What smartphone do you like for the $$$ - Page 4 - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Computers-Phones-Tablets Discuss things such as hardware, software, servers and tablets.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-24-2014, 08:19 AM   #31
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
jwfirebird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: western,ny state
Posts: 9,616
Thanked 563 Times in 481 Posts
jwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond repute
Default

i dont get why people want to buy the phone. you still have to pay for service, and they give you the phone if you sign up for a year or two. i have been with att since before it was att, not like you can live without a phone these days
jwfirebird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 09:37 AM   #32
Retired Administrator

True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
GunsOfNavarone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 2,856
Thanked 167 Times in 129 Posts
GunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud of
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jwfirebird View Post
i dont get why people want to buy the phone. you still have to pay for service, and they give you the phone if you sign up for a year or two. i have been with att since before it was att, not like you can live without a phone these days
Justin, I like the freedom of being able to cancel service, when you own your phone, you have options, when you are paying the "company store" for the phone- they have you by the shorts.

I switched my wife to Verizon, she has a new Iphone 6. The first bill is on the way, and I received a e-mail yesterday with these exact words "This month'* bill might be a little higher, and we don't want you to be surprised.". WTF- no issue with the bill being higher, but this was not well disclosed when the agreement was signed, and it is not like we can walk away or switch providers as we have a contract and the cost of the phone is hidden in the phone bill.

Once people buy phones outright and can move the phones seamlessly between providers- big savings will happen for the consumer. For now, we are overpaying for smartphones because of the smoke and mirrors of "only $99 for a Iphone 6" deals that the providers are hawking.
GunsOfNavarone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 10:32 AM   #33
Senior Administrator








Certified Car Nut
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Horseheads, NY
Posts: 15,649
Thanked 1,001 Times in 777 Posts
Mike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It'* been a well know fact that when you contract a phone, your actually LEASING the phone. You think you paid $1 or $99 for that smartphone? Nope. You actually paid FULL retail price by the end of your 2 year contract. This is why the plans for smartphone actually cost more because the phones themselves cost more than your typical flip phone.

And this is where some people think they bypass the big guy with pre-paid phones such as Straighttalk or Pageplus. They are piggybacking off of Verizon'* and AT&T'* prepaid network. Basically, your treated as a 3rd rate customer. VerATTSprint will give priority traffic to its contract customers, then their pre-paid, then the piggybackers. Even the pre-paid smartphones are limited in the software and the capabilities.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Mike For This Useful Post:
GunsOfNavarone (10-24-2014)
Old 10-24-2014, 01:23 PM   #34
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
jwfirebird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: western,ny state
Posts: 9,616
Thanked 563 Times in 481 Posts
jwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond repute
Default

all companies do the fees are more and data. verizon and att have been within a few dollars of each other once you add everything up every time i look into it. they charge me 100 bucks total, for two phones with tons of texts and data on each. even if you dont get burnt buying a shady phone, thats 600 plus your service every month. doesnt seem to me much different, except you have a chance of the phone being used broke or stolen.
jwfirebird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 01:33 PM   #35
Artist
True Car Nut
 
yutzybrian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 5,283
Thanked 48 Times in 35 Posts
yutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to behold
Default

I'm currently sitting at $92 and change each month for one phone but I'm on an old plan: 450 minutes/unlimited messaging/unlimited data. I've been debating taking my S4 to Verizon prepaid because I can get unlimited talk/text with 1gb for $45 a month. I'd have to cut down my data usage extremely but I'm tired of paying almost $100/month for this damn thing.

edit: also a note, since I'd be on prepaid they can't charge me for data overage; if I hit 1GB, I just simply wouldn't have data service until the reset date or until I purchase a $5 data boost.

Last edited by yutzybrian; 10-24-2014 at 01:34 PM.
yutzybrian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 01:41 PM   #36
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
jwfirebird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: western,ny state
Posts: 9,616
Thanked 563 Times in 481 Posts
jwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond reputejwfirebird has a reputation beyond repute
Default

i think for 1 person its cheaper on att, they are like 40 for some minutes, i never use because calling my wife is free and my family is att too. and 10 for 2 or 4 gigs, i dont use it that much. when im at home i use wifi. certain companies and govt get discounts too. verizon was way more for 1 person but 2 was the same
jwfirebird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #37
LA1
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
LA1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: east coast
Posts: 99
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
LA1 is on a distinguished road
Default

I like my 3 year old Samsung strat
LA1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 04:05 PM   #38
Artist
True Car Nut
 
yutzybrian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 5,283
Thanked 48 Times in 35 Posts
yutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to beholdyutzybrian is a splendid one to behold
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jwfirebird View Post
i think for 1 person its cheaper on att, they are like 40 for some minutes, i never use because calling my wife is free and my family is att too. and 10 for 2 or 4 gigs, i dont use it that much. when im at home i use wifi. certain companies and govt get discounts too. verizon was way more for 1 person but 2 was the same
Only reason I stick with Verizon is the coverage. Every other carrier has way higher dropped calls.
yutzybrian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2014, 04:15 PM   #39
Retired Administrator

True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
GunsOfNavarone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 2,856
Thanked 167 Times in 129 Posts
GunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud of
Default

Need to add- in my situation I have T-mobile, and it barley works in the area I currently live in. I then lost my phone. If I switched to Verizon I was going to have to pay T-mobile $180 balance left on the phone, and over one hundred dollars breaking the contract early fee. Then go to Verizon and pay $200 for a phone, and then have to make 24 months worth of payments. That is a total of over $500 out of my pocket and then be obligated to Verizon for two years likely at a cost of close to $2400. It becomes a lot of money. By BYOD, if I can make T-mobile work, I paid $300 out of pocket for a new phone and negotiate a lower bill. If T-mobile becomes unbearable because of poor coverage, at the end of my T-mobile contract I can move over to AT&T with a BYOD, and not have to buy(lease) a new device as a T-mobile phone will work on ATT. Or I can do a pre-pay plan that has crappy customer service but at a reduced rate.

Complex situation- but that is why I slected to buy a phone cash upfront over lease a phone at full retail. My cash up front price for a unused Galaxy S5 was $300. A Galaxy S5 at Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or ATT run around $600 (plus tax). If I lose my phone I am out $300. If I lose a phone from a large provider under contract I may owe up to six hundred dollars, I know the debt balance gets reduced every month by 4.2%.
GunsOfNavarone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 02:59 AM   #40
Senior Administrator








Certified Car Nut
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Horseheads, NY
Posts: 15,649
Thanked 1,001 Times in 777 Posts
Mike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Unfortunately in your case Mike, your best coverage carrier is Verizon. From my experience, they are the best coverage provider in the "stix" in the rural areas compared to the others.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Mike For This Useful Post:
GunsOfNavarone (10-25-2014)
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How important is your smartphone? Mike Lounge 10 03-14-2014 06:13 PM
i would just like to say (add your own, if you like) jwakamud Lounge 16 02-05-2008 04:19 PM
You know you a Geek when you watch stuff like this... bandit Lounge 1 09-04-2006 12:25 AM
If you like movies, you got to check this out!!!! Twister97 Lounge 10 04-05-2004 02:06 AM
If you use an ironing board, you might like these MOS95B Lounge 4 03-14-2004 04:44 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:22 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.