Iíve been holding onto my upgrade and patiently waiting for the Bionic to come out like Iím sure many others have been and was going to be perfectly happy to sign a new 2 year contract and enjoy a true full featured LTE phone for the foreseeable future. But with the tiered data becoming a reality I have been trying to decide the best strategy to afford myself the most cost effective data plan and get the cheapest overall phone price available. So I present the many options that I have come up with and see if anyone else can come up or shed light on things. Options 3 and 4 are in there because of any concerns that switching from Iphone/3G to a 4G may trigger a plan change.
Currently Month to Month with Unlimited $30 data plan, usage such that 2GB would result in overages therefore the $50 5GB plan would be a minimum, though obviously unlimited is ideal.
Bionic Price w/ 2 year contract will be $250 (from amazon or other, probably $300 from vzw)
Bionic Month2Month price will be $650 from VZW
Option 1(Not unlim): Wait until bionic comes out, sign 2 year contract spend $250 on phone, $50/month on data. Cost over 2 years, 50x24 + 250 = $1450
Option 2: Wait until bionic comes out, buy phone full price and continue Month2Month (also keeps future upgrades available) Cost over 2 years, 30x24 + 650 = $1370
Option 3:Buy a Thunderbolt ($250) now and sign a 2 year now, then sell on ebay (approx. 322 after fees) once bionic comes out and buy for full price. Cost over 2 years, 30x24+250+650-322= $1298
Option 4:Buy a Droid Charge ($300) and sign a 2 year now, then sell on ebay(approx. $392 after fees) Cost over 2 years, 30x24+300+650-392=$1278
Option 5:Similar to option 3&4 but buy a white 16GB Iphone 4 ($200) to sell on ebay for resale value(approx. $462 after fees) Cost over 2 years, 30x24+200+650-462 = $1108
Option 6: Verizon isnít a dick and allows existing customers to upgrade without changing, Cost over 2 years, 30x24+250=$970
Obviously there are benefits and risks of buying/selling phones on ebay or other avenues and pricing can change, but I assumed used price for the ebay phones so you also get a new phone now and if the bionic gets delayed for even longer then you arenít sitting around hating your OG droid or whatever you have.