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Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« on: April 18, 2019, 01:51:58 pm »
I'm in the market for a new phone. I want a new phone and a contract for a max of 24 months. I don't need the DeMartino unlimited data package. I just don't really need any calls or txts either. I just want the cheapest possible smartphone deal.

Any suggestions of places and plans?

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Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 02:13:09 pm »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.


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Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 02:26:46 pm »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.

Sorry to go off topic a little.
But, if you are on a contract plan, for 2 years, that includes the price of the phone, after the 2nd year, does the monthly price go down, as you've paid off the phone and you just pay the monthly plan, or does it stay the same, until it ends?


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 02:30:42 pm »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.

Sorry to go off topic a little.
But, if you are on a contract plan, for 2 years, that includes the price of the phone, after the 2nd year, does the monthly price go down, as you've paid off the phone and you just pay the monthly plan, or does it stay the same, until it ends?

It does go down. You'll see that the monthly statement is broken into parts for your phone and for your plan, which is then combined to form the total. So after two years, your phone would be paid off, and your bill would be cheaper.


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Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2019, 02:34:52 pm »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.

Sorry to go off topic a little.
But, if you are on a contract plan, for 2 years, that includes the price of the phone, after the 2nd year, does the monthly price go down, as you've paid off the phone and you just pay the monthly plan, or does it stay the same, until it ends?

It does go down. You'll see that the monthly statement is broken into parts for your phone and for your plan, which is then combined to form the total. So after two years, your phone would be paid off, and your bill would be cheaper.

Ahh nice, cheers man! :D


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 02:40:13 pm »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.
...WHAT?? omg...this is what i needed!!!! 알뜰!!!! wait...was this information already  super obvious? lol..wow....ugh...now i have to wait 2yrs until my phone contract expires..but..that's ok! at least now i know!!!!

yipppeee
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Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2019, 02:44:30 pm »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.
...WHAT?? omg...this is what i needed!!!! 알뜰!!!! was this information super obvious to most foreigners? lol..wow....ugh...now i have to wait 2yrs until my phone contract expires..but..that's ok.
at least now i know.

yipppeee

Not really obvious. They don't advertise any of it in English, and signup is only online, but aside from that, there's nothing preventing foreigners from signing up for it. There are a lot of different ones, but they're all based off the KT / SK / U+ networks. I've only used KT M Mobile, but they're amazing and I've had absolutely no complaints for the past two years. And it cut my cell phone expenses in half.


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2019, 03:05:22 pm »
I'm in the market for a new phone. I want a new phone and a contract for a max of 24 months. I don't need the DeMartino unlimited data package. I just don't really need any calls or txts either. I just want the cheapest possible smartphone deal.

Any suggestions of places and plans?



A keen interest in the meth thread. Now a cheap phone.

I've got my eye on you Avec....


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2019, 03:12:19 pm »
I'm in the market for a new phone. I want a new phone and a contract for a max of 24 months. I don't need the DeMartino unlimited data package. I just don't really need any calls or txts either. I just want the cheapest possible smartphone deal.

Any suggestions of places and plans?



A keen interest in the meth thread. Now a cheap phone.

I've got my eye on you Avec....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89wXeYOls7o
Who is here in 2019?


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2019, 03:13:14 pm »
Thank you waygook.org moderator user basedcowboy those phone plans look nice.
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Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2019, 08:50:25 pm »
Iím traveling for work for a few months, so I throttled my Korean plan back to no data and calls charged by the minute.

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Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2019, 08:59:06 pm »
I don't need ... unlimited data package. I ... don't really need any calls or txts either. I ... want the cheapest possible smartphone deal.
I agree with @#basedcowboyshirt, buy outright and find sth with 알뜰폰 that works for you. I do prepaid sims rather than plans though at these 알뜰폰 companies. Outgoing calls are extremely expensive on prepaid sims. Works better for me because I make very few calls on average and when I do call my wife (rarely) I just use FaceTime Audio which costs about 8MB/hr, or a whopping 176 won/hr of talk. Videos take up the most bandwidth but I rarely watch those and can easily wait until I'm at home or at work where there's WiFi. One nice thing is they roll over and since I hardly use data or make outgoing calls, I've got 15k topped up on the sim.

The rates are:
Outgoing calls: 8/s = 480/min
Outgoing text: 22/msg
MMS: 220 maybe?
Data: 22/MB

Costs me 3000/(30 days + 10 days) otherwise sim won't work anymore. The +10 is a sort of leeway warning you to top up.
Topping up is a simple bank transfer to a virtual account.

Total cost will be 36,000/yr + cost of updated phone amalgamated to per year.

For my wife and me it's coming out to about 150,000/yr per person for the past 3 years (we buy used phones), though iPhones are expected to have updates for 6 years now so could go down slightly.


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2019, 07:52:20 am »
I don't need ... unlimited data package. I ... don't really need any calls or txts either. I ... want the cheapest possible smartphone deal.
I agree with @#basedcowboyshirt, buy outright and find sth with 알뜰폰 that works for you. I do prepaid sims rather than plans though at these 알뜰폰 companies. Outgoing calls are extremely expensive on prepaid sims. Works better for me because I make very few calls on average and when I do call my wife (rarely) I just use FaceTime Audio which costs about 8MB/hr, or a whopping 176 won/hr of talk. Videos take up the most bandwidth but I rarely watch those and can easily wait until I'm at home or at work where there's WiFi. One nice thing is they roll over and since I hardly use data or make outgoing calls, I've got 15k topped up on the sim.

The rates are:
Outgoing calls: 8/s = 480/min
Outgoing text: 22/msg
MMS: 220 maybe?
Data: 22/MB

Costs me 3000/(30 days + 10 days) otherwise sim won't work anymore. The +10 is a sort of leeway warning you to top up.
Topping up is a simple bank transfer to a virtual account.

Total cost will be 36,000/yr + cost of updated phone amalgamated to per year.

For my wife and me it's coming out to about 150,000/yr per person for the past 3 years (we buy used phones), though iPhones are expected to have updates for 6 years now so could go down slightly.

Yeah, that's a good idea. I used prepaid cards for a couple years, but then I got tired of having to think about topping up, or being careful with my data, etc. So I just decided to spend a little more and not have to worry about any of that.


Re: Looking for cheapest smartphone and phone plan
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2019, 10:39:30 am »
Your best bet would be to buy a phone outright and go with one of the 알뜰 phone carriers. I'm with KT M Mobile, and I pay 32,000 per month for 10gb of data, and unlimited calling and texting (I don't need the last two, but it just came in the package). The phone contract plans do subsidize the price of the phone, but trick you by getting you to sign up for a plan that's much more expensive, so in the end it ends up that you're not really saving any money by going the contract route. And then you're also safe in the event you needed to leave the country permanently for some unexpected reason, and wouldn't have to pay to cancel your contract.

As for phones, that totally depends on what kind of phone you want.

But yeah - big fan of buying your phone outright and then getting an affordable data plan. Not quite what you were looking for, but it is the cheapest possible deal.
...WHAT?? omg...this is what i needed!!!! 알뜰!!!! was this information super obvious to most foreigners? lol..wow....ugh...now i have to wait 2yrs until my phone contract expires..but..that's ok.
at least now i know.

yipppeee

Not really obvious. They don't advertise any of it in English, and signup is only online, but aside from that, there's nothing preventing foreigners from signing up for it. There are a lot of different ones, but they're all based off the KT / SK / U+ networks. I've only used KT M Mobile, but they're amazing and I've had absolutely no complaints for the past two years. And it cut my cell phone expenses in half.
whaaahh!!! thank you for this!!! im already in a 2yr contract -_________- but future me will be super happy.
i looked through some different networks and they're already way better than what i have now.