A few months ago I moved from T-mobile to being a free agent, a change I am proud I made. I am now free to move to whatever network I want, when I want. I can have any unlocked phone I want. The best part though? I am saving money monthly, and yearly.
To recap for those who don't know I am on SimpleMobile a MVNO of T-mobile. If you want to know more, check out this previous post. I am still using the Samsung Galaxy S I bought from T-mobile back in June of 2010. The best part though is I am only paying $40 a month for unlimited everything. No sharing, no limits, no contracts.
How About A New Phone
I am in the market for a new phone. I have been watching all the new phones hit the market and I am most excited about the brand new (and still unreleased) Google Nexus 4 (from LG). With incredible specs:
- 4.7" Screen, 1280x768 pixel resolution (320ppi), WXGA IPS
- Gorilla Glass 2 (some hard glass)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 8MP camera, with 1.3MP front camera
- 8 or 16GB of storage
- 2GB of RAM
- Micro USB
- SlimPort HDMI
- Wireless charging (built in)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- NFC (Near Field Communication)
I can go on, but let's move on.
Let's not forget the best part of Nexus phones too... updates. Nexus phones (with exception of the Verizon variants) have always received the latest versions of Android almost immediately (usually under a month from release). That means you will always have the latest tools, toys, and fixes.
What about pricing?
Sure pricing for the Nexus 4 seems steep at first glance. At $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) you can get almost any phone on any network. iPhone5 runs from $199 to $399 on AT&T, Verizon & Sprint. Samsung Galaxy Note II is $369 on T-Mobile. Each a great competitor, but you can bet the Galaxy Note II won't get updates in a timely manner. The iPhone? Well unless you are an iPhone snob already you know that the iPhone is pretty but it is limiting. No NFC, walled garden of apps, and very little customization. Then again, if you own or want an iPhone, you probably aren't reading this blog anyways.
So why pay $100 extra for the Nexus 4? To be free of the network. To be unlimited (truly). Here is what pricing you are looking to for your 2yr contracts:
- AT&T $139.99/month ($69.99 Unlimited minutes, $50.00 5GB Data, $20.00 Text Messaging)
- Sprint $109.99/month (Simply Everything)
- T-Mobile $89.99
- Verizon $70/month (4GB cap)
The best there is Verizon (though you are capped on data). Over the life of those contracts here is what you will pay:
- AT&T $3359.76
- Sprint $2639.76
- T-Mobile $2159.76
- Verizon $1680
If you switched to an MVNO like SimpleMobile and ate the $100 extra for the purchase of the phone? To get unlimited data at 4G speeds you need to spend $50/month. There is no contract, but if you stuck around for 2 years you would pay at most $1200. If you take Verizon as the best deal you are still saving $480 ($380 if you factor in the phone purchase). Compare this to AT&T though and you are saving $2159.76!! Even if you factor in the $100 for the phone you are coming out saving $2000! That is $1000 a year! For that $1000 you have saved each year you can replace your phone 2 or 3 times!
It's a new world in cell phones. You aren't limited to the major networks, you aren't limited to the phones they offer. Break your mold, join the movement to better cell phones and better pricing on plans.
Please Note: Other than having service with SimpleMobile (which I pay for) I am in no way affiliated with SimpleMobile, or Google. These rants are my own, I just want the world to know they are paying way too much for phones, and service with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint.