Some of those charges are variable
by Pepe7 - 9/10/12 11:02 AM
In Reply to: Non user of cell phone by Boothbay
If you use a carrier branded/installed GPS software system, yes, there may be an extra monthly charge involved. But if you had a data plan and a smartphone, there are free GPS apps available or free, sometimes including turn-by-turn directions. So you would have to prorate the cost of monthly GPS vs maintaining a data plan. A (more expensive) data plan might make sense depending on features you required in total.
There are Plenty of cellular taxes involved, so that will likely be a moot point vs landline.
A few carriers, such as US Cellular, do not charge for incoming calls that you receive. Most carriers (if not all) charge for outgoing calls tough, with some exceptions that can save your minutes. Calling a relative who's on the same system might be free i your plan included free mobile to mobile calling. Some carriers also allow you to specify a group of contacts (regardless of their cellular carrier) who you can call for free. You have to determine what sort of calling patterns/plans suit your needs in this regard to pick the right carrier that could return the lowest cost. Most of my family's on ATT, so it was a no-brainer. I call everyone for free via M2M (mobile to mobile). And we switched my wife's line so her company would reimburse, making it even easier.
If you can find a Verizon based pre-paid service (=MVNO) you might be able to stay around the same general price point that you are now w/ a landline. The data is the sticking point though. Post paid is nearly always better if you plan on using very much.
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