Back in the day, we were using SBC (previously IL Bell, then Ameritech, now AT&T) for phone service and DSL. We had a $80/month shared cell plan with the splat and were using cell phones for all our long distance needs. Even doing that, we had 400 minutes between us a month with rollover and we weren’t using our minutes fast enough.
So this is what we did: Dropped SBC like a hot horseshoe, got cable service, cable modamn, VOIP. More channels, better programs, way faster interweb, $25 for unlimited monthly local & long distance to the US & Canadia. Both our cells were unlocked GSM, so we went with T-Mobile prepaid with $100 top up cards (10 cents/minute). At first I was pretty nervous as to how long we’d make it on our prepaid minutes, but when you only use your cell phone sparingly and only when you’re out and about (oot & aboot for my Canadien readers) and use your home phone for 99% of all your calls, 1000 minutes lasts a long time. And that’s with no free mobile-to-mobile minutes, no free text messages. I even have to pay for the airtime when I check my voicemail.
359 days later, I just had to top mine up. Yes, I had five minutes left and they were about to expire. It took almost one calendar year to use up my thousand minutes. This plan has been an unqualified success as we’re saving money over the way we used to have service.