said by pnh102:Single
And you still haven't proven that my claims in my original post are wrong. You are pay more, and certainly a lot more than 20%, for data. Period.
people pay more, families
pay the same, or less, depending on usage.My bill
breaks down as follows:
2 x lines on 700 minute plan w/unlimited texting = $99.98
22% access discount (on base plan + 1 line): = ($19.80)
2 x 2GB data plan = $60Total: $140.18Equivalent level of service on the new plan:
2 x smartphones = $80
4GB data = $70
22% access discount (on data w/new plans): ($15.40)Total: $134.60
The new plan is actually better in this instance, because the data is shared, you don't have to worry about using 2.1GB on one device and only 400MB on the other. The real savings comes for people with many devices, say four smartphones w/ the old 1400 minute plan with the base data package:Hypothetical family of four:
4 x lines on 1400 minute plan w/unlimited texting: $139.96
4 x 2GB data = $120Total: $259.96New plan:
4 x smartphones = $120
8 GB of data = $90Total: $210.00
That's $50/mo cheaper or $600/yr, which is real money by anyone's metric. If they had the old 700 minute plan instead of 1400 minutes they'd still save $360/yr, plus they now have unlimited calling.
Here's what stinks though:Single person, old plan:
450 minute individual plan w/unlimited texting = $59.99
2 GB of data = $30Total: $89.99Single person, new plan:
1 x smartphone = $40
2GB of data = $60Total: $100
This is part of an industry shift from focusing on ARPU (average revenue per user) to ARPA (average revenue per account), which doesn't make it any easier to swallow if you're a single person, but that's what is driving it.
There's always prepaid for people with a single line of service....