When you look at your phone bill do you ever wonder why the hell you’re paying so much?
With all the taxes and surcharges it can be hard to figure out exactly what you’re paying for. Which is why it’s important to take a closer look at your bill and check for BS charges like inside wire maintenance.
Inside wire maintenance is an optional monthly service offered by your telephone carrier that provides repair protection for the telephone jacks and wires inside your home.
That sounds nice until you really think about it.
In my town inside wire maintenance plans costs $7.99 per month and it’s probably similar in your area. That’s $95.88 a year for “insurance” on a bunch of wires.
Now ask yourself…have you EVER had someone come to your home to “maintain your wires”?
Seriously, telephone wire and jacks really don’t require much maintenance at all. Once it’s installed it will probably be good for 30 years. Maybe a loose connection will need to be tightened once a decade or so and that can easily be done by anyone with a screwdriver.
Even if you do need to replace a jack or rerun some telephone wire…it’s a piece of cake. I’ve done it many times myself and if you don’t know what you’re doing you can always ask a friend to help. And the jacks and wire you need can be purchased at Home Depot for less than $10.
Do yourself a favor and ditch the ripoff inside wire maintenance plan. Put the $95.88 you save towards your credit card debt or take your family out for dinner instead.