Right now my cell phone is a five year old pink Motorola Razr. I bought it new five years ago and it’s served me well. However, the battery life is awful and sometimes it will tell me I am roaming when I go to answer it. So annoying! I’ve been considering buying an iPhone, but the monthly cost has been deterring me. Right now, I pay $38 a month for my cell phone bill. That includes all the taxes and fees, so I’m super happy with that! I get a 20% discount off my bill since my employer participates in a special program. I only use my cell phone for talking on the phone, and no text messaging or internet. I do have an iPod touch that I use at home to play games, but that’s about it.
My husband recently got a new iPhone from his employer and they also pay the bill for him, which is nice. I’ve played around with his phone and I really like its features, especially the texting and the fact that you can get on the internet from pretty much everywhere. On the other hand, that’s also a downfall because I feel if I had an iPhone I’d probably always be tethered to it and getting online to waste time. I don’t know if I can justify buying a brand new phone for that reason.
I’ve considered going with Verizon’s iPhone since I currently am a customer and have been for almost 10 years. I don’t have problems with my service, and the representatives are always great when I call. I’ve also considered switching to AT&T and trying out their service since you can talk on the phone and be on the internet at the same time and with Verizon you can’t.
Part of me really wants a cool new phone and to be brought into this century. But the other part of me is trying to figure out how necessary it is and if it’s worth the extra monthly cost. I’m estimating a new phone plus new plan to run about $100 a month. We are saving money each month because I’m not paying for my husband’s cell phone any more. That is nice.
I guess my decision comes down to this: can I really justify spending extra money each month for my new iPhone? It is something I can afford, but is it that important that I actually commit to a two year contract of paying for the phone service? And do I switch from Verizon to AT&T so that I can be able to talk on the phone and surf the net at the same time? I guess if I’m going to upgrade my cell phone, I want to be able to take advantage of all the features available. I don’t want to go with Verizon and then regret not being able to talk and surf at the same time.
Do you have an iPhone or smart phone? What cell phone provider and phone do you recommend?