CUB 'Spring Savings Week' Features 5 Phone Clinics in 5 Days, and New How-to Video: '60 Seconds to Phone Savings'

Mar 30, 2011, 11:20 ET from Citizens Utility Board

CHICAGO, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a fresh twist to spring cleaning, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Wednesday announced that it will hold a Chicago-area campaign, "Spring Savings Week," to "scrub" phone bills of hundreds of dollars a year in unnecessary services and bad deals using five consecutive days of phone clinics and a new how-to video, "60 Seconds to Phone Savings."

Sparked by recent events in the phone industry as well as a CUB study in 2009 showing that Illinois callers could be overpaying by $1 billion a year, CUB will hold a money-saving event each day in the first week of April to help consumers tidy up their phone bills and cut their costs.

"Nobody really thinks phone rates are low, and developments this year show how much callers need solid, money-saving information to clean up their bills," CUB Executive Director David Kolata said. "The good news is that savings can be just 60 seconds away for frustrated phone customers."

Kolata pointed to a 27-63 percent increase in AT&T landline phone rates in January, as well as the possible merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, threatening less competition and higher wireless rates. CUB is using "Spring Savings Week" to remind people that landline service still holds some great deals. That's key because nearly three out of four consumers still use a traditional phone.

CUB's new video, "60 Seconds to Phone Savings," at, gives an easy-to-understand explanation of top tips to cut landline phone bills. CUB's Phone Savings Center, at, also will have a link to the video, along with tools for cutting landline bills, such as the Local Phone Cost-cutter, and tools for slicing wireless costs, such as the CUB Cellphone Saver. Combined, the tools have been showing people how to save an average of about $500 a year.

CUB's "Spring Savings Week" clinics are:

2 p.m., Monday, April 4

Glenview Public Library

1930 Glenview Rd.


11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 5

Morton Grove Public Library

6140 Lincoln Ave.

Morton Grove

Note: Please register for this event by calling the library at 847-929-5101.

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 6

Frankfort Public Library District

21119 Pfeiffer Rd.


6 p.m., Thursday, April 7

Morton Grove Public Library

6140 Lincoln Ave.

Morton Grove

Note: Please register for this event by calling the library at 847-929-5101

10 a.m., Friday, April 8  

Cary Public Library

1606 Three Oak Rd.


Note: Please register for this event by calling the library at 847-639-4210.

At the clinics, consumers will receive helpful tips about:

*The CUB Cellphone Saver,, a state-of-the art online tool that automatically analyzes individual wireless bills. The Cellphone Saver, created by a Texas-based company called Validas, has been showing consumers how to cut their wireless bills by an average of more than $300 a year.

*The low-cost Consumer's Choice local-calling plans, which allow consumers to avoid AT&T's recent rate hikes and are under a price freeze through at least June of 2013.

*Illinois' best long-distance plans, including how to get an automatic $10 credit negotiated by CUB. That amounts to more than five hours of free calls.

*Line-Backer, a costly -- and optional -- AT&T service that most people don't need.

Attendees should bring their phone bills for a free analysis by CUB experts.

"CUB's brand of spring cleaning doesn't involve a mop or a broom," Kolata said. "Armed with a little information from CUB's experts, consumers can cut their bills by hundreds of dollars a year."

CUB is Illinois' leading nonprofit utility watchdog organization. Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, CUB has saved consumers more than $10 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds over the years. For more information, call CUB's Consumer Hotline at 1-800-669-5556 or visit CUB's award-winning website,

SOURCE Citizens Utility Board