The problem with switching from AT&T to Verizon

I switched my entire family to Verizon when the iPhone 4s came out. Overall it was a great decision. No more dropped calls. Great coverage throughout San Francisco, even in the Mission. Wonderful customer service.

But I got a surprise bill this month that was $100 more than I expected. The problem is: most of my friends have iPhones on AT&T. So those calls no longer qualify as “free mobile to mobile.” And I talk on the phone a lot.

Those friends who I was talking to this past month also probably don’t realize our calls aren’t free anymore.

Free mobile to mobile is a weird perk. It’s something that reduces how many minutes you pay for, but it’s not something you can predict or take into account. You don’t know what carrier people are on.

Hopefully Apple extends iMessage and Facetime so you can do normal phone calls over 3G, and turn the iPhone in to a data only device.

Until then, everyone should switch to Verizon! It’s great, and you can talk to me all you want for free :).

5 comments

  1. Your friends on AT&T won’t notice the difference since we have (and you used to, probably) "Free mobile to any mobile." So while the calls you make are being deducted from your "anytime minutes," the calls received by AT&T users don’t count towards that. It really is a great feature because I was able to lower my family plan to fewer minutes and still never get close to running out. Service and reception, on the other hand, is a difference story.

  2. <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">ah yes, didn’t realize AT&amp;T mobile minutes include all carriers<div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  3. That’s what has kept me on AT&T. So much of my family is on it that I can’t seem to escape even when I want too 🙂

  4. Here, we don’t have free mobile to mobile 😒 we have, however, cheaper intracarrier and landline rates and free minutes to the same carrier in addition to the regular local mins, but then again we don’t get charged for receiving calls.When cellphones became so expensive in the US? I find it odd that they’re pricing data so selfishly when the two neighbor countries are so laid back on that issue, and, with the US being the most technologically advanced.BTW, have you tried Viber for phone calls? It’s amazing, that way you go all-data. WhatsApp for texting is also great if the other party doesn’t have an iPhone or is you want to send something iMessage won’t support. Both apps offer free communications, WhatsApp however it’s not free but it’s right next to free. 🙂

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