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Best cell phone plan for me

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

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

Categories: Phone
  1. Anonymous
    July 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Fix your HTC Evo Shift Incrdible Phone!

    • July 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      oh wow, you are right Its been a while since I posted this blog. I will probably update it soon enought. Thanks for the head up.

  2. September 20, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I’ve tried the month-to-month plans for over 10 years long before unlimited services for airtime and free roaming. Not to my benefit paid the price many time when i went over my plan airtime limit; further and making calls while out of town was even more expensive with roaming cost. After some serious calculating i found it far less expensive to go pre-paid for the services i use.I order my service through my cellphone or online 24/7 from http://www.ppol.mobi. They send me a pin number by e-mail,i enter it into my cell,and in less than a minute i’ve added airetime,text,and internet with no taxes or fees they charge with month-to-month plans. Instead of a monthly bill theres an automatic text after each action so i always know how many minutes etc..that ihave left. Normally $50 will last me 3 months on average as most of my friends and family ae in the same network. Certainly not eveyone would agree as they maybe prefer that monthly bill but for me i save over $400 a year.

    • September 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Steve, you absolutely nailed it on the head. Most people are not aware of any other plans outside of the typical 2year + phone plan. I wasn’t even aware there would be such a huge pricing difference whether you bundle a phone with the plan vs just getting the plan minus the phone. You can save so much money by buying a used phone for pennies on the dollar and getting into a cheaper monthly rate plan.
      Cell complanies do a fantastic job of convincing you how great of a deal you are getting with their “unlimited bundle service” plan, & most people don’t realize they can live with something far less. Like you, I’ve done some number calculating and I’m saving well over $1000 per year (6 phones) now. Your comment reminds me I need to do a blog on the latest iPhone5…lol. Thanks for taking your time out to comment here!

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