Re: New Cell Phone plan question
I can hear your confusion (sounds like me). I have an AT&T family plan, with 5 phones on it and every phone can get a discounted upgrade phone every 2 years IF you renew your contract for two more years.
The thing is to upgrade them all at the same time, because it always goes from the latest one upgraded.
At 9.99/month for each extra line, its hard to beat the family plans for marginal cost.
But if you want to "break free" from your wife's family plan, get one of your own or switch your wife into yours. She will be eligible for a new phone (and you will be on the hook for two years).
Verizon and AT&T have data plans which when unlimited, can be expensive because they are not a pool like the minutes.
I'm intrigued by the Sprint unlimited iPhone plans (don't know details). Right now, one of the family phones is an iPhone and we're on a 25 MB (I think) plan for like $20/month. (or $25 for 20 MB...). (My daughter) Never goes over the limit because they have warnings when your usage is close and Wi-fi is available all around. Its nice to have the 3G (4g) when you're in the car and need some kind of info.
It's complicated and can get expensive. I spend way too much on phones (home, family, business, Skype).