Thank you all for your latest tranche of remarks since I last visited this thread yesterday! I’m a bit distracted with unrelated stuffs at the moment, so I’ll just make a few remarks for the moment. But I will be taking all the above posts into consideration in the Very Near Foreseeable Future (like, this week I hope).
I think this is right.
If I can transfer at least some of my current plan’s “assets” to a new plan, then I’m somewhat committed to stay with AT&T. Then, at least, I only have one company’s multitude of convoluted offerings to think about.
I’m sure I can’t keep my current plan – there is nothing quite like it available now (specified number of minutes for a specified quarterly price), and even the cheapest of current plans include far more goodies than I’m probably interested in.
So I’ll get a simple-ish new plan and hope that I can get some of the accumulated value in my current plan applied to it. But I doubt that my current plan, as-is, is still viable.
I see that that’s mostly true. My larger complaint was that details like this weren’t mentioned up-front. The specs for the phones didn’t mention that the charger is not included – I stumbled upon that fact in some Q&A thread. I found a page of accessories, which mentions that most chargers work with most phones, but then I had to dig further to find a page with a phone/charger compatibility matrix.
I don’t see much need for a dozen chargers, but I might find it useful to have a car charger that I can plug into my car while I’m out on the road – after all, my primary intended use for a mobile phone is when I’m, y’know, mobile. I’ll need to take a look at what kind of ports my 2001 Camry has – at the very least, it certainly has a traditional cigarette-lighter port.
That seems less likely to be a problem, unless @Whack-a-Mole knows something that I don’t (which all respondents in this thread presumably do, of course). Looks like the standard mini-usb cables are pretty much universal now.
Looks like AT&T has a roughly-suitable plan or two for me with some Samsung cheap-o models in this price range. I’ll mention more about them in another post, later. Anyone here have experience and opinions/advice about cheap-o Samsung (Android) models?
How widely deployed is 5G now? I spoke briefly with a rep at the local AT&T reseller. He says 5G is everywhere by now. I found some on-line maps of 4G and 5G coverage from various telecoms, and they show 4G much more widespread than 5G. But I’m not sure how current those maps are. Can someone link to coverage maps that are known to be reasonably current?
Since I use my cell phone so little, I have very few contacts in it. If I have to get a new phone and start over from a clean blank slate, I could live with that. I would hope to keep the same phone number, but even that is not an absolute need.