Originally Posted by silentstriker
Maybe. I am in my home or school/work wifi almost 100% of time. My monthly data usage is usually <100MB because of that (mainly use it for directions and such when I'm not near campus), so depending on the cost per mb your carrier charges, you could come out ahead. I have the unlimited plan but thinking about going to the new cheaper plan that AT&T offers.
Fair point, I have both a desktop PC and a laptop I take with me to school, so I didn't really consider that. Though if you mostly use WiFi on it instead of the data plan through AT&T, you might be better off with a tablet or laptop instead of a smartphone. Though, that costs money up front rather than the post-paid monthly data plan from AT&T.
Just as an example, my data plan through Verizon costs $30 a month, so over the course of my 2-year contract, I would pay a total of $720 for the data plan. A decent tablet or laptop could be had for less than that, but you'd have to pay up front unless you financed it. The extra money is worth it to me, because I can tether my phone's internet connection to my laptop at work, where I otherwise wouldn't have an internet connection, amongst other things, using it while out and about, etc.