We finally got a smart phone, only 5 years after everybody else. Waiting had it's perks though. Google just released a new nexus phone - their line of unlocked high end the phones with high end Prices. Except this time around the price was decidedly middle end.
Just 299 gets you a 4.7 inch display, 4 core CPU and 4g support. I'm typing this on the nexus 4 right now and it's a joy to use. Jymm says it's super cute too. No question this is a high end smartphone.
So far it's not cheaper than most phones at 299 but the next step is the monthly plan. T-Mobile has a no contract (prepaid) plan for 30 that gives you 5gb of data at 4g speeds and just 100 minutes of talk. Combine that with a good VoIP plan and you have all the minutes you want and data too for almost the lowest monthly payment you can find for a non-data plan.
If you have a regular monthly contract that kind of deal would cost around 80 a month. So in one year you pay 960 just in monthly fees, plus some amount for the phone. With our setup you pay 360 for monthly fees and 300 for the nexus 4. 660 is less than 960 by a good margin and next year your cost is just 360, which is even better!
Prepaid no-contract is the future of phones, in San Diego and the rest of the country.