Okay, so I know I don’t need a smartphone. But that didn’t stop me from checking out plans. You know, just in case.
I told my mom it’s the technological equivalent of going and looking at all the cute puppies waiting to be adopted. You know you can’t afford one. But you just can’t help yourself.
And all I can say is… Wow.
The cheapest — CHEAPEST — two-phone plan I found was $120. That’s before the protection plans ($7 a month each) and taxes and fees. So let’s call it $150. Oh, and that’s using the plan with the fewest minutes I could find.
Also, let’s not forget that the smartphones we’d want are $200 each. Most smartphones will run you at least $99, so you might as well get the exact one you want.
Even if we were going to just get one line, we’d still be looking at $70, plus $7 protection plan, plus tax. So let’s call it about $90.
Oh, or we can use Cricket. That company offers $55 a month for unlimited data/text/calling. But you have to pay full price for your phone. So you’d have to keep your $400-500 phone for more than two years or you’re paying about the same. In some cases, you’d actually be paying more.
I know some of you have phones paid for by your work, or at least subsidized by it. I guess then it’s doable.
But otherwise, if I’m going to spend $160 a month for something Tim and I both enjoy… It’s going to be four semi-swanky date nights.