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When it come to my cell phone, I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe. I’ve changed phone carriers three times in the past four years. It started when I finally got off my mom’s family plan, and then I switched again when I got married, and now, every time my contract expires, I think I can get a cheaper plan and better service elsewhere. So, when I got offered the chance to try AT&Ts prepaid, commitment-free GoPhone for a month, it seemed like a perfect way for me to try out yet another phone plan, and perhaps a way to put an end to my constant wireless network FOMO.
The phone, an HTC One, came in the mail with a SIM Card, a prepaid plan card and super-easy instructions for activating it. I had the phone and plan up and running within 10 minutes. I was given unlimited talk, text, and 2.5 GB of data that was supposed to get me through a month. After a few days of using the phone, the biggest difference I noticed between that an my normal phone routine was the fact that this one wasn’t an iPhone, which I’ve used for the past 6 years. (Note: You CAN get an iPhone, or basically any other phone AT&T carries, with the GoPhone plan, which is pretty cool). Other than that, it wasn’t much different except that I got better service in my house.
That is until I realized I was on the train to work that first week. I take the commuter train about 30 minutes to my office in downtown Boston every morning. The train has intermittent wifi access, which I don’t even bother using because by the time I get connected, I get booted off. And I don’t use my own phone as a hotspot because I am worried about maxing out my data plan for the month. But I realized I could use the GoPhone as a hotspot without having to worry about going over my data limit … because if I maxed it out, I could just add more data!! How liberating!! Let me tell you, as someone who has a full-time job AND a blog, being able to get an extra hour of work done each day made last month one of my most productive ever.
So now the month is over and I’ve only found one problem with my GoPhone experience. I have 8 months left on my cell phone contract….