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Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Sidekick is going to be bummed out by this.(My Smartphone decision):

I am on T-Mobile and have been waiting for new smartphones that are going to be 4G/LTE compatible.

I was debating between the Samsung Galaxy S III, which would have set me back $600 and the iPhone 5, which was a tad more. T-Mobile doesn't subsidize, but they do give you cheaper monthly rates -$49.99 unlimited talk and text plus 2 MB of time.

I read that the Google Nexus 4 is very highly regarded and is going to be 4G compatible on T-Mobile's network. Here's the kicker: T-Mobile sells them for $549 ... I got it direct through the Google Play store for $349.

The reason I mention this is because it's a cheap price, and they sell out fast. I stumbled onto a press release dated two days ago that said Google just got another batch.

From what I've been able to read, it is the same exact phone T-Mobile sells and functions the same.

So if you need one, hurry before they're gone.

http://goo.gl/RhKdQ
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 

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Here is the T-Mobile page. The $199 price listed is with a two year plan where you essentially pay for the phone in installments. The phone I bought you can use with the Value Plan which is substantially cheaper than their normal rates.

http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Phones/cell-phon...

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Jan 31, 2013
 
ATT. Upgraded to an iPhone. $99.
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
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ATT. Upgraded to an iPhone.$99.
Yeah, but depending on your plan, you're paying $90+ a month. Unlimited on T-Mobile is $69.99 ... 500 minutes talk + unlimited text and data is $54.99.

Do the math.

http://goo.gl/QFYZq

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412948,...
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
T-Mobile's 'Value' plan beats 'Classic' any day

A closer look at T-Mobile's two cell phone plans reveals big savings everyone should grab.

Walk into a T-Mobile store and a second cell phone payment option might catch your eye: the Value plan.

At first, the plan looks a bit like an interest model: a lower up-front cost for your purchase, say $50 less, followed by 20 months of equal payments of $20 apiece. In other words, you spend most of your two-year contract paying hundreds of dollars more for your phone.

But peer closer and the Value plan actually saves you over $100 during a two-year contract, and more if you keep the device longer than its typical two-year tenure.

How? You pay for the unsubsidized or less-subsidized cost of the phone, but also pay a smaller monthly data rate.

http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57549696-85/...
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Google's Nexus 4 smartphone back on sale

By Salvador Rodriguez

11:32 AM PST, January 29, 2013

The Google Nexus 4 smartphone is back again in the Google Play online store after being sold out since early December.

The popular Android smartphone went on sale in November, but it's had trouble keeping up with the demand. When it first launched in early November, the phone sold out online within a matter of minutes.

The Nexus 4, Google's fourth smartphone, returned in late November, but was available only for a few days before selling out yet again.

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At that point, the $299 8-gigabyte version of the smartphone was listed as "SOLD OUT" while the 16 GB $349 version said it would take five to six weeks before it could ship.

But now, nearly two months later, the Nexus 4 is back.

Both the 8 GB and 16 GB versions of the phone have a listed shipping wait time of one to two weeks.

If you're interested in the phone, you might want to get it now -- as the Nexus 4 tends to sell out fast. It works with AT&T and T-Mobile carriers.

In addition to buying it on Google Play, the phone is also available on T-Mobile's website and in its stores.

http://goo.gl/QFYZq

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Yeah, but depending on your plan, you're paying $90+ a month. Unlimited on T-Mobile is $69.99 ... 500 minutes talk + unlimited text and data is $54.99.
Do the math.
http://goo.gl/QFYZq
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412948,...
I have about a total of a $90 monthly bill, including unlimited data and wifi connectivity. 450 month daytime talk, unlimited nights/weekends talk, nearly unlimited texting (it's like something 5000 true limit, but I don't text that much). And yeah, I abuse the data plan because I use it as a GPS unit. And I have free talk anytime anyone in the ATT network (probably half my friends/family) plus rollover (I have about 4000 minutes banked).

You're not saving any money long run. Your data IS probably limited to something like 3-4GB (which is very generous). The several hundred buck difference in your phone cost vs. mine is the break-even point. The data plan isn't worth arguing over because over the past month, I didn't even exceed 1.5GB, and that was with a lot of driving/GPS and a LOT of email while traveling and at work.

Plus, I have Siri. She's fun to mess with.

Point, there's always some "waste" in anything. It's not worth the fussing over. Bottom line: cheaper SmartPhone, break-even with the monthly costs. The $25 or so a month you're saving =$25 X 12 months =$300 or the price difference between the phones...
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
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I have about a total of a $90 monthly bill, including unlimited data and wifi connectivity. 450 month daytime talk, unlimited nights/weekends talk, nearly unlimited texting (it's like something 5000 true limit, but I don't text that much). And yeah, I abuse the data plan because I use it as a GPS unit. And I have free talk anytime anyone in the ATT network (probably half my friends/family) plus rollover (I have about 4000 minutes banked).
You're not saving any money long run. Your data IS probably limited to something like 3-4GB (which is very generous). The several hundred buck difference in your phone cost vs. mine is the break-even point. The data plan isn't worth arguing over because over the past month, I didn't even exceed 1.5GB, and that was with a lot of driving/GPS and a LOT of email while traveling and at work.
Plus, I have Siri. She's fun to mess with.
Point, there's always some "waste" in anything. It's not worth the fussing over. Bottom line: cheaper SmartPhone, break-even with the monthly costs. The $25 or so a month you're saving =$25 X 12 months =$300 or the price difference between the phones...
Here's the T-Mobile Value Plan which sounds comparable to what you have.

500 MINUTE VALUE—TALK + TEXT
500 Minutes + Unlimited Text
5GB + Mobile HotSpot (i.e. using your phone as a router)- 64.99
Unlimited Nationwide 4G - 59.99
2GB -$49.99

So take your $90 -$60 and that's $720 over two years. Probably a wash if you like to change phones, but mine is going on five years now. I'm sure the new one will be used a very long time. If I make it for four years again, that means I'm roughly $1,000 ahead.

The numbers wouldn't be so favorable had I bought the phone through T-Mobile, though.
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
^^^ At $349 for the phone, it's virtually paid off in a little over a year. Everything else is money after that.
sidekick

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Enzyte Bob wrote:
^^^ At $349 for the phone, it's virtually paid off in a little over a year. Everything else is money after that.
I can upgrade next month to an iphone5 for $199 (Verizon unlimited), which my plan is around $89 a month.
It's rumored that a 5s will be out shortly, followed soon by an iphone6 in the next year or so. I mainly choose iPhone due to my other computers being Apple products also. The compatibility is perfect for my interests.
Most people i noticed don't use a smart phone for what it's worth, but when they choose iPhone, plus run Mac's, they seem to take more interest in it's features.

I am disappointed in you, Bob...LOL
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
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I can upgrade next month to an iphone5 for $199 (Verizon unlimited), which my plan is around $89 a month.
It's rumored that a 5s will be out shortly, followed soon by an iphone6 in the next year or so. I mainly choose iPhone due to my other computers being Apple products also. The compatibility is perfect for my interests.
Most people i noticed don't use a smart phone for what it's worth, but when they choose iPhone, plus run Mac's, they seem to take more interest in it's features.
I am disappointed in you, Bob...LOL
I was always going to stay with T-Mobile because of the rates. They were going to get the iPhone in March and it was going to be 4G. The deciding factor between the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy would have been 1) 4G capability and 2) price. At a $100 difference, I would have probably gone with the iPhone because everybody seems to like it.

But then this thing dropped into my lap ... and at $349 you can't lose at that price. Especially when I saw that it's really a $549 phone. If I don't like it, I can always get a new one without really losing that much.
sidekick

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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I was always going to stay with T-Mobile because of the rates. They were going to get the iPhone in March and it was going to be 4G. The deciding factor between the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy would have been 1) 4G capability and 2) price. At a $100 difference, I would have probably gone with the iPhone because everybody seems to like it.
But then this thing dropped into my lap ... and at $349 you can't lose at that price. Especially when I saw that it's really a $549 phone. If I don't like it, I can always get a new one without really losing that much.
Good deal. It's crazy how much they want for these little gadgets. I've messed around with a friends Galaxy. I wasn't impressed with it's keypad or it's graphics. The menu, settings and built-in apps seemed a lot more scattered around and confusing, compared to iPhone, but I like the market place Google has. If i catch glimpse of a cool app, i think you'll enjoy, I will mention it to you. BTW- DropBox has always been one i've brought up. I assumed it to be useful for you.
Enzyte Bob

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Jan 31, 2013
 
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BTW- DropBox has always been one i've brought up. I assumed it to be useful for you.
That's cloud storage, isn't it?
sidekick

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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That's cloud storage, isn't it?
It can be used that way. I use iCloud for that though. I use dropbox for files, videos and such, that are to big to email, text and transfer easily.
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
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Jan 31, 2013
 
sidekick wrote:
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It can be used that way. I use iCloud for that though. I use dropbox for files, videos and such, that are to big to email, text and transfer easily.
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Thanks. Yes, I can see the use now.

That said, the phone I bought does have the 4G chip. Check this out:

http://smartphones.wonderhowto.com/how-to/ena...
Enzyte Bob

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sidekick

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Jan 31, 2013
 
Enzyte Bob wrote:
Don't brick it, Bob. lol
I wouldn't think you cared about speed that much.
BTW, I can't believe you're the ~HOT~ spot now....after all the free wifi you've zoned for. Are you going to charge strangers to access your data or is this a new pick-up line for conversation?
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Jan 31, 2013
 
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A comparison to the voice recognition,(Siri vs Google now).
Enzyte Bob

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Feb 1, 2013
 
sidekick wrote:
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Don't brick it, Bob. lol
I wouldn't think you cared about speed that much.
BTW, I can't believe you're the ~HOT~ spot now....after all the free wifi you've zoned for. Are you going to charge strangers to access your data or is this a new pick-up line for conversation?
LOL - No, that's a $15 add-on with T-Mobile. I'll probably end up with unlimited 4G for $54.99.

But you have to admit, these prices are great. And T-Mobile's coverage is actually pretty good in the Eastern US, at least for my purposes.
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Feb 1, 2013
 
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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LOL - No, that's a $15 add-on with T-Mobile. I'll probably end up with unlimited 4G for $54.99.
But you have to admit, these prices are great. And T-Mobile's coverage is actually pretty good in the Eastern US, at least for my purposes.
I couldn't get a plan from Verizon that would support my iPhone at a price under $80. My old droid had no internet charge(wifi only), which was around $39, three years ago.
I updated today it's IOS to 6.1 ( http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/01/28App... ), although i can't find much difference.
Anyhow, as long as you get what you pay for, or expect....That's all that matters.

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