Joining the 21st century

Ah December, the time to give, receive, and splurge on a really neat wireless plan.

For the last 3 years, in true Dave Ramsey fashion, Whitney and I have been prepaid Virgin Mobile users. I'd say subscribers, but there's no subscription--you pay-as-you-go, and pay only for the calls and text messages ("TXTs") you use.

On the whole, it wasn't a bad system. The phones were chintzy and low-tech, but they worked reliably for voice and text. Between the two of us, we were averaging $42 / month. Thing was, Whitney wouldn't carry her phone--she didn't like it, and wouldn't have it around for emergencies.

What she wanted was one of these puppies:

Yep. An iPhone 3G--the neatest thing since sliced bread.

Thing was, we didn't want a contract--felt too much like debt to us.

Let me summarize what happened this weekend:

Me, Saturday morning: "Hey, why don't we get some new phones?"

Whitney: WOOHOO!!!

And then...

...running around to 25 different wireless places, trying out different phones, deciding she wants a smartphone of some sort but hates AT&T, trying out verizon and finding that we don't like the phones or the service, despairing, going back to Lexington on Sunday, deciding AT&T was the best deal, seeing a rainbow (cue the music), despairing, regrouping, cursing the rainbow, and then...

...Whitney got an iPhone. It's an 8 gigabyte model. It's awesome.

Myself, I got a free phone out of the deal, a Samsung A737. Nice phone for what I want a phone for.

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