Kicking Off my $100 Cell Phone/Service Challenge

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What if anyone gave you $100 and requested, “How far can you stretch this money to cover your cell phone communication needs?”

Yesterday, I get started on a adventure to respond to that very query (that no person is calling.)

The problem has two portions:

  1. Buy a brand new cellphone
  2. Buy the carrier for that cellphone

The objective is to spend $100 on BOTH of the ones. Do you suppose Lazy Man can do it? Yes he can!*

In truth, I positioned the orders the day past.

In an international of $1000 iPhones, $100 isn’t going to get you very a ways. It may simply pay the gross sales tax in some excessive puts. I spent a very long time looking for the typical price of a cell-phone plan and got here up empty. I discovered one thing that mentioned JD Power put it at $73, however it gave the impression old-fashioned. I’m considering it may well be nearer to $60 or $65. In maximum circumstances, you almost certainly can’t get two months of what the typical individual will pay for mobile phone carrier.

It will have to be evident that I’ll be reducing some corners to get this executed. Part of the problem is not to lower too many corners the place the entire thing falls aside.

Getting the Cheap Phone

I’ve written sooner than that you’ll be able to get monetary savings with Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones. If you’re keen to place up with some further promoting, you’ll be able to get a brand new Alcatel A30 for $59. It used to be $64.19 together with tax for me.

It’s an overly low-end cellphone. It is a step underneath my previous Nexus five that debuted just about four years in the past. I don’t have this cellphone in my palms but, but when it’s anyplace as regards to that, for $59, I’ll be extraordinarily glad. I used to be in a position to make use of that Nexus five as my common cellphone till only a few months in the past till I broke the display screen.

Getting the Service

Amazon has had that mobile phone deal for a very long time. It’s been tempting, however I by no means had an actual explanation why to shop for it. The perfect manner to economize isn’t to spend it, proper?

However, Rick Broida from CNET’s Cheapskate discussed this deal for three months of Mint cellular carrier for $30. That’s 2GB of 4G information every month on T-Mobile. Without that “Foxtober” promo code it’s $15 a month. The feedback on that CNET article appear to be cut up between individuals who just like the carrier and people who bumped into some issue with restricted customer support once they had an issue. I believe adore it’s well worth the gamble, as a result of if it really works, I’ll save $20 a month. I recently have Cricket for $35/mo. with autopay. (I’m additionally presuming that over the lengthy haul, I’ll pay the $15 a month value.)

Mint Sim (to not be perplexed with Mint the web non-public finance device) additionally has very affordable plans in case you use extra information. I have a tendency to make use of round 1.5GB a month.

I took benefit of the deal and acquired three months of carrier. With transport and the regulatory restoration rate it got here to $35.55.

The giant query is whether or not T-Mobile can be appropriate in my space. Cricket makes use of AT&T and I realize it works smartly for me. For the cost of 1 month of Cricket, I’ll roll the cube to determine.

Winning my Own Fabricated Challenge!

If you upload up the $64.19 for the telephone and the $35.55 for three months of carrier I spent you get… $99.74. Boom! Challenge received! I’ve 26 cents to spare. If I wish to keep on with AT&T, I will nonetheless stick with Cricket for $35 for one month and squeak in beneath $100.

The giant win right here can be if the Mint carrier works for me. That’s a possible financial savings of just about $250 a yr… possibly $500 if my spouse does it too.

I’d love to make a last observe concerning the cellphone I purchased. It might appear foolish to shop for a cellphone for this type of (fabricated) problem. I may just simply pop the Mint sim card into my Moto X Pure and notice the way it is going. However, I discovered the lesson a few months in the past that it’s extraordinarily useful to have a spare cellphone. We in point of fact needed to scramble with a few damaged displays. This new cellphone doubles as an insurance coverage plan. It’s additionally the type of factor I will drop within the diaper bag with a couple of episodes of Blaze or Paw Patrol. That’s an enormous price when you want to entertain a few tots.

I’ll document again in a month or so and help you know the way it is going.

* Lazy Man could also be very adept of relating to himself within the 3rd individual.

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