I currently have a brick of a Nokia N95 cell phone on AT&&T and am out of contract. The phone is starting to go bad and isn’t exactly something I like to show off in the first place. I'm looking for a new cell phone and of course like everyone I would like a cool touch screen and/or qwerty phone. I typically use ~400 minutes and ~30 texts a month and have little need for a data plan with internet at home and work and Wifi hotspots around. I’m tech savvy but frankly just not that up to date on the current crop of phones. Like most slick dealers, I am also cheap. I’m having a hard time deciding on upgrading my phone as no matter which way I go, it seems as if my monthly bill will jump up unless I get an entry level flip phone. Here are my prioritized phone must haves:
- Call quality/service area
- Good battery life
- Ease of typing texts
- Fairly thin / pocket friendly
- A good camera that I can download the pictures off of the phone directly (not having to use the carriers data service)
- Smartphone like with capability to type notes, calendar entries & sync with home computer
- A wifi capable internet phone would be a nice bonus for the few times I need the internet on the go
- Ability to put my own .mp3s as ringtones on the phone
- Some basic games or the ability to get for the times I'm stuck waiting like at the DMV
I currently have 20% off voice at AT&T and a grandfathered $5 message plan which I would lose if I left. I can also get 20% off Verizon through work. Right now my total bill is ~$40/month with taxes and I would like to keep it there or under $50 with voice, messaging, and a data plan. I have no problem going to a 2 year contract if I can get a good phone for under $50. I would like to keep the yearly price tag for everything ~$500 or under. The entry level phones with AT&T and Verizon seem pretty crappy and most have bad reviews.
I have looked into prepaid phones due to the low minutes & messages I use, but most of the best deals on decent phones & plans are with the low cost carriers. Sprint’s network is terrible where I live so the carriers who piggyback off them are a no go and I am in and out of rural areas a lot for work so roaming is an issue for others if it is not included. I would prefer to stay with a national carrier.
Any recommendations on which way to go? I’m up for haggling, just trying to get the best overall price on a good phone and monthly service. I have no loyalty to ATT, Verizon, android, iOSm windows, whatever. My cheap side just keeps getting in the way of pulling the trigger
The data is going to kill you. I believe all the major carriers require you to purchase their minimum monthly data plan for all smartphones, which is $20-$30 a month ($30/mo per 2g for Verizon, $10 for every 1g after).
yeah, I would love data but I would not use it enough to justify the additional $720 over two years. No matter how I cut it, can't get around it unless I get a cheap plastic flip phone. I was hoping someone knew something I didn't.
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Boost Mobile runs on the Sprint network, so it's out for the OP.
My wife is using Platinumtel (Prepaid, 0.05/min, 0.02/text, 0.10/MB) ; I can recommend it as a very cheap way to have an Android phone -- if you don't use too much data. I just bought an HTC Evo to get myself on this plan. But Platinumtel also uses Sprint's network, so no deal for the OP.
PagePlus looks like a good choice for coverage, but their data is about $1/MB on the basic prepaid plan. You would want to use wifi almost exclusively.
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