So, I have pretty much decided regardless of whatever the cost/benefit ratio is.. I'm about to get my own line of service. Most likely get a motorola defy for Christmas and then get an even more plus agreement after. Although, the circumstances leading up to me being this annoyed and well irked are rather astounding. It was in the beginning of the year when the at&t branded nexus one was out that I decided I really wanted for the first time, a smartphone and it would be worth paying for a data plan if needed. Especially with people paying 10$ on the medianet plan and getting away with it. I discussed with with my mom while visiting and she said she would discuss it with my stepfather who was not there at the moment. Later on I received the answer of "no". As in "no" they wouldn't pay for the data plan, and "no" they would not let me pay for the data plan. I was quite confounded by this but, wasn't that worried.. as much as I hated to admit it, my mom had a point it was not needed and it was a lot of money to spend on a phone and data plan. So later on.. at&t decides to get rid of unlimited data plans, and I tell my mother to pass along the news "If you want a smartphone, you've got three days, get one now or your losing the chance to get unlimited data". Sure enough.. they didn't. I actually found out later that my stepdad outright responded to her "he doesn't know what the **** he is talking about". Despite working for a place which sold phones at the time and reading the offical statement from at&t on their website". So fast forward a few more months its been I guess 8 since I originally wanted to jump on the nexus one.. and my stepdad gets a blackberry... worth 100$ off contract and still actually paid 9$ for it.. Waste of an upgrade if I've *EVER* seen one. Few months later my mom gets an iphone. He then ends up paying full price for an iphone himself! 600$ or more.. Also he outright lied about why he got it. I asked him what happened to the blackberry, he said when he got it from that at&t store the girl put a password on it and later on he didn't know what the password was, and no one else in the at&t store knew. Later on I found out he told my mother the trackball wasn't working. So.. a month or two after all that, I end up moving back in with my parents when my girlfriend and I decided to split up. It would have been stupid to try and find a room mate in a pinch like that for a lot of reasons. so now here I am a few months later and the one or two times I've even mentioned smartphones or been talking about them, he has showed open hostility towards me getting one, even if I was just discussing smartphones in general.. He would deviate off topic and make it a point to tell me "your not getting one anytime soon" in a fairly rude way. So.. today my brother looks at me and goes "by the way last night he(dad) said 'he(me this time) isn't getting a data plan because, its illegal to look at porn until your 18, and he isn't getting a data plan until you are all 18 and can all get one" For those of you not in the loop on this. I am 22. I've been over 18 for 4 years now. My youngest brother is 16 and will be 18 in 2 years. So.. I will be 24 before my parents "let" me get a data plan. Now.. this is all fine and dandy but, the problem here is, I start my first group project class next semester.. and the predominate way people communicate in my major is via email. I originally wanted a smartphone because, I wanted to be able to check the weather as soon as I wake up instead of having to turn on a computer spend an extra 10 minutes finding out everything I need on the computer and shutting it back down. It was for all intents and purposes "PDA uses". soo.... yeah.. I'm about to try and get a job... (only reason I haven't before now is I had school 4 days a week, and wasn't able to transfer from my other job by the school)... Event hough I'll be going to school 4 days a week next semester again... at this point it seems worth it to try and get on my own plan.. Maybe a Simple Mobile plan would do ok..unlimited everything for 60$ a month.. Although it annoys me I can't just pay 34$ a month and stay on my parents line.. 9.99$ and I get to share minutes + the unlimited family text data plan.. and 25$ or 15$ and I could get on data .. hell I'd settle for 15$ if they were paying it or I were paying it.. So instead of getting to pay 34$ or 24$.. I get to pay a ful 60$.. and my parents are usually the *FIRST* to say " save money wehre you can"