Sunday, December 06, 2009
Paid Up For The Droid
Yesterday my cheap clamshell phone broke in half. The hinge had been hanging by a thread so it was inevitable.
Luckily my phone contract was up.
As I discussed previously, I'm one of these suckers who overpays for cell service because, well, I don't really use it enough to justify even the cheapest bundle.
I strongly considered going the pre-paid route and trying to make do with that iPod Touch that I just fell in love with recently.
The only problem was, I loved it too much. I figure if merely having occasional pocket email access was soooo much more productive....then a souped up PDA phone might be well worth the expense.
I really hadn't made up my mind which way to go when the situation came to a head in the form of my bisected phone yesterday.
So today we went to Verizon store and just anteed up for the snazzy new phone. $150 (after rebate) for my Droid - then they sucker you in to buy a case, covers, etc. My wife got a new cheapo phone for nothing with her rebate. All told we are paying $100 a month for 700 cell minutes on the two phones, my email and data, and however many texts $5 buys me per month. My wife has a corporate discount so the monthly bill would otherwise be $125.
It does seem like a lot, but effectively the bill only went up $25-$30 per month.
I must say it was a delight to go into the Verizon store this time. They took my old, severed phone and transferred all the contact info into the Droid; and did the same for my wife's new phone. If memory serves me, they used to charge for this, didn't they?
Though I'm still fumbling my way around with the tiny pull-out keyboard and the Droid's functionalities....so far I'm loving it!
But now we have a superfluous iPod Touch that we'll probably sell...
For background, see:
C-Nut Ventures Back To The Future
And my semi-presicent post from one year ago:
The Three Horses