Hey, Hatters– Do you like unlimited calls, texts, and data? Do you thrive on keeping up with the latest phones and tablets? Are you paying more than $35 a month for the cellphone plan that makes it all work for you? You’re being ripped off.
Let me say that again. A cell phone bill that’s more than $35 a month for use with an iPhone, Galaxy, whatever much-hipper-than-I-am phone that lives in your pocket is a complete and utter waste of your money, which is a waste of the hours of your life you trade for your money. That time is precious, and on Life as a Hat, I want you to keep every bit of it you can.
Why am I setting $35 as the limit to what you should spend on your cell? It’s what I do with the T-Mobile and Walmart team up pre-paid plan. Here’s what I get for $30 a month ( which comes to a grand total of $33 and change after taxes and fees.)
- Unlimited texts
- Unlimited data (5 gigabytes at 4G LTE speeds and unlimited data at 3G speeds after that. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what those numbers really mean, I use my phone heavily. I stream music when I workout, I use data for GPS, and I surf the internet prettttttty frequently in my downtime. I don’t think I’ve ever gone above 3 gigabytes of data usage in a month.)
- 100 minutes of talk time, which I extend into unlimited talk with Skype.
- There’s no last bullet point because there’s nothing else you could want from a cellphone plan. This is unlimited everything for 1/3 of what most consumers pay.
How can you join the ranks of this too good to be true plan?
- Own your own phone. That might mean you don’t have the latest and greatest, but you will have freedom and won’t be locked into a pay off the phone by month plan or a contract with a subsidy. Check out Ebay, Amazon, or your own network of friends for great deals on used phones you can buy outright.
- Purchase a SIM card through T-Mobile or Walmart. As of last week, T-Mobile had a special where each sim was only $0.99. That’s my kind of price.
- Activate your new sim card ONLINE. This part is crucial. Because of the dual nature of the T-Mobile and Walmart plan, you will not be able to purchase the correct plan if you call T-Mobile directly to activate your SIM. Do you hear me? Do not call T-Mobile to activate your SIM. Use the activate online option.
- Select the $30 plan with 100 minutes from the dropdown menu. Reread the options and ensure you’ve selected the correct plan. This is the best deal on the market and the process is designed to make it difficult to access.
When I set up my plan, it took about an hour of my time, and it’s since saved me $60 a month, every month, and I have the luxury of knowing that I can walk away at any time.
That’s freedom in a phone plan.