With many phone packages caller ID is included in the base cost of the phone package. However in other cases, caller ID is actually charged for separately from your base phone bill. In these days of big expenses, lower incomes, and financial uncertainty everyone is looking for ways to save a little bit of money. It’s a good idea, to question the services we pay for and whether or not there really that important. Caller ID could very well fall into this category, depending on how you use your phone.
One of the negatives of caller ID is that it’s never hundred percent effective. As a matter of fact the people you most likely want to screen through caller ID are protected from caller ID. Not to mention, caller ID doesn’t work with cell phones. Why can always do a reverse phone lookup in the number that is displayed on caller ID. Unfortunately, it’s often not a very timely and convenient thing to do every time the phone rings. Even though there are plenty of websites that provide the service. Of course if you want to keep track of who called you after the fact, then caller ID and a website reverse phone lookup can be helpful.
If you get a lot of phone marketers, caller ID can be a godsend. Especially if you work from home a lot like I do. While generally I just let my answer machine screen calls, it becomes kind of annoying for family and friends to have to wait for the answering machine before I’ll actually pick up the phone. In cases like this, caller ID is probably a very good thing
Generally speaking, caller ID is not a big expense on most people’s phone bills. I’m quite sure, there are other items on your bill that would warrant closer scrutiny if you’re looking to cut costs. Having a closer look at the plan you’re using may be the first best choice for cost savings. Do you use all your minutes? Do you go over your minutes? Are the minutes allocated appropriately for the way you use your phone, and the way you make long-distance calls? Perhaps it’s time to consider some of the other plans offered by your phone provider. Or perhaps even the competition. When checking out the competition, you may find some incentives for switching phone companies. With every incentive offered however, there is often a drawback. Make sure you understand all the pros and cons before making a final decision.
There’s also nothing wrong with playing the phone companies against one another. While it may make sense to talk to phone companies your not currently using. It also makes good sense to talk your current phone company, let them know you’re considering switching to another company, and see what kind of deals they may offer you to stay.
Anthother thing to consider, is the number of cell phones and land lines in your family bill. Family plans with multiple phones are fairly popular these days. That may be a better cost savings benefit then canceling your caller ID service. In closing, it’s really best to think about how you use your phone and the services that come with it. That includes, not just caller ID but your minutes allocation, any answering services, and the number of phones you may have.