Smart Phones & expense

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Nov 18, 2013 12:35 PM GMT
    Just curious to see what others are paying monthly for a smart phone? I've had mine for 2 months and my phone bill is significantly higher. I was paying around $85.00/month for my previous phone but now my bill is in the range of $125.00. I'm beginning to think I should have just stuck with my old non smart phone. BTW I've got Verizon.
  • Manarii2281

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    Nov 18, 2013 12:49 PM GMT
    I'm on verizon too, but I pay about $85-92 per month. I do have 'grandfathered in' unlimited data, and texts, but only the low phone minutes. I am in no way a power phone talker, so that suits me. Nights and weekends are unlimited though which is fine for me.

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    Nov 18, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    Dang that's a lot for veriz I'm on a " family plan" with one of my brothers and total we pay 150 with unlimited talk text and shared 6 gigs of data. Granted this is with my works 22% discount.
  • rnch

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    Nov 18, 2013 2:09 PM GMT
    AT&T wanted $25.00 more per month just because I upgraded to an I-5. Same plan, just a new phone.

    I switched to Sprint, which was slightly cheaper than AT&T's old "non smart phone" rate for my new I-5.
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    Nov 18, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.
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    Nov 18, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    Check your phone settings; it may be doing data transfers in the background updating/syncing stuff. There are apps you can install that will help you monitor network data use. At worst set it so that it only uses wifi and see how your bill looks at the end of the next month.
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    Nov 18, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    Republic Wireless is the awesome bargain you want.

    The catch is that their best phone is the Moto X which fortunately I like.

    $10, yes Ten Dollars a month, will get you unlimited talk/text with your data needs coming from wifi only.

    $25/month gets you unlimited everything at 3G

    $40/month is unlimited at 4G

    Check coverage for your zip code. Republic Wireless uses Sprint network.
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    Nov 18, 2013 10:53 PM GMT
    With taxes and stuff, our two smartphones come in at $160-something per month. That's 5 gigs data per phone, unlimited texting, and far more minutes than we ever use. Carrier is US Cellular (by far the best coverage in this area), which roams on Verizon.
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    Nov 19, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    $125 is expected...try to bundle it up with ur cable and internet to get a discount and downgrade ur data plan if ure not using it much. Your other option is to pay full price for ur phone and get no data plan whatsoever.
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    Nov 19, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    All the big carriers have been changing their smartphone plans to accommodate family plans. There's more profit in it I guess. Single line users are seriously getting ripped off, unless they've managed to keep their old grandfathered plans.

    OP should cancel his current contract, pay the ETF, and switch to Verizon prepaid. Your monthly bill will be cut in half..

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    Nov 19, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    It's been like, $76 for years, with minor excursions. Kinda curious what it would be if I added a tablet. One thing I found out with AT&T... always add services at the Apple Store. Never, never go to the AT&T store. They'll add all kinds of charges that you didn't ask for, then claim that nobody is authorized to remove or stop them. "Oh, you'll have to contact AT&T directly." "Oh, you'll have to go to the local store in person." "Well, we can stop that for you in three to four billing cycles." Totally shameless thieves.

    I'd totally jump to T-Mobile, but they don't even have 3G service in my area.
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    Nov 19, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    I have a TMobile family plan, 3 lines, unlimited text, data and minutes. (About $105 for a month). My contract with them will expire in a month, I'll probably keep the same plan and go month to month.


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    Nov 19, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    I had ATT with three iPhones for years and paid $190. The contract just expired and I picked up a family plan at Walmart (no laughing) that's $40 for the first phone and $35 for each of the two other phones. I had ATT unlock my iPhone 4s phones and it all works perfectly.

    It's month to month with unlimited phone, text, and data. The data supposedly slows down after 2.5gb but my ATT service was questionable in my area so I feel like I have better service now.
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    Nov 19, 2013 6:56 PM GMT
    I haven't gotten a smart phone (yet) as I have trouble justifying the expense. It's not a matter of not having the money but of thinking the expense stupid.

    I've got internet at home, there's wireless all over the place. Why do I need it in my pocket for an extra $60 month? As if $55 of that isn't their pure profit.

    What do you use it for, finding a restaurant? Horseshit. I know where they are. For finding my way around town? Even my car knows its way around town when I'm not even paying attention to my own driving.

    It's like buying those stupid fucking GPS things for your car for an extra $2000 that you use five times a year if that. When I go out of town, for like $7 I download GPS to my stupid phone and it's smart enough for the week I need it.

    So essentially, a smart phone is just an expensive hookup. That's an extra $5-700/year to sex up guys.

    How many hookups do you get out of your $600/year? 10? So that's $60 per blowjob. I bet you can find it without a phone for $20 and then you've still got $40 to take a nice guy to lunch.

    Technology! They promised me a flying car but gave me pocket internet instead. What a fucking rip off!
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    Nov 23, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidJust curious to see what others are paying monthly for a smart phone? I've had mine for 2 months and my phone bill is significantly higher. I was paying around $85.00/month for my previous phone but now my bill is in the range of $125.00. I'm beginning to think I should have just stuck with my old non smart phone. BTW I've got Verizon.


    Why do you need a smart phone?

    I have a one hour 50 minute commute home, M-F. I'm driving it. I probably need a Garmin before needing a smart phone.

    I check emails and get on the internet at night, on weekends, and sometimes in the morning. Luckily, at work, I can check the internet and my career email account and LinkedIn at lunch time.

    If I go to Barnes & Noble on the weekend or after work, I would not need the smart phone.

    I have a 2009 Kindle. I guess I could carry that around. I think I've sent email to it. I might or might not be able to send an email from it. I can buy amazon stuff from it, I guess, but that can wait until I get home.
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    Nov 23, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    Oh, yea, the point I wanted to make:

    Do you know how much quality time we can have together with $100 a month?

    one movie
    one dinner at a Chinese restaurant
    Two Izzes (an Izze is a bottled drink) at Barnes & Noble and conversation

    Get a smart human, not a smart phone.

    I'd even hug you and tell you I love you.

    I like your pants in your picture at the observatory. Those blue plaid shorts are excellent.

    Wouldn't you prefer that?!
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    Nov 23, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    theantijock saidI haven't gotten a smart phone (yet) as I have trouble justifying the expense. It's not a matter of not having the money but of thinking the expense stupid.

    I've got internet at home, there's wireless all over the place. Why do I need it in my pocket for an extra $60 month? As if $55 of that isn't their pure profit.

    What do you use it for, finding a restaurant? Horseshit. I know where they are. For finding my way around town? Even my car knows its way around town when I'm not even paying attention to my own driving.

    It's like buying those stupid fucking GPS things for your car for an extra $2000 that you use five times a year if that. When I go out of town, for like $7 I download GPS to my stupid phone and it's smart enough for the week I need it.

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    Technology! They promised me a flying car but gave me pocket internet instead. What a fucking rip off!


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    Cellosaurus owner (RAZR) considering a smart phone, but struggling with the same value equations. I would like to be able to check personal Email at the office (it's blocked for network security reasons), but is that worth the price?

    I'm on a prepaid T-mobile plan that's bare bones cheap. I can put $200 on it and use it for about a year. Where I get pantsed is texting. $0.25 for receiving a pic. $0.10 for just text. As more and more of my pals are communicating that way I may have to adapt.

    Planning to get a smart phone anyway just so I have a better camera...not that my old Polaroid ain't good enough for this spartan. But I'd prefer a camera that would turn on every time I hit the power button.
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    Nov 23, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
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    Cellosaurus owner (RAZR) considering a smart phone, but struggling with the same value equations. I would like to be able to check personal Email at the office (it's blocked for network security reasons), but is that worth the price?

    I'm on a prepaid T-mobile plan that's bare bones cheap. I can put $200 on it and use it for about a year. Where I get pantsed is texting. $0.25 for receiving a pic. $0.10 for just text. As more and more of my pals are communicating that way I may have to adapt.

    Planning to get a smart phone anyway just so I have a better camera...not that my old Polaroid ain't good enough for this spartan. But I'd prefer a camera that would turn on every time I hit the power button.
    If you just want a better camera, you have another option. Just stick with with your current phone and plan. Buy an ipod touch, or used iphone 4, or used Galaxy S3. Any of those those three can be had for under $300, and can be used on wifi only. No need to activate on an expensive smartphone calling plan.

    Or if you want to go all the way and get a smartphone plan anyways, shop around. There are so many prepaid providers now, and they use the exact same network as T-Mobile and ATT. But charge much less. The only catch is that you usually have to pay full price for the phone ($500~ $600). Or bring your own unlocked smartphone.

    I'm using Straight Talk with my unlocked Galaxy S3. I pay $45 a month for unlimited everything. And I was able to port my number from my previous carrier without any issues.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:50 AM GMT
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    Cellosaurus owner (RAZR) considering a smart phone, but struggling with the same value equations. I would like to be able to check personal Email at the office (it's blocked for network security reasons), but is that worth the price?

    I'm on a prepaid T-mobile plan that's bare bones cheap. I can put $200 on it and use it for about a year. Where I get pantsed is texting. $0.25 for receiving a pic. $0.10 for just text. As more and more of my pals are communicating that way I may have to adapt.

    Planning to get a smart phone anyway just so I have a better camera...not that my old Polaroid ain't good enough for this spartan. But I'd prefer a camera that would turn on every time I hit the power button.


    At first I couldn't figure out what the fuck brand was cellosaurus, then I fell off my dinosaur laughing at myself. I know what you mean though, my camera obscura still takes beautiful pictures but it's so damned bulky, making action shots difficult.

    I think what happened to me is I just got teched out. When I was working last I had home phone, home phone messages, I worked at home so I had work phone (3 lines) and all those messages. Personal email, work email, fax machine. It was so stupid. So when I quit I just said screw this, I'm going back to smoke signals.

    But then I guess over the last years it just got away from me. I don't even text. My friends bitch about it. Here's my latest text I got, seriously just today...

    shit, I don't even know where my fucking phone is. hold on...

    shit, somebody call me so I can find my phone....

    here it is, I found it. There's two in a row. They says...

    "No texting, no Facebook, no twitter, no linked in, no groupon, no"

    and the other one says...

    "smartphone,,,it will b 2014 so"

    So? So fucking what. I want my flying car.
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    Dec 20, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    I pay $30/month with T-mobile. Very little data, but 1500 txt/minutes.

    I don't understand why so many pay so much every month just for their phone service.
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    Dec 20, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    T-Mobile. Unlimited everything for $79.99.
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    Dec 23, 2013 8:21 PM GMT
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    xrichx said$45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.


    Look into Family Mobile through Walmart. Unlimited plans are $39.88 a month. Although I think it's a 3G and not 4G. But I'm pleased with my service. I have it and my bill with taxes and fees is $45.00 a month total per month.

    I had to pay upfront for my smartphone, however. Also, Family Mobile contracts through T-Mobile so the service is reliable.

    I also learned that if I want to switch back to T-Mobile that I can with no penalty and still use my Samsung Galaxy S4.
    I have Straight Talk through Walmart, and using ATT towers. T-Mobile coverage really sucks in my area. icon_neutral.gif