I need help with a project ...

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  1. Fender2112 macrumors 6502a

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    I am helping my daughter collect data for a project and thought you folks here at MacRumors would be a perfect sample group. It is a 4th grade math project dealing with probability.

    What would most influence your decision to purchase a cell phone?
    A) Price of the phone.
    B) Cost per minutes.
    C) Number of features.

    Thanks much :)
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    For me, the answer would be (C).

    If it has the features I need, then I go to (B) to see how much the carrier's plan will cost, then, finally (A) to see if I can afford it.
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    In the past, I've generally done (C), but now I see how little I use the features, so it'd have to be (B). In fact, it's not so much cost per minute but total monthly cost that concerns me.
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    A. That narrows it down to phones I can afford. Out of that group I determine which one has the features I need.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Definitely (A) every time - I'm a student you see... :p

    Personally, I can't see the need for (C), all I really need is the talky feature! :)
     
  6. mcadam macrumors 6502a

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    A
    B
    C

    I'm a poor student that don't care much for fancy phones...

    A
     
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    A.
    I think B would have to do more with the company than the phone.
     
  10. wdlove macrumors P6

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    When it comes to purchasing a cell phone, it's the price. Don't really need the fancy features. The most popular features comes with all the phones. The price per minute isn't a real factor, have gone with a monthly fee that allows a certain number of minutes each month.

    I hope this will help your daughter.

    My answer is A.
     
  11. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    While not strictly a cell phone, I have a BlackBerry (7230). So I'd pick C, since I buy my wireless "phone" based on features it has - not fancy ones like cameras and stuff, but features I need, in particular wireless emailing, which the BlackBerry accomplishes beautifully.
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    C
    B
    A

    Hmmm...I guess B confuses me...I wouldn't buy the nicest phone on an unacceptable plan....

    Anyway, not the point, good luck to your daughter! :)
     
  13. Fender2112 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks alot guys. Along with these and a few calls to aunts, uncles and grandparents we got enough. :D
     
  14. john1123 macrumors regular

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    A
    B
    C

    i'm a poor student.. i still own a Siemens A50 :eek:
     
  15. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    A - cost of ownership
    B - what it sets me back monthly
    C - only features are can it send a call and get a call

    hope this helps.
     
  16. Timelessblur macrumors 65816

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    well for me the cost where close enough to not be a big deal and the features where about the same.

    It all came down to coverage in the areas I spend most of my time. That is the reason alone I drop Versizon over the summer and switch over the Sprint. Verizon coverage is crap in lubbock and if anything goes wrong with the phone there is no store up here that I can go to deal with it. Sprint works great here at school and back and home.
     
  17. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    C
    A

    B n/a here in belgium we have to buy the phone and pay in full (good side is we can buy any phone, bad side is we pay to much)
     
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  20. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    For me it's a cross between A and B. I'd have to say B though.
     
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  22. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hmmm...how about .... Cola and Baccardi instead, and then I'm straight with you? :D
     
  23. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    How about this to skew the numbers.
    I have no intention of buying one ever.
    I even contemplate occasionally being entirely phoneless.
     
  24. Kato C. macrumors member

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    In my productive time, I work as a management consultant, mostly in the area of telecom. You really don't need a pin-head like me to interject: however, a big decision criteria is monthly recurring cost, whether it is the monthly subscription fee (that usually includes a set amount of airtime minutes, features and a some sort of bundling of a phone) or a pay-as-you-go plan that often still has a minimum buy each month. So I would vote d) monthly subscription price, or from the list above, b)
     

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