Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm So Gonna Cave

It has begun.

Between spending a week with the younger generation (courtesy of Zelda) and repeated fondlings of the iPhone I have begun to research text messaging plans. If I can't justify an iPhone I can at least take a step in that direction by entering the texting world. You just know I'll be addicted in a heartbeat. I know the basic iPhone plan is a bit over $60 but I'm already paying about $55 a month for a plan where you pay for all your texts. Perhaps it wouldn't be too too terribly extravagant?

OK, so my information gathering is one part justifying a new phone and one part trying to talk myself out of same. What can I say, I'm a complex woman.

Will you be part of my information gathering, please?

Do you text?
Do you pay for texts on top of a regular plan or are they included in your plan?
How many texts a month are included?
How many do you usually use?
What company do you get your service from?
Do you secretly wish you had an iPhone?

Arrgh, thank ye matey! (Still Talk Like a Pirate Day)

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:48 PM

    Do you text?
    Every Day

    Do you pay for texts on top of a regular plan or are they included in your plan?
    I pay $5 for 200 text messages/month

    How many texts a month are included?
    200

    How many do you usually use?
    100+

    What company do you get your service from?
    AT&T

    Do you secretly wish you had an iPhone?
    Not secretly, but my current phone is pretty cool. I got it for $40 with a 2-year commitment. Here's what it can do:

    sync to iTunes (with 3rd party software)
    2-Mp camera (not bad, use it for the kid all the time for my website - no flash, tho)
    3gp video camera (90 second limit)
    Bluetooth connectivity (it's also a Bluetooth mouse for PPT/Keynote presentations)
    Mobile Web (don't do that tho, needs extra $$$ for a good plan, and it's not worth it to me)
    Games player (cost extra)
    Organizer with Office compatibility
    So it replaced my ipod, my digital camera, and my Palm Pilot. I didn't have to hack anything, but I did need to play around with it to get things to work. I'm still discovering things this phone can do - for instance, it gets better reception than other AT&T customers. Not bad for $40. If I lose it, it's $375 or more to replace, tho.

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  2. I do text a lot. About 400 a month.
    I pay for a family plan with Noodle. Its about $120 a month total for minutes and etc.
    I have At&t.

    I don't secretly long for an I phone. But I am slow with all that. I love my little LG. Its my third LG and it does just fine.
    I do however long for....Russell Crowe.

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  3. I am one of the reasons Gertrude sends 400ish texts a month. A good chunk of those are responding to mine...

    I have unlimited texts that are rolled into a megaminutessupermedia monthly fee (I got burned reeeeeal bad with overages once upon a time and now I'd rather pay for enough everything to insure that I won't go over--ever), in all it costs right at $100 a month through The *NEW* AT&T. I use it constantly for work (boss and client texts) as well as with Gert so I can write the whole damn thing off. That helps my justification.

    Don't tell Gert, but i do long an iPhone (and a grapefruit) the newer, the shinier, the better, right? I actually was very reluctant to even let myself long for one, first phone Apple has ever made, first generation bugs and glitches, etc., howevah, after getting first person feedback from a half dozen iPhone owners, no one is having any real problems, so...

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  4. Do you text?

    ***Yes - I LOVE text messaging, though I don't use it like most of my students. It's good for short stuff that doesn't require a full conversation - or for messages I want to get through when I know the recipient can't answer the phone...

    Do you pay for texts on top of a regular plan or are they included in your plan?

    ***They're included in my plan. I got a GREAT set-up from T-Mobile (who, at the time I got my phone, was the primary provider for the Deaf community). I get almost no talk minutes, which is fine because I don't talk much, anyway, but I get unlimited text, email, and internet service. It's sweet.

    How many texts a month are included?

    ****All of 'em.

    How many do you usually use?

    ****I don't really keep track because it's all included. I'd say I probably use 25 or so texts a month - and most of them are to my husband.

    What company do you get your service from? (asshole)

    ****T-Mobile.

    Do you secretly wish you had an iPhone?

    ****There's no "secretly" about it; I LOVE Mr.'s iPhone. I'm still not convinced I'm ready to give up my gizzy just yet, though - it's got a keyboard that I like (there are actual buttons on it), I love the alarm clock feature, and I've got a kick-ass plan with T-Mobile. I DO prefer Mr.'s internet capability, though - he can see full website pages AND access videos, and the gizzy can't do that - and I love the fact that the phone is also an iPod... I may end up getting one for Christmas this year...

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  5. Oh, and the iPhone's camera makes the one on the gizzy look like a daguerreotype, BUT I can import pictures that OTHER people send to my email onto my phone's photo library where he hasn't figured out how to do that on the iPhone yet...

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  6. The screen on the iPhone is decadently huge, isn't it? I was mesmerized the moment I slid to unlock. That camera is fabulous, too.

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