I’ve now had my Google Nexus 4 for a couple of weeks, and I can say it lives up to the hype. But I’ve been getting more questions about my cellphone plan than the phone itself.
First things first, the Nexus 4 is Google’s answer to the iPhone 5. You buy it non-contract for $299 and can take it on multiple networks. It is the best cellphone I have ever tested, truly a superior machine, and it will only get better and better from here.
Clark’s service plan
I’m getting what amounts to unlimited data and unlimited text, with very few talk minutes, for $30 a month through T-Mobile.
Is this a special deal they gave me? No. But it is hard to find, so read closely.
This deal is only available online or in a Walmart store. You go to TMobile.com and order a Micro SIM card for your phone. It’s just 99 cents. Then once you get the chip, you activate it online and sign up for the $30 plan, which you can only see if you go to the pre-paid section.
This plan was designed for teens and 20somethings who did little talking, a lot of data, and a lot of text. It comes with 5GB of high-speed data and then you’re throttled after that. (Most us only 1GB a month.) Though you do only get 100 free voice minutes.
For iPhone folks
Meanwhile, if you’re a dedicated iPhone person, here’s a way you can save up to $1,000 over two years on the iPhone 5.
Verizon is now reviewing, rating and recommending apps for iPhones and Androids.
Two of the highest-risk apps for battery drain — Fruit Ninja Free and Draw Something — are also two of the most popular out there.
Finally, I’m beginning to hear word that Apple is going to release a Dick Tracy watch. It will be a smartwatch you wear, and you can check your email, text messages and more without fumbling for your phone.
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