TGIF! Woohoo! We made it to the weekend! How is everyone? I’m doing good. Glad it is the weekend, that’s for sure. Since I’m not training anymore, I don’t have to get a long run in. AHHHH!!! It’s a glorious feeling. =)
So today’s topic is somewhat tiny house related and somewhat not. I have an iPhone. I’ve had an iPhone since they first came out. I laugh at that because I am not tech saavy or into getting the latest and greatest so the fact I had an iPhone before they were popular is kinda funny…especially given that I had that stinking 1st gen iPhone until they made me replace it because the technology changed and they didn’t support it anymore. ha! I upgraded and had that phone until the battery died (and is not replaceable) and 4 years ago got the iPhone 5. It could have been 3 but I think it’s been 4 years. Since then I switched to Cricket Wireless and love that I pay $35 a month and have the exact same service I had with their competitor in which I was paying $90 a month. I’m going to switch gears for a bit but you’ll see why so hang in there with me….
I have a mobile hot spot at my house which you can read about here or here (see I’m relating this to tiny house living ) through T-Mobile because at the time they had a Binge-On service (not longer available) in which you get X amount of gigabytes a month and any media (video like Netflix or Amazon prime and Pandora etc) isn’t counted towards that. I had 6 gig but recently went up to 10 because I was running out each month….not quite sure why yet. anyways. This has worked great for me. I currently pay $50 a month for the 10 gig and was paying $35 a month for the 6 gig. So in total for mobile devices I was paying $85 a month. Not too shabby, right?!
Well, it’s a sad sad day/time because my iPhone 5 is dying a slow painful (for me) death. =( The poor guy is being extremely slow and doing weird things. So I’m on the market for a new cell phone (I’m getting an iPhone 6) which makes me evaluate my cell provider and internet. I need to through in another piece of the puzzle here too: I’m going to be traveling to Europe and would like an international data plan. This is a work thing so I would get reimbursed for any additional international charges but thought if I had something that would work over there it would solve a dilemma we are having with the planning of this trip. Long story short, I would like something that would have the capabilities to go overseas but not have to pay for that service every month because this is a one time trip.
So I went to T-mobile to discuss if I could add a package onto my current data plan to go overseas and that’s a no. However, if I switched my phone there too I could get unlimited text, talk, and data that includes international data for $95 a month. They also have a special on the cell phones right now and I keep my mobile hotspot device!…. sounds good and everything but T-mobile has a bad reputation for losing service! I like this deal but don’t want to lose my great phone service that I have now.
Plan B: Verizon who also had unlimited. I can get the same set up (have to purchase a new hot spot device but same service) for $105 a month (that’s with an 18% discount from work) and then add on $10 a day for international data – for those days I’m there (work would pay for this). However, I would have to sign up for a 2 year contract (tmobile and cricket don’t have this) and would pay $70 in activation fees because the hot spot AND the phone would need activated.
Ok, not a big deal about the contract but I honestly like not having one. Weird but I like it. I still have to talk to AT&T and Cricket about options and I’m hoping my phone will last at least a few more weeks. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Who do you have for phone service? Are you happy with them??? I need advice so please share.