I've been needing a new phone for a while. My current verizon plan is $94 a month, unlimited everything but voice. Becomes pretty expensive over time.
I've been wanting to jump ship, and goto straight talk, due to their $45 plans, which would save me over half the price i was paying with verizon, while STILL using the verizon towers.
I was wanting to get a Nexus 4, but it uses GSM, and i have crap GMS signal here, my boss uses t-mobile, which i think uses GSM and he gets and okay signal out here, but its spotty. at&t has nothing, but Verizon seems to work okay, although i receive a crappy signal at work, but we have wifi there so its fine.
Also i want to use my phone as a media player so i don't have to carry around another device such as an ipod. The nexus 4 is limited to 16gb, which isnt enough.
So i needed to stick to CDMA.
I just found out today (while researching phones) that straight talk recently started selling the Iphone 5 for their network, and it used CDMA, so after i saw that i was very interested.
I debated it and went over it for 5 hours this morning, while trying to find a decent other phone, and finally decided to just click buy, but instantly after i clicked the purchase button i had that scary feeling most of us get after we buy stuff. Like "was that a good idea"?
So no matter what now, Monday i'll receive the Iphone 5, I got the 32gb version so i'd have enough for music. But damn, the total price was $815! Way too much for a phone, but then again, buying a phone such as the galaxy s3 unlocked without a contract would've been only a hundred or so less, and then it doesnt use the right network for my area so being able to use it would be very spotty.
I had an Iphone 4 on verizon, and i loved it. The only thing i really hate about the Iphone and apple is being locked down. Not being able to easily access files and control whats on my phone, but meh this isnt that big of a thing.
I actually was looking into buying a new ipod touch so maybe this saves me more money over all.
I'm selling my current verizon phone for $100 to someone, so that knocks off another $100.
But i still feel a bit foolish. Way to much to spend on a phone, but then again it's more than just a phone anymore.
At least each month i'll have more money than i would if i continue on my verizon plan.
There have been reports and articles about how the straight talk $45 unlimited plan isnt actually limited, and they start throttling you after 2gb or 8gb in some cases, but im not too sure how legit these are. I know at&t and other companies can't be too happy about someone offers their top phones for half the monthly price. So they could be paying for some of these articles, who knows. But straight talk themselves said they only throttle those abused the service such as using it as a hot spot, and tethering. So i should be fine with all that.
Still feel bad, ha but it really seems like the phone was my best option for where i live, and for what I want to use it for. plus its damn sexy.
/random post over.