funny how straight talk will give you unlimitef everything for 45/month, and uses at&t's network, but with att/verizon it costs~40-45$ just to ADD A LINE. It seems like up until you hit 3-4 lines or so buying phones unsubsidized for use on that network will be a better deal. Gnex (350)*3 = 1050 on phones. x 135/mo * 24 months = 4290 (yowsers...) and on verizon for the same gnex's itll be 100* 3 = 300 on phones, then 120/month*24 months for the added lines (2880). Then you just pick a data amount. 8gigs to split between 3 people sounds good, and thatll run you 90*24 (2140 for 2 years). Final cost with 3 lines:
3 Unsubsidized Gnex's on straight talk, unlim data/text/voice: $4290 for 2 years.
3 subsidized gnex's on verizon's shared plans: $5020 for two years. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS VERIZON! how can these "family" plans be good for the family, if pretty much no matter how many lines you buy, its never the better deal.
Actually, the only phones that may be a better deal are the iphones if the unlimited data doesnt mean much to you, since buying unsubsidized will cost an extra 450 per phone.
My choice was to jump off Verizon and onto Consumer Cellular, which let me handle voice minutes and data separately (including a "no data at all" option). Plus, I can switch plans any time I like, so for example, this past month I switched from 700 shared minutes to 300 just before the end of the billing period, and saved $10.
@RTietjens - That's how it should be. And I'll go one step further. The carrier that monitors your usage and AUTOMATICALLY changes your plan monthly to always give you the best deal, would win over tons of new users.
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