I came across this post explaining what smartphones can really cost you, and it points not only to the initial cost of the phone, but how much higher your bill will be simply for having a smartphone and the associated data plan.
The article states that for AT&T, the minimum data + talk plan is $55/month for the basics, and up to $115/month for a larger plan.
It can add up to $1,320 to $2,760 for the two-year contract. Yikes.
And that’s per person, so if you and your spouse each have a smartphone then expect higher costs.
We don’t think we need smartphones in our house. We have basic cell phones and the lowest amount of minutes on a family plan. With tax and discounts, our bill is about $65/month. We don’t have texting plans, so we pay $0.20 for each message sent or received (which isn’t frequent).
We don’t have a landline because we just don’t think we need one.
But. Smartphones and all the apps you can get with iPhones and the like are so much fun! So we compromised and we each have a used iPod Touch. We have free wi-fi access in our apartment and whenever we’re out in public where there is free wi-fi. WAY cheaper than the iPhone would have cost us in the long run.
There are times when it would be nice to be able to connect to the internet anywhere we are, but for our needs we just can’t justify the additional expense.
I do think some people benefit from smartphones — perhaps if you use it for work or need more frequent, reliable internet access.
What do you think? Are smartphones worth the price tag?