So I think I'm going to actually join the 90's and get a cell phone. Most of the reason is that my landline is costing me around $50 a month now (more if I use long distance), and I'm thinking that the difference in price for a cell phone plan is probably worth it, given that I'd have data ability, basically all of my calls are long distance, etc.
Problem is, I know little more than zero about cell phones. Other than that pretty much any provider in the US is going to suck, and will use their service as a platform to suck as much out of me as they can. This annoys me already .
Here are what I'm thinking about my requirements:
- "SmartPhone" : frankly I'm much more likely to make good use of the data capabilities than the actual phone ones on a day-to-day basis.
- GSM: I'm looking to travel internationally, and perhaps with long stays overseas -- I'd want to be able to just pop a new SIM card in to get service for foreign providers. Sorry Verizon.
- Unlocked / Easily unlockable: I don't like the idea of being tied to a certain provider, with a long-term contract. I'd rather buy the phone up-front and pay less monthly, and be able to change whenever I want.
- Service at Home: The idea that anyone would pay for a phone that didn't get service at home boggles my mind. This will replace my landline. Obviously nobody (including me) will know what will work at my house, but ideas on how to find out (other than web coverage maps) would help.
So, based on this, I'm thinking that what I'm looking for is either:
- a Google Nexus One on T-Mobile
- an iPhone on AT&T
The Nexus One is my preference, based on what I know so far -- more open, less AT&T "we don't let you do this" sort of junk, more reasonable plan prices, etc. I have gotten to see/use one that a friend has, so I know that I liked the basic interface (frankly it seemed a lot like an iPhone).
What does everyone think? Any ideas or experiences that I'm not thinking of? Anyway, thanks for any advice .