When I talk to friends, and hear how much time they spend on their phone, I am surprised by the amount of time they spend not using their phones.
I can’t help but think that it is because so many people in our society seem to not use their phones, but it is an issue that I want to bring up. The reason so many people have never learned to use their phones is because it is so difficult to use. In the last year, I have gone from a cell phone to an iPhone and I can’t figure out why.
I can tell you the top reason why: You can’t pay for it. It’s so expensive. The latest iPhones cost upwards of $500 and that is before you get the carrier subsidies that the iPhone 5 is on. The iPhone 4s is going for about $300 so it is still a pretty big jump. Even using the best carrier plans you can get a cheaper iPhone 4s. It is still going to be expensive.
There are two basic ways to get a SIM card. One is to buy one from AT&T. They also sell Sprint SIM cards, which you can use in all of your other smartphones. The other is to buy a prepaid phone. This is also easy to do if you are in the United States, but if you are anything else it is more expensive than using a prepaid phone.
The only real difference between this and the prepaid method is that prepaids are basically just a bank account. You make the money by using the account to buy stuff and then transferring it to your phone. Using a prepaid is just like using a bank account, but you have to have a bank account to get a SIM card.
In Canada, you can use your phone as a debit card and thus you can use it to pay for things without your bank account. But as with any prepaid, it’s more expensive and the bank account will have to be kept on a different phone all the time.
This is one of those things that I’m amazed I’ve never heard anyone mention. The prepaid thing is actually really cheap and almost always has a low-cost prepaid plan. The bank account thing has a bit of a higher cost and you have to buy a debit card to use it. But it’s also possible to use your phone like a bank card and do the same thing. It’s not as cheap as you might think.
Im a bit of a hockey fan myself and I usually use their prepaid plan, but Ive always had a bank account because I usually pay off my cards in full every month.
That being said Ive also used the prepaid plan at some point (probably when I was younger). It can be a hassle to get a debit card and you still probably shouldn’t. It’s much easier to use your phone as a bank card. I’m a bit more wary of this now that I’m a bit older. So if you can, I would def be against this.
I don’t personally have an Isi membership, but there are plenty of other companies that do. Just be aware that they are also less reliable than their prepaid card plans.