Motorola Razr is an evolving piece of technology. The workings of the Razr are with out a doubt sound and reliable. In December, 2005 we researched various phones and calling plans available in Montana. At that time a local vendor Bitterroot Wireless promised local service and about the same prices as on-line stores. The only carrier at that time was Verizon. Today Verizon has some competition with Alltel Wireless. The cost of the service plans are virtually the same.
The Motorola Razr V3C originally cost $310 with a $100 mail in rebate. The local vendor, required a two year contract to get the $100 rebate. The cost of the plan was supposed to be $49.99 per month. Of course additional monthly charges were tacked on. The insurance plan offered by Asurion costs approximately $5. per month. I would recommend this investment, particularly if the phone is used by teens. This feature provides replacement of the phone if it is lost or stolen for a fee of $50. Otherwise, you are stuck with buying a new phone because you have committed to a two year contract.
My son and his friends all have the Motorola Razr. This innovative product has been tested in the lake, in the bottom of back packs, underneath beds, and shuffled to and fro in stuff. The Razr is tough, but sleek and it is attractive. The Razr does not take up much space and can easily fit in a shirt pocket or pants pocket. It can be abused like no other piece of technology I have seen. Drop it and knock it around and like its ancestral cousin the Timex watch it keeps on keeping on. This may not be true of the new streaming video versions, but the Razr’s guts are sturdy.
The Phone: Razr V3C
The Razr V3C is almost indestructible. Drop it, knock it around and it still works. It comes with ring tones, camera and music download capabilities. It is a powerful little machine. The most popular color seems to be black or pewter. The phone also has numerous tools. It has calendars, an alarm clock, games, voice messaging and lots of items in addition to the calling features. The replacement batteries are a bit pricey, but check Ebay for the best price. I located a vendor that sells them for less than $10. Chances are you will not need one for a while, but it is good to know of a valid resource. I cannot say enough good things about the Motorola Razr.
Today, the new Razrs are equipped with streaming video and capacity beyond belief. The on-line price for the new Motorola Razr is free with a two year contract with Alltel or Verizon. You can check out the Motorola web site or key in the search term Motorola Razr using Google or your favorite search engine.
If you buy on-line you will input your zip code or address. This will allow the web site to find the available deals in your region. The larger cities have more options and the smaller markets will probably have at least two wireless carriers to choose from. The larger the city and competition, the better deals you will find. Some wireless carriers allow you to sign up for only one year, but you may have to pay a little more for the phone. The two year contract with a free Motorola Razr is a hard to beat deal.
The Calling Plan:
Verizon has a set location for the plan we chose. It covers Montana, The Dakotas, Colorado and Idaho and a section of Washington. We have unlimited weekend and evening calls and no roaming charges, so the plan costs a little more. We have unlimited text messages for a set fee under $10. The costs just get tacked on to the bill over and above the $49.99. My son never goes over the plan’s allocated minutes because he is a night owl and his friends are as well. The contract has about six months to go and then he will decide between Alltel or Verizon. I suspect there will be incentives to switch or stay with Verizon.
Today the best deal on the market in my opinion is the Motorola Razr for its reliability and features. The cost is by far the most reasonable and the selections for color, design and capability is unsurpassed. The iPhone may have the edge on innovation, but the cost of the phone and penalties for switching to AT&T make the iPhone a luxury item.