The plan we had was for 2 lines at 1400 minutes, with 10 "friends and family" numbers that were unlimited. If you looked at our minutes...we only used a few hundred minutes at most. But of the 10 special numbers....it could be 1500 or more. Texting was a cobbled together plan. Long story. We also had the data plan, and insurance on G-man's phone. We got a discount on ONE line (15%). With taxes, we were at $148 a month.
We spent 3 weeks going through all the plans and companies. What we found out was that what we really wanted in a plan....we sort of already had! No other plan gave us what we already were using, or at least not at a significant cost increase.
The only way to keep the talk usage the same...was to go unlimited with other companies. And that was almost $200 just for that. Texting...again, we would have to go unlimited.
We looked at Metro PCS, but there coverage in our area was poor. AT&T was too expensive and limiting for what we wanted. We ALMOST switched to Sprint, and the cost would have gone down a tad, but again, the coverage was poor.
In the end, we decided to stay with Verizon, and keep what we had in plans. The only differences in the plans now are:
- The plan includes 2 lines (vs one line plus one line as before) at the same price, EXCEPT our discount will now be on both lines.
- Texting was costing us $30 a month with the cobbled together plan. We switched to unlimited, for the same price, EXCEPT our discount will now be applied!
We now are the proud owners of a Samsung Stratosphere. We are a little overwhelmed at how much the phone can actually do!!! But we were able to get both phones for $150 (which includes the $100 rebate). We are happy with our purchase.
So, as for decreasing the cell phone bill....FAIL. We tried, but for what we wanted (yes...WANTED), it wasn't going to happen. Moving on....next on the timeline of goals is the Will and Life insurance!