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CUTiger2011 07-14-2015 12:23 PM

new cell phone plan
 
Time for a new cell phone plan. Many to choose from, and here's my situation. I'm on the ol' man's office phone plan, gotta get out of this. It's frustrating to deal with.

Current service is AT&T. My actual telephone is a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5. It is operating on my AT&T sim card, working fine other than no 4G service. It gets up to HSPA+. And now it frequently tells me it "can't make this international call" when trying to return a missed call and the number looks like +8431234567

Around the end of the year, I'll be getting a phone/plan from my employer. It'll be a Verizon plan. Unlimited data, 500 minutes, 1000 texts. May or may not get a new phone at that time. The phone cost would be on me, 2-yr price minus $100, is what it would cost me. So likely getting the newest thing at that time.

What to do between now and then? Obviously I'm not going to sign a contract. Verizon seems to be the easiest choice because of my current device and looming company plan. But sheesh, Verizon options are complicated and expensive.

Anybody use any of the cheaper month-to-month service provides and are they worth a darn?

caltexflanc 07-14-2015 12:31 PM

Go this route:

http://www.verizonwireless.com/prepa...rtphone-plans/

jko2004 07-14-2015 01:06 PM

Total Wireless

It is Verizon's month-to-month, no contract option.

rbhankins001 07-14-2015 03:26 PM

straight talk

CUTiger2011 07-15-2015 05:43 PM

It appears the cheap plans are cheap because they're limited to 3g? The total wireless looked like what I needed but says it limited to 3g and doesn't support 4g lte phones.

Parthery 07-15-2015 07:17 PM

Your frustration sounds like the fact that you are using a CDMA / GSM phone....even unlocked it will never work right in the USA.

Find a used ATT iPhone or Android off eBay or a friend....pop in your SIM and go. No contract to be locked in since work is eventually getting you a phone.

DVR 07-15-2015 07:45 PM

I recently dropped sprint. I looked around on the net, discovered cricket was at&t, discovered a locked at&t iphone with a cricket sim card would function properly, got a used iphone, cricket sim and #.
I carried around a sprint iphone5 with a monthly fee of about $80 alongside an at&t iphone5 with a cricket sim card at exactly $35 per month and no contract. Every single place I went the cricket service was better than the sprint.
I was certain this experiment was going to be a flop and I would stick with sprint. It has been about 4 months now and I have no regrets. Data is high speed and in my case 2.5g per month.

jrolin1 07-16-2015 03:30 AM

Another vote for cricket. I have 5 lines on cricket with the group save it is 100 bucks total including taxes and fees for all five. Each line is unlimited talk, text and data with the first 2.5 gb being 4g LTE per line. AT&T owns cricket and is the network used. More LTE data is available if needed for a reasonable amount. One line is 40 bucks and you can get a 5 buck autopay discount taking it to 35.

back at it 07-16-2015 03:46 AM


Originally Posted by jrolin1 (Post 8054740)
Another vote for cricket. I have 5 lines on cricket with the group save it is 100 bucks total including taxes and fees for all five. Each line is unlimited talk, text and data with the first 2.5 gb being 4g LTE per line. AT&T owns cricket and is the network used. More LTE data is available if needed for a reasonable amount. One line is 40 bucks and you can get a 5 buck autopay discount taking it to 35.

This looks pretty tempting. Wonder if they'll honor company discounts on top of that total?

jrolin1 07-16-2015 04:30 AM


Originally Posted by back at it (Post 8054769)
This looks pretty tempting. Wonder if they'll honor company discounts on top of that total?

I don't think there are any additional discounts available other than referral discounts.

PatSea32 07-16-2015 04:53 AM

Have Republic Wireless and love it!

CUTiger2011 07-16-2015 09:05 AM


Originally Posted by Parthery (Post 8054309)
Your frustration sounds like the fact that you are using a CDMA / GSM phone....even unlocked it will never work right in the USA.

Find a used ATT iPhone or Android off eBay or a friend....pop in your SIM and go. No contract to be locked in since work is eventually getting you a phone.

The problem isn't necessarily the phone that's making me want to leave the office plan with my Dad's office. It's that I'm not authorized on the account and can't get anything done without him or the office plan administrator. That makes things quite difficult when the only authorized people on the account are 7 hours away.

Just trying to decide what new plan options may be best to allow me to keep this same Samsung and not fork out another $200 for another phone when I change plans, only to fork out $100 for another phone in 3-4 months when I go onto the work plan with Verizon. Sounds like to do that Verizon or Total Wireless may be my best options.

Guess I could go cricket or another network and buy a new phone, just keeping this Samsung aside for when I go onto the work plan.

jrolin1 07-16-2015 09:18 AM

You can use that phone on cricket with the same data lte issue that you have on AT&T. You would just have to buy a sim. They don't have a problem with you BYOD.

back at it 07-16-2015 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by jrolin1 (Post 8055830)
You can use that phone on cricket with the same data lte issue that you have on AT&T. You would just have to buy a sim. They don't have a problem with you BYOD.

When the current phone dies, aren't you stuck with paying the full price of a new one since no contract is involved? Full priced iPhones get pretty ridiculous. (Although now that I think of it, when my wife went for a new phone last month, we're now stuck with a monthly installment until the phone is paid off) 30 months at $25.00.

jrolin1 07-16-2015 10:42 AM

Yes you have to buy your own. But even under contract you pay for it one way or the other. In my case I went with a new Moto X that had just been replaced by a new model for a great deal online and just got the SIM card from Cricket. My kids Iphones I got on Amazon warehouse deals when they had a sale at Christmas.

back at it 07-16-2015 10:47 AM


Originally Posted by jrolin1 (Post 8056115)
Yes you have to buy your own. But even under contract you pay for it one way or the other. In my case I went with a new Moto X that had just been replaced by a new model for a great deal online and just got the SIM card from Cricket. My kids Iphones I got on Amazon warehouse deals when they had a sale at Christmas.

Att automatically changed both our plans and charged wife full price for her iPhone 6. No more pay $199 with a two year contract and they wouldn't budge once I noticed what they had done a month later. I'll be dropping them soon as my contract expires. (Long story short, I'll never let the wife handle a phone upgrade again lol)

Blue Chip 07-16-2015 11:02 AM

My company is about to do away with the included cell phone / cell plan. They are going to go the route of an allowance.

I haven't had a personally paid for cell phone in more than 15 years... I'm lost with this stuff. I have no idea what kind of data usage I need - so I am opting for unlimited text/talk - but clueless on the other stuff. I'd like to have an iPhone... I know that. My Windows 8 phone sucks. Both AT&T and Verizon are pretty good here - with AT&T getting better service when on the water... usually get a signal at 11 miles out versus Verizon at 4 miles. Being that Cricket is AT&T - seems that their rates are about the best out there.

Parthery 07-17-2015 05:57 AM

Can Dad add you as an authorized person on the account? If so, then you can take care of your business in the ATT store where you are.

The traditional model of "pay a subsidized rate and get a free/cheap phone but be locked in for 2 years" is gone....the rest of the world did away with this years ago. I too am having trouble explaining to my parents that if they want to upgrade their iPhones, their bill is going up $25/mo per line. It's easier to give them my 5 when the 6 comes out...give them the 6 when the 6s comes out, etc...

CUTiger2011 07-17-2015 07:19 AM

We're past that point. I used to be authorized on it. Since I was added later on than everybody else, I got stuck on a plan with his partner and her people. He and his partner split ways. It's kinda f'ed up the way the phones were setup. I just want out of the whole deal.

CUTiger2011 08-15-2015 09:32 AM

I ended up just doing Verizon prepaid. I'm in Martinsburg, WV (eastern panhandle not far from DC) this weekend and it's roaming. I thought roaming was pretty much a thing of the past. My account has sufficient extra funds, I have plenty of signal, but cannot make any calls, texts, data...only on the hotel wifi can i get anything at all. Very frustrating. Girlfriends att phone working just fine. Always had att, and I'm totally new to Verizon of any kind. Not exactly off to the best start here with my Verizon satisfaction. Haven't seen a roaming problem any time in the past 12 years...and have been in remote areas worse than this. WTF Verizon.


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