I just received a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 phone from Cricket in the mail! I agreed to try out Cricket’s service and the Galaxy S4 phone and share my thoughts on BargainBabe.com. I’ve been dismayed by how much our monthly Verizon phone bill has been. We pay – for one smartphone and one simple phone – almost $160 each month! I polled readers on our Facebook page and found a huge number of folks pay less than $50 each month for their cell phone!
Here’s what I’m looking for in my new Galaxy S4 smartphone.
- Service – we don’t have a landline so NOT dropping calls is important. We’ve all been there. It’s just too annoying to drop calls regularly when we don’t have a landline as a backup. Today I dropped one call in town while driving around. That happens only very occasionally with Verizon, so I’ll need to watch out for that.
- Cost – Cricket is a lot like Boost Mobile or Metro PCS in that you have a flat fee every month with a lot of unlimiteds! The plan we have has unlimited talk, and text, and three pricing options tied to how much data we want to use. (The $50 plan also lacks 411 assistance.) The plans are $50 for 2.5 GB, $60 for 5GB, and $70 for 10GB. I tried to log into Verizon to see how much data I’ve been using, and they make it VERY hard to figure it out. I basically have to export all the daily data usage to Excel, then sum it myself. Thanks for making my life easy, Verizon. NOT! Wait, I just figured it out. On the My Bill page –> Charges by line, I can see how much data I’ve used in each cycle going back 18 months. I’ve never used more than .9GB of data, so the $50 plan for 2.5GB would be more than sufficient.
- Ease of use – I’ve had an iPhone for five years now and I still remember my first iPhone bill for $1,200! My favorite thing about the iPhone was that I didn’t have to read the user’s manual! It was so intuitive. So far, the Galaxy S4 seems to be very easy to use. I’m still getting to know it and want to test out how easy I can blog and email from the phone. Essentials!
- Camera quality – I take a lot of pictures and videos of my two little girls to send to family and friends. I also print out many of the photos I take with my phone, so I want the camera to be sharp. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13.0 MP camera and you can flip it around to take pics of your self with a 2MP camera. This is a big difference, but I take most of my photos with the 13MP lens.
How much do you pay for your cell phone?