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CUB: Illinois cell-phone customers paying too much

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Citizens Utility Board says Illinois cell-phone consumers could save an average $331 on their bills every year if they switch to plans with fewer minutes and get rid of unnecessary features.

CUB says it analyzed 6,985 cell-phone bills that Illinois residents entered into the CUB Cellphone Saver, an online tool the group launched a year ago.

The organization says most bills averaged more than seven hours of unused calling time a month. That represented almost half the total minutes consumers were paying for under their plan. Many of the bills also averaged 386 unused text messages a month.

Adding to high cell-phone costs are features such as roadside assistance.

CUB Executive Director David Kolata says changing to plans with fewer minutes and getting rid of unnecessary features would translate to savings without sacrifice.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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