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Old 11-27-2020, 04:55 PM   #41
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I've been on Republic Wireless for about 2.5 years. It worked well from Ohio to Arkansas to Pennsylvania, and continues to work well. Including tax, I pay about $23/month for unlimited talk + text, and 1 GB of cellular data.

You should check the coverage maps before doing any switching, but I would recommend Republic. If you have wi-fi at home, you'll probably use very little cell data.
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Old 11-27-2020, 04:59 PM   #42
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We don't use our cell phones very much, and because of our location we get NO cell signal at our house, not from any carrier.
We use Tracfone, paid on sale $30 for a year of service and 1500 min/1500 text/ 1.5GB data. Bought 3 of them for each phone, so 3 years of service for under $100 per phone.

At the house we have AT&T U-verse bundled TV, internet, landline phone (voip thru Uverse). The phone costs us $48/month.
We are in the process of switching to voip.ms for the landline phone, A voip provided that will cost us about $3/mo. Only had to buy an OBI200 for $40 (Amazon on sale), one-time purchase.

No cable or fiber in our area, not yet. it's all DSL. Max internet speed is 25Mbps.
But there are crews on the major roads laying orange cables, so we're hoping that they are laying fiber.
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:35 PM   #43
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Cricket: ATT Pipes Minus the Cost

I love Cricket prepaid wireless. Same towers & data connectivity with far less cost & headaches.

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Old 11-27-2020, 05:40 PM   #44
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I used ATT for years for the international coverage since I traveled worldwide. A few years before I retired the company migrated to TMobile. I currently used the military rate since I need three lines/phones. The senior plan limits you to two lines.

We still travel internationally regularly (Pre and post COVID) for fun. Free international data is great and I upped the service to the Plus account which gives us faster data (needed for translate and some mapping). Calls when needed are reasonable, I also use a VoIP with the phone data when needed for long calls.

The Netflix subscription is a real plus for the wife and I moved that to the 4K version.

In flight WiFi is no cost with the plus account in the Delta/GOGO system. The is is mostly worldwide in their network.

Phones switch to WiFi when available in hotel or home network.

The negatives. 1. minimal coverage at my house 2. switching between towers while driving drops calls. 3. The overall national coverage doesnít seem to be as good as ATT network.

BUT, for a total of $105/ month for three phones with unlimited everything as well as option to use the phone as a hotspot. It is the best value I have found.

If you donít travel, only need two phones, donít use a smart phone , you may find lower prices, but lots of the others have some hidden charges.
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Old 11-27-2020, 06:37 PM   #45
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With more alternatives to services, competition increasing, I'm thinking unbundling is the way to go. I have Consumer Cellular for unlimited voice and text and 2gb data for 35/month. Very happy with service, and thinking time to cut cable cord, too, as I still have that bundled with internet.
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I've been on Republic Wireless for about 2.5 years. It worked well from Ohio to Arkansas to Pennsylvania, and continues to work well. Including tax, I pay about $23/month for unlimited talk + text, and 1 GB of cellular data.

You should check the coverage maps before doing any switching, but I would recommend Republic. If you have wi-fi at home, you'll probably use very little cell data.
Check our airvoicewireless, an AT&T MVNO... unlimited talk and text, 3GB data (1.5 GB high speed and 1.5 GB reduced speed) for $18/month on autopay. DW and I have used them for years... good service including good customer service and the AT&T network.
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That sounds like a lot! I pay $180 to Verizon for 5 unlimited lines, including charges for handsets!
How do you get 5 lines with Verizon wireless for $180?
That's great!

DW and I have 2 lines with Verizon and unlimited data for $191.
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I use Tello for two lines totaling $12/mo. The Verizon FIOS internet is $45/mo. I work from home and have my company pay for both of them so I don't have expenses for any of my communication needs. With google voice and being home all the time I hardly use the cellular (voice and data) but I still need them for emergency events.
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I use Straight Talk unlimited $45 per month.
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I use Tello for two lines totaling $12/mo. The Verizon FIOS internet is $45/mo. I work from home and have my company pay for both of them so I don't have expenses for any of my communication needs. With google voice and being home all the time I hardly use the cellular (voice and data) but I still need them for emergency events.
That Tello has really good rates... unfortunately "This zip code is not on our coverage map yet."
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Tello (Sprint) is in process of moving all customers over from Sprint 3G CDMA to T-Mobile 4G/5G LTE service as part of the merger. You may want to check them after the first of the year if still interested, coverage may be available then. Been with them since 2017 and their customer service is great as well as super low pricing which we've been told we will be allowed to keep.
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Thanks for the idea... but the subject area is very rural and the only good cellphone at my house is AT&T. Verizon is spotty... just out of range... we had Verizon when we moved there and switched. And Sprint is pretty much nonexistent but I just checked T-Mobile's map and I'm surprised... according to the coverage map it might be a possibility.
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Thanks for the idea... but the subject area is very rural and the only good cellphone at my house is AT&T. Verizon is spotty... just out of range... we had Verizon when we moved there and switched. And Sprint is pretty much nonexistent but I just checked T-Mobile's map and I'm surprised... according to the coverage map it might be a possibility.
Buy a SIM card and test t mobile first. The map showed decent 4g coverage in our area, with a few black areas, but when I tested the coverage it just wasnít useable. We could get away with wifi calling inside, but just going on a walk through the neighborhood and having coverage would have been problematic.
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