Every time I've thought about ditching the landline and consolidating my rather minimal phone usage I've gotten so confused I've ended up with analysis paralysis and a headache. My current cell phone plan is an ancient 300 minutes/month I've shared with my Mom since about 2002; she wants a phone for emergency use and we've only exceeded the 300 minutes about twice. No texting or other options on this line beyond caller id and voice mail. I've got an old Nokia "candybar" shaped phone that regularly gets reception in areas where friends smartphones don't. Mom's phone could stand to be upgraded too. The current contract with Verizon is up this fall.
My home phone needs are pretty basic, and I don't make many long distance/conference/411 calls. I want to get rid of this line.
I pay about $110/month for these services now, and I'm sure I can do better. Looking at my choices it seems like I can either:
1) upgrade with Verizon and get a better phone and plan
2) let the contract expire and switch to a contractless service like Cricket - anyone use them?
3) switch to Credo, get a newer phone from them and let them buyout my current contract. They use Sprint for service, and the service looks like it won't be as good as the service provided by Verizon. But I would prefer to support a company supports progressive causes like they do.
What are the rest of you doing for phone service, and what kind of advice does foo have to offer besides HTFU?