For me, I have a family of phones which I need to support - which includes buying new devices eventually. I did the math as well, but the way that I am going really won't cost more the way I figure it - but I don't know if they'll accept the deal yet.
The deal on the table is...
- I'll sign up for two more years on two lines that are currently off-contract. While I am not crazy about VZW for myself, I have to think about the four other people in my family and the fact that they probably won't tolerate T-Mo's coverage out here in this rural area. So, two more years on-contract for two lines actually has it's advantages regarding solid coverage.
- Two lines will go from unlimited, to tiered. While this sounds terrible, it's actually quite OK. These two family members average about 2gb per month (100% 4G data) and will now live under a 6gb cap - I think this is doable. With wifi turned on when home, those numbers will go lower.
- I monthly cost that does not change at all. If it does, I just won't take the deal - I'll stay where I am.
- I get two subsidized phones. So, I pay less than $300 for two LG G2's, as opposed to paying about $1200 out of pocket buying unsubsidized.
I agree with you about unlimited staying around forever. While it's great to be off-contract with VZW, they are also off-contract with us. They can discontinue unlimited at any time - they are already trying to attract us with the "Max/Edge" program, which does not make sense for me financially.