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Cell Phone Plans: Paying More to Pay Less?

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On Tuesday, I received a text message from Verizon Wireless telling me that I was trending toward running out of minutes.

This came as a shock, because that meant that I had begun to approach my 450 minute allowance in a month’s time.  I don’t talk that much on the phone.  But I have talked a good bit to two of my closest friends, one in Florida and one in California, and I’ve talked more with my folks lately as well.  It’s amazing how much more you talk to people close to you when you actually have a phone that can get the call through!

By paying $20 more a month, I can save what would have been probably $25 or so in overage fees for this month, plus I get five “Friends and Family” numbers that will be excluded from my monthly minute allowance.

So let me think about this:  I go from 450 to 900 minutes, which would cover me for airtime between me and my parents and my friends Archie and Chip, the three people I talk to on the phone most — plus, I can put their numbers as “Friends and Family” numbers, which thereby eliminates the need for the additional minutes.

I can’t pay, say $5 or $10 more a month, to add just a “Friends and Family” option, apparently, which means that the only way to come out ahead is to pay for extra minutes I don’t need to get the feature that actually makes the extra minutes unnecessary.

So the phone company gets its way:  I’ll pay extra.  My “Friends and Family” members are more than worth it.

And meanwhile, I’ll chuckle yet again at the notion that having more options when it comes to things like cell phone providers somehow keeps prices down.

Cell Phone Plans: Paying More to Pay Less?
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