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Cell service, starvation and savings

Posted by comartslibrarian on June 30, 2007

The iPhone looks nifty, but the $499 sticker price isn’t the only sticker shock. Buying one also means paying at least $60 a month to AT&T for two years of cell service, not including taxes and fees. Another proprietary black mark against Apple (i.e. you must use Apple hardware for OS X, iTunes using a proprietary file format incompatible with anything other than an iPod). It makes me wonder if Microsoft isn’t closer to an open-source mentality than Apple.

So getting an iPhone adds up to about $2,000 over two years. It’s amazing how many Americans have so much money to burn. Contrary to what Rush Limbaugh may say about it, this cartoon should give us pause to put our frenzied materialism into perspective.

I recently let my cell phone contract expire; tired of paying too much for minutes I didn’t use. No other major provider seemed to offer anything less than $40/month. I searched for awhile to find a better pricing model and would recommend

With eCallPlus, you get all the same features of free voice-mail, callerID, and long distance, but without a lengthy or expensive contract. Just buy minutes as you need them. It also allows you to choose the network appropriate for your cell phone (CDMA or GSM).

Stick it to the man and save your shekels (better yet — tithe or donate your savings to charity).


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