How much do you spend on a phone each month? As of last month, we spent $170 a month on two phones. And we’d been doing so for years. After a fair amount of hemming and hawing mixed in with waiting out the duration of our contracts, we decided to put a stop to the spending by focusing on a secondary provider. If all goes according to plan, we will slash our phone bill by more than half with Boost Mobile.
Figure Out Your Must Haves
Some couples function on the same wavelength day in and day out. We are not that couple. If we grocery shop together, we can defrost the entire frozen food section while we debate the ice cream flavor we’d most enjoy. Needless to say, this different-strokes-for-different-folks dynamic spilled over into the cell phone scenario as well. As a result, we both put together a list of what we most wanted.
Mr. P’s List:
- An iPhone – “Because I don’t want to learn how to use an Android.” Spoken like the most tech-savvy 90-year-old. But truthfully, he uses the Apple ecosystem at work, so I get it. Kind of.
- Unlimited data – I suggested we both stay on wifi as much as possible for one month to see how much data we actually use, but this is his list of wants. And we currently each have an unlimited plan. And I’m only a little bossy.
- Something simple, not sketchy – Three cheers for this. He was not about to navigate the River Styx to save a buck, and I agree. Boost Mobile runs on Sprint’s network, so we are both confident in coverage.
- Cheap – What? You’re surprised?
- Reliable – We’ve used Sprint for a long time. Though the first few months saw more calls to customer service than I’d ever care to make again, the service has been really reliable for 3.5 years or better at home, at work, and at my parents’ cottage in the middle of nowhere.
- My iPhone – I have this sneaking suspicion that Mr. P is gunning for a new iPhone. How do I know? He brings it up every time there’s even the slightest lag on his Pinterest app when he’s looking up prime pike fishing time or hydroponic gardening. (SOS. So much SOS.) While I know we’ll both need new phones eventually, we already bought these outright back in the day when Sprint did things like sell phones, not lease them.
Talk to People in Person
I know. What kind of millennial am I? But I’m a firm believer that there is a time and place when an online chat or an email simply won’t do.
Not only does everything start to run together after thirteen seconds of comparing providers online, there’s also an overabundance of useless information. Do a quick search for Boost Mobile. I’ll wait. What do you find? Snazzy advertisements followed by complaints. Like most reviews, people only take the time to comment if they really hate something. Or absolutely love it.
But what complicates things indefinitely is the fact that these reviews are pooled from all around the country, and I have no idea which carrier they used previously. I don’t care how Boost Mobile works in the Smoky Mountains. I want to know how it works in my neighborhood. So excuse me while I stick my fingers in my ears and tune out the online noise.
Instead of combing through the interwebs forever, Mr. P found the closest Boost Mobile retailer, and he also made a note of the locations of a few other secondary providers in case Boost was a bust. He armed himself with our lists of wants, as well as some other questions we had, and set off. After confirming prices and checking out the (lack of) fine print, he was sold.
Give Yourself an Out
It will come as a shock to no one that very rarely in life do I throw caution to the wind. Except one time I used vanilla and chocolate frosting on a homemade cake. But that’s about as risky as my business gets.
After we were both shackled to $85 bills for years, I was not about to sign on any other dotted line if I could help it. So I did what any good wife does: I made my husband take the plunge first. Really, it’s a wonder he doesn’t sleep with one eye open.
My contract actually isn’t up until the end of April, so we figured two months would be the perfect length of time for him to test out the service with Boost Mobile. If things are still going swimmingly, we’ll add a line to his $50 plan for an additional $30. If the service hits the skids, though, he can discontinue his service no fuss, no muss, and we can go back to shopping around.
Post Plunge Thoughts
Over the course of a weekend, we were able to take a handful of steps to slash our phone bill in half. After Mr. P has had the service for a while, I promise to share a full update to see if we’re just as happy with Boost Mobile as we think we will be.
So Tell Me…What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a cell phone? What carrier do you love?
Note: I know we could dial down the unlimited everything. And perhaps we will. But we have no landline, Mr. P can’t connect to wifi at work, and there’s no wifi to be had when we travel up north. I know you’d miss my tweets, so I’m doing this for you, really.