Bid My Bill is a free service to find a new cell phone plan where service providers in your area bid the rates according to your requirements. The price and restrictions for cell phone contracts continue to increase. Providers know they have users where they want us. With a need and with an ever decreasing number of choices. You could spend all day or night on the phone and/or the web soliciting prices from various carriers. If you live in the UK, you can go to Bid My Bill and let the cell phone carriers bid for your business.
The Process to Get Carriers to Bid for your cell phone plan
There are two requirements for using this service. First, you need to live in the UK. Second, you need to create an account on the site and describe your usage and historical costs. The account creation process is straightforward. Enter your name, address, and phone number. Enter your email address and choose a password. Once you click the link in the confirmation email, you’re ready to go.
To start the bidding process, Bid My Bill needs to know about your phone usage. How many minutes do you use on average? Do you text? You’ll need to input your average number of texts sent and received on a monthly basis. If you use your phone’s data features, you’ll need to estimate your usage of that.
You have two choices on how you can input your average monthly billing amount. You can either give the site your account details (they say that they delete them afterwards), or you can manually enter this information. I chose manual entry.
Next, you will be asked to make choices about the new plan you’re looking for. Choose the time frame, twelve, eighteen, or twenty-four months. If you have a preferred carrier, you can list your top three choices. Then you’ll be presented with a list of options for handsets. I went with the sixteen Gigabyte black Apple iPhone.
Some Carriers Not Available
I’m with Virgin Mobile, and, surprisingly, even though they are based in the UK, they weren’t given as options anywhere. I couldn’t choose them as my current carrier (I chose O2), nor could I choose them as a preferred carrier. I’m guessing this might be because they don’t require customers to sign long-term contracts.
The Bid My Bill site is in Beta still, so I would hope that, after some time, they will have more carriers climb on board and make it so that users truly have a choice of all of the various cell phone providers in the UK. Even better, maybe they’ll begin to make it available for people outside the UK. For now, you only have a choice between four or five providers such as O2 and Orange.