So I decided to compare phone plans. Since I never talk on the phone, minutes were not of interest. I just wanted to know what the cheapest plan (with data) I could find was. I also wanted to know whether buying a phone outright made sense.
|Vendor||Monthly Voice||Monthly Data||Monthly $||Phone cost||Total 2 year cost||phone|
|boost mobile||47.5||369||1509||galaxy s2|
Short answer: none of the big plans could compete. Even a little bit. Note that the T-Mobile plan is 100 minutes talk, Virgin is 300 min, and in general I've assumed 2gb data.