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Mobile Phone Service Check

Each year I have an annual physical, an eye examination and a dental check-up.  I think I’ll be adding a check-up to my mobile phone service in future years.

So Many Options

Despite having many companies I can choose from, and multiple services within companies, choosing the best cell phone service for me is daunting.

Here’s a little about what I want/need and some of my history with cellular/wireless providers.

  • I have an iPhone 6
  • My data usage is under 1 gig each month except for 2 months out of the year
  • I am 60 years old (yes, this does matter)
  • Thaddeus doesn’t require cellular services.  He has a flip phone and purchases $100 of voice/text/data each year from AT&T and never uses any of it.
  • I don’t have a tablet requiring cellular access
  • Cell phone coverage at home is fine with any provider. But when I’m at Easton Mountain for the Men’s Knitting Retreats in May and September, coverage sucks.  I’ve been told that Verizon has the best coverage there.

For a year or two after I retired, I had an “inexpensive” plan with Verizon where I paid about $75 a month for unlimited voice and text, and under 1 gig of data.  I rarely went over the limit, but when I did, it was $15 per gig over the limit for that month.

Someone tells me AT&T has better plans, so I start to look. I quickly realize that I can stay with Verizon, get a better plan and pay LESS each month!  I’m annoyed, but quickly switch.  Now I have an unlimited talk, text AND data for about $63 a month.  It’s a plan in my area for those 55 and older, but they didn’t tell me I was eligible.  I had to figure it out myself.  I’m kinda annoyed and kinda glad to be paying less per month and not overage charges.

Then someone at the retreat this years tells me T-Mobile had much better coverage at Easton Mountain.  So much so, that he was able to create a cellular hotspot that was faster than the WiFi there!  And his coverage cost $55.  So I start to look again.  I find I can get a slightly better plan for about $8 less per month.

As I’m deciding whether or not to switch, I find out about Xfinity Mobile.

New Mobile Provider

Annual Check Up Mobile Xfinity Bill So Far

Xfinity (Comcast) is my cable/internet provider in my house.  So I have an account with them already.

It appears that I can get my mobile bill down to $12 per month if I upgrade my phone.  If I do the minimal upgrade, it will cost me about $37 a month for 2 years, and then it goes down to $12 a month.  This assumes I don’t exceed 1 gig of data usage.  Changing to Xfinity seemed like a no-brainer.  My biggest decision was which phone to switch to, until Thaddeus realized I could use my existing phone!  And get a $100 pre-paid VISA card for switching!

Suffice it to say, I have a new mobile phone provider.

Thanks Comcast!

Current Knitting

I had another distraction, which didn’t work out.  But it did slow down progress on the Ensign Brook DK Cardigan.

Ensign Brook DK Cardigan 06-21-19 01

I think I’ve finished up to the arm-hole shaping.  But I wasn’t sure, so I decided to pick up the stitches for the ribbing at the bottom.

Ensign Brook DK Cardigan 06-21-19 01

Remind me never to do a provisional cast-on again.  At least without asking someone good at it for help.  The way I did it, it was such a pain to pick up the stitches and remove the waste yarn.  And I know there are better ways.

4 comments on “Mobile Phone Service Check

  1. Interesting discussion of phone service plans. We live in an area with sketchy coverage and,few providers. I am still going to taje a look at what is new anyway. I didn’t know about discounted plans for 55+ people until just now!

  2. I guess that’s really my message…check frequently enough to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Your provider definitely won’t tell you.

  3. You’re such a tease…which provisional CO made you crazy? Taking a minute to fish out a crochet hook rarely steers me wrong, but if there is better than unzipping…… I’m always open to upgrading my skills!

    Congrats on your new phone!

    1. That’s the problem. I didn’t use a specific provisional cast on, I just cast on 268 stitches using waste yarn and knit two rows before switching to the sweater yarn. This particular stitch pattern did not make it easy to pick up those stitches and picking out the waste yarn was a pain.

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