I'm looking for a cheap cell phone / Internet plan to use in the future. I'm currently on a Verizon family plan. I'm thinking about switching to AT&T's $50 unlimited everything GoPhone plan. My plan is to buy the cheapest GoPhone there is (that supports 3G and web browsing), activate the SIM card using that phone's IMEI, then putting that SIM card into an iPhone and use that as my primary phone. (Before someone says "That won't work", it does, I've done it before.) As for my home Internet, I'll get another GoPhone, activate it with the same $50 unlimited plan, then buy a used AT&T USB modem off eBay or something, put the SIM card in that, and use that for my primary Internet at home. AT&T's network in my area is about equal to most DSL services, except a lot cheaper. Instead of paying $100 for a cell phone plan from Verizon (for 450 minutes and 2GB of data), I can get unlimited Everything. Does this sound like a good idea? What are your thoughts?
asked Sep 11 '11 at 13:45
None of the cellphone providers offer true unlimited, (even sprint)
Their loophole is the fact that they never said they would give you unlimited service as the speed you paid for. What they tend to do is slow your connection down significantly after you use a certain amount of bandwidth, (some companies will do it at 2GB some at 5GB and others such as sprint at 10GB)
3G also has a higher rate of packet loss and higher pings and lag spikes, this makes online gaming nearly impossible to do.
And if you are in motion, the speed significantly slows and packet loss skyrockets as the phone renegotiates it's connection rate with the cell tower. (an easy way to demonstrate this is to hold a skype call or a group skype call over a 3G or 4G connection)