Now that it’s a file iPhone 14 Pro Outside, my wife and I plan to upgrade our phones to the latest Apple models; I have an old iPhone XR that still works fine, but I want something with a better camera, and my wife has a Google Pixel 3, but she wants it Switch from Android to iOS for one particular reason.
But in the process of upgrading our phones, I decided it would also be a good time to look at our phone and live streaming plans, and see if we couldn’t find some savings along the way. I’m glad I did, because after making the switch, we’ll save up to $43 a month. Here’s how.
Our current monthly bills for phone, live broadcast and internet bills
At the moment, we currently spend $237 per month for phone, internet, and streaming plans. We now have a Verizon 5GB shared phone plan that’s $100 a month, a Comcast internet plan that’s $118, Disney Plus deals another $7.99, and our Spotify plan—which also includes a Hulu subscription—is $9.99.
Check our options
|current plan||5G Play More||5G Get more|
|Disney Plus||7.99 US dollars||0 dollars||0 dollars|
|hollow||0 dollars||0 dollars||0 dollars|
|spotify||US $9.99||US $9.99||0 dollars|
|the total||$236.86||USD 194.98||USD 204.99|
Right now we’re using a 5GB shared data plan on Verizon, which has worked well in the past, but recently, we’ve gone over the monthly limit because we’re going out of the house — and away from our Wi-Fi — more and more and more.
So, I started looking at some of Verizon’s unlimited plans, which will not only give us a discount when it comes to buying an iPhone, but also potentially save us some money, because they’re bundled with streaming services.
But, what is the most economical plan for us?
I first checked out the Verizon 5G Get More plan, which will cost us $160 per month ($80 per line). This plan includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ as well as Apple Music – so I’ll be able to get rid of all my existing streaming subscriptions. However, this may also mean switching from Spotify to Apple Music, but we are rather lazy and don’t want to rebuild all our playlists.
The other option was the Verizon 5G Play More plan (which we consider The best unlimited data plan overall), which will cost us $140 per month, and includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+. It does not include Apple Music, but even with Spotify, we still save $10 per month. (To delve into everything Big Red has to offer, check out Best Verizon Phone Plans).
Key to choosing any of these plans, though, is also switching from Comcast Xfinity to Verizon FIOS for our internet service. Right now we’re paying $118 a month, but if we switch to one of Verizon’s unlimited plans, I can cut that down to about $45 a month for a 500Mbps plan – Verizon’s mid-tier FIOS option. We don’t do a lot of gaming or streaming, so a 1Gbps plan for $64 a month seems like overkill.
What am I going with
Ultimately, we’ll opt for the Verizon Play More plan, which costs $140 per month but will give us everything we need for our phones, streaming, and home internet needs. In the process, we will save quite a bit of money every month; I estimate we’ll have about $40 more, which will get us an extra $480 each year. A portion of that will be consumed by the cost of our new iPhones (we’ll be on the hook for around $800 after we trade in our older models), but we’re still looking forward to it.
Plus, it looks like this deal will get better very soon, as both Disney Plus and Hulu have announced price increases that will go into effect in December.
In the past, I should have done this a week or two ago, as iPhone 14 wait times have grown to about two weeks. But I can wait that long if it means some good long-term savings.