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Old 03-29-2020, 11:36 AM   #21
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I love my Tello service as well. I also have the $5 plan that comes with unlimited free texting. I hardly ever make phone calls (Free Google Voice at home) so have a $20 pay as you go balance for any calls that I might make, at 1 cent a minute it will last me more than a year. You can use your phone as a hotspot and if you manually renew your service before auto renewal, you get to keep whats left of your data ( or minutes if you have them in your plan). I have a 500MB monthly data plan but I actually have close to 2GB available right now. OP could get a 1GB plan with unlimited calls and texts for $10 or 2GB plan for $14 monthly. Remember Sprint needs to be good in your area. Free $10 referral codes on EBAY or I can send you one if needed to get you started.
So your strategy is to manually pay during your last day of service or before and you can accumulate data that way (as opposed to resetting)? The old data doesn't expire? I will have to look into this if this is how you are working it. Thanks!


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Do my phone plan minutes/data roll over from one month to another?
Any unused minutes or data will be lost after 30 days, when your prepaid plan is automatically renewed. However, they roll over ONLY if you manually renew or change your plan before the end of your current billing cycle and ONLY if the new plan contains the services that you previously had.
For example, the minutes & data of your current plan will roll over if the new plan has minutes & data. However, if you decide to buy data only, the minutes will not roll over.
ref: https://tello.com/help_center


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Old 03-29-2020, 12:14 PM   #22
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2020 cell phone plans

I have been using Red Pocket Mobile for three years. The annual plan for $210 = $17.50/mo includes 5GB data/mo LTE and unlimited talk and texts on your choice of AT&T, Verizon or Sprint network. Annual plans (with more or less data) are sold on eBay and include a SIM, but they also have monthly options and a family plan on their site.

The plans vary, so be sure to verify the network supported. In their terms GSMA = AT&T, GSMT = TMobile, CDMA = Verizon, CDMAS = Sprint.
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Just checked Mint Mobile Coverage map to see if signal has improved in the last year or so. Looks like outside coverage is pretty thorough but indoor coverage is still pretty spotty even for our neighborhood which is in a close suburb to Indianapolis.
They have a money back guarantee.
They have free calling to Canada, and Mexico from the USA.

I use Mint when we travel to Canada, for that I have to pay an additional amount (usually add $10) as the international calling, but from within Canada the rate off the $10 is around 7 cents/min voice, and 2 cents per text.
(Data still seemed not cheap in Canada so I don't use it).

Those rates even considering the $15/mo basic amount, are cheaper than anything I could find in Canada.

At home, I have grandfathered T-mobile, so on prepaid I'm paying about $20/yr. So not giving that up, even though it does not have data.
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We're using Red Pocket going on 4 months now. Have a family plan with 4 phones for $90/month + $0.20 tax. We each have 5 Gb data + unlimited calls and texts.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:14 PM   #25
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I have been using Red Pocket Mobile for three years. The annual plan for $210 = $17.50/mo includes 5GB data/mo LTE and unlimited talk and texts on your choice of AT&T, Verizon or Sprint network. Annual plans (with more or less data) are sold on eBay and include a SIM, but they also have monthly options on https://www.redpocket.com/

The plans vary, so be sure to verify the network supported. In their terms GSMA = AT&T, GSMT = TMobile, CDMA = Verizon, CDMAS = Sprint.
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Visible wireless $25 each line per month total, unlimited everything ( it $40 but with 4 in party pay get it to $25) to fill a party join the reddit visible party request , took me minutes to fill the 4th spot in mine.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:47 PM   #27
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We have T-Mobile and there is zero hassle using it all over the world. We've traveled to a dozen countries in the last five years and our phones have always worked the same as at home. When the plane touches down and you turn your phone back on, you immediately get a text from them saying "Welcome to _____".



Unlimited everything (calls, texts, data), and although it's slower than at home, it has been perfectly fine for us. Being over 55, we pay just $60/month for two lines. I think it has gone up to $70 for new accounts, but we're grandfathered into $60.

Thank you. Thatís the frictionless kind of plan Iím looking for and I like that T-Mobile has storefronts, which weíve grown accustomed to with Verizon. $70/month is about $30/month cheaper than our Verizon unlimited plan, which works overseas but at a $10/day surcharge. DW is 57 and I turn 55 this year so thatís also on target. Iíll check it out.
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:42 PM   #28
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So your strategy is to manually pay during your last day of service or before and you can accumulate data that way (as opposed to resetting)? The old data doesn't expire? I will have to look into this if this is how you are working it. Thanks!


edit: Found this on the tello site confirming RetiredAndLovingIt's experience. Awesome.


ref: https://tello.com/help_center


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Yes, if you hover over your renewal date on your dashboard, it will tell you the renewal will happen anytime after 11.00PM and 5.00AM the next day so you can renew on the morning of the actual renewal day. When paying, you can also check the box to get a text 48 hours before renewal is due. Also don't forget you can earn $10 for every referral and they also get $10 when they sign up. I currently have $125 in referral dollars to either pay my bill or I could put it towards a new phone purchase if I wanted.
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Now that ATT/CRICKET have added a 2GB data PREPAID cell phone plan to counter the T-MO Connect plan for $15 plus taxes and fees per mo. is anybody considering these?

DW and I use less than 1GB monthly and currently piggyback on DD's family plan paying her $35 monthly for each line and are considering going to the ATT prepaid plan figuring with taxes and fees it will lower our costs at least $20 per mo. total.
Yes just switched all 3 of my Cricket lines to the new plan...new monthly cost of $45 vs. $110 previously.
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I'm currently with Verizon on a plan which gives us the usual unlimited talk and text plus 5 GB shared data. I'm using a smart phone and DW a flip phone, so obviously I use 99% of the data.

Because of our RV travel, we (I) need more data and particularly hotspot data. Something like unlimited phone data with at least 10GB (would prefer more) of hotspot data.

Any suggestions?
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:15 PM   #31
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Tracfone works for my very light usage.
365 Service Days, 1500 Minutes, 1500 Texts, 1.5 GB of Data = $125 / yr
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I'm currently with Verizon on a plan which gives us the usual unlimited talk and text plus 5 GB shared data. I'm using a smart phone and DW a flip phone, so obviously I use 99% of the data.

Because of our RV travel, we (I) need more data and particularly hotspot data. Something like unlimited phone data with at least 10GB (would prefer more) of hotspot data.

Any suggestions?
AT&T offers an unlimited LTE "tablet" plan for $35/month...once it is setup in a tablet you can move the SIM to a hotspot.

I bought a SIM already setup & WiFi hotspot off eBay.

I use the above for travel & as backup to my cable broadband at home.
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AT&T offers an unlimited LTE "tablet" plan for $35/month...once it is setup in a tablet you can move the SIM to a hotspot.

I bought a SIM already setup & WiFi hotspot off eBay.

I use the above for travel & as backup to my cable broadband at home.
Thanks!

Could you point me to that eBay source?
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:04 AM   #34
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Does anyone use Google FI? Iím interested in that plan or learning about other providers that would allow my phone to work with minimum hassle while traveling all around the world.
I've been using Google Fi almost since it was first announced. Since my wife's plan is with StraightTalk, any place one of us doesn't get coverage, the other usually can. I've been very satisfied with the service, and in practice it's usually my phone that gets a signal when her's doesn't.

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AT&T offers an unlimited LTE "tablet" plan for $35/month...once it is setup in a tablet you can move the SIM to a hotspot.

I bought a SIM already setup & WiFi hotspot off eBay.

I use the above for travel & as backup to my cable broadband at home.
I'm also interested in this option. We're talking about moving aboard the boat full-time, and tethering through my phone would get tedious after a while.

Interesting tidbit: This was one of the original selling points of Google Fi. The second SIM card for a tablet or WiFi hotspot is free and included in the same plan. In other words, you pay for data at the same rate, and on the same account, whether via phone or hotspot.

But recently they've snuck a "no thethering" clause for that second SIM into their agreement. I don't know what this means for people who'd already set this up, based on the initial advertising. I don't know if they'd enforce it if you did this. And frankly, if I'm paying for the data, I can't imagine why they'd even care which device it was coming through.

So at this point I'd seriously consider other options. But Google Fi still gives me voice over IP automatically, and uses three different carriers, including one (US Cellular) which has good coverage in some of the more remote destinations we go where no other service is available.
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Tracfone works for my very light usage.
365 Service Days, 1500 Minutes, 1500 Texts, 1.5 GB of Data = $125 / yr
ITTN, these are the Tracfone cards I've been using. 365 Service Days, 1200 Minutes, 1200 Texts, 3.0 GB of Data for $50. Includes a triple SIM kit for Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile. You don't have to use the new SIM, the min/txt/data card is separate with a Tracfone code.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tracfone-Pr...72.m2749.l2649
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I am a super light user using Tello for $20 a year https://tello.com/buy/pay_as_you_go
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We dropped AT&T for $75 a month for our two lines when Comcast came out with their cell phone plan via Verizon.

DH and I share 1GB, and pay $13 a month. Not a piece, that's $13 total a month for two phones. No noticeable drop in quality or service.

You must have Comcast's internet service to get this deal, but don't need cable. We have both and feel like this phone plan helps justify that expense. And now that we're spending so much time at home, we're really getting our money's worth.
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I don't use data except via Wi-Fi. I can almost always find free wi-fi. I don't have any urgent needs for data, except for perhaps google maps. I purchased a Garmin instead - $125 with unlimited map updates and traffic monitoring. It will last me several years (my previous Garmin lived 8 years before the connector wore out). For phone service I use pageplus $80 plan (365 days service, 1333 minutes, one text = 1 minute). I learned about pageplus from this site.
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AT&T and T-Mo are both now offering $15/mo. prepaid plans with 2GB of data. Plus unspecified taxes and fees. Cheapest I've seen for a mainline service.

https://www.att.com/buy/wireless/prepaid/plans
https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/plan-de...mobile-connect
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AT&T offers an unlimited LTE "tablet" plan for $35/month...once it is setup in a tablet you can move the SIM to a hotspot.

I bought a SIM already setup & WiFi hotspot off eBay.

I use the above for travel & as backup to my cable broadband at home.

That's what we're using too. It mostly works okay here on Lake Norman, but I haven't had the opportunity to test it at our mountain place or while traveling yet.

Have you invested in optional antennas to improve the reception? I've watched YouTubers that have various antennas, but I have only added a pair of 4" little antennas that were about $5 on eBay.
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