I am reviewing our choices.  I am guilty of delaying this assessment because it just seemed too complicated.  There are different providers all offering different levels of service, bundled options and inclusions/exclusions so trying to work out what suits our needs best can be tricky.

Last night I finally bit the bullet and worked out what we are spending each month.  That was a wake-up call!  $210/month for our landline, 2 mobile phones, home broadband and mobile broadband services.  These are spread across 3 different providers.

My research so far indicates that we should be able to get services we need from a single provider and with some minor changes to the way we use the services we can possibly save $90/month.  That is over $1,000 /year that we have been ‘wasting’.  This is possibly still not the very cheapest but there are other things such as network coverage, service and reliability that are important to us.  It is up to you to work out your priorities but it has definitely been worth making the effort to sort out the best deals for us.

I still need to ring the provider and confirm a couple of details before we go ahead with the new arrangement but so fat it is looking good.

In conjunction with my new plan we are considering buying iPhones. We plan to buy them outright and are looking at the 5C model.  I have never used a ‘smartphone’ and The Duke has had an HTC which he has not used to its full potential.  So, to all of you techno wizards out there, I would love it if you could shed some light on any of the questions below.

What is your monthly data allowance and how do you use it?What is Facetime and how does it work?
iPhone vs Android?  Your experiences and thoughts?
Must have Apps?
Anything else I should keep in mind?

Have you reviewed your telecommunications expenses lately?  What about other expenses like car, utilities or insurances?