Phones and data plans was RE: Digital voice recorder is priceless

Subject: Phones and data plans was RE: Digital voice recorder is priceless
From: James Leatherwood <JLeatherwood -at- aflac -dot- com>
To: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:35:20 -0500

Nancy -
I'm a long-time Verizon user, and yes, ~$100/month is about right for one phone with data. Mine is heavily discounted because of my employer, and it's still that high, or nearly so. One way to think of it is your $30 phone is actually $450 - you're just paying the other $420 over 24 months.

A couple of options:
Use a "Feature phone" (aka dumb phone) and add a portable hot spot "MiFi" with a tablet (iPad or other). It can be a bit cheaper, and you get a different mobile experience than you would with a phone. I foresee documentation going tablet-mobile far sooner (and more effectively) than phone-mobile.

Check out T-Mobile, or even Verizon's prepaid plans. You'll pay more for the phone (often full, unsubsidized price), but I've seen unlimited data for $50/month. That $450 phone would be paid for in 9 months of $100 bills, then your bill drops to $50 - saving you $750ish.

James Leatherwood

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From: Nancy Allison [mailto:maker -at- verizon -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 12:04 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Digital voice recorder is priceless

Thanks for the info, Craig.

As it happens, I just priced a smartphone through Verizon for the first time this weekend. (Yep, I am the world's latest adopter.)

My biggest reason is that I'm certain that tech comm will move to mobile apps -- although I find it hard to envision a true user manual being reduced to that tiny UI -- and I need to become familiar with the technology.

With a discount, the Android phone that I liked would cost me $30, a great price.

But, the Verizon smartphone contract would have run just about $100 per month ($80 as advertised and several "Oh yeah, and you have to pay for this, too" things).

Is that about what these plans go for?

Does anyone have a phone-plus-data plan that is significantly less than ~ $100 per month? Do you think we as a group get a lower rate if enough of us signed on?? Is there any way around this big a chunk of money?


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