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Old 03-09-2009, 07:36 PM   #41
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Interesting study here http://www.ucan.org/files/Teletruth_...ilure_2009.pdf (look at item 4 under "wireless" section) which says that when all is accounted for, the average cost of cell phone calls is $3.02 per minute, because people pay for substantially more minutes than they actually use.
Yikes! An 87 page document. I barely was able to struggle through the 7-page Table of Contents. Please don't make me read the whole thing.

Are you saying the article implies that I should be tickled that I am only paying 43 when the average for other folks it is over 3.00? I am astounded.

Of course, it somewhat explains why no one (Verizon, At&T, Car Toys, and several online websites) can find a lower fee for what I require.

This is worse than the cable/satellite TV rip-off. (Same technique, however.)
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Last year, I looked at our cell phone bills for the prior six months and realized that we had used a grand total of 18 minutes during that entire period. At $59 per month for our cell phone plan, that worked out to almost $20/minute. I looked for a cheaper monthly plan, but that was the lowest they had, so we switched to prepaid phones.
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Last year, I looked at our cell phone bills for the prior six months and realized that we had used a grand total of 18 minutes during that entire period.
Made me look.

DW and I gave up the land line for two cell phones a couple of years ago. According to the report I just ran, over the last year we've averaged a combined usage of just under 1,000 minutes - per month. I accounted for 20% of that total.
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Well that is enlightening. Only one person paying more than I do. Guess I need to control my "wants".

Would really like to ditch AT&T though. They have been a nightmare. But only other option is cable phone and internet which would cost more. I thought of getting rid of land line and getting Ooma, but then I would have to pay $60 for cable internet instead of $38. Just can't win.
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Well that is enlightening. Only one person paying more than I do. Guess I need to control my "wants".

Would really like to ditch AT&T though. They have been a nightmare. But only other option is cable phone and internet which would cost more. I thought of getting rid of land line and getting Ooma, but then I would have to pay $60 for cable internet instead of $38. Just can't win.
If it makes you feel any better, I will probably be paying as much as or more than you after I retire. I am planning to go for a much upgraded cable TV package, and I will also be upgrading to a slightly more expensive cell phone contract. I might ditch my landline, or not.
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Dumping cable TV soon as HBO and Stars deal runs out.

Then Comcast will offer me another deal for 6 months. Oh the tricky webs we weave. Highway robbery out here
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Well that is enlightening. Only one person paying more than I do. Guess I need to control my "wants".
OK, I'll fess up. Cell phones $80, internet (air card) $62, Sat tv $63...a total of $205/mo.
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OK, I'll fess up. Cell phones $80, internet (air card) $62, Sat tv $63...a total of $205/mo.
We forgive you 'cause we know you're holed-up in Fortress Wahoo, trying to avoid the rattlesnakes, scorpions, fireants, mosquitoes, scorching heat, F5 tornadoes, and tumbling tumbleweeds...

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Cable TV + internet $73.81
Cell (prepaid t-mobile) $7.50
Landline (local/security system) $16.06

The prepaid greatly reduced cell costs --- used to pay around $45 a month for cheapest cell plan with coverage in my area. Called landline provider to threaten cancellation, and they reduced my monthly cost by $10 if I would keep it (used to be around $27).
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