Wireless Subscribers Reluctant to Commit (to Lengthy Service Plans)

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Tekzel

My phone has one primary purpose... to make and receive calls. Some people seem to prefer to text and surf on their phones. 

Anyway, I will only ever use unlimited no-contract providers any more. I will never again worry about my "minutes". I have been with MetroPCS for almost 2 years now and love it. I get unlimited everything for 40 bucks a month, and the service rocks where I am (North East Florida). I can use my phone in places I never could when I was on AT&T, like more than 15 ft inside a big store. I may have had as many as 5 dropped calls in nearly 2 years.  The only downside would be if I traveled a lot, but since I don't there isn't one.

Oh yea, I am using a Sprint HTC TouchPro that was flashed to Metro. The internet isn't fast, but I don't need it to be. All it ever uses the internet for is to sync my contacts and calendar to my Google Apps account and check my email.

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Queenof1

$110 monthly family plan for 3 phones. Only my phone is a smartphone. 700 shared minutes, 300 text messages on each phone, unlimited data on my phone. I think once the 2yr contract runs out, I'll reevaluate my choices. Tmo has family allowances else my teen will use up all of the shared minutes.

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Jox

$70 per month on a 2-year contract, oh boo hoo.  Try getting a cell plan in Canada.  Plans are ALL 3-year and an iPhone plan with 500MB (that's just HALF a Gig) per month and 250 mins daytime, evenings starting at 9PM will cost you $235 for the phone and activation fee and $90 dollars per month (and as I write this, our money is at par)

You guys have it easy.

-Jox

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Mighty BOB!

I got a prepaid Cingular GoPhone back in 2006 before AT&T bought out Cingular.  Since then AT&T has doubled the price of text messages.

 

I'd really love to get a smart phone, but I don't use this one enough to justify the monthly bill that would come with one.

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Corfy

I've been doing the 2-year contract thing with Verizon since before it was Verizon (my first cell phone was with GTE circa 1998). However, my contract is voice only, and expires in July. Considering that I can't get a decent phone without paying an extra $30 per month on internet charges, I'm seriously considering other options, but I haven't decided what I'm doing yet.

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violian

I've been on 2 year contracts with Sprint since 2004. The next contract end-date is mid-June 2010 and for the first time, I'm really serirously considering pay-as-you-go. I pay $65/month for my smartphone, but I don't use it enough to justify the $65/month pricetag. The most I've ever talked on my phone is 90 minutes per month and use 80 texts of the unlimited texts.

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Guisano

I've gone to the T-Mobile no-contract unlimited plan.  It seems to be the best option, cost wise, for being able to get the maximum amount of freedom while using a phone of your own choosing.  I bought the Nexus One for use on this.  I'm not particularly enamored of this phone as I find it to be lacking in the functionality I consider to be needed for use as a business phone.  I'll probably switch to the Nokia N8 when it becomes availble later this year.

The T-Mobile network does seem to work much better in the cities than the AT&T network.  Get away from the cities, however, and coverage gets pretty spotty.  I have to constantly remind myself of the way things were ten and fifteen years ago when we really started relying more on cell phones to keep me from tossing the thing through the window.

My recommendation would be to analyze very carefully where and how you plan to use the phone.  If you're going to primarily be in a larger city, pick the cheapest plan that fits your needs and you'll probably going to be okay.  If you need something more robust, you really need to think about it a bit harder.

BTW, interesting article on cellphone use at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/technology/personaltech/14talk.html?src=me&ref=technology

 

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timlider

Been on Boost for nearly a year after getting pissed off wit hthe plans Sprint (I know Boost is Sprint) has.  I pay $50.00 a month for unlimited everything. The phone I have is nice, but would prefer a Blackberry (i know they have one now, but around $200.00 is hefty cost).

The way AT&T, Verison and Sprint have been doing it.  It is a wise choise to use there prepaid plans instead.

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bigkahuna

I have an iphone 3g that is unlocked and use on T-mobile and is very cheap to have, I use less than $20 on minutes in a month. And because has wi-fi I use it a lot for other things for free!

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gmvolk

I have been using tracfone for several years now. I have been with AT&T and Verizion, and it cost me $70-$100/month wether I made calls or not.  Also, my phones would not work when I was home(live outside of Tucson).  You hear how great 3G and iPhones and all those other fancy phones, but the one thing they seem to lack is the ability to make a decent phone call, unless you happen to be in the middle of converging cel signals.  I have an old Nokia tracfone, that for a while became a toy for the kids to play with,  and the thing still works and sounds great.  Pre-paid works for me since I don't make tons of calls, so it usually cost me about $100-150 to keep minutes on my and my wifes tracfones for the entire year.

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aviaggio

I've been a T-Mobile ToGo customer for 4 years now and have absolutely no complaints. I don't use the phone that much; certainly not enough to warrant spending even $20 a month for a plan. The great thing about TMTG is that once you buy $100 worth of minutes you don't have to refill your account for up to a year. Every other service provider forces you to refill every 3 months.

Like the other posted stated, if you use the phone a lot, either for calling or texting, a pre-paid by-the-minute plan probably isn't going to be a good choice. You'd be better off with some kind of plan (tho it could still be pre-paid).

I would also love to get some kind of smartphone (Android FTW!), but there is no way I'm going to pay that kind of money every month on top of the cost of the phone. 

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Talcum X

 If you use it heavy, pre-paid is not the way to go.  But I only fill my fone every 3 months on averag buying 400 mins (200 min plus I have double mins for life) and bonus coupon for extra mins, usualy 60 - 80 mins. for $39.  Downside, you only get castrated, basic phones.  If you have one that plays MP3 ringtones and has a micro USB connector for data and such (along with recharging) it is disabled for data transfers courtacy of TracFone so you are forced to buy images and ringtones from them.  So far, can't find a way to unlock that....yet.

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chronium

Ring tones I understand but what do you mean force to buy pictures? Do you mean paying for pictures you take with your phone?

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aviaggio

Maybe he means wallpapers.

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Talcum X

 I meant wallpaper.  I was able to email myself some through AT&T service they offer but they filter out MP3 attachments.

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