Having just recently gone through the painstaking process of negotiating a voice+data plan for a smartphone in Canada, I was kind of dreading doing the same here in the US. At least in Canada I know what kind of tricks the carriers pull, you know?
Turns out there was no need to worry. Here are a few clips from my dialogue with the sales guy at T-Mobile:
TM: “For $10 you get 2GB of 4G data per month.”
Me: “Wow. Not that I ever will, but what happens if I go over?”
TM: “Oh, it’s unlimited. After 2GB your phone will switch from 4G to Edge.”
Me: “Your lowest plan is 500 minutes? Is text messaging extra?”
TM: “No, that plan comes with unlimited incoming/outgoing text.”
TM: “Ok, so you’re all set for 500 minutes, unlimited text, and 2GB of data.”
Me: “Cool. How much is voicemail and call display and stuff?”
TM: “Nothing. That’s all free.”
TM: “What area code do you want? San Jose is 408, Mountain View is 650…”
Me: “Is it long distance if I call Mountain View from San Jose?”
TM: “What? No. You can call anywhere in the US.”
TM: “Oh, do you want to add unlimited calling to Canada?”
Me: “Nah, don’t think I need it. Out of curiosity, how much would that be?”
All told, 500 minutes to call anywhere in the US with unlimited text and unlimited data (the first 2GB at 4G) and the usual extras (voicemail, call display, etc) is $50/month on a 2-year contract.
Just for fun I did the math to see what this would have cost me on Rogers:
$50 for 500 mins voice and unlimited text
$35 for 2GB of data (LTE)
$13 for voicemail and call display
And that’s not even as good as T-Mobile’s plan! The best Rogers can do for Canada-wide calling is their My-5 plan (so it would only apply to 5 numbers), and the overage penalty for data is $10/GB!
But hey, now my phone works properly!
- dan-menard posted this