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Is my math right? (plan shopping)
I was trying to compare the Verizon plans availble and just looking to see if I got the numbers right on which would be best for me. I have 2 smartphones to upgrade, currently paying $160/mo before work discount for 700 min, unlimited text, and 4 GB data each (non-shared plan). That works out to $4100, including $200 for the phones and $60 upgrade fee up front, over the life of the contract if I upgraded and kept our current plan. This would be option 1.
Option 2 would be to change to a More Everything plan with 6GB data shared (mostly used by me working on the road and we have wifi at home, so 8 GB shared would be a bit overkill), going with another standard contract. That came up to $160/mo line access, plus $200 up front for the two new phones. That would make it $4100 total as well after the two years are up and factoring in the phone and upgrade fees.
Option 3 being the Edge plan with 10 GB. With the higher data discount, it makes the line access $130/mo, plus another $50/mo for the two phones, bringing it to $180/mo total before work discount. That worked out to $4320 over the course of two years. Afterwards, that would save us the $50/mo (and paying some upfront to lower that amount would be a wash anyway), but I doubt we'd keep the phones long enough after for the savings to catch up to what we'd be paying for option 2.
So it looks like Options 1 and 2 would be the cheapest way to get into the new phones. Since my fiance wouldn't use very much data, Option 2 is looking more attractive since that would leave extra for me to use (4GB is pushing it sometimes for me). I know it also has cloud storage, but I doubt I'll make much use of that unless Verizon decides not to count that data access in the monthly allotments. I also have an air card with the option of keeping on its own plan or adding it to the phone plans. It is currently on a special plan they offered me of 20GB for $60/mo. I don't think I could get anywhere near that by combining all 3 devices into one plan, but figured I'd mention it in case it does make a difference. My work discount is 15%, which I know will change the numbers slightly, but I don't think it would change which plan is best. Does this all sound right in my thinking?