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Cost of Phone Ownership
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:04:44 PM »
Anther thread prompted me to evaluate my cost of phone ownership since switching to Republic Wireless.

Our monthly cost of phone ownership (phone purchases, monthly service, taxes, fees) is $18.26/month per person for the last 5.25 years.

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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 01:37:37 PM »
Wow, that's quite low! We're at $38.60 per month per person for 2012-2017 (six years of data).


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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 02:17:27 PM »
We're at $39.62 per person-month average all-in now (going back to November 2011 when I bought my first smartphone on eBay for $60).  Now GF and I are on swanky iPhone 7s with unlimited plans.  How we have fallen.

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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 03:39:40 PM »
I run an Asus that I bought new outright (~$320). Tracphone plan costs me about $10 per month. Have heard other people here talk about Tello which might be even cheaper.

DW uses an iPhone 7 (8?) she bought outright and it runs her about $30 per month on Cricket (unlimited everything I think).

Eldest child does the same thing as DW with an iPhone one generation older.
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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 07:41:20 AM »
20 a month, have a Moto G3+ (2.5 years old). Previous smartphone lasted 5.5 years.

(I do think that upgrading a phone more often can be ok; especially as i keep finding good useful apps. )


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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2018, 09:58:22 AM »
Well, I purchased a Nokia 3210 early in 2000. At the time, before the collapse of the IT industry, the providers where throwing subsciptions at you. The phone alone cost som 2500 Swedish Krona (~300 USD) at the time, but with a plan I paid 95 SEK / month for 24 months, or less than the price of the phone alone. The minutes rolled over each month, and after the two years were up I had enough left to talk for free for another year.

Then I got my current job where I could use my appointed device for personal use. Now I've got less than two months until FIRE and I've moved this number I've been using for 15 years to my own subscription and have payed my first phone bill since 2002, 190 SEK or ~23 USD.

So, in 18 years I've paid 95*24+190 = 2470 SEK, the monthly average comes out to  11.44 SEK / month or about $1.40.

It's alright :) A bit higher than I expected though.

Oh, and I get to keep the phones. Got a few Samsung and Nexus 5 lying around.

Also, since 2012 I've used the phone as hotspot, not paying for internet.


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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 11:37:08 AM »
In our household, we have 2 $150 used iPhones and spend about $7-8/month/person for tracfone wireless pay as you go plan which gives about 60 min/60sms/250mb data.  I've always been on a <$10 per month for plans (always pay as you go on MVNOs) since about 2003, wife switch to an MVNO after getting a smartphone in 2009 or so. 

We haven't kept phones all that long (maybe 2-3 yrs at a time), partly because we buy them used on eBay and then sell them and trade up on eBay.   The iPhones keep their value so well that the cost is minimal (maybe $25-35/yr for phones per person net costs).
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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2018, 06:20:50 PM »
Another Republic Wireless user here.  My company paid for the Moto-G phone,
still running strong after 3 years.  Total cost is $13-14 per month, including taxes.

Considering Google Project FI when the Moto-G finally dies.


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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2018, 07:33:05 AM »
Haven't paid a cellphone bill other than the recent acquisition of a Hauwei Mate 10 pro for $650 net which supposed to replace my work cellphone (when I retire in May/June this year), tablet and camera.  I don't expect to have an ongoing cellphone bill with my current set up of Google voice# along with the free data from Freedompop.


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Re: Cost of Phone Ownership
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2018, 12:46:01 PM »
Canadian here. I use my phone very rarely, so I bought a dumb phone from 7-11 and got their pay as you go speakout plan. The minutes roll over as long as you top up at least once a year. The minimum top-up is $25. So I guess my phone costs me $2.09 a month?
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