Sunday, August 16, 2009
Remember When The Phone Was Black and Plugged Into The Wall?
A Samsung Instinct smartphone - basically Sprint's imitation of the iPhone.
A Sprint aircard
AN Asus Eee PC
An iPod Touch
I figured that if I could upgrade my aircard to a Sprint Mifi, I could then downgrade my Instinct to a regular phone (for phone and texting only) and downgrade my plan. With the always on wifi from the Mifi then my iPod touch would become the device for mail and other computing on the road. However I would eventually need to upgrade to the new iPod Touch later this fall so that I could gain the camera and microphone the my iPod is currently lacking.
Another option I had considered was upgrading to the new BlackBerry Tour. The bottom line was that I was growing tired of the Instinct and it wasn't the greatest phone for email. You can only watch so much Hannah Montana on Sprint TV.
The one issue however was that the Sprint MiFi card is $299. I figured that not only would I be spending the $299 for that but at least that amount in a couple of months to upgrade the iPod.
So I ruled out the mifi option considering that Sprint's 4G network, currently in testing in Baltimore, will be available in about a year or two and that at that time even better iPods will be out and I'll have had my aircard long enough to get the upgrade rebate to mifi at even faster speeds.
So I figured out the best option was to upgrade the Instinct to a Blackberry Curve. I really don't need the international functionality of the Tour and the Curve does everything I need and much better than the Instinct.
I was able to turn in my Instinct for $50, so with the rebate on the phone, it makes the BlackBerry free (before sales tax). So my main investment - after sending off the sales tax on the entire value of the purchase (which I don't understand) to Arnold - was $35 for a car charger.
Now you may be asking why not just switch to iPhone. I would - but I hate AT&T. So there.