- 03-26-2013, 01:09 PM #1
I agree, pricing is horrible at both AT&T and Verizon. Right now I'm paying AT&T $137 a month for two lines, basically 69 bucks for both lines. We're on a mobile share plan and only get 1GB of data between two phones. Thankfully I have wifi just about everywhere I go but that doesn't change the fact that 1GB is easy to blow through.
Given the chance I would immediately leap to T-Mobile's cheaper plans. I can live with 2GB/$60 for my phone and 500MB/$50 for my girl's phone. Unfortunately, T-Mobile's network still has too many holes. I tried signing up for T-Mobile a few months back only to discover that I have zero signal at home and a barely usable signal at work. That simply won't do.
03-26-2013, 01:22 PM #2
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Dude, the carriers in your country are clearly ****ting you. I pay USD$34/month and i get unlimited text, 100 mins of free outgoing calls and free incoming calls. Also, i get like, 3GB of data.
Bottom line, i agree with your statement. Pricing is horrible on every carrier in your country.
- 03-26-2013, 04:28 PM #5
From a business standpoint, it is more advantageous to have people on contracts, since it means you have a relatively stable source of revenue.
Here in the US, there really isn't any advantage to paying full price for a phone, since you are pretty much locked into one carrier, and you still pay the same price for the monthly service, unless you opt to go with an MVNO, which may present different issues.
- 03-26-2013, 04:44 PM #6
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04-01-2013, 04:03 PM #9
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Regardless, with what you just posted, there's actually a better plan here. For $30 on T-Mobile US (via their prepaid options, rather than postpaid) you can get 100 minutes of calls, unlimited text, and 5GB data at "4G" speeds. 10 cents/min for extra minutes. If that's offered in the US, then certainly there is some carrier in some country that has already beaten it. You should shop around ;)
Then again, doing direct currency conversions suck anyway because it's rarely a fair comparison. So it's probably still cheaper there.
- 04-01-2013, 04:07 PM #10
I think Straight Talk is the only MNVO I would consider but they don't allow streaming on their network (d'oh) and they their unlimited plans don't include WiFi hotspot (though I hear some are still able to use it). Oh, and then there's the recent change in their policy which makes my AT&T phones unusable. From their wiki page.
Straight Talk formerly allowed customers to bring an AT&T GSM phone or to purchase a SIM card that offers service on AT&T's network. As of February 2013, America Movil has discontinued both options from both the Straight Talk and NET10 websites. In addition, most references (besides support articles) have been edited to remove any mentions to AT&T-compatible service. It is unclear as to whether AT&T-compatible sales have been permanently discontinued or not. Existing customers are not impacted by this change.
- 04-01-2013, 06:27 PM #11
- 04-01-2013, 06:32 PM #12
Also, consider that we're talking different countries entirely here. That's not the same. And there's plenty carriers over here that offer international calling for as little as 1p a minute.
04-01-2013, 07:07 PM #13
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