Thursday, July 21, 2005

STILL paying $50 a month for your mobile phone?

Everything is going as I have foreseen.

After a week of unexplained bureaucratic delays, I’m all set up with t-mobile pre-pay. Sweet! As ghetto as it sounds, this is the bomb. Once your regular t-mobile contract expires, you can convert it to a pre-pay/pay-as-you-go/to-go/whatever-they-call-it-this-week account. That’s a pretty good deal, since you would normally have to pay for a SIM card even if you already have an unlocked GSM phone.

The rate per minute depends on how many you buy at a time, the best value being 1000 minutes (anytime, of course) for $100. Oops, forgot about tax. $108. That’s right, it’s exactly the sales tax. No more of that $40 contract somehow costing you $50 a month. I feel better already!

This has got to be a more sane way to pay for service. You don’t have to worry about the time of the day, week, or month that it is, or whether or not you’re even going to use your phone very much a particular month. No strings!

Of course, if you talk on your phone very much the savings evaporate pretty quickly. But who’s talking anymore? Blackberries have invaded, for the rest of us, New Yorkers have finally discovered text messaging. How many months can I go with my one thousand minutes? I’ll let you know…