Hey ladies and gents, I'm 19 and in college and since I was 15, I've wanted a smartphone (Blackberries were the thing back then) and since my parents make me pay for the extra line, it would be too expensive with our current carrier Verizon. I am looking to leave this plan and do something that is a good value and low monthly cost. From my research so far, joining my friend's Sprint plan seems to be the best deal, because it has all the big carrier perks (and utld data) but it's only $30 per month, which is fantastic and well within my budget. The problem is convincing his parents to allow me to do this. I am willing to give them a year's worth of money at a time ($360) and the cost of the phone and whatnot. They will also have the iPhone 5 at launch, which is what I am waiting for. The backup plan for now is with Virgin Mobile prepaid. They are also $30 per month, and it's contract free, so I could update ever year if I wanted to. The bad thing is there is no roaming, no nights and weekends (I don't talk much, so not too big of a deal), the data speed is throttled past 2.5GB, and I can't be sure they will have the iPhone 5 at launch because it took them 9 months just to get the 4s. I think we can all agree my best option is Sprint, but I am looking to you all for comments, suggestions, or alternative options. This is a big deal for me because it will take a lot of responsibility on my part, and I won't have to mooch off my parents anymore like all the other college kids with their parents' credit cards. Thanks!!