Last year at this time (see previous post Revisiting cheap phone deals in Tulsa), I had re-upped with Tracfone at an average cost of $7.85/mo rather than try the minimal T-Mobile deal mentioned to me by Sir Paul’s cousin.
Once again today, inertia won out and I renewed with Tracfone.
But I lowered my cost a good bit by renewing for two more years instead of one.
Tracfone offered an 800-minute talk, 365 days of service deal for $100, with an online discount of $15, making it $85, same as last year.
But adding this to the cart elicited a further offer of 365 days and 0 minutes for an additional $50.
Since I run out of service days, not talk minutes, I jumped on it.
Total cost with taxes and government fees was $144.16. That works out to $6/month. Not bad!
While I am probably not quite as laconic of phone and text speech as Sir Paul’s cousin, I am lazier, and didn’t want to start over with T-Mobile. though their Pay-As-You-Go deal is still the same as last year.
As mentioned numerous times previously, I use a wifi-only smartphone to do unlimited texting with Google Voice for free when at home, or near a wifi hotspot.
We just got back from a Caribbean cruise. The hotel we stayed at for a day before sailing from Ft. Lauderdale provided free wifi. Both Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta airports have it. I availed myself in those places.
Our cruise ship offered an onerous internet plan of $40 for 24 hours, or $20/day if you buy for all days of the cruise. No thanks! I was happy to go incommunicado.
A nice thing about having no wifi is that you can concentrate on reading books.
I had a cruise e-reading setup similar to last year’s (What I did on vacation without home theater): an original Nook ‘E Ink’ reader and a Galaxy Note II “phablet” inherited from my wife after she switched to iPhone this year.
This year’s reading list (all checked out from the Tulsa library):
Echo Burning and Never Go Back (Jack Reacher novels) by Lee Child
Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen
Amped by Daniel H. Wilson (a Tulsa-born roboticist, turned novelist)
High Profile and Stone Cold (Jesse Stone novels) by Robert B. Parker
Bossypants by Tina Fey