I received an email today with what appeared to be a sweet deal from my cell phone provider.
Immediately, I was trying to decide what new phone I would get my daughters for Christmas. The new iPhone 5S? The Galaxy S4? Weren’t they going to be excited when the gift was unwrapped?
But just like a gift, sometimes the wrapping can be more exciting than the contents of the box. The more I dug in to this deal, the more I realized this was the case.
The deal says students can get a free plan for one year, but they have to pay ‘student activation price’ for the phone… Let’s do the math on this thing.
‘Student activation price’ = full price of the phone.
So, it works out that if I wanted an iPhone 5S for each of my daughters, I’d pay $700 up front per phone (plus tax and the $36 activation fee)
For that, I get a phone with unlimited text and calls, but only 1GB data.
That works out to about $60/month for the 12 months per phone (not factoring in activation fee and “other monthly charges.”)
Of course, my kids love data, so I’d have to upgrade each phone’s data plan for $10/month/phone.
So, $70/month for 12 months, per phone.
Right now, I pay $231 for 4 smartphone with unlimited data. That’s $58 a month/phone.
Not quite a deal anymore. The only benefit is that the phone is theirs after only one year instead of two, and there is no longterm contract to sign.
So what does this have to do with CCSS? This is just one of the great opportunities for teachers to bring math to life for students; to show why it’s important to read the fine print, and to make smart consumer decisions based on all the information. Perhaps it’d be a good “Would you rather” situation. I’d be curious to hear what the students would decide.
- Students Get Free Sprint Service for a Year (There’s a Catch, of Course) (techland.time.com)