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Should I Stay with Verizon Grandfathered Plan?

jordanz12 735 120 June 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM
I'm on an old plan through Verizon...it's $152 a month for me and my wife. That's with 6gb data for me and 2 gb data for her. We enjoy upgrading phones at the subsidized contract price every two years for $1 usually. We wait until the phone has been out a few months and get it for $1 at Costco or Best Buy. Yes, it renews our 2-year contract every time we do this, but we don't care. We aren't moving any where or switching carriers anytime soon.

What I don't get is everyone says being on a contract is the worst decision ever and that I'm getting ripped off. I just don't see that at all? So I priced out the options. To change to the new Verizon plans would be $80 (12gb data since they don't offer 8gb) plus $40 for two smartphones, plus taxes came to $139. But you don't get subsidized pricing anymore. Instead you have to pay $20-30 a month for a phone (hell NO!), or pay $500-600 for a phone outright. I'd only be saving $13 a month or $312 a year, which does not pay for buying a phone outright. What am I missing here??? Why does everyone say I'm getting ripped off when it appears to be the opposite? I just don't get it...

Switching carriers is not an option, the service coverage for the others is crap around where I live and travel regularly. I want the premier service coverage of Verizon while on the road and at work.

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If you like a new phone every 2 years, I guess it isn't bad. I can't stand paying that much a month. Your monthly bill is more than 1 year of service with Republic Wireless, my current carrier of choice.
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$152/mo * 24 mo = $3648

I depends heavily on how much data you actually use and also how attached you are to Verizon. If you're getting the phone for $1 you likely not getting a phone that would really cost $600 no contract / unlocked.

You could get equivalent cell service for 2 lines on verizon's network for $95 / from pageplus.
If you use less data there are cheaper options. There are also cheaper MVNO's that use AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
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We definitely max out our current 8 gb of data...would be nice to have a little more. I travel all over the U.S. every other week for work. My coworkers have all the small crappy networks and are constantly losing service at the places we travel. I hate that crap, who cares if you're saving money when you don't have service half the time? What is the point in even having a phone plan if you're constantly searching for wifi? AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have pretty bad service coverage in all the areas we travel. I've checked in to the service maps.

Does page plus use the entire Verizon network? Or do they throttle your speeds? Are there other phone providers that use the full, unblocked Verizon network?

The $1 phones are always the mainstream phones (my wife is due for an upgrade, currently you can get the droid turbo 2, Samsung S6, or LG G5 for $1 from best buy). The S7 is $100 with a free VR headset...we may go that route and sell the VR headset to recoup the cost.
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AT&T, Tmobile, and Sprint do not service my area at all, although AT&T is creeping in and their closest tower is only 30 miles away.

I use Pageplus and a flip phone around my ranch, $30 a year. They have their coverage map on their site. They do have roaming, last I looked it was extra. Can't say because Verizon is everywhere there is cell service here, I've never roamed (some areas don't have service from any carrier). I use Tracfone for my town phone, $85 per year. I have a prepaid Verizon Moto E LTE I paid $10 for that I use on Tracfone. Either one provide more than I use. If you use more data, there are better options, me, I don't use much because I'm rarely in town, and if I am, I'm driving. There are only a couple free hotspots in town, but if I'd need more it would work. Home Internet is capped too but not bad.

Look at Total Wireless, also Verizon. It looks like you would save enough with the family plans to make it worthwhile.

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Quote from jordanz12 View Post :
We definitely max out our current 8 gb of data...would be nice to have a little more. I travel all over the U.S. every other week for work. My coworkers have all the small crappy networks and are constantly losing service at the places we travel. I hate that crap, who cares if you're saving money when you don't have service half the time? What is the point in even having a phone plan if you're constantly searching for wifi? AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have pretty bad service coverage in all the areas we travel. I've checked in to the service maps.

Does page plus use the entire Verizon network? Or do they throttle your speeds? Are there other phone providers that use the full, unblocked Verizon network?

The $1 phones are always the mainstream phones (my wife is due for an upgrade, currently you can get the droid turbo 2, Samsung S6, or LG G5 for $1 from best buy). The S7 is $100 with a free VR headset...we may go that route and sell the VR headset to recoup the cost.
pageplus won't roam onto AT&T's network the way verizon will.
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