We are not cell phone people. Not by a long shot. I can say that because this is probably the most expensive cell my DH or myself has ever had. What do and did we have and what we paid.
So currently we were paying $120/month plus taxes and fees = $138/month for 4 cell phone lines and 2 tablet lines. It is a super old unlimited calling, texting, data plan. The tablet lines were free add ons. I still used the free table until this year from 2015 so 6 solid years of use and I finally upgraded Black Friday a samsung 4g A7 lite tablet for $199. That was my "christmas" present to myself. DH dropped his but upgraded his tablet about 2 years ago. I love to use mine traveling and reading on it more than my phone. DH barely uses his so free works.
I was sick and tired of trying to use google voice for my new business phone line. I was struggling getting 2 step verification working which doesn't usually work with google voice. So i decided I would "splurge" and get another cell phone line for work. It would be exclusive use and i could turn it off or leave it if I got annoyed.
So I went into t-mobile and asked to add a line. They said it would be $20 a month. I said of course. This was a better deal than mint mobile/cricket/google fi/ting.
Ting was $25/month for 5 gb cost more and get less. Or $35/onth unlimited.
Cricket was $30/month for 5 gb for 1 line or 5 lines for $25/month a line = $125/month but no tablets and no 6th line (more on this later). Not a bad deal but also doesn't work internationally. Our plan allows free international roaming and 2 tablet lines and 6th line. So far this was the best switch. But
Tello was $19/month for 4 gb. It also maxes out on 4 lines. We need minimum 5 lines. But sure let's go with 4 lines. So $80/month for 4 gb. Perspective is unlimited is $39/month. I know we don't need it but we also get it for an apples to apples comparison.
Google fi was $30/month for unlimited up to 6 lines. So $180.month might be best deal. Mint was $35/month for unlimited plan. Best deal was probably bewteen cricket, google fi, or maybe ting.
So I walked into Tmobile and thought I'd get a line and I did. But they offered us BOGO for $20/month including all taxes and fees for 2 cell phone lines. I thought okay for $20/month I get my business line and a free line for future use of my DK2. So now we would be paying $138 for 5 lines and 2 tablets and I pay $20/month for a business line exclusive use and I do.
But getting a 2 new lines meant we could get 2 new phones on deal. Since DH had a pixel 3 and I had a free phone from May of last year (DK1 had a new phone) I had a samsung a12. So I decided DH's phone has been dying fast the battery so I told him pick one. He picked the google pixel 6 pro for $899 but we paid $400. I paid $99 for pixel 6 regular price $599. $99 for a phone I have to say that is way better than anything I've had before. I used it for my personal phone and instead am using the A12 for my business phone. Yes it's a bit cumbersome keeping a personal and business phone but I sort of like the freedom of turning it off.
But overall I think we aren't doing badly. Yes we have to pay monthly for our two new phones as "credit" and I paid the balance $399 and $99 in full this month. But $160/month for 6 lines and 2 tablets is not a bad deal. Free international roaming and unlimited data/text/messaging plus free hotspotting.
We also get good service with T-mobile where we live. So it's a plus. The people at the store say that our plan is ridiculously good because it's super old and we are grandfathered in. I don't know if that's true or not. But I wonder at what point do we kick off my BIL and 2 kids? Or is this a permanent thing?
February 13th, 2022 at 10:01 pm 1644789699