For being the technopastor, I have been rather low tech in regards to my cell phone. Even now I haven’t made the jump to a smartphone due primarily to cost. I carry an IPod touch with me at all times as my PDA, but in the post Christmas price war, it seems time to make the jump.
For the record, I am a long time ATT customer (starting back with BellSouth Mobility) and although I know ATT’s record there are various contractual reasons (we’re on a family plan) that make sticking with ATT necessary. And I have to say that in our area the AT&T coverage isn’t bad.
What started me down this path was the announcement that AT&T was dumping their stock of 8 gig IPhone 3GS phones for $50. That is definitely within my budget, and with care I think I can make the lower tier data plan work. Since I was already invested in the IPhone ecosystem, it seemed to make sense to do an IPhone, although my normal sensibilities lead me toward Android as the preferred OS. However ATT wasn’t selling Android devices for $50 with contract renewal so that wasn’t really an option.
That is, until I went into Walmart last night. Many don’t know that Wally World is now a cell phone vendor, and they were selling Samsung Captivates (the Galazy S series) for $48 with renewal. They were also selling the IPhone 3GS for the same price ($2 less than ATT). This created a dilemma — do I stick with the IPhone infrastructure, trusting Apple to not screw it up (and since the 3GS is now older technology, am I more likely to get burned with incompatibility issues) or do I go with the newer Captivate, making the jump to Android?
So dear readers, what do you use and what are your recommendations? I really don’t know what to do now, and need your guidance.