So... I want a smartphone. And thanks to a recent windfall, I can now almost justify getting one. But, I have serious, serious reservations about jumping in to the deep end of the pool in terms of monthly contracts. For reference, with my pay-as-you-go plan from Virgin Mobile, right now I spend $20-30 a month. (I make few calls, I send few text messages, and I don't do twitter.) So if I buy a smartphone that will be a pretty big cost difference.
Anyway I've been researching and waiting. I've come to the conclusion that what I really want -- a pay-as-you-go smartphone -- does not exist, and isn't going to anytime soon. So then, what are my options, and how do they stack up?
|HTC Incredible||HTC EVO||iPhone 4||Google Nexus One unlocked||Google Nexus One|
|Total cost 1 year:||1100||1040||1040||1250||1139|
|Total cost 2 years:||2000||1880||1880||1970||2099|
|Total cost 3 years:||2900||2720||2720||2690||3059|
|what?||very well reviewed||no battery life, too much like a monster truck||too Apple, but.. probably a really good phone.||no contract, but also less support = ??||too much $.|
As you can tell I'm deciding between an Android phone and an iPhone, and my preference is leaning slightly towards the Android, but only slightly.
It turns out they all cost about the same. Especially since, if I'm going to be honest with myself, I can be pretty hard on my devices, and a phone I buy might not last 3, or even 2 years. So there's the replacement/repair cost to be considered as well, and that makes an unlocked phone relatively less attractive.
It's striking to compare the cost of a phone with the cost of, for example, a TV. A television lasts maybe 5-10 years. If it lasts just 5 years, and I spend $700 on it, then my cell phone is more than 6 times as expensive as my TV. (Of course, that doesn't count netflix or cable subscriptions... but it also doesn't count phone overage or apps.)
No decision has been reached. Does anyone have any words of wisdom?
Verizon - HTC Incredible
$200 + $75/mo
($39.99 plan + $29.99 data + $5 text (200 messages))
Sprint HTC EVO
$200 + $70/mo
AT&T - iPhone 4
$200 + $70/mo (down to $60/mo with 200MB data limit... interesting but annoying...)
T-Mobile - Nexus One
$530 + $60/mo
Nexus One Contract
$179 + $80/mo