Forum Thread

What Cell Carrier and Plan is Everyone Using?

Pedantyc 4,499 566 October 9, 2015 at 05:13 PM
I have 2 grandfathered Verizon plans that are about to get bumped by $20 each next month due to Verizons new rates for grandfathered unlimited data.

Currently, I pay $185 (before a employee discount that takes it to $150) for 2 lines and unlimited data on both.

Both phones use something around 6-7 GB each per month so I would need to cover that. Verizon doesn't appear to have anything that looks good due to their new system of charging every month for their devices. Closest plan I can get though them is a $20 per line, 18 GB shared plan. Sadly, with 2 new phones I will pay an additional $60 per month for them bringing the total to $200 (before any discount).

What else is there out there to give decent coverage for around the same price I currently pay?

19 Comments

1 2

Sign up for a Slickdeals account to remove this ad.

#2
I'm currently on a t-mobile prepaid plan with 100 min (I use google voice and other voip options for most of my calls) and 5gb of high speed data for $30/mo. I'm getting fed up with t-mobile's coverage and am thinking about switching to cricket.

With cricket you can get unlimited talk/text and 10 gb of high speed data (throttled beyond that) for $60/month, there's a discount for multiple lines so 2 lines with 10gb of data each would run $110/month. If 5GB per phone would be enough you could get 2 lines for $90. AT&T owns cricket.

Harbor mobile is switching from t-mobile's network to at&t and their website's content is currently a bit limited. They're pretty cheap too, but they seem to be doing more discourage non-business customers.

Page Plus uses Verizon's network, their $55/mo plan includes unlimited talk and text and 5gb of LTE data. You could probably use your existing phones with page plus.

With plans like this if you want a flagship or reasonably high end phone, you basically buy the phone upfront spending somewhere between $250-800. If you crunch the numbers, this is the cheaper option generally saving you hundreds of dollars.

With AT&T you can get 15gb of shared data on 2 lines for $130/mo.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Last edited by jkee October 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM
#3
Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
I have 2 grandfathered Verizon plans that are about to get bumped by $20 each next month due to Verizons new rates for grandfathered unlimited data.
I'm in the same boat. I will assume you are out of contract. You can use one of the methods listed here to get a subsidized phone upgrade and retain your unlimited data at your current price for the duration of your new 2-yr contract if you do it before 11-15-15.

http://slickdeals.net/f/7743625-verizon-how-to-use-a-subsidized-upgrade-and-keep-your-unlimited-data-plan-or-avoid-a-2-year-data-plan-on-a-nationwide-basic-line?v=1

I just got out of contract. The Turbo 2 is supposed to drop for Verizon sometime this month. My plan is to use the "Best Buy" method and purchase the Turbo 2 at subsidized pricing which will put me on contract for the next 2 years. They can't raise your monthly price if you're still under contract.

Although this doesn't solve the problem it at least delays it for 2 years...... assuming you're willing to go on contract for another 2 years.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
#4
A little math... Are subsidized phones actually a good deal?

Lets take the amount you could save using a different plan or carrier that isn't subsidizing your phone and multiply by the term of the contract:
$20*24 = $480, $30*24 = 720, $40*24 = 960, $45*24 = $1080, $50*24 = $1200, $60*24 = $1440
Add $200 or whatever your initial cost is for the phone.

Now lets look at a couple plans from AT&T and Cricket with unlimited talk and text:
-AT&T no contract non-subsidized 1 line 5GB data $75/mo + tax
-AT&T 2yr contract, 5GB data, subsidized phone generally still paying around $199 up front for phone, $90/mo + tax
-Cricket no contract, 5GB data $45/mo with autopay, may include taxes
Data on cricket is generally slower then AT&T but fast enough for most things, cricket subsidizes their prepaid phones more than most but they aren't real high end phones.

In this example, the savings for Cricket over AT&T is $45+ / month + $199/24, for the same total expenditure you could buy an unlocked phone that costs $1280. The contract phone you get isn't likely to be worth this much, so you'd save $600-1000. In some cases breaking your contract and paying the ETF can actually be a good deal.

Lets compare the 2 AT&T plans: $90*24 + $200 - $75*24 = $560, the gap here is smaller and best deal depends heavily on how high end your phone is.

These difference in price can be smaller for family plans and people with very large data plans, but it's worth it to run the numbers. It's also worth noting factory unlocked phones from the major mfgs often get updates faster then the carrier version unlocked or not.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Last edited by jkee October 11, 2015 at 07:14 PM
#5
Quote from jkee View Post :
A little math... Are subsidized phones actually a good deal?
All excellent points I wouldn't try to dispute. I'm also a Page Plus subscriber. If I was going to change carriers I'd probably go with them. Certainly much cheaper and you get VZW prepaid coverage. Inside my home I can only get a decent signal from a Verizon tower.

But for myself (and many others) it's not so much the $$ involved as it is hanging onto that unlimited data plan as long as possible......even if it doesn't make financial sense. (What did Charlton Heston used to say? "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." That's kind of how I feel about my Verizon UDP. laugh out loud)

Irrational? Probably. Here's the excuse I tell myself. I have limited ISP options. I'm currently with Comcast whom I hate. I may end up dropping Comcast and sliding my Verizon SIM card into a hotspot device or Cradlepoint router, change my VZW plan to the 30 minute Loyalty plan and use Verizon for my Internet access.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined Nov 2005
L10: Grand Master
25,036 Posts
3,353 Reputation
Pro
#6
ATT 4 phones; DW and I, and the IL's. I chose ATT because of existing hardware and I have a FAN through work. All phones are owned, not subsidized.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined Nov 2005
L10: Grand Master
25,036 Posts
3,353 Reputation
Pro
#7
Quote from jkee View Post :
A little math... Are subsidized phones actually a good deal?

Lets take the amount you could save using a different plan or carrier that isn't subsidizing your phone and multiply by the term of the contract:
$20*24 = $480, $30*24 = 720, $40*24 = 960, $45*24 = $1080, $50*24 = $1200, $24*60 = $1440
Add $200 or whatever your initial cost is for the phone.

Now lets look at a couple plans from AT&T and Cricket with unlimited talk and text:
-AT&T no contract non-subsidized 1 line 5GB data $75/mo + tax
-AT&T 2yr contract, 5GB data, subsidized phone generally still paying around $199 up front for phone, $90/mo + tax
-Cricket no contract, 5GB data $45/mo with autopay, may include taxes
Data on cricket is generally slower then AT&T but fast enough for most things, cricket subsidizes their prepaid phones more than most but they aren't real high end phones.

In this example, the savings for Cricket over AT&T is $45+ / month + $199/24, for the same total expenditure you could buy an unlocked phone that costs $1280. The contract phone you get isn't likely to be worth this much. In some cases breaking your contract and paying the ETF can actually be a good deal.

Lets compare the 2 AT&T plans: $90*24 + $200 - $75*24 = $560, the gap here is smaller and best deal depends heavily on how high end your phone is.

These difference in price can be smaller for family plans and people with very large data plans, but it's worth it to run the numbers. It's also worth noting factory unlocked phones from the major mfgs often get updates faster then the carrier version unlocked or not.
at least the pricing is transparent now. You literally take the price of the phone, divide it by the contract term and that's the payment difference. In reality that's been going on all along (with some profit padding).
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined Jul 2013
Conservative with a gun
2,141 Posts
263 Reputation
#8
Quote from jkee View Post :
A little math... Are subsidized phones actually a good deal?

Lets take the amount you could save using a different plan or carrier that isn't subsidizing your phone and multiply by the term of the contract:
$20*24 = $480, $30*24 = 720, $40*24 = 960, $45*24 = $1080, $50*24 = $1200, $60*24 = $1440
Add $200 or whatever your initial cost is for the phone.

Now lets look at a couple plans from AT&T and Cricket with unlimited talk and text:
-AT&T no contract non-subsidized 1 line 5GB data $75/mo + tax
-AT&T 2yr contract, 5GB data, subsidized phone generally still paying around $199 up front for phone, $90/mo + tax
-Cricket no contract, 5GB data $45/mo with autopay, may include taxes
Data on cricket is generally slower then AT&T but fast enough for most things, cricket subsidizes their prepaid phones more than most but they aren't real high end phones.

In this example, the savings for Cricket over AT&T is $45+ / month + $199/24, for the same total expenditure you could buy an unlocked phone that costs $1280. The contract phone you get isn't likely to be worth this much. In some cases breaking your contract and paying the ETF can actually be a good deal.

Lets compare the 2 AT&T plans: $90*24 + $200 - $75*24 = $560, the gap here is smaller and best deal depends heavily on how high end your phone is.

These difference in price can be smaller for family plans and people with very large data plans, but it's worth it to run the numbers. It's also worth noting factory unlocked phones from the major mfgs often get updates faster then the carrier version unlocked or not.
The math has been broken down before. If you go over the bigger discount threshold, it is cheaper to do phone financing. If you are below it, it's cheaper for 2 year contract. For example, Verizon gives $15 a month discount for financing phones, and it's bumped to $25 off if you have 6 GB of data or more. So in their case a 2 year contract is cheaper below 6GB, but 2 year financing is cheaper at 6GB or more.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone

Sign up for a Slickdeals account to remove this ad.

Joined Nov 2006
disgruntled caveman
28,540 Posts
1,901 Reputation
#9
Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
I have 2 grandfathered Verizon plans that are about to get bumped by $20 each next month due to Verizons new rates for grandfathered unlimited data.

Currently, I pay $185 (before a employee discount that takes it to $150) for 2 lines and unlimited data on both.

Both phones use something around 6-7 GB each per month so I would need to cover that. Verizon doesn't appear to have anything that looks good due to their new system of charging every month for their devices. Closest plan I can get though them is a $20 per line, 18 GB shared plan. Sadly, with 2 new phones I will pay an additional $60 per month for them bringing the total to $200 (before any discount).

What else is there out there to give decent coverage for around the same price I currently pay?
Republic Wireless. We pay $110/month for 2 lines with 3GB each but we get refunded for any data we don't use, up to $45 per line. We usually end up paying about $35/mo for the two lines.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
I heart slickdeals:

$12: 10 (good!) DVDs
$138: Zen X-Fi 32 gb
$4: ToyStory 1&2 BR/DVD + 2x TS3 movie tix
$45: 8 bags M&Ms+ 4Orville 6packs + 2 Redbox +3 blurays+ 2 DVDs+ 4 movie tix+ 1 Bisquick
$262: 50" LED TV
$281.99: mower+ 3 barstool+ 2 tailgate grill+ 6fertilizer+sawzall+4pillows+edger+swimsuit+2WiiU AfterglowPro +2sandals + sprinkler + 50' hose -- SYWR
One happy wife!
Running video game deal list: $155 bought me
3DS: DKCR, ALBW, PkmnY, MarioGolf, Starfox, FE:A
WiiU: NinLand, BatmanAC, AC4, W101, NG:RE, MK8, Pikmin 3, NSLU, 3DWorld, ZombiU
#10
I got in on the $99 for 1 year of Ultra Mobile (T Mobile MVNO) which is unlimited calling and texting and 100mb LTE. I usually pay $5/mo extra for 500mb which is good enough. I have been on prepaid since exiting Sero on Sprint back in 2012.

I'm looking for my next wireless service deal since my year is about done and I'm thinking about the Red Pocket $199 for 1 year of 1000/1000/1000mb (500LTE).
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined Oct 2004
L10: Grand Master
11,032 Posts
1,383 Reputation
Pro
#11
Quote from bonkman View Post :
Republic Wireless. We pay $110/month for 2 lines with 3GB each but we get refunded for any data we don't use, up to $45 per line. We usually end up paying about $35/mo for the two lines.
Same here, absolutely love Republic Wireless.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined May 2009
L9: Master
4,499 Posts
566 Reputation
Original Poster
#12
Quote from bonkman View Post :
Republic Wireless. We pay $110/month for 2 lines with 3GB each but we get refunded for any data we don't use, up to $45 per line. We usually end up paying about $35/mo for the two lines.
Quote from Jabbit View Post :
Same here, absolutely love Republic Wireless.
What networks does Republic run on? I have terrible coverage from Tmobile or Sprint in my city.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined Aug 2005
L10: Grand Master
12,661 Posts
4,824 Reputation
Pro
#13
Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
What networks does Republic run on? I have terrible coverage from Tmobile or Sprint in my city.
I believe it's sprint.

What I was going to say is location matters so you can get a network that works. In my midwest city Tmobile is terrible, so even if they were a good price, it would not be a viable choice.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Vague questions receive vague answers . . . . . .
#14
5 line Cricket family basic. unl / unl / 2.5 GB per line.

$100 a month out the door

We're all very happy with it.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined May 2009
L9: Master
4,499 Posts
566 Reputation
Original Poster
#15
Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I believe it's sprint.

What I was going to say is location matters so you can get a network that works. In my midwest city Tmobile is terrible, so even if they were a good price, it would not be a viable choice.

This is sadly what had kept me locked into Verizon for so long. Tmobile has very nice prices and upgrade plans. Sadly, given what my inlaws go through, I can see that they have coverage about every other block. Texts pile up for hours before showing up and voice calls drop or never make it through. Spring is even worse.

My experience with Cricket was that it worked in the center of town but quickly went to 0 just outside of that center.

At this point in history I would figure it would be nearly illegal to have a cell phone company that can't adequately handle an area of 1 million people.

Does AT&T do anything to difference themselves from Verizon these days? They may be my next best level of coverage. Googles Project Fi is tempting, I do have an invite for that. Sadly, the combination of the 2 worst networks doesn't amount to much.

Quote from kstroh1 View Post :
5 line Cricket family basic. unl / unl / 2.5 GB per line.

$100 a month out the door

We're all very happy with it.
I may look into that again. My father in law has cricket and it seems to be improving. I tried it years ago and it had little islands of service rather than a continuous signal through the city.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Last edited by Pedantyc October 12, 2015 at 10:14 AM
Page 1 of 2
1 2
Join the Conversation
Add a Comment
 
Copyright 1999 - 2016. Slickdeals, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Copyright / Infringement Policy  •  Privacy Policy  •  Terms of Service  •  Acceptable Use Policy (Rules)  •  Interest-Based Ads
Link Copied to Clipboard