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Cell Phone Service Providers
« on: March 02, 2016, 04:07:28 PM »

OK......I am faced with a little bit of a dilemma.  The new company is going to discontinue cell phone service to its employees, and instead give us a $75 stipend for us to get a provider on our own.  I have had a company provided phone and service (of which has been Verizon for years now, and would just expense 100% of it on a monthly basis), and now find myself in the land of ignorance.

I have never got a contract on my own for this service, and my number is being released shortly to allow me to go out and get my own contract.  I get to keep my Samsung Galaxy 4 "phone but really have no clue as to what "text/data" package to go for. 

I use it primarily for phone service, do some texting (maybe 10 or so a day), and maybe some very light internet browsing.

Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 04:26:33 PM »

I'm not that guy.  My last phone with Verizon is without a contract and I  pay for it ea month.  $80 month total for iPhone and service.
1 gig and I use about .3
Unlimited min and msg.
I use phone for web a lot but almost always on wifi.
I recd call from Verizon this week to review plan because they can save me money. I haven't checked it out yet..
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2016, 04:42:05 PM »

Check with your daughter and see if she has a plan - and add your line to it.   It's always cheaper to "add" a number to a plan, and you can get a 734 area code - just ask... 
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2016, 04:53:47 PM »

Does that work like when adding a son/daughter to parents line and the parent pays the bill.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2016, 08:19:26 PM »

I went pre-paid on Cricket.

I got 5 lines for $100.

Your Verizon GSM phones will work on them.

ATT owns them, and they use the full ATT network.

I believe that is unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2.5 gigs of high speed data, and then they slow you down.

I just don't see paying the big bucks for the Verizon, ATT, Sprint, etc main plans. 

I don't need the latest phone - and even if I do want one - I can buy my own for what I am saving a month.

I switched from Sprint last summer.  I know Sprint sucks - but I haven't found very many places I don't have coverage.  My dropped calls have dropped to almost nothing.

The downside - no roaming.  You either have their network, or you have nothing, but ATT has a pretty extensive network - so it hasn't been an issue for me, and not having a phone at times wouldn't be that bad.....
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2016, 08:48:00 PM »



I agree with the pre-paid route. 

I carry a Verizon work phone and I also carry a PagePlus phone (also on the Verizon network).  There's no difference between the two except the costs and contract.   I really liked PagePlus and got a number of other family members on it.   No complaints from anyone.

You can port your phone/number there and no one except you will know the difference.   The only thing that you will notice is the cost savings.

https://www.pagepluscellular.com/plans/
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2016, 09:41:59 PM »

I've had Sprint And Cellular.  Half the time I had no service at home and never could sent a pic until I switched to Verizon
Cellular (ATTnow I believe ) was great down south.
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2016, 11:33:37 PM »

Does that work like when adding a son/daughter to parents line and the parent pays the bill.
It should -    Paying 10 - 20/mo  is much better than any pre-paid plan if you actually use the phone.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2016, 09:01:49 AM »

The big 'issue' I've heard about (never had any first hand experience though) was the inability to transfer (port) a number to and from the prepaid companies.  Some are better than others but all seem to have way more problems than the 'major' carriers.

I ported my ATT landline over to Verizon probably 12 years ago and it's important (financially) that I maintain that number.  We've had Verizon for years and probably pay a little more than we could get by shopping around.  For the most part whenever we've had issues it's worth a lot just to be able to drive into the local store and get it resolved quickly.  Plus they were absolutely great when I went from a little flip phone to a BlackBerry...   that phone was a major jump in technology for me and I walked back into the Verizon store with it probably 4 or 5 times telling them I was 'done'...

They offered classes and plenty of consulting 'on demand' and got me through it to where I was a very happy BB user!!!

Then when I went to my original Motorola Droid it was almost pain free ;) ;) ;)

Like so many things in life you may pay a little more for great service but in the long run it's frequently worth it.  Too bad so many people in government don't seem to understand that concept.
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2016, 09:52:51 AM »

The big 'issue' I've heard about (never had any first hand experience though) was the inability to transfer (port) a number to and from the prepaid companies.  Some are better than others but all seem to have way more problems than the 'major' carriers.

That and your other information like contact lists - which can be worked around if you have a google account...  or for apple use I tunes... 

I have a few friends who have lost or broke or upgraded - and each time they have to get a new phone number...   Pain in the @ss for everyone as they lose contact with people unless they run into them and tell them Hey I got a new phone and new #.   
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2016, 10:41:50 AM »

I'm not sure if it's been mentioned here but you need to determine whether your device is locked or unlocked. You will run into hurdles if it's locked.

I run through Straight Talk. They have a BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) program. Coverage is stellar. I can do multi-month, but if times are lean I can go for a month through a card available at Wally World.

I was running Boost, but when I got down here in "the Hollers" the coverage was bad. Since my device was unlocked porting over my "old" number to my new device was seamless. Besides the time involved in manually transferring my old contacts over letting them know my new number would have been a pain.

It should be noted that most, if not all, carriers don't own any specific tower. They lease space on them. Similar to DTE, who has divested the transmission lines to International Transmission Company (ITC).  Most carriers have handed off the siting, construction and maintenance to American Tower Corp., which has a really good stock trading track record.  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2016, 12:31:34 PM »

That and your other information like contact lists - which can be worked around if you have a google account...  or for apple use I tunes... 

I have a few friends who have lost or broke or upgraded - and each time they have to get a new phone number...   Pain in the @ss for everyone as they lose contact with people unless they run into them and tell them Hey I got a new phone and new #.

I have never experienced any issues porting a number or replacing a broken phone (3x) while keeping the same number on PagePlus.   

Contacts only become an issue if you switch to a new phone with a different OS.
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