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Need Verizon phone for new contract

aceboo 361 67 August 22, 2015 at 09:30 AM
I've been tasked with enrolling my 17y/o nephew in boarding school. He'll be in a mountain city in California with crappy service for any other providers. Refurbished is fine, and his mom is in Zambia, so I just need to know about any incentives or deals. Thanks!

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I've been tasked with enrolling my 17y/o nephew in boarding school. He'll be in a mountain city in California with crappy service for any other providers. Refurbished is fine, and his mom is in Zambia, so I just need to know about any incentives or deals. Thanks!
What will he need for monthly limits for talk/text/data? Page Plus cellular might be a worthwhile alternative. I think there is a Tracfone/straighttalk plan that would work as well.
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He will most likely need a bunch of minutes, his mom will likely call often...these are "follow the rules" kinda folks, she won't like the idea of having an unlocked phone on a lesser known provider(even though PP is on the Verizon network). I saw that best buy has. An incentive -and wanted to get that htc m8 but the feedback wasn't spectacular towards the end of that thread...
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He will most likely need a bunch of minutes, his mom will likely call often...these are "follow the rules" kinda folks, she won't like the idea of having an unlocked phone on a lesser known provider(even though PP is on the Verizon network). I saw that best buy has. An incentive -and wanted to get that htc m8 but the feedback wasn't spectacular towards the end of that thread...
Ah ok. I have no knowledge of Verizon - they charge WAY too much and consumers are finally on to them. You could get an iPhone or similar from Swappa.com and use the Page Plus $40/mo plan for unlimited minutes.
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Ah ok. I have no knowledge of Verizon - they charge WAY too much and consumers are finally on to them.
Yep. Now that folks have to pay a real price for their phones, the real cost of Verizon is finally coming to light.

But, the idea of someone paying payments for a cell phone is a whole other matter. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) Wow. Priorities.
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PP is on the Verizon network
Prepay coverage is different/smaller from postpay. Most MVNOs only use the prepay coverage area
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He's going to boarding school in the San jacinto mountains. With her being so far away, with limited phone/net access herself, she'd wanna go with the most reliable option...this is the best according to school officials. If anyone has a recommendation, don't hesitate Smilie
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He's going to boarding school in the San jacinto mountains. With her being so far away, with limited phone/net access herself, she'd wanna go with the most reliable option...this is the best according to school officials. If anyone has a recommendation, don't hesitate Smilie
Try a website like this http://opensignal.com/ or this http://www.cellreception.com/coverage/ to verify coverage for yourself.

The advantage of Page Plus would be that you could buy a $10 card and try it out, no major commitment.
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He's going to boarding school in the San jacinto mountains. With her being so far away, with limited phone/net access herself, she'd wanna go with the most reliable option...this is the best according to school officials. If anyone has a recommendation, don't hesitate Smilie
Page Plus. Smilie
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Thanks, y'all. I've considered just going that route, but the disadvantage is that I live in Baltimore. I'm only gonna be with him in LA mon-wed to get him settled and for orientations and such then he'll be alone .if the Pageplus service isn't sufficient, how easy would it be to get him a better option?
If we do PP, what is one of the best phones out there? He, at age 17 (from over there in Zambia ), is requesting a galaxy s5 because of reviews he's read.
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Look into straight talk. Sold at Walmart and you can either bring your own phone (of ANY carrier) or buy one of theirs. Plans are pretty cheap... Approx $40-60/mnth depending on the amount of data you need (text and voice are unlimited). Nice part is that they work with ALL the major cell signals so if one doesn't end up working you have the option of trying a different sim card/phone. If you get a more recent universal phone, like an iPhone, you wouldn't need a new phone to switch cell signals, just a new sim card. Last thing you want to do is go into a contract with an area you have no service in. Plus with the prepaid phones, he can't run the bill up with data charges... if he goes over they will throttle the speed down to almost nothing but at least the bill will be the same. Voice and text will still be unlimited.

https://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home

FYI they do offer the S5 but you pay dearly for it because there are no subsidies with the prepaid phones. Honestly though I think most carriers have or are doing away with subsidies so they just finance the phone and add it to the bill. They have the Galaxy S4 for $200 which doesn't seem too bad.
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