Hack your cell phone to save minutes

I went a few minutes over on my cell phone plan this month. Fortunately, my billing cycle starts over tomorrow. I went wrong because I had long conversations with people who I knew didn’t have Verizon Wireless IN calling, and I had access to a landline phone or Skype.

Optional step, but highly recommended

I suggest going through your contacts list and writing “VZW IN” or “Not VZW” in another column. (I have Palm Desktop, so I was adding this manually.) If you have any doubt that a contact might not have Verizon Wireless, I found a gem: the “Are your friends and family IN?” phone number lookup!

I made up the name. 🙂

Main step

For the people who you know do not use Verizon Wireless, add a plus (+) after their name. You can use any symbol you want, but on my LG VX8100, the plus sign is on my first page of the symbols list.

That’s it.

When these friends/relatives/coworkers call, and you see a plus after their name, you can selectively call them back right away on a landline/Skype, or answer and make sure the conversation remains short.

I have no idea if there’s a phone lookup service for other cell phone providers to see if they’re on the same network. I’m pretty stoked Verizon Wireless has this.

Can you digg it!?! (No really, I’d love to say I got dugg once!)

Update: Welcome Lifehackers! Thanks for granting my wish and posting this, Adam. 🙂

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

6 thoughts on “Hack your cell phone to save minutes”

  1. I can’t believe you guys pay for incoming calls. I’m glad we don’t have to put up with that in Europe. If someone makes a call it’s only right that they should pay for it, not the recipient.

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  2. Yeah…. to the EUROPE-JAYNE
    sure…..
    but you guys pay a damn heavy load on making calls
    where you just about to learn how to sell minute packages(still waaaaaaay below our deals). Every system got it’s pros and cons…. even europeans themselves

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