Signs that you’re struggling with cell phone payments
- Having charges on your bill each month that never seem to go down
- Relying on credit cards or loans to help pay your phone bill
- Having to cut back and leave yourself short for other bills
- Avoiding the topic
- Experiencing feelings of anxiety or irritability
- They suddenly become uncontactable
- They are paying for more and more bills with credit cards or loans
- They show signs of irritation or stress for no noticeable reason
- They avoid the topic of bills or money
- Tension in a relationship
How do I get help with cellphone bill debt?
Talk about your debt problemsTalking about your situation can often help to relieve the weight of your debt off your shoulders and can be the first step to finding the support you need.
Reach out to the cell phone companiesCall your phone company and negotiate a payment plan. If the debt is with a collection agency, they will always have options for you to pay the debt off.
Set up a cell phone payment planDebt doesn’t need to be as complicated as it appears. At A. Fisher and Associates our goal is to help make your debts simple, Our experts offer confidential, non-judgmental advice and will help you find the solution that’s right for you.
Close your cell phone accountIt may be a last resort, especially as so many people need a cell phone to survive in the modern world, but you could always look into closing down your cell phone contract as a way to save money.
Where can I get free debt advice and more information?
A Fisher & Associates is a trusted provider of debt advice and support in Ontario. Our team of debt specialists have the experience you need to regain control of cell phone bills and rebuild your financial life.
For free debt advice and the guidance you need to get back on track, talk to one of our friendly debt specialists today on 416-842-0040.
How Cellphone Bill Debt Can Affect Your LifeFor many their cellphone is a staple of their everyday life, and not paying your bill can lead to a number of consequences such as debt collectors coming for the money or your pan being canceled. However, falling behind on your phone bill can impact your life in many ways besides your phone being cut off.
Personal FinancesYour phone bill is often ranked as one of your priority bills, but if you default it will likely be sent to a collection agency. These companies will write to you, call you and sometimes even turn up at your door to try and make a payment plan. This can have a knock-on effect on your other finances because you have to cut back elsewhere to cover this which may leave you short for other priority bills.
It is also common for people to charge their phone bills to a credit card because they do not have the funds to cover it from their own income. According to an article by Global News, 31% of Canadians say they do not earn enough money to cover their bills and debt payments. This often means they have to look to other forms of credit such as loans or overdrafts to allow them to get by and it becomes a merry-go-round that you can’t get off.
Mental HealthMental health is a hot topic all over the world, and according to the charity Mental Health Research Canada half a million people will miss work each week due to their mental health. This often cause people to fall further into financial struggles because their income will be impacted.
This in turn can lead to heightened feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability. Many who are dealing with debt and mental health struggles also find it very hard to bring the topic up in conversation which can cause feelings of loneliness and worthlessness.
RelationshipsYour phone is often how you keep in touch with your friends and family, especially if you live far away from them. Falling behind on your bill can lead to your contract being cancelled and your phone being cut off, leaving many people uncontactable when it comes to work or appointments.
It has also been found by Manulife Bank of Canada that 1 in 5 people try to avoid the topic of money altogether which can cause tensions within personal relationships which ultimately can lead to them breaking down.
Will cellphone debt affect my credit?Yes, if your cellphone debt gets out of hand it can have a negative impact on your financial life in more ways than one.
Credit reportCredit reports are detailed accounts of your credit history and financial transactions. Any debt that you default on will be listed on your credit report.
If you fail to make monthly payments to your cell phone company then you will be in default. These failed transactions will be recorded on your credit report, and will be visible to future lenders, from mortgage brokers to credit card companies.
Credit ratingAnything that is listed on your credit report will have an impact on your credit rating (also known as your credit score).
Your credit score is a score given to you by credit reference agencies, and usually ranges between 300 and 850 in Canada. The higher your credit rating, the more trustworthy you are to future lenders. The flipside of that is any defaulted payment will negatively impact your credit score, so failing to pay your cell phone bill can make it more difficult for you to access credit in the future.