Said the joker to the thief.
Last month I ventured into the unknown. I gave up my unlimited data plan with AT&T, which I was grandfathers into, to transfer my service provider to T-Mobile. This change was not taken lightly as I discussed it with my family for most of the year. My family was brought into the conversation because we’re on a family plan. If one of us was going to transfer we were all going to make the change.
There’s too much confusion. I can’t get no relief.
There were a couple of reasons I was looking to make the change. The first reason, as always, was to save money. The table below compares current AT&T and T-Mobile plans using somewhat similar data plans. The table also takes into account a $450 discount with AT&T when purchasing an iPhone with a 2 year contract and the lack of a discount when a no-contract plan is used. As you can see we’re going to save $840 over 2 years vs. the AT&T 2-year contract plan. The savings go down to about $600 over 2 years vs. the new AT&T no-contract plan, which assumes a $15 discount per line if the phone is off-contract or of the bring-your-own phone variety. This option was just added by AT&T during the past week, which turned out to be a little too late to keep me on board.
Business men they drink my wine.
Their plowmen dig my earth.
A savings of $600 per year might not sound like a lot, but there were other reasons for the change. T-Mobile has other services that provide for some peace of mind. For example, there are no overage charges if any family member goes over their allotted data during a given month. The download speeds will just be throttled to very slow levels. Even better, as there is no contract, we can change to a higher data plan mid-month, if needed. This will work great for my parents as they’re not the most tech savvy people and don’t understand how much data they are using.
None of them along the line know what any of it’s worth.
Another example is international travel / roaming. And this one can’t be taken lightly for my family. T-Mobile Simple Choice plans include unlimited data and texting in more than 100 countries at no extra charge, including Greece. And phone calls are just $.20/minute. No need to turn off roaming. No need to worry about some huge bill putting me in the poor house.
No reason to get excited. The thief he kindly spoke.
To a lesser extent, another service I was looking for was tethering. The new AT&T mobile share plans allow for tethering, but the unlimited data plan I was grandfathered into did not have this option. I would have been forced to change my plan to one of the new mobile share plans. This forced change is what got me to thinking about T-Mobile in the first place.
There are many among us who feel that life is but a joke.
This isn’t to say I’m not going into this new endeavor with my eyes wide open. AT&T and Verizon have the best national service footprint. T-Mobile doesn’t compare and I don’t expect them to compare favorably. Luckily, they do have very good service in most, if not all, urban areas. The service here in the Los Angeles area is great, both at home and everywhere I’ve ventured during the past month. The service on Long Island is also great, which my brother was able to verify during a trip there this past week. I do understand, though, that there will be times my service is less than stellar. I’m willing to accept that for the savings.
But you and I we’ve been through all that (yes we have).
The best part, though, is the fact that we’re no longer under contract with any provider. If, at some point, we’re not happy with T-Mobile, we can easily switch back to AT&T. It’s a win-win situation… even if the unlimited plan with AT&T will not be an option.
And this is not our fate.
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour is getting late…