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.        


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 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?