I’ve been considering getting a smart phone for a while, but I find that my ipod touch + finding a wifi spot meets most of my needs (combined with a prepaid cell because I don’t make many calls). Wasn’t worth the extra money to have a data plan.
But my new job would be aided a good bit by having a smart phone, so I’ve been rethinking this.
Work offered to get me an iphone 3gs through their business account, with the condition that it’s their phone, and that I can only use it for work related purposes. But after discussing it, if I wanted, I could chip in the extra money to get an iphone 4s, and then foot half the bill ($40/mo) and use it as both a work and personal phone. In the event that my employment ended, they’d transfer the phone/bill to me.
I’m thinking about it simply because it’d be nice to have a smart phone for my own uses too if I’m only paying $40/mo vs the normal $80, it’s a pretty good deal.
On the other hand, I’ve been thinking about getting an ipad 3 with data plan when they come out. There’s a rumor that verizon is going to release a plan that allows you to share the same data plan over multiple devices (currently you have to buy seperate data plans at $30+/month for each device). I’d hate to get locked into a 2 year deal with AT&T a few months before Verizon comes out with a much more reasonable plan. Or get stuck with a seperate smartphone and tablet data bill.
I also don’t really know much about the capabilities of either network. My current work non-smartphone (at&t) seems to get a good 3g signal everywhere, so AT&T seems adequate, but Verizon is reputed to be better in general. If the Ipad3 is LTE, how do their networks compare?
On the other hand, I don’t know if I can wait for this Verizon rumor to materialize to get something. Do you think they’d allow current customers to take advantage of multiple devices on one plan, or would it strictly be a new policy type of thing?
AT&T does provide a better mid-range data plan, 3gb for $30 rather than Verizon’s 2gb for $30.
What sort of advice can you give me to make a better informed decision about this?