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Sea change in buying a cellphone: What should I expect when I upgrade phones this Fall?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones / Entertainment' started by DaveF, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. DaveF

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    m2m?
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    Month to month, i.e....no contract.
     
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    I'm not sure if they discount (or even offer) month to month. I always did a 2-year contract with subsidized phones then went to the NEXT plan last time I upgraded because my discount made it cheaper than a standard 2-year agreement.
     
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    As far as I can tell, AT&T does..

    Verizon does not, based on website pricing
     
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    I added T-Mobile to my spreadsheet (in simplified form, since they have straightforward but multi variate plans). Basically, AT&T and verizon matched their prices, unless you want unlimited, and really use it (ie, 15GB pool isn't enough.) their prices might be cheap for a family, like four or five smartphones each with a few GB plan. But two phones, upgrade every two years, 3-6gb plan, T-Mobile is not likely the best choice
     
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    I have no desire to pay the crazy prices they want for these phones (I'm AT&T) and don't want to make $20++ a month added payment PER line if we want new phones using NEXT etc.


    I've opted to buy my first unlocked phone and I got it this weekend and let me tell you, it is a pretty amazing phone. Best of all..It's only $300!! And is way more powerful than most of the subsidized phone choices that are out there.


    Spec sample: 5.5" LTE support for AT&T 4GB RAM , 64 GB storage, MicroSD card, Dual SIM card support, Lollipop with a bunch of tweak abilities.Li-Po 3000 mAh battery...and a lot more.


    It's an amazing phone for a fraction of the price of anything else AT&T etc offers.


    https://www.asus.com/Phone/ZenFone_2_ZE551ML/


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    How's the battery life? I see it uses an Intel CPU, which rather than an ARM chip.
     
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    Fine so far. I get a full day with some to spare with a fair amount of usage. It's on par with my G2. But still too early to decide since I'm still in the process of tweaking and getting my apps in order etc.


    Overall though, I'm really glad I made the switch. If these kinds of phone stick around, I'm never going to buy from a carrier again.
     
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    Another pricing question popped up, if anyone knows: if buying a non-subsidized phone from the carrier, paid for monthly, how is it taxed? Is it just local sales tax? Or is it taxed at all the federal telecommunications rates?
     
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    Speaking of battery on the Zenfone. Just saw this posted online:


    http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/24/9200817/asus-zenfone-2-galaxy-s6-fastest-charging-smartphones


     
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    Here in canada, phones would have Tax charged on pst and gst.

    5% plus 7% for us here in BC.
     
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    To paraphrase the classic New Yorker comic: On the internet, no one knows you're a cat :)
     
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    FYI.


    Here's some untouched pics I took with my Zenfone 2 this past weekend while in Colorado.


    P_20150906_115444.

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    Wow, Alf, those are some VERY impressive pictures.
     
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    Thanks. :)
     
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    As long as I can get top notch and powerful phones like my Zenfone2 for a fraction of the cost of the ones offered by carriers, I will never get sucked into a "monthly payment plan" nor will I invest the high costs they want for "unlocked" phones like Galaxy, iphones etc.


    There are so many better options out now or soon to be out that it's silly to throw away money.
     
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    Pricing just got more confusing. I found that I've currently got $30 discounts with AT&T from "Mobile Data Share", from when they were doing their data-plan price revisions last Fall. These go away with a new contract. I need to talk with an AT&T rep, because it appears that getting new phones will increase my bill by more than 30%!
     
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    Dave,


    I am sure I am not alone when I say I hate the phone companies.


    People get nickel-and-dimed for everything. In your case, when you want to get into a new contract, you risk losing perks that the phone company would rather you not have.


    I am paying $950 for a new phone, but I would rather do that every year (with a $400 sale on my old iPhone) than get into contracts and have to worry about my plan changing.


    The Apple Payment plan is great, but as I noted, you have to go into the store and make an appointment and most likely not even walk out with a phone. If in the future, one could apply online in advance of a new phone sale, it would really be a huge hit!
     

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