My Phone Bill Is What?!
The mobile phone market is booming with amazing pieces of hardware and software. The world is now surprisingly interconnected and there are smartphones in the hands of more humans on earth than ever. There is one seedy underbelly of this technology that very few talk about: overage charges. The past few years have shown mobile phone bills hit record numbers and here are just a few that are sure to drop any jaw to the floor.
It seems that even 'unlimited' plans will eventually hit a limit. One of the first records was set in 2005 by Deepak Sharma. In a single month he was able to accrue just over 182,000 text messages. Two men, Nick Andes and Dough Klinger of Pennsylvania, decided that they could topple this record for text messages in a single month and both signed up for an 'unlimited' plan. The race began as the men were sending upwards of 7,000 text messages every single day for an entire month. While many of the texts were single words, they did follow a normal progression of a conversation and by the end of the 30 day period they had hit an astounding 217,000 total text messages.
All was well until Nick Andes got package on his front door step. Ripping open the letter he found a bill for $26,000 dollars in overage charges. Both men decided to fight this and went public. It did not take long for T-Mobile to eventually back down after the men attacked their claim for 'unlimited' texts. Eventually, both parties decided to settle on an undisclosed amount.
Back in 2005, a 22 year old oil field worker got a nasty surprise after opening one of his cell phone bills. Piotr Staniaszek would spend weeks at a time out in the fields with very little access to the outside world. That is, until decided to use his phone as a mobile hot spot to supply his laptop with internet access. Unfortunately, one of Piotr's favorite pastimes was watching movies on his laptop, so most of his internet usage was downloading and streaming videos for hours every single day.
While Piotr's bill never passed $150 dollars up until that point, his data usage bill for that November was $59,000. After calling the company to complain, they told him that his bill was wrong and actually $83,000 in overage charges due to the enormous data usage for the downloading of his movies. He has since negotiated a bill all the way down to $3,195, a price which he is still fighting.
Britney Baker is a freelance blogger who normally ranks prepaid phones for PrepaidCellphones.net. Her latest review covered the Tracphone.
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Embrace financial freedom, don't get trapped!
Let's think for a minute about the overall main purpose of a mobile phone. It is to be mobile and FREE from wires or the requirement to be in a stationery location. We can go virtually anywhere and be FREE from the cords that tied us up for most of the 20th century. We all of course take this for granted these days and this FREEDOM is something we expect and demand. So, if we are going to expect this type physical freedom with our mobile phones, shouldn't we expect a certain level of financial freedom as well? Should the benefit of having a cell phone really require us to be trapped in a 2 year contract paying upwards of $100, $200, maybe even $300+ a month? Constant taxes, fees, overages... Really?!
At Infinity Mobile, we want to provide our customers with more financial freedom. The last thing we want to do is TRAP people and require their money for years to come.
So, that's it. Infinity Mobile is a NEW way to wireless and we would love to have you as a customer, knowing that you will be happier! No contracts, fees, taxes, or credit checks. Great phones, low monthly prices, and outstanding service.
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Phone Review - HTC Diamond
Today we're reviewing the HTC Diamond
, a great smartphone available from Infinity Mobile
. Overall, (and... this is coming from a BlackBerry
user for 3 years) it's a great smartphone for all of your needs. Here are some of the highlights that impress us:
- Windows Mobile Operating System - very slick, fast, familiar. Lots of goodies and customization!
- Touchscreen is very nice, and the "built-in" stylus is great for lots of quick detail work
- The overall size is nice - much smaller than a BlackBerry.
- 3.2 MP Camera - very nice photos and options for lighting, etc
- Bluetooth Integrations are perfect (we tried it in the car and loved it)
- Text and Email Message queuing uniquely different, but useful once you get the hang of it
- Reception and talk quality excellent on affordable Infinity Mobile No Contract Phone service
- Seamless sync with Outlook
What wasn't so great?
While there isn't anything we explicitly don't like, the interface does take some getting used to, especially if you're coming from the world of BlackBerry
. It's a short learning curve though and the benefits of using this phone to sync up more closely with Windows 7 is amazing in terms of productivity.
So, if you're looking for a zippy smartphone with all the goodies and then some, we think you will love the HTC Diamond
. And, we are also confident that you will LOVE our low-priced, unlimited no contract cell phone plans
where you pay no taxes, cancellation fees, or overages - and don't have to deal with a credit check!
Until next time...
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Infinity Unlimited Plans WILL shrink your bill!
A recent BillShrink.com survey came to some interesting conclusions about one's perceived cell phone usage and actual usage. Very interesting, and this blog outlines it well.
Here are the highlights:
- People estimate they need 711 wireless anytime minutes per month, but in truth they need quite a bit less. BillShrink found 651 minutes to be the average.
- The average person uses 1,555 text messages per month, yet most consumers believe they use 2,566. (1,555 per-month is the average!?!)
- People assume they need 54MB of data per month, yet most need 81MB. Ironically, most tiered carrier plans start at 150MB.
What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means that our Infinity Unlimited Plans will shrink your bill, giving you great service, unlimited calls, and unlimited texts... just in case you might be one of those people who does text 2,566 times or more a month!
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Welcome to the Infinity Mobile Blog!
Hey Friends! Welcome to the official Infinity Mobile Blog!
We will try our best keep you up to date with detailed blogs about new cell phone plan offerings, devices, data plans, customer savings testimonials and MORE! Stay tuned, and in the meantime, please visit our web site at www.InfinityMobile.com
to see how much you can save without fees, taxes, and contracts... and, not to mention the use of a major network!
Until next time...
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