Tech Tips: Guide to what's better as AT&T reduces service fees for people who bring own device

  • Article by: ANICK JESDANUN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 4:30 PM

NEW YORK — AT&T is joining T-Mobile in reducing monthly fees for people who pay for their own devices.

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unicorn4711Dec. 5, 13 1:00 PM

I bought my own device at full price. This was expensive, almost $600.00. Then, I use a pre-paid Sim card operating on the ATT network through Straight Talk at Wal-Mart. That is "unlimited" data, but it is really high speed for the first 2.5 GB then much slower after that, at 2G speeds. I actually save a lot doing this. 24 months of operating a phone on Straight Talk costs $1080.00, plus cost of the phone, $600.00, totaling $1680.00. That is vastly superior to ATTs charges of $90 per month for 24 months, plus $199.00 up front, which totals $2360. I am recommending that my wife take an even cheaper route. She doesn't use more than 400 mb of data a month. For her, she can use Black Wireless, which operates on ATT as well for $30.00 for unlimited minutes, txt, and 500 mb of data. She wants a Nexus 5, which comes unlocked and is only $350 with no subsidies. Her cost of operating a high end smart phone with 500 mb of data per month for 24 months will be $30 per month, times 24 months, plus the cost of the phone, $350. That's only $1070.00! Compare this to a similar phone with a data plan from ATT. That's a pretty high end phone with a decent amount of data operating on one of the best networks for $1070.00 for two years. If she decides she wants more data, she can switch carriers, no problem, as she's not locked into any contract. I don't understand why more people don't do it this way. It seems either they don't want to spend the money upfront for an unlocked, unsubsidized phone, or they just don't get how much they can save by doing it that way.

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rogerbDec. 5, 13 3:59 PM

The article and unicorn's comment make my head spin. Just simplify the plans, phone prices and monthly bills please.

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DufferHDec. 5, 13 4:18 PM

When you look at numbers such as in the article and the first comment, you see that the "COST of living" isn't really going up. It's the "way we live" that is costing more.

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