Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Cell Phone Shark Frenzy

My cell phone contract is up in a couple of weeks so I've started looking at new phones.  Umm..why do 99% of these phones require an 30 dollar data plan on top of the regular plan??  Verizon is the only company that works where I live so I'm limited to phones they use.

I don't have a life.  I don't see any reason to surf the web or check my email via my phone.  That's what a computer is for..or my iPad.  I don't even text.  My current plan is 40 bucks with a basic Nokia phone.  I get 400 minutes; most of which I don't use.  When I checked out similar phones to mine, they are cheaply made and not worth it..even if it is free.  The thought of spending 70 bucks a month ( regular plan + data plan) just for one phone makes me want to puke.  For less than that I get DSL internet and unlimited long distance on my land line.

The Trac phones do not work in my area as I tried that once.

So ladies..what do you suggest?  What BS should I ignore when dealing with the store?  The one time I went in it was like a shark frenzy with sales people.  I got my charger, paid and tried to slip out before I got jumped the last time I went in.        

4 comments:

SandyQuilts said...

Just because your plan is ending doesn't mean you have to reup. Let the contract expire and continue on. If your phone still works, keep it.

OR select a basic phone that requires a data plan. Of course, I don't know verizon but all the others have basic phones that don't require data plan, msg, internet and etc.

Good Luck. Say ... look on line at verizon.

Rhonda said...

I have no idea about cell phone plans....I usually tell them what I want to pay and if they want my business...they needed to fit a plan to the amount I was willing to pay.....it worked but that was 2 years ago.

Trish said...

I gave up my cell phone, it was a waste of money for me. I don't text, and if I go out of town for the weekend, I borrow hubby's (he only uses it for work). I figure if someone wants to talk to me, they can call me at home.... it's where I spend most of my time!

Michele said...

If you don't get the rebate, do you still have to get the data plan?