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DH finally got DC1 signed up for piano, so the next thing on his list was smart phones. He presented me with a bunch of choices and after some discussion and a lot more waiting I chose the following somewhat randomly:
Carrier: Ting* using the Sprint network.
Phone: Iphone 6. (Not 6s, not 6 plus, not 6s plus). Purchased, not rented.
Memory: 64 mb.
24 month applecare plan
If you want more deets on the decision-process, here’s what DH presented me with:
Summary: Ting could be $53/month on the 3rd/4th-best network. Or Verizon could be $70-$85/month for the best network. Plus taxes on each. Each iPhone 6s (not the Plus-size) will cost $650 (+ $100 for 64Gb) . Still to consider: cases and insurance.
Current network performance: http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/united-states/2015/1H
In general, Verizon is best, followed by AT&T. Sprint and T-Mobile are 3rd/4th, with Sprint having more coverage and with better calls, and T-Mobile being faster.
I’m only looking at carriers that take the iPhone, so Republic Wireless is out.
These prices do not include taxes and fees. Ordered by http://cell-phone-providers-review.toptenreviews.com/
Verizon is $70/month for 2 lines with 1GB shared, $85/month with 3GB shared, or $100/month with 6GB shared. http://www.verizonwireless.com/landingpages/verizon-plan/
T-Mobile: 2 lines are $80/month with 1GB each, $100/month with 3GB each, $120/month 5GB each, or $140/month for “unlimited” data each. http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/family.html
Sprint: $105/month for 2 lines with 2GB shared, $120/month with 4GB shared. https://www.sprint.com/shop/plan-wall/#!/
AT&T: $80/month for 2 lines with 2GB shared, $100/month with 5GB shared. https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/data-plans.html
Ting: $53/month for 2 lines with 2GB shared, $83 for 2 lines with 4GB shared. Ting uses either of the T-Mobile or Sprint networks, depending on the phone.
Consumer Cellular: $70/month for 2 lines with 4GB shared, up to 750 minutes of talk. Uses AT&T’s network.
Boost Mobile: $60/month for 2 lines with 2GB each. I can’t figure out if this also has a per-line charge. Uses Sprint’s network.
MetroPCS does not support iPhones.
Average data usage is 1.8GB per month, mostly video, according to http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/24/the-average-american-uses-this-much-wireless-data.aspx
Looking at IPhone models, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_iOS_devices#iPhone
We have to get at least a 4S for iOS 9, and a 5+ will be significantly faster. The more recent the model, the more data bands it can use, so the better data signal it will get. More recent models also get better wifi connectability. Also, the more recent the base model (4/5/6), the larger the phone.
The 6 has a better camera, and the 6S is better yet again.le’s 24-month plan because it includes accidental damage insurance. http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/9/9277775/new-apple-iphone-6s-price-cost-carriers
We can get (assuming minimum Gb): a refurbished 5 or 5c from Ting for $277;
5S from Apple for $500, or refurbished from Ting for $383;
6 from Apple for $550;
6 Plus (almost 1″ longer diagonal) from Apple for $650;
6s from Apple for $650;
6s Plus (almost 1″ longer diagonal) from Apple for $750.
*This link is a referral code. I can’t actually recommend Ting yet because I haven’t really used it, but, “Refer a friend to Ting by offering $25 off a device or $25 in Ting credit. You get $50 for your first successful referral and $25 for each one after that,” means that if you were going to get Ting anyway, here’s $25 off for you (and money for us too). I will say their customer service has been good so far.
Now what? What apps should I get (if any?)? What should I avoid? What’s been life-saving? What’s been horrific?