Originally Posted by Psych_guy
Amen to most of your post, except for cost. AT&T and Verizon constitute a monopoly in my humble opinion and we won't see much, if any, reduction in costs.
In my case, I don't have a problem with cost. In fact, I find the AT&T charges to be pretty reasonable. We have a family plan with 3 iPhones (4, 3GS, 3G) and a dumb phone. We have 500 shared minutes, unlimited texting and the $15 200MB data plan on the iPhones. For this our bill is approximately $180 per month. I do get a discount on the service because I am a retiree from a fortune 500 company.
Even though we have 1 teenager, and a 21 year old, the minutes are sufficient because the people they call tend to be other AT&T users. Also the boys mostly text anyway. Most of our data needs tend to be done with wifi, so the meager allotment is not an issue.
We live in Houston where the phone service is fairly decent and dropped calls is not an issue. However with my older son, he lives in a college town where AT&T's service is spotty at best, and generally bites (to use a colloquialism).
My older son would like to switch to VZ, I'm sure, but will likely be cost prohibitive. The incremental cost of his service on our plan is $30 - 15 for the line, 15 for data.
Although VZ has not formally announced it's rates, from what I can tell, for him to move will likely cost at least $70 or thereabouts. We have contracts that expire at various times, but the latest - mine since I got a iPhone4 when it first came out is approximately 1.5 years from now.
So switching if we wanted to is just not practical for the time being. I suspect many who have family plans may face the same considerations.