On Sunday 20th of March 2011 – AT&T made it public that they will be buying T-Mobile. The only thing that would stop them is if United States regulatory prevents the sale – which I do not see happening. Now, I am in need of replacing my current phone (a 528Mhz – 3 yr old model) with something that is newer. However, with a sale of T-Mobile coming in a year, and AT&T’s plans to convert T-Mobile towers to LTE concerns me on buying a $500 – $600 phone without a contract for it to be of now real good come 18 months from now. Now, I maybe overly paranoid, and AT&T is expected to offer T-Mobile customers some discounts when converting, but converting will cost more, and of course – you are forced into AT&T’s plan. So, what difference does this make? If I was on an individual plan, I will be paying $100 (including tax) for the voice, SMS, and 5GB with throttling instead of overage. I also have tethering as T-Mobile doesn’t tell you how you can use the data you pay for.
Now, I am sure that I could get a contract, and maybe get them to give me a good rate on the contract (which they offered me), however even with that in mind, I will expect to pay $250 for a new phone on a contract. Keep in mind, this new phone may not work, and at best I may get half the value (probably not) of the phone in trade in on an AT&T phone when the acquisition is completed. So I now have to decide what am I going to do. It is obvious, that I am going to be stuck with a contract unless I go with some lower grade company, but the question is who, how much, and what I will loose. Continue reading The quest of a new carrier
The mighty iPhone 4 was unveiled and would be on sale in the US exclusively with AT&T. In a matter of fact, AT&T is even going to be so gracious to allow anyone whose contract expires this year to get an iPhone 4 with just the upgrade fee + phone. And I’m sure Steve Jobs of course spin his tale of how the iPhone 4 is the perfect best thing ever, and such.
And I would admit, there are some things that the iPhone 4 has to make it a worthy phone. However, the few good things only makes the many bad things about it that much worse. So, why do I say that the few good things only makes it much worse in regards to the bad. Well, because otherwise it would be incompetent design, however – Apple has decided to do incompetence by design.
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OK, those whom had read my blog this week would see my desire in the Blackberry 8900. Well, it pretty much comes down to a few things. It would be money that is owed, and money that would be lent to me. Also, a little bit of my money would also come out of this, but if everything works right, I would have the BlackBerry 8900 with a brand new number. So what would this mean?
As in a previous post, the 8900 would cost about $325 including tax, and before rebate. If I am going to get it within a month, I would have to be able to borrow $150. I asked an associate of mine if he would lend it, and he said he would think about it. If not, I would have to save up for it. If so, it would mean I would have to come up with $175. I done some work for someone, and he would owe me $80. This money should come in the third week of the month. I also lent some money to someone and would use $45 to apply to the phone. My brother still owes me for his phone bill which would be use for the phone since I already paid it. That should mean that I would have all of the initial cost. If something minor doesn’t work out, I should have about $50 in a credit card which should help offset a small problem.
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