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Due to lack of competition in the USA; i see that you pay extremely high prices for Cell Phone usage, beit data, SMS or talk time.

Since this forum is used by users from all around the world I was wondering what you all pay for your cell phone contract?

Remember to convert it from your currency into USD using something like xe.com

So everybody copy and paste the following, and then complete it :o)

1) Which cell phone do you have?
2) Are you still in contract?
2a) How long is/was your contract?
3) How much did you have to pay up front?
4) What do you pay each month to your provider (Not including extra charges)?
4a) What did you get for that?
5) Where you from?

Other comments:


My answers: 1) iPhone 4 (32gb)
2) No
2a) 6 months
3) 3000 Danish krones (about $500US)
4) I paid 599kr ($102) for 6 months (Total price with the 3000kr i paid when I bought the phone = 6594kr ($1121.75)
4a) 5 hours talk, unlimited sms and MMS, 10GB data
5) Denmark

Other comments:
We have a maximum contract of 6 months on Cell phones here in Denmark, we also have ALOT of competition, there are 4 main carriers, however there are over 20 other companys that rent usage of one of the 4 main carriers, which means prices are low.
Now that I am out of contract I have changed my subcription several times to a much lower price subscription (contract free):
I currently pay 99kr ($17) for 2 hours talk, unlimited txts and MMS, and 1GB data.

asked Jun 17 '12 at 09:18

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Lee Wood
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edited Jun 17 '12 at 09:20


1) T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G

2) NOPE! :)

3) $30 for the plan, $250 for the phone (bought it used)

4) $30 + taxes

4a) Unlimited text messaging, Unlimited date (first 5GB at 4G speeds), 100 minutes

5) Connecticut, USA

answered Jun 18 '12 at 14:21

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JordanV
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edited Jun 18 '12 at 14:21

Nice to see more T-Mobile USA people here on Lockergnome! I wanted the HTC Sensation, I heard ICS is butter smooth on it.

(Jul 04 '12 at 22:25) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

When all of the fees/ taxes and other crap is added up, I pay about $80 a month for t-mobile, this covers 3 lines, 3 standard cellphones, texting, 1500 anytime minutes (though they barely get used up since I also have free mobile to mobile calling, and free nights and weekends (no data)

if you want to save money, go with the "free" dumb phones that the phone company offers, they work great for voice calls and can often go a week or more without having to recharge the battery.

you will save a lot of money that way, and if needed, you can just get a a used smartphone then insert the sim card into the smartphone then you will have smartphone functions at the dumbphone price (if you live in the city then the wifi coverage is good enough that you do not need a data plan.

answered Jul 04 '12 at 22:35

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edited Jul 04 '12 at 22:51

Are you in a classic plan? My parents used to have one of those, a 2 line, 1,000 minute shared on both, free mobile to mobile for $100 until they moved to Simple Mobile.

(Jul 04 '12 at 23:59) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

not sure, we have had the service for around 6 years now and we renew every few years to get a new "free" phone when the battery does not hold much of a charge anymore.

the cost has gone up over the years but it is still cheaper than the same plans offered by verizon and sprint.

I have a sony ericsson tm-717 that I use most of the time, and depending on which classes I get, if I need to use the internet during class, but have the class during the afternoon or earlier where I cant travel with a tablet without getting robbed (cant stuff it in my bookbag and if I put it in a more fitting carrying case, it is likely to get stolen as I see people on the bus get their regular (e-ink kindles get stolen (one of the many features of (queens NY), I use my HTC mytouch 3g slide (handles android 2.3 really well and also works great with android 4.0 (especially when overclocked)

(Jul 05 '12 at 04:22) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Yeah, you have the Classic plans. They don't offer those plans anymore unless you're grandfathered in, which is great because it's still a good deal.

(Jul 05 '12 at 11:08) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

United States (T-Mobile and Simple Mobile (MNVO of T-Mobile)):

1) T-Mobile MyTouch 4G, 2 Samsung Exhibit 4G's

2) No

2a) N/A

3) $130 (I have 3 phones)

4) $130 ($45 for T-Mobile) ($85 for Simple Mobile for the Samsung Exhibit 4G's)

4a) Unlimited Talk, Text and Web for all phones

5) US


Dominican Republic (Orange Dominicana)

1) iPhone 4

2) Yes

2a) 6 years

3) RD$11,580.00 ($300 US) for the unlocking, phone import and customs from England, and 2 months of payment upfront.

4) I pay RD$2,702.00 ($70 US) a month

4a) Unlimited talk, text and web plus International calling

5) Dominican Republic

answered Jun 17 '12 at 11:47

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DJ Scooby Doo
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edited Sep 23 '12 at 14:11

US Other Comments: T-Mobile's been great to me, I had it for almost a decade now (2003) when I was on my parents plan.

I have not once dropped a call, even at 1 bar I still have excellent call quality. However with that 1 bar, if I try to access the internet with EDGE, it will drop to No Service as it's not enough to process all that data.


Dominican Other Comments: Orange has been good to me ever since I got my phone back in '07 starting with an old Samsung.

I have also not dropped a call, and I haven't gone to a place where Orange doesn't have any bars, even in the deep Dominican countryside. I always had either GSM, GPRS, or EDGE in these places. Mostly GSM or GPRS in the deeper places, and EDGE/3G in the more urban areas. With that said, I recommend Orange basically everywhere, except England, I had O2 when I was there for a month and it was better than Orange, (even though I bought the international roaming plan on my iPhone from Orange Dominicana).

(Jun 18 '12 at 19:44) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

1) Which cell phone do you have? = Samgsung Galaxy Gio

2) Are you still in contract? Nope Pay as you go over here.

2a) How long is/was your contract? Non contract pay as you go.

3) How much did you have to pay up front? Bought the phone outright paid $146.697 + GST and PST taxes

4) What do you pay each month to your provider (Not including extra charges)? Paid $50.00 Canadian which is $48.9021 US every two months for my voice and texting.

4a) What did you get for that? Galaxy GIO with battery, data cable, and wall charger.

5) Where you from? Canada.

answered Jun 17 '12 at 14:29

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Compucore
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edited Jun 17 '12 at 14:29

1) Huawei U8350
2) Prepaid
2a) Prepaid
3) $185
4) $25
4a) Unlimited 24/7 calls and text in "home" zone
5) Ottawa, Canada

Plan is no longer offered and currently is better than any provider has to offer including current provider.

Provider: Wind mobile
Plan: "Festive Cheer"

answered Jun 18 '12 at 01:08

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1) I've been with Sprint for about a decade. I haven't once, ever, dropped a call.

2) No, my contract expired years ago.

2a) 2 Years

3) I don't remember, it was so long ago. I pay retail for my phones to avoid contracts altogether.

4) $70

4a) Unlimited data, premium data, unlimited mobile to mobile (not just Sprint; any mobile), unlimited nights and weekend, unlimited incoming, unlimited roaming. The only time I use minutes is when I place an outbound call to a landline during the weekday, which is rare. I used 70 Anytime minutes last month.

5) Colorado

answered Jun 18 '12 at 11:18

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edited Jun 18 '12 at 11:19

1) HTC One X 2) Just started 3 months ago 2a) 24 Months 3) £89 4) £27 4a) Unlimited Texts, 300 Minutes, 500 Extra O2 to O2 Minutes, 500mb Data 5) United Kingdom

answered Jul 05 '12 at 05:13

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Fish
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1) iPhone 4s 2) Yes 2a) One Year 3) Nothing 4) 65 Euros ($80) 4a) 300 minutes talk, unlimited text, unlimited data 5) The Netherlands

answered Jul 05 '12 at 19:08

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1) Samsung Galaxy Nexus (4g)

2) Yup

2a) 3 years (2.5 years left)

3) $99

4) $80

4a) 300 minutes during the day, unlimited from 6PM to 8AM, and weekends, 500mb data per month.

5) Quebec Canada

answered Sep 23 '12 at 15:04

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nice question , though some facts are off :)

First there is no lack of competition in the USA or a lack of options cell phone plans are very reasonable compared to many many places in the world the US pays nickles to the dollar for many things the issue people run in to more then not is abuse of the system which cost them tons more is better rather then moderation..

thing is it not just customers who abuse the system in the US its the companies to moderation is never good enough in the US you can not go out and by a sinple basic phone and plan no more if you not getting a smart phone your out of luck last time I hada cell contract the lowest cost phone I could find was over $300 and the most basic plan forced me to pay $80 and for that I could not even call the other phone on my plan free any time day or night I paid standard per min charge to call any and everyone its a plenalty for not wanting there smart phone and plans ..

answered Jul 05 '12 at 08:35

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No lack? Yes there is, major lack. Almost every company isn't offering Unlimited plans anymore. Only if you're grandfathered in or you have T-Mobile or Sprint, and Sprint's 3G speeds are close to my Edge speeds, which sucks. You can find Simple Mobile, $40 for unlimited talk, text and 3G web in GSM or in CDMA, Boost Mobile's unlimited everything for $50 shrinks to 30. More people go with the larger companies because one, that's what their used to or two, they're scared on using a prepaid company and they think they will get Prepaid service, which in some cases is true.

(Jul 05 '12 at 19:16) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

there is no lack really at all and the limit on data is becoming standard there are more devices then ever using bandwith and there is only so much to go around better to be limited then not be able to use it at all and that's the direction its heading :)

I have been saying this for a while now all internet is going to be limited in the not to distant future its all going to be pay by the GB or pay by the hour remember today its not just data transfer using bandwidth, any longer its streaming games music video andthe better part of phone service today is VOIP which uses bandwidth as well ..

then there are commercial services skype, netflix video gaming xbox, Wii,ds and others use bandwidth enterprise now is more and more using cloud computing ..

all the technology and gadgets we have and that are in the pipe line are great but we are gonna have to start paying for an ever growing demand and limited supply of bandwidth like the plumer says there is load of water on the planet how ever they dont make a pipe big enough to pump and serve it all at once :)

like oil as the supply shrinks the price goes up !!!

think about this in order to have Ip addresses for all the new and incressing devices they just just started using 128bit IP addressing system on the web

(Jul 06 '12 at 01:37) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

Look at other countries, they have unlimited plans and they look better than ours. If you have unlimited too, they usually cut off at 2GB since "people don't use over 2GB". Well if you do Pandora, Tunein Radio, and surf online, obviously you're going to go over 2GB. T-Mobile hasn't cut me off yet, thank god, or I'd be screwed. Sure I'm on EDGE, but that doesn't mean I don't do my share of Pandora, or surfing the web.

(Jul 06 '12 at 01:50) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

you can only be talking about smaller country's where the number of users is small and the reality hasn't caught up as fast and use is far less more (moderation) of use less hours spent using computer phone gadgets and even television music and such..

what is it you think is better ?? remember the grass always looks greener but grass is grass ..

one might get better data numbers though the down fall is they can not call across country free at all they cant even call town to town free just in the town of activation everything else is long distance extra fees or calling card needed on top of monthly fees some get fair data some long distants free but no free receive or sending of text .. ..

(Jul 06 '12 at 02:09) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

As I said, look at the MNVOs like Simple Mobile. They have unlimited everything (3G speeds) on T-Mobile's network for $40. They've sent me texts about it might be terminated but still my speeds are good. They're truly unlimited in my opinion because they haven't throttled me. I use Simple Mobile on power hungry GSM devices because I can always trust that they will get the same or next to similar service as T-Mobile.

(Jul 06 '12 at 02:26) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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