Weaning Ourselves off AT&T Wireless
Our days of sending ridiculous amounts of money to AT&T wireless are almost over. We have been on a four-line wireless family plan with AT&T for several years. Two of us have had smart phone data plans added in, plus unlimited family texting. We were spending $200/month for our cell phones and another $30 for a landline. I had enough.
Six months ago I persuaded one of our sons to also switch to Straight Talk. He did and likes it. Now we were down to two phones with AT&T.
Last month our youngest graduated from college. I told him we would continue to pay for his phone until he became gainfully employed, but he had to switch to Straight Talk. Earlier this week he made the switch. No problem. He likes a simple phone as well – talk and text.
The last domino to fall will be Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and her beloved iPhone. I have ordered her a $20 refurbished phone from Straight Talk to try. It is nothing like an iPhone of course but it does have a full QWERTY keyboard. She can continue to use her iPhone on wifi if she likes. (The actual “phone” part of an iPhone is not very good anyway.) Hopefully, she will be persuaded to make the switch.
Today I am pulling the plug on our last AT&T landline. This will reduce our monthly AT&T phone expenses from $230/month to $0. We will have replaced that with $90/month in Straight Talk costs. I like that trade.
This feels almost as good as dumping Bank of America for a local bank with a 3% rewards checking account.