Phone help for the technologically challenged
April 23, 2012 10:48 AM Subscribe
Time to upgrade and consolidate three plans and four phones. We want smart phones but I seriously do not know where to start. Can you help me?
posted by raisingsand to Technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our family members have very different phones, plans, needs, and user habits. We know that upgrading all of us at the same time will be pretty expensive, but the time has come to move forward. Here's the list:
1. Dad - Has TMobile with no existing contract and uses an old flip phone. Wants to move to modern times with a smart phone, thinks he wants an Iphone. He is self-employed and is a high minutes user. Wants to add a data plan so he can access email, internet, and music. He has an Ipod Touch for casual music listening, a macbook Pro in his music studio, and a Dell laptop in his office.
2. Mom - Has a Verizon Blackberry that is corporate owned but will be turned back to previous employer soon. Will be able to keep the number and transfer for personal use. Has an Ipod Touch but doesn't use it much, has a Lenovo laptop and a Dell desktop. Loves the apps on Iphones and wants a smartphone to replace the Blackberry.
3. Son - Is on Dad's TMobile plan with no exisiting contract, and a fairly new cheapo flip phone. Would love an Iphone and data contract. Not a heavy user. Has an Alienware laptop and desktop.
4. Daughter - College sophomore has an AT&T data plan with some kind of smartphone (maybe a Razr but I'm not not sure). Contract expires in December and is not eligible for an upgrade until then. Is the heaviest user in the family and wants an Iphone because everyone else has one, but can wait until December if necessary. Uses a macbook.
We would like to all be on the same plan for convenience and possibly discounts. Where the heck do I start with this one and how do I get this all done? I need advice on phones, carriers, plans, etc. What should we do?