I think I may have figured out a way to get the best of both worlds.
Currently, I have a data and voice with Verizon Wireless. If I removed the voice service from my plan but kept the data plan, I can then get an iPhone. Work with me on this…
My voice and data plan with Verizon cost me about $120+ per month. The data plan is $60 from Verizon. If I just use the data plan, buy myself a Verizon Wireless V740 ExpressCard for my laptop and drop the voice plan. That will save me about $60 per month. Now, I can add iPhone/AT&T’s cheapest plan of 450 minutes – which is plenty for me and I am back at $120 per month.
The major draw back is that my cell phone number would change. Because I would have to keep my current plan, i.e. my current number, with Verizon not to be charged the early termination fee. But then again, it doesn’t bother me if I have to get a new number. So people who haven’t called me in a while, they won’t know how to reach me. Not a big deal, seriously.