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Old 01-16-2015, 05:56 PM   #21
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:13 PM   #22
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I have a Tracfone with triple minutes for life... now they give you the same minutes they used to for the same cost.... but in addition you get the same number of texts and same amount of data... (which is a low amount of data, but you can buy more but expensive).... I believe it uses the Verizon network which is the best...


My wife has the $35 monthly plan from Wal-Mart... get unlimited voice/text/data (up to 5 GB at 3G)... she uses it a lot... I believe it uses the AT&T network...

Son has T-Mobile... I think if you do not use the phone much, this is the best plan since you eventually get to a $5 per year cost.... he uses it a bit more than that, so we have to add extra minutes...
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:21 PM   #23
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Another vote for Republic Wireless. We switched from verizon over a year ago. I dropped to the $10 a month plan when I stopped working and my wife has the $25 a month plan so she has data when she is out and about working. We have the Moto X and it is a great phone. We have had a few minor issues mostly with texting but I am very happy with the service and the savings and they are constantly improving. We have a 21 year old son who also uses it and he is happy with it too. Old bill was $200 a month. The current bill is about $70 a month for three phones.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:44 PM   #24
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PagePlus....(my choice)

Uses Verizon towers. I have a nation-wide plan that gives 1200 talk minutes, 3000 texts, and 500 MB data for $33.40/month, including taxes.

They have much cheaper plans and now are offering 4G LTE service. Made in the USA people! Call and they answer! You can understand them!

You can bring your own phone as long as it was a Verizon (not a pre-paid one) subscribed and has a clean ESN. Or buy one off eBay.

There are other MNVO's like PagePlus.....such as Straight Talk, Cricket, Net One, etc.

No one needs a costly 2 year contract these days.
I have a Verizon iPhone 4 (4 years old). Will that work?
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I have a Verizon iPhone 4 (4 years old). Will that work?
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Unfortunately the last PagePlus call center in the US just closed today. Starting Jan 16, all customer service will be handled in central America by non-native speakers. PagePlus is now owned by America Movil, like TracFone, StraightTalk, and Net10.

There is a new MVNO starting up now using primarily the Verizon system (but will have AT&T later) called Puppy Wireless. It has both monthly and pay-as-you-go plans and caters primarily to price-sensitive users (LBYM-ers). So far they only have access to the 3G Verizon network, but 4G is coming within a month or two. One attractive feature of Puppy is that you can easily manage your account online...autopay, phone swaps, plan changes, etc. It has a very easy to use control panel for each phone line you have activated with them. Monthly plans range from $8 to $55.
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+1. DW & I switched to triple minute Tracfones (at $10 ea) and between them & dropping the old landline we're saving over $1200/yr. They piggyback on the Verizon network and work perfectly.

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My total bill for phone, TV and internet is $100 a year, after some initial low "startup" costs. I have triple-minute TracFone at $100/year (cellphone itself was well under $100) , free OTA TV using an antenna I got for $40 at Costco, and piggy-back on the free wireless Wi-Fi this apartment complex offers downstairs in the lobby.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:49 PM   #28
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I don't use my cell phone much so normally I spend $100/yr for 1,000 minutes that are more than I need in a year.
Each year I buy another 1,000 min and the remainder rolls over.
The phone I have can use wifi, so I can surf the net and make internet calls on it from free wireless spots or home. So I only use the minutes to make phone calls when no wireless is available (like in car).
It suits me, as I really only want to browse the internet when I can do it on large 27" multiple displays
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I have a Verizon iPhone 4 (4 years old). Will that work?
Should work. DD has her 4S on PagePlus. I have had two Motorola Droids on PP with no issues.
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Unfortunately the last PagePlus call center in the US just closed today. Starting Jan 16, all customer service will be handled in central America by non-native speakers. PagePlus is now owned by America Movil, like TracFone, StraightTalk, and Net10.

There is a new MVNO starting up now using primarily the Verizon system (but will have AT&T later) called Puppy Wireless. It has both monthly and pay-as-you-go plans and caters primarily to price-sensitive users (LBYM-ers). So far they only have access to the 3G Verizon network, but 4G is coming within a month or two. One attractive feature of Puppy is that you can easily manage your account online...autopay, phone swaps, plan changes, etc. It has a very easy to use control panel for each phone line you have activated with them. Monthly plans range from $8 to $55.
Thanks, I did not know that PP sold out. The PP website is still active and we manage our service through that and have for the last two years or more. The online features you mention with Puppy are all done on PP also. Nothing special there.
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Another vote for Republic Wireless. I was very cautious about changing from Verizon, watched the reviews about Republic for at least a year. Made the plunge on my phone about 1 year ago, then changed my wife over to RW about 6 months ago. We are very pleased with the service with our Moto X's. We reduced our monthly bill from about $140 to $45!
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:27 AM   #33
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:29 PM   #34
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I use Republic Wireless. Bought a Moto X for $299 and use the $10/month ($12.70 with taxes) plan for unlimited talk and text. Great deal! So total monthly charge is $12.70.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:20 PM   #35
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Tracfone Android smart phone w/triple minutes. $108 per year if you don't have to add minutes/data which I don't. Works for my purposes. One thing I found out when I got a smart phone was that I really don't need a smart phone although its nice to have at the price I pay.
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We were in need of replacement phones as our old ones were becoming increasingly unreliable. Did a lot of digging through the big name plans, but when getting down the bottom line all of their much ballyhooed fantastic deals were just too expensive for my frugal tastes. Considered just ditching cell phones altogether, but I did not go that far. Recently signed up with Consumer Cellular, as the Moto G 2nd edition was available for $150 a pop. For data they are 3G, not 4G LTE, but are able to utiize AT&T's "high speed" 3G, and from what I've seen with our rather limited mobile data needs I'm fine with that.

Picking data/voice/text levels are very dependent on what the user wants, but I'm happy to have been able to upgrade phones while cutting monthly costs by about half - and now getting better reception, higher data and text limits to boot. Fewer talk minutes, but neither of us are talkaholics. Analyzed 3 years worth of bills and discovered 200 minutes a month was more than adequate. One needs to weigh the carrier and local towers, coverage in areas one might travel, and roaming capabilities also if that might be important. For us CC fit the bill, and I finally got to use my AARP card to get a discount!
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Picking data/voice/text levels are very dependent on what the user wants, ...
This is key. And unless I missed it, the OP (frank) did not tell us what he needs/wants. That didn't seem to stop people from making suggestions though.

The first step in solving a problem is defining the problem. frank - what do you want/need in terms of data/voice/text levels?

I'm doing just fine with an 83 cents per month plan. And I have a smartphone and a tablet (that I only use data with available wi-fi), but use my dumb-phone for occasional voice & text. But that doesn't make it the right choice for others.

I pay 83 cents per month on T-Mobile's Gold Plan. The first year, you need to add $100 ($8.33/month), and get 100 minutes, but following years you can extend for 1 year for just adding $10 (~ 100 minutes added). The minutes roll over, so that first year's 1000 is still holding me. DW started texting more, but we are still about $10/month for her.

You can also turn unlimited data on for $3/day, (or unlimited voice/text for $2/day). So if data is an occasional thing, that an be cheap as well. We have yet to turn on data, we've been able to get wifi when we need it, but it's there if we do need it.

BTW, there is an updated little unit by 'Karma' to provide a wi-fi hot-spot through the Sprint network with no contract, and data rolls over forever. It's not released yet, but it could be perfect for occasional users like me. I like that by being a hot-spot, I could use it with any phone, or tablet or laptop. Data is something like $14/GB, high for regular users, but for occasional users the no-contract and rollover is the key.

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ERD50, we have a spare phone with the same T-MO plan as yours. I am on regular T-MO plan at $45/mo, 2.5GB of 4GLTE and unlimited voice and text, never come close to the limit but want to keep the plan just in case I need to use the map function or watching TV when I travel (through place shift device).

My wife is on Airvoice pay as you go plan, $10/mo, 10c per min voice, 10c per text, and .0666cents per MB of data, service charge of $1.00 per month. Unused $$ rolls over if you set up auto pay, this type of account gives her access to data whenever she needs it. Her balance keeps growing as she rarely uses her phone. Airvoice uses ATT network.

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I only need about 300 minutes a month and the same for the wife. when I first got a cell phone we had 500 minutes for the family package and never ran over. I really don't do any texting or use data. though some time in the future I might. I understand that with some of these phones you can use the phone minutes and use internet on the phones in hotspots or where wifi or wireless is available. I have wireless at home. my problem is I don't want to pay a ton of money for a phone and services that I will not use. it seems though that flip phones are becoming obsolete and if you want to upgrade you will end up with a smartphone like it or not.
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RingPlus is offering their free plan (200 min talk,50 text, 10mb 3g data) again. Don't know how long it will last, but if you have a Sprint based phone laying around, you can try it for free. I had 3 old, supposedly locked and non transferable Virgin Mobile phones that I was able to use on their service. Here's their link:

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