I have decided, in honor of the possibility of the Google Voice App making it the iPhone App Store, to figure out how much money I could save per month should that happen. Right now, I pay ninety dollars per month for my husband and I to have cell phone usage. I also pay an additional fifteen dollars per month for text message service on my phone. Finally, I pay fifteen dollars for two hundred megabytes of data usage per month.
So, I set out to figure this all out and it occurred to me that there may be a reason why AT&T and Apple are suddenly considering the Google Voice Application. On my plan a few months ago, I paid a flat thirty dollar per month fee to have unlimited data usage. That option is no longer even available. Now the maximum that a person can buy outright is a two gigabyte plan. Usage over that amount costs ten dollars per gigabyte.
So, before I could have done all of my calling and messaging and browsing for ninety dollars per month (fifty dollars for a the lowest costing calling plan, thirty dollars for the data plan and ten dollars for my husband’s line). Now, to get the five gigabytes that it would likely take to support my phone usage each month, I would have to pay fifty-five dollars per month for data alone. This is the twenty-five dollar fee for the standard two gigabytes plus ten dollars for each gigabyte over that.
Now, the good thing here is that I do not have a very clear understanding about how much data is needed to make a call, so I could be drastically overestimating the data that I would need. The bad news, however, remains, that it will no longer be as inexpensive to use the Google Voice Application as it may have once been.
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