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As I’ve shared over the last week–read No New Phone for Me–I’ve been on a phone quest, trying to find 4 phones combined with the right service plan and provider that won’t break my budget. After quite a bit of deliberation–too much, my wife observed–I finally made my decision. Since I’ve made you suffer through it with me, I thought I’d share what was decided.

To recap, here’s what I was looking for in a phone:

  • 4 smartphones with Gmail, MS Exchange compatibility, Twitter and Facebook, a nice camera with unlimited texting/images/Internet.
  • Under $220 per month.
  • 2 year contract
  • 1500 minutes of talk time
If I tried to do this with AT&T, the monthly cost would have been astronomical with iPhones. So, that left little choice except to go with an Android OS based phone. But which one? And from which provider?
After spending quite a bit of time scoping Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T (reluctantly), I found a solution that met my requirements.
  • 1500 minute Family Plan
  • 4 Smartphones that include 3G, Edge, GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity; 7.9cm HVGA touch screen with virtual keyboard, slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard, 5megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, photoeditor, and geotagging; 6 hours of talk time, 13.5 days of standby, microSD expansion to 32 GB storage, and access to the following:
    Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, YouTube, video streaming, GoogleMaps, Gmail, Google Search, RSS news widgets, MS Exchange and Quickoffice.
  • Under $220 per month
What’s more, thanks to comment left on a previous post, as well as a colleague pointing this out for Verizon’s plan, I was able to waive a $140 activation fee since my wife and I are educators, as well as obtain a 15% discount on monthly charges.
What carrier did I go with?
T-Mobile. It beat the competition hands-down.
The phone? Motorola Cliq, an Android-based phone.
No regrets for 2 years….

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