chrishoffman at October 26th, 2013 06:41 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174352/how-to-save-hundreds-or-thousands-of-dollars-on-cell-phone-service/
Cell phone contracts are bad. You get a seemingly cheap phone up front, but you more than pay for the cost of the phone over two years. Prepaid phone plans are surging in North America for a reason.
themike at October 26th, 2013 07:01 — #2
i downgraded my service last year. they had to call in stephen with his manual from the backroom. they can sell you useless garbage but removing it must have a difficulty factor involved.
racspur1 at October 26th, 2013 08:21 — #3
Bought unlocked Nexus 4,Signed up with RED Pocket mobile,Ported Number for free,Uses ATT network,Pay 29.95 per month ( unlimited talk,text,plus not very much data 40 meg but dont use much ) plus always first for upgrading android from google, and finally PURE ANDROID !!! NO BLOATWARE of any kind !!! Very happy and not broke !!!
3storybooks at October 26th, 2013 09:05 — #4
Straight Talk DOES NOT ALLOW VIDEO STREAMING. It's in the Ts & Cs.
Best deal is buy phone at walmart and get tmobile walmart exclusive $30 mth umlim data and text w 100 mins talk and use google voice w app.
However i prefer buy the tmobile hotspot at walmart and pay $35 for TWO month 3.5 GB service. Connect any device, phone, tab laptop. I modtly use wifi anyway. Just hotspot my car.
ndguardian at October 26th, 2013 10:52 — #5
I am heavily invested in Google's services and I currently use Google Voice, plus I have a Nexus 4 smartphone, so what I did was I purchased T-Mobile's $30/month prepaid plan. It comes with 100 minutes, unlimited texting and unlimited data (up to 5GB per month LTE capable). From there, I decided to use my Google Voice number for texting and I currently make all my calls through Google Voice through the Talkatone app.
I live in an urban area with excellent T-Mobile coverage so this works very well for me, but obviously do your homework before switching to this plan. Also, it is only available online, and they want you to buy a phone from them first. You don't have to. I already had my Nexus, so what I did was I went to a T-Mobile store and bought a SIM card there, and they also gave me an activation code. Then I went on their site and activated the SIM card and used my information from my Nexus phone to get it all set up without buying one of their own phones.
rschmetzer at October 26th, 2013 11:05 — #6
I am halfway through a contract now and would love to jump next year but I would have to find an option that uses the Verizon network as it is the only one that I get decent reception on at my home.
ladyfitzgerald at October 26th, 2013 11:11 — #7
I've had a prepaid plan for years since I use my cell phone only for emergencies (and, lately, long distance calls since I'm building up "minutes" far faster than I am using them). I am looking for a better plan since mine doesn't have the best coverage but want to stay with prepaid to keep the monthly bill down. I'm retired on a pretty much fixed income and don't need any new bills. I'm also of the generation that learned to function without being connected at the lip 24/7 and tethered by an electronic umbilical cord. I have no problems with new technology but do not desire to be a slave to it.
rwtoy7 at October 26th, 2013 11:54 — #8
In the past needing a low cost prepaid on verizon network. I used pagepluscellular.com I didn't use many minutes and no texting $25 gives 400 min for 4 months. And it rolls over. Now they still offer that + much more.
ashoup at October 26th, 2013 12:59 — #9
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straspey at October 26th, 2013 13:07 — #10
My wife and I were four years out of our old family-plan contract with Verizon, still pushing older "dumbphones" -- with limited talk, no text (I had to purchase a monthly 500 text plan for my wife) and no data.
Although I had made some inquiries about upgrading, the costs were always much too high - especially considering the excessive taxes levied by NY State.
Then - this past summer - I received a special "Loyalty Offer" from Verizon which was extremely attractive - so we took advantage of it. We paid the "discount" price for two new smartphones, and signed a 2-year agreement which includes unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data each.
Due to the pricing of the "Loyalty" package - we ended up essentially getting the 4 GB of data for free - based on Verizon's pricing of $10 per GB. We are very happy with the value of the package, it suits our needs perfectly - and will be able to stay on this plan as long as we want - even long after Verizon stops making it available.
If you have been with a cell provider for a number of years, call them and see what "special" plans they may have available for their long-time customers.
brent711 at October 26th, 2013 13:45 — #11
There is also an excellent third option coming out next month(November). http://republicwireless.com/moto-x-faqs#plans. This looks better than any of the other suggestions, so far.
geek at October 26th, 2013 14:23 — #12
That's a pretty cheap plan.
ladyfitzgerald at October 26th, 2013 15:18 — #13
Republic is gambling that enough of their customers will use Wi-Fi when it is available, such as when at home, to keep the traffic down on their system. Sadly, there are always some who will abuse anything so it remains to be seen how successful that business plan will be.
straspey at October 26th, 2013 15:39 — #14
We have excellent WiFi connectivity in our home through our router. As a result, we rely on on it almost exclusively for our smartphones while in the house. I have developed the habit of turning off the 4G mobile data on my phone when I am home, and turn it on as I am leaving to go out.
We save immensely on our data usage this way - and my WiFi signal is strong (and secure) enough that we can access all the features on our phones normally.
Regarding these less-expensive plans being offered by those new companies, such as Republic --
It's one thing to save money - and quite another to have good service, with reliable connectivity wherever you go. Some of these companies rely on third-party providers for their cellular network...whose service may be limited and/or spotty.
brad_houser at October 26th, 2013 22:25 — #15
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ladyfitzgerald at October 26th, 2013 23:01 — #16
Thanks for letting me know Republic Wireless uses the Sprint network. I'm using Virgin Mobile and it also uses the sprint network which doesn't give me the coverage I need; there are just too many coverage holes when I'm on the road. Verizon has much better coverage so I'm looking for a prepaid plan that charges by the minute, allows accumulated "minutes" to roll over from month to month, and has an auto-pay option, much like my present Virgin Mobile plan does (it's an old plan that is grandfathered in).
brent711 at October 26th, 2013 23:24 — #17
I am going to sign up for the $10 plan. The unlimited talk and text on Sprint alone makes this a killer deal.
stevepork at October 27th, 2013 06:55 — #18
This isn't the same in the UK. Phones and Contracts are soo much money. To buy a Galaxy S4 I would be spending £600 ~ $970. Then the lowest sim only contracts are £10 ~ $16 a month for 100 mins and 250 texts. If I wanted a reasoable amount of mins and texts I would pay £15 ~ $24 a month.
That is a total of £870 ~ $1407 over 18 months. I'm on contract paying £38 a month (18 month contract) to Orange for 600 mins 3000 texts with a "Free" Galaxy S4. But in comparison it costs me £684 ~ $1106 over 18 months.
So much cheaper to have a contract
ladyfitzgerald at October 27th, 2013 11:17 — #19
A lot depends on one's usage. Mine is so low, a contract would be a waste of money.
nsdcars5 at October 27th, 2013 12:17 — #20
You know, even if somebody here has the lowest possible usage, they have to buy an unlocked phone. That's cause no sane carrier would trust Indians, who could get a locked iPhone, unlock it, hide it, then claim theft...
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