Boston Cell Phone Filter: Please help me with this seemingly simple cell phone decision.
Apologies for cell phone questions. I'll get a STD next week or something and ask about that to make up for it.
I lived in Maine for a few years and have US Cellular cell phone and plan. Service has been good, my monthly bill ends up being $62 a month for 650 minutes, unlimited incoming calls and free nights and weekends. I've never gone over, but I think that might be because of the free incoming calls.
My usage for the last month:
360 regular minutes
287 free incoming minutes
Overall I've been happy with the service. US Cellular does not generally cover Boston, where I live now, but I think they rent from Verizon down here and it's been fine, no dropped calls or anything.
The problem is that my phone, a Motorola V323i
has a dead battery. Actually 3 of them, because I bought two OEM batteries online which died quickly. It appears that these batteries age whether you use them or not, so new-old-stock batteries are pretty much dead anyway. At least that's what I understand.
So I get one long call on my battery and then the phone is dead. I'm currently working 12 hour shifts and this is really annoying. Well, it's just annoying anyway.
Other notes: I hate, hate, hate the idea of contracts.
So my options, as I see them are:
1) Re-up with US Cellular for another 2 years, get a new free phone.
2) Perhaps figure out this battery thing, can I get a new battery that isn't dead for my phone?
3) Get a new phone on ebay, but it appears US Cellular uses some other kind of technology than most of the carriers so phones are a little harder to find.
4) Get a plan with Verizon, pay more money, get a new phone and another 2 year contract?
5) Some pay-as-you-go thing?
I don't have much need for features other than good signal, durability and maybe, just maybe some way to check my email. I wouldn't mind a crude internet browser, maybe being able to check google maps, but not really willing to pay too much extra to get it.
I've been hemming and hawing on this for months, and now my phone is becoming totally inoperable. Can you help me flesh out some ideas about what to do? Verizon seems to have the best service around here.