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Old 10-08-2012, 20:29   #19
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Originally Posted by sputnik767 View Post
I guess it depends on what plan you have with Sprint. With their smartphone plan, I get 500 anytime minutes, unlimited nights from 7 pm and weekends, and unlimited calls to any mobile number, as well as unlimited data, texts, and picture mail. So I have never paid an overage since most of my calls are to mobile numbers. I have used over 1500 mobile to mobile minutes, mostly calls to other carriers last month, 300+ night and weekends, and maybe 50 anytime minutes. Plus around 2500 texts, over 100 mms, and almost 2 GB of data. The plan costs me a total of $81 per month. And if you are wondering, a smartphone is a necessity for me as a med student on rotations in the hospital. Texting is our primary means of communication with residents, interns, and other students on my team, and the various medical apps are absolute must-haves. Plus I use my phone to access patient medical records, lab results, and other data. It is also my only phone, as I don't have and never will have a landline. I have actually never had a landline phone since I moved out of my parents' house.

But if you told me that most people do not need the kind of plan and usage that I require, I would agree with you. I also need a phone to last me at least 24 hours on a single charge with moderate use, and my Galaxy S3 has already passed the test. I am not sure if the iPhone would actually qualify. One of the students on my rotation has the iPhone 5 and claims that her phone does not even last close to the typical 12 hour day, and she says that she hardly uses it beyond the necessities. I suggested that she have it replaced because that does not sound right to me.
I guess you are more new breed and I am old school. I talk a lot to government buildings and I always run over 1000 minutes a month daytime use. I don't hardly text at all. I think that makes a huge difference. I am not fond of candy bar phones because you can make calls and talk without knowing it..

It does sound like you have a good setup. I carry the I880 but with leo taking the iden freqs next year I have to change. So I may see what Sprint will do as I have multiple lines. But I don't want to pay more for Sprint just because they want more money.

81.00 a month for all of what you describe is not bad. I did talk to the ATT reps today and they admitted that Sprint was the only real "unlimited" plan. I could not believe them telling me the truth.
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