The Search for a Cell...

...Phone that is. I have been researching this because I am finished with my very first cell contract. Before this, I was the proud owner of a $9 per month land line account. The best price for my cell contract is about $35 per month for two years and my phone time is limited. I still believe that we are all being forced into having to pay a lot for a communication device that, though it allows a great deal of convenience and could even be an element in saving your very life, costs way too much compared to what I had before that served me well.
Now I am completely amazed at all of the features that this tiny communication device can offer...as well as the price.
At this point in time, AT&T is likely going to offer the brand new OMNIA. A very smart move on AT&T's part because the Omnia is the best competitor to the IPhone which is also handled by AT&T.
Blackberry is on the verge of releasing the Thunder and the Bold, and Nokia has a phone in the running but the model slips my mind at the moment. By the way, most of the time I am looking at two windows; one for the cell phone deal and one that is either www.engadget.com or www.cnet.com for ratings on the phones.
I really want to try a phone with e-mail and a few other nifty extras, but I really would like to avoid a two year contract. With this in mind, I am currently purusing www.celltrade.com and www.cellswapper.com to attempt taking over somebody else's contract and inheriting their cell phone in the deal for a few months as a trial run. I am hoping this will be a win/win for both the person needing to get out of their contract and for me to try something different.

Note these sites for cells on sale; http://www.wirefly.com/ http://www.point.com/ http://www.myrateplan.com/ http://www.letstalk.com/


>>5p34k1nt0ngu35<< said...

I think the only way prices will go down is if people start refusing to give in to all these exorbitant contracts/fees. I don't foresee that happening anytime soon, which is why I still don't have a cell.

I draw a direct comparison to folks who have cable television. I don't pay for that either, I just wait until the library (usually Grandview Heights) gets the DVD, or I check out episodes on the internet. Most people who have cable don't get rid of it and continue to be overcharged for that service, IMHO.

I use open-source versions of various software for similar reasons. Microsoft Office alternatives are plentiful. In fact, you can get free replacements for just about any kind of sofware you can think of.

DrawU2 said...

Thanks so very much for the comments and for the great information. In these tough financial times, all information that might stretch a buck or give us all a better quality of life on our dime is most welcome.