During quarantine, my phone has become my MVP — my Most Valuable Possession.

It’s no secret that we’re super attached to our phones. However, it turns out we have mixed feelings about our wicked-cool smartphones and the high monetary costs associated with them.

A new national survey from WalletHub has found two seemingly contradictory trends:

  1. About 36% of Americans plan to cut the cost of their cell phone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Despite the scary financial outlook overall, one in three Americans are still planning on getting a new iPhone in the next year.

So what does that bundle of contradictions mean? It means we want those new, sleek iPhones with all the cool features, but we don’t want to pay for them.

Seriously, those things are expensive! A new iPhone 12 Pro will set you back a thousand bucks.

Ah, but what if there were a different way you could save money on your phone? What if you cut your monthly phone bill way back, instead?

The big wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile/Sprint — charge top dollar for their service. But there are a bunch of discount carriers that’ll charge you a fraction of what they charge.

For instance, did you know you can get name-brand cell phone service for as little as $20 a month? A company called Pure TalkUSA operates on the AT&T network, so you’ll get access to name-brand coverage without the price tag. Monthly plans start at $20 a line and include unlimited talk and text.

Making this simple switch could save you at least $70 a month… that’s $840 a year. (To see how much you could cut your bill, use the savings calculator.)

The best part is, you don’t have to sign any binding contracts in (what feels like) blood. Plus, if you’re not thrilled after your first 30 days, you can request a refund.

And right now, Pure TalkUSA is giving new customers 50% off their first bill. It takes only minutes to sign up.

This way, even if you can’t give up the dream of getting that $999 new iPhone 12 Pro with its capacity for shooting next-level night-mode portraits, at least you can save yourself some money on your phone.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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