Here is my April edition of money saving tips. Subject matter - my road to recovery from 10+ years of cell phone contracts!
I've been an AT&T subscriber for more than 10 years. I can't remember what my bills were in the beginning but I know they got more expensive once my husband and I got hooked on iPhones. My first iPhone was a 3GS 8gb. I adored that phone until the space got so small that it couldn't accommodate email, photos, upgrades and everything else I wanted so I upgraded to the iPhone 4 with 16gb and stayed happy with that until 2 years ago when the same problem occurred.
A very helpful man called me over at Target and made a very compelling case on how we should upgrade to the iPhone 5. I guess he caught me right when my contract was about to end because the bill came out to only slightly more than what I was already paying, approximately $130 per month for two phones.
The new plans 2 years ago were showing that we would have paid considerably more per month on the iPhone 6 so I thought we were getting a great deal on the 5's. I realize now how sadly naive I was. Here is how it breaks down:
We paid $130 per month for 2gb of data total. This past month our contract ended on April 17th. Our bill would have gone down to $84 if we had stayed with AT&T. Subtract $130 - 84 = 46. Take 46 x 24 months and the total is $1,104. We paid $1,104 for two iPhone 5's. Excuse me while I curl into a ball and cry myself to sleep. But wait, I don't have time for self-pity, I firmly believe that we must be constantly trying to make ourselves better at everything so I will take this as a wake up lesson that I finally managed to learn!Even before I did the math, I was already feeling uncomfortable with 2 year contracts so I started looking into other plans a month ago and promptly ran out of time due to travel and illnesses so I decided to start with Cricket who was offering $70 p/m with 3gb data each for two phones that we brought into the store . There is no contract so if we find a better deal elsewhere, we can walk away at any time. I did later find that GoPro is offering $50 for two phones at 2gb each and Freedom Pop has a similar deal so maybe I'll try them later.
I went on eBay a few weeks ago and bought an iPhone 6 with 128gb of space for $255 because I was once again running out of room for email, photos, upgrades, etc. My husband decided to stick with his iPhone 5 because he was not running out of space. I can honestly say the difference between 5 and 6 is very little in terms of how fast apps run or operate so for me it was simply a choice of more space that was the critical factor.
- buy phones online after scouting the best deal
- no more phone contracts - EVER!