S and I finished the last of separating our things this week. It's not just
dividing up books, music, furniture and kitchen stuff anymore. New technologies
require new methods of separation. For example, we had to separate our cell
phone plans, which had been together on a T-Mobile Family Plan.
Obviously this has all been a total bummer already. We delayed separating the
cell plans because we are still friends and on good terms, and I was pretty
confident that we were both going to get screwed in the move to individual
Which we did. Paying more for less. But I wasn't counting on this little extra
kick in the taco, which is that T-Mobile has stopped offering their GPRS
service as a separate add-on. You now must purchase a plan option which
includes the ever-so-useful HotSpots service. And the total cost of this plan
is $10 more per month than the cost of the GPRS-only plan.
We both had the GPRS service, and in fact S was/is using it as her only home
internet connection. I do use the GPRS a lot when I'm out and about, but given
how poor it is in comparison to the kinds of high-speed data services that are
being offered by other companies, I feel pretty bad about paying so much per
month. My contract is up in September, and since the data connection is the
main thing that I want out of my phone, I guess I'll be looking at different
companies. Which is too bad, because outside of this, I've been happy with
T-Mobile. It's nice that they only have 1-year contracts, for example, and that
their politics seem to be substantially less evil than some of the other
In the meantime, I'll just be spending a lot more time at Starbucks. Maybe I'll
go find some airports to hang out in too.
If you have the GPRS service, now would be a good time to not call T-Mobile
about anything for a while.