One of the things I do splurge on is my smartphone. Yes, I know about prepay plans and a more basic phone, and this is entirely a want. I don't go out to for entertainment, so I consider my phone part of my entertainment budget. All in all, I pay $75/mo, which includes unlimited data, and the minimum amount of minutes I can get. The data plan is really important for me, as most of my friends are out of state and we keep up by chat or email.
I've had unlimited data for my phone since I first got it. That is $30/mo. Which is cheaper than all other current offerings. Verizon stopped offering the Unlimited plan last June, but those that still had it were allowed to keep it. Now, it seems that they're making a move to get rid of it.
According to the news, Verizon is trying to force people out of Unlimited plans and into what they call "share data". I won't go into the nitty gritty details of it, but what really affects me is that they MAY let users keep their unlimited plans, as long as they give up the subsidy when upgrading phones. That is, that instead of the $100 phone with a 2yr contract, I'll need to pay $550 for the phone myself. I guess that I will need to create a separate fund to pay for my cellphone at full price.
Thankfully it is payday this Friday, so I'll take a second look at my budget.