Best cell phone plan for me
Okay, you just completed your 2 year contract and you are excited about jumping into that next 2year contract, you want to make sure you are getting the best possible deal. Lot of your friends will tell you this phone is better or that service is better. In the midst of this cell phone battle there seems to be the most important element missing when discussing what is the best of the best…and that missing element is your “LIFE SITUATION”. I know it sounds cliché and easy way out answer but I will explain it in detail using my personal experience.
My Verizon contract just ended and I knew it was going to be a real tough decision to try out a different carrier. I live in Columbia, MD and I am telling you there is no service more reliable than Verizon. With reliable service also comes high monthly rate. So lets talk about “life situation”. My situation is, I run a business, married, two kids, and I need data, text, voice on a reliable network. This probably sounds familiar to lot of people but there is a price point where everybody may disagree on. I wanted to optimize on lowest total cost for average service and great phone. I wanted everybody’s cheapest plan with voice, text, and data for 2phones and 2voice service for another 2phones. All the phones I picked are the top of the line phones for all the service providers, that is also reasonably priced. Why there is no iphone in my selection? because there are simply much better phones available than an iPhone. Anyway, here is the breakdown:
1. Wal-Mart phones/services: This gets you the cheapest service, cheapest plan, cheapest phone, but it has a horrible service area.
2. Verizon: 2lines w/ 2data, 2 add-a-line, Droid3 phone, 1400minutes, unlimited txt, 2gb unlimited data. Real cost is $199 upfront, $200/month. Best cell phone service provider.
3. Sprint: 2lines w/ 2data, 2add-a-line, 1500min, HTC evo shift 4g phone, unlimited txt, 5gb unlimited data. Real cost is $221 upfront, $169.99 per month. This plan is a no brainer if you are a heavy heavy data user, because Sprint is the only one that will not throttle back on your network speed. Unfortunately, there is no plan cheaper than this via Sprint.
4. AT&T: The reason I went to Verizon in the first place was because AT&T was so bad. I don’t get reception at work and there was no significant difference this time around either.
5. T-Mobile: 2lines w/ 2data, 2add-a-line, 1000min, Dell venue pro phone, Unlimited txt, 2gb unlimited data. Real cost is $140 activation, $124.27/month 2data&2basic, plus upfront cost of the 4 phones of $250.
Based on all the information I gathered up, I was almost paying $100 less with T-Mobile! That was all the information I needed to give them a try. It has all the elements I was looking for at fraction of the cost. As long as T-Mobile service is more reliable than AT&T, I will be happy as a clam. I will report back on my review of T-Mobile. Sprint would be a no brainer if I was a heavy data plan user, but 2gb plan is more than enough for my need, so I don’t have a reason to pay more.
So in summary if you are,
1. …heavy data user with one of the best phone choices available, Sprint is the only game in town.
2. …really cheap and don’t care about the crappy service or a crappy phone, stick with Walmart
3. …in need of best reliable service regardless of cost, stick with Verizon.
4. …semi cheap looking for lowest cost with average to above average service with great phones, stick with T-mobile.
These phones deserve some recognition for being the best at each category,
Best gadget packed & most advanced: HTC evo 3D
Best business/productivie: Dell venue pro
Best fun/popular: iPhone 4s