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Old 07-10-2012, 01:10 PM   #21
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I was grandfathered into the vz unlimited data plan but never used significant amounts of data since I'm typically wifi connected. The new shared data plan (with unlined talk and text) makes more sense for our situation and will reduce out cost by about 15% I think there are clearly some winners and some losers with this vz change.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #22
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Really good information about Virgin Mobile phones. We've been month-to-monthing on ATT and were ready to move to Verizon to upgrade to 2 smart phones on the all-in-one plan. But maybe DH will stay at ATT, get his subsidized upgrade to the iPhone 4S and keep his plan as is, and I'll go be a virgin!

Does anyone know if you can keep your existing phone number if you move to the month to month plan on Virgin?
We transferred out numbers from Verizon, to StraightTalk, and then to Virgin. Took about 2 hours to move from StraightTalk to Virgin.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:37 PM   #23
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Their FAQ sections says "yes'.


This does look interesting. How is the signal quality around the US?
We've had no signal issues.

The other thing I like is the only tax we pay is 7% sales tax on the $30 month-to-month cost for a total of $32.10 per month (auto charge to credit card). This is for 1500/1500/30MB but no fancy phones. I have a Samsung with slide out keyboard.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #24
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I have yet to find phone service that is affordable.

Any smart phone requires a data plan.

I have Verizon now but not under contract. I have the 'secret' family 550 share mins.

If I get 2 smart phones and 1 basic phone with unlimited text it would cost over $2000 a year. No thanks.
Don't know how many minutes you need but you could get as low as $1200 per year (2 x $35 for Smartphone basic plan, 1 x $30 for basic phone & plan) using Virgin. You would have to purchase your Smartphones. Basis phones go as low as $20 for a flip phone.
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I wonder how their sim cards work. Can one transfer a phone from one carrier to another?
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #26
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I wonder how their sim cards work. Can one transfer a phone from one carrier to another?
I have always gotten great customer service from Virgin when I called. The guys at the small Best Buy phone stores are very good also.
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I wonder how their sim cards work. Can one transfer a phone from one carrier to another?
You can only use a carriers sim card in the carriers phone (an AT&T sim card in an AT&T phone) unless you have an unlocked phone.
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I have always gotten great customer service from Virgin when I called. The guys at the small Best Buy phone stores are very good also.

The big negative that I have with Virgin is the network they use... Almost any time I travel, I do not get a signal... so, when we are on the road and need roadside assistance.... NADA... since this is one of the major reasons I got it, a big strike against them...

Just a note... I have been to lazy to transfer... my wife's phone usually works...
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I have yet to find phone service that is affordable.
I have not found an affordable smart phone service yet.

However, if you can live with just voice and text, and don't actually use your phone many days, a Verizon Wireless pre-paid daily plan can be a good deal. I heard the Verizon plan was basically matching T-Mobile, so shop around.

During the spring of 2011 my wife and I switched our Verizon Family plan for a pair of Verizon daily pre-paid plans. We kept our numbers, and even kept one of our phones. The plan charges $1.99/day that you use your phone for any voice call, including answering wrong numbers and checking your voice mail with your cell phone. However, you get unlimited calling that day. They also charge 2 cents per out-going or in-coming text message. If you prepay $100, your unused balance does not expire for a year, and you can extend its life by spending another $100 a day before your balance expires.

My usage has changed. Now I usually text my wife, and make even fewer voice calls than I did before. Most of my voice calls are while traveling, and on those days I can spend a lot of time on the phone.

My wife ran through her $100 in less than a year, but I still had around a $50 balance when I purchased another $100 this spring. Realistically, we are paying less than $300/year for two voice/text phones. Upgrading to a pair of Verizon Smart Phones with only 1GB or shared data would cost us over $1500/year plus taxes. I think I'll keep waiting.
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I use Pageplus, which uses the same Verizon network, for voice+minor texting. I use about 120 minutes/month, so it costs me about $4/month. Yes, $4/month. You can save a lot of money if you don't need data, or just use wifi data. Some of my family use one of the major carriers and are spending $160/month .
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I have not found an affordable smart phone service yet.

However, if you can live with just voice and text, and don't actually use your phone many days, a Verizon Wireless pre-paid daily plan can be a good deal. I heard the Verizon plan was basically matching T-Mobile, so shop around.

During the spring of 2011 my wife and I switched our Verizon Family plan for a pair of Verizon daily pre-paid plans. We kept our numbers, and even kept one of our phones. The plan charges $1.99/day that you use your phone for any voice call, including answering wrong numbers and checking your voice mail with your cell phone. However, you get unlimited calling that day. They also charge 2 cents per out-going or in-coming text message. If you prepay $100, your unused balance does not expire for a year, and you can extend its life by spending another $100 a day before your balance expires.

My usage has changed. Now I usually text my wife, and make even fewer voice calls than I did before. Most of my voice calls are while traveling, and on those days I can spend a lot of time on the phone.

My wife ran through her $100 in less than a year, but I still had around a $50 balance when I purchased another $100 this spring. Realistically, we are paying less than $300/year for two voice/text phones. Upgrading to a pair of Verizon Smart Phones with only 1GB or shared data would cost us over $1500/year plus taxes. I think I'll keep waiting.
The problem is I have a teenager on our plan who can text between 4000-7000 a month.

Right now I don't have any smart phones or data plans. Just unlimited text for my teen- I don't even have texting.
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Virgin Mobile has an unlimited minutes/messages/data plan for $55 per month, $50 on autopay. You would have to purchase the iPhone for $650 but it's the 4s. They have a 4G phone, the HTC EVO ($300), with unlimited for $55/$50 per month. Not a bad deal.
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You can also get a unlimited data/text package from Virgin for $35/mo. It comes with around 300-350 minutes and if you go nuts with the data, they ratchet back the speed. It's 3G. I have had it for about a year and love it. I find with a few carefully chosen apps, I don't need to have crazy bandwidth. The phone cost me $100 with no contract. I am freed from Verizon and life is good! BTW, Virgin uses the Sprint network so it's not some rinky dink service.
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Virgin Mobile has an unlimited minutes/messages/data plan for $55 per month, $50 on autopay. You would have to purchase the iPhone for $650 but it's the 4s. They have a 4G phone, the HTC EVO ($300), with unlimited for $55/$50 per month. Not a bad deal.
I can buy a phone retail and activate it under my current account. I am not sure if I can do that with 4G. The cost of retail is pretty high if I want a new (4G) phone.
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The problem is I have a teenager on our plan who can text between 4000-7000 a month.
I believe Verizon will let you add unlimited texting to the pre-paid plans for $20/month. Might be better than what you have, though obviously more expensive than not using your phone much.
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I am thinking about splurging on an E-Reader and iPad.

Does anyone have an iPad? What do you like about it? I would probably get the one capable of 4G Lite - just in case.

The other option is to wait later this year and see if Apple comes out with a new device slightly small and/or cheaper.
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I am thinking about splurging on an E-Reader and iPad.

Does anyone have an iPad? What do you like about it? I would probably get the one capable of 4G Lite - just in case.

The other option is to wait later this year and see if Apple comes out with a new device slightly small and/or cheaper.
If you do a search for iPad just in titles you will find a number that might be helpful. Here are a few

iPad

So Who Folded and bought an IPad?

Favorite iPad apps
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I just called about how much it would cost to add this to my plan. The 2gb service would cost me $30. There is also an activation fee every time I would activate - if I deactivated thru out the year. OR I could do the prepaid month to month thru the iPad and bypass any activation fees.

That way I could prepaid for months I know I will be on vacation and all other times stick to wi-fi.
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Buckeye,
The prices you have listed are for the Virgin smart phones. The basic $20 flip phone can use the "pay as you go" method, or you can pay $20/month for 300 minutes. A very good deal if you can live without a smart phone.

My flip phone just died, and I bought a LG android based phone from Virgin with the $35/month plan. Unlimited 3G Sprint internet and texting, 300 minutes of phone calls. My wife has this, and she likes it very much.

We have plans to purge our hardline phone at home soon, and just use the cell phones. I've been reluctant to do that.


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We have plans to purge our hardline phone at home soon, and just use the cell phones. I've been reluctant to do that.
I got rid of my home phone and decided it was a mistake. My mobile phone was often far away from me at home and I did not hear the calls. Reception was iffy at times. Also, I wondered what would happen if I had a serious accident upstairs, needed to call 911, but my mobile phone was downstairs. Still I did not want to add about $30 a month to my phone costs for a POTS line. So...

I bought an Ooma machine and now have four extensions in my home for about $5 a month and the price of the Ooma. I paid $160 for my Ooma (after the $40 rebate this month) but have since seen them on e-bay for $99.
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psst Ting Mobile.

I was paying $185 with Ver* for 2 smart phones and 2 basic phones. With Ting (3 Android & 1 basic), my June bill was $93, July $85, and August is looking like it will be around $80. And yes, I have a teenager. Don't be fooled into thinking you need "unlimited" text, or data, etc; Ting automatically adjusts your plan each month to your actual usage. Using some common sense like connecting to Wifi at home or work vs. using data will keep the data usage low. You can also install an App that uses data/wifi to send text messages. Their phones are expensive, but I would rather pay upfront than the slow monthly bleed.

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