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Cell Phone Decisions

proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
edited November 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So, my contract with Verizon is finally up after two years, and I am trying to decide what to do about a cell phone now. I am fed up with Verizon's crappy phones and their lack of flexibility, and am taking my business elsewhere. I do not use my cell phone too much for actual phone calls, using on average under 100 minutes/month, but I'm very interested in using it for other capabilities, specifically browsing the web with a good browser on wifi and probably other apps. Due to my lack of phone usage and desire to pay as little as possible for service, I am looking for possibly going for a prepaid or pay as you go service. I don't mind spending a few hundred dollars on a good phone, though. I would like to keep my current phone number if possible, but I know I might not be able to. That said, here are the few options I've come up with.

-Buy a used iPhone and a cheap AT&T PAYG phone, then putting the SIM card into the iPhone. I won't really have all the data access for the iPhone, but it will work, and I'm pretty sure I can get my number transfered.
-Buy an iPod Touch and a PAYG phone, using Fring/Skype on the Touch to have cheap ($3/mo) VoIP service while in WiFi range (I'm usually within it) and having the second phone for when I have to go out of WiFi range. This is probably the cheapest option, but I'd also have to carry two devices and have two phone numbers.
-Do something with T-Mobile and the G1. I love that phone, and I *might* be willing to suck up the price for an actual subscription. Otherwise, I could try something like my first option and doing a slightly iffy PAYG on a used one.

I'm at an impasse myself on what I should do, so I want to see what other people think I should do, or if they have other ideas on what I could do for a similar setup.

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