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balls. T-Mobile has me locked into a 24 month contract, meaning that if I cancel my account now they'll charge me $200 extra for the cancellation fee. Luckily, the 24 months are up in September, so that's not too bad.

See, the other month, maybe it was late april to june? anyway, I had my phone off for THREE WEEKS and I didn't even notice. When I finally charged it back up and turned it on, I had a message... from my dad, who had emailed me his question about two minutes after he'd left the message, and we had resolved whatever it was two weeks ago already. So why the hell am I paying forty bucks a month for something I don't use, need, or even particularly want?

We also, in the new apartment, will have a landline phone with unlimited long distance. So I figure, I'll give my grandmas the landline number, and make outgoing calls to my parental units on it, and get myself one of those no contract phones at bestbuy or somesuch.

What I *really* want, of course, is an iPhone without the phone part. I really want 3G so I can have a gps wherever I go and google maps and recipes for grocery shopping and wikipedia for pressing trivia concerns and all the little dongles and diddlies. But I'll never use the *phone* part of it! I could get an ipod touch except that that doesnt have 3g, it has just wifi, laaame. Seattle isn't *nearly* as wired as Cambridge and Boston (this being one of the very few likeable things about the cities) so I won't be able to steal tubes from people on the street. But I really REALLY don't want to DOUBLE my phone costs just so I can google stuff, you know? Also I very much vowed to NEVER do business with AT&T again.

Basically, I hate phones. Hooray. And if anybody knows how no-contract phones work, and has recommendations, because I have NEVER used them and have no idea how buying minutes works and blah blah, please leave me a comment and educate me!


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Jul. 16th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Pretty much anything with 3G connectivity is going to be a cell phone, because of how the dataplans are sold. There isn't much of a market for non-cell-phone 3G devices. The exception is the Amazon Kindle, but the web-browsing on that is largely text-only. It does work well with Wikipedia, though.

Jul. 16th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
but does the kindle have a LIGHT SABER? i think NOT.
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
No, but you can set the screensaver to read "DON'T PANIC", which is about as cool as being able to wave a phone around and have it make humming noises and flashy lights.
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
And the no-contract things - you buy a phone, and they set you up with a number, and then to buy minutes you buy something like a phone card (that's compatible with your phone), call the number on the back and enter in the activation code, and the minutes get added to your account.
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I have a tracfone. I really don't use my cell phone often enough to say so, so I like that I can buy so many minutes without it being a total waste, because I can't fathom me using "four hundred minutes a week and then we will over-charge you if you go over" or if I don't use them all, they don't apply to the next bill or whatever it is some plans do. The only problem I don't like with tracfone is somewhere along the line they changed their texting policy, so no texting to "short" numbers, or international numbers. Not that I really did, but it was handy when I was on the road and felt the need to, say, text to twitter or something. But yeah, to buy and set up a phone like that is easy to do, and many of them you can just go online to do it, and to add minutes or plans or what have you.
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Have you considered a netbook? The Dell Mini 10 is $474 with built-in wireless broadband card. You can choose to use either AT&T's network or Verizon's network. And there's a $120 rebate if you choose AT&T, though you did say that you never want to deal with AT&T again.

Not really as small or convenient as an iPhone, but just about the best you'll get if you don't want the phone.
Jul. 17th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah I second a netbook. Verizon has a little HP 10 inch that's like, 200$ and then like 30-40 a month for 3g internet.
Jul. 17th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
If you get an ipod touch, most places in Seattle have free wifi. It's not hard to find at all!
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