Cellphones (read: smartphones) and the required service plans that go alongside them have, in recent times, shifted from being a “discretionary” expense to a “survival necessity” on the same level as food, water, and shelter for many people. I admire those who continue their happy existence without the need for smartphones, but this post is for the rest of us who get panic attacks whenever we find out we left the house without our phones. How can we save the crumbs when it comes to our phones and their service plans?
We got a number of curious inquiries following our recent post on getting iPhones half off, which can be viewed as a first part to this post. I won’t be able to answer all the questions here, but I feel like there are at least a few follow-up questions that need to be addressed: Such as 1) How is $300 a good price for an iPhone when I can get a new one for $199 with my current carrier? And 2) How is it possible to get an “all-you-can-eat” cellphone service plan for only $20/month? And 3) Are we actually indentured servants without realizing it?
Fortunately, the answers to these questions are all related. [Read more…]