(Need answer two months ago.)
I’m sure this subject has been done before, but recently?
ATT announced a long time ago that their 3G was going to die at the end of February, but around where I live that didn’t happen then. Just the day before yesterday, apparently it did. So it’s time for me to get a newer cell phone. I don’t even know what I should be looking for, or what questions to ask.
My current case: I have a “pre-paid” plan (what they used to call a “GoPhone”), for the last 10 years or so, where I pay a fixed quarterly amount of just $25 for 90 (I think) minutes of airtime, nearly none of which I ever use. It’s a totally dumb-phone that I only use for occasional communication when I’m on the road, and occasional text messaging. It can do internet, but so poorly as to be useless.
ALL I want is a mobile telephone and text messaging.
First, what G should I be looking for? 4G because it’s widespread? 5G because it’s the NEW thing? Both in one? LTE? I don’t even know what LTE is.
That $25 I pay ATT every quarter rolls over the unused amount every time. So after 10 years I have an account of about $600 there, because I use this phone so little. For the last two years, they have given me full-year extensions at NO extra charge because of that.
But because of this, I want to stick with ATT in the hope that I can get a newer phone and roll over this vast fortune.
The ATT web site, which is little more than a massive upselling sales machine, has just too much to choose from and too little information that I can understand about each phone and worse still, about each plan. It does look like their “pre-paid” plans cost about $100 a quarter now, up from $25/quarter in my current plan. Even their cheapest phones and plans are laden with features and gizmos that don’t much interest me.
What should I be looking for? What questions should I be asking? What is the cheapest reasonable phone and plan I could get for my needs, that isn’t just cheep junk?