Could you do without a voice or text plan?
In light of Verizon's push for an extra 2 a month, it got me thinking that before 2007, i was paying 30 a month SERO plan on Sprint. Now it's over 200 a month with a 3 line AT&T plan. With them paying Apple so much in subs, carriers are looking for ways to increase profits which only means more from us in future.
Wouldn't it be great though to just have a 25 a month data plan only? Of course we have this with an ipad. Ignoring size of ipad, could you see using your ipad as a "phone"?
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I have a quick question and didn't want to start a new thread for this but, I was wondering if I decided to purchase the 4S and am not yet eligible for an upgrade until May 2012 would it be better to use the AT&T add a line feature that way I wouldn't have to pay $649.99 for the 64GB model. Then next question, what about my current plan and it's unlimited data option, if I added the line I'm assuming that unlimited would no longer be there. Also, what about the existing service, would I have to pay an ETF for the current account I have?
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But you know the one thing that stands out in this thread is the poster who finds 150+ per month on a cell phone plan "reasonable."
Now i have few financial worries and can easily pay this and do...over 200 a month. But that's a ridiculous amount to spend per month on a carrier in addition to home phone and internet. JMO. And the carriers are focused on increasing profits so i don't see that improving..
People keep saying in this thread that they need voice or the ability to take calls. You can do this with VOIP apps. I never said we didn't need to do this but instead, do we need voice plans. We can use these same apps to message or even use IM programs or iMessage. Why do we need to pay 30 a month for texting? Or 89 a month on 1400 mins?
The cons i see in using VOIP apps, is they can be closed without you wanting them to be with iOS's multitasking mgmt. They're battery drainers too. But still, 50 a month for 2 lines vs 150+ is quite the savings. Business users that need reliability probably need a voice plan. But we've learned with ipads that users can accept some limitations...as long as you can get 80% or so the way there.