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JP
27 May 2020

Join me on Mint Mobile (the T-Mobile Network) where I am saving a fox ton on wireless. Plans start at just $15 bucks, and include high speed data, plus unlimited talk and text. And we’ll both get Mint credit to go towards our plans if you use the link below. Win-win-win.

http://fbuy.me/oUTnC

You can also get the new iPhone SE plus the service for $30/month for 2-years.

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J.R.
27 May 2020

JP, is the $30/month the total cost or just for the phone? Also, how much will the cost go up after 2 years?

Posted by:

Mike
27 May 2020

J.R., if you are really interested in this information I suggest you contact the specific vendor directly to get the unvarnished facts.

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Stuart Berg
27 May 2020

I'm able to get a year of pay-ahead service from TracFone for what comes out to $4.17 per month. I've not found any cell phone service or plan less than that.

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BK
27 May 2020

After having a family plan for years with postpaid Verizon, two of us switched to Cricket Wireless MVNO and saved a lot of money. We were generally happy with their network service though the reception was sometimes a bit iffy.

When my phone needed replacement, I looked at competing carriers and discovered Verizon's prepaid plans. Same network as their postpaid, but the costs are a fraction of their postpaid plans. Three lines (1GB, 6GB & 16GB) with autopay costs us less than $94 monthly including tax/fees.

I also recommend buying unlocked phones for easier portability if you decide to change carriers.

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pdsterling
27 May 2020

FWIW, my tracfone costs $7/mo and I have about 1500 minutes on hand. bad news :( I have been informed that it will not roam into Canada, and I was wondering about getting a rental, as my brother did when he went to Ireland. any suggestions? keep up the good works!

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hifi5000
27 May 2020

I don't have a smartphone,so I don't have to worry about $80 carrier bills.I do have a flip phone by Greatcall called the Jitterbug.It just does voice calls and nothing more.I pay around $15 a month and I am satisfied with its performance

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Donald Nitkin
27 May 2020

No mention of Comcast reviewing mobile plans

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MartinW
27 May 2020

I have several cell phones, though I seldom use them. (I'm weird!) A flip phone and a smartphone both use TracFone, and I have between two and three DAYS stored on each. One other smartphone uses Mint Mobile (unlimited talk & text) for $25/month. (Different rates apply for data usage AND how much you pay for at a time. One year is cheapest. I have the three month plan for $75 total each three months.) Also, all the phones were bought lump-sum ($7.99 refurbished for my go-to smartphone - it's a great phone!) and are unlocked. I couldn't recommend what Bob says above more.

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J. C.
27 May 2020

Like the person said earlier, it saves plenty of money for equivalent plans. Two things to point out though: 1) postpaid and prepaid seem to be administered by two disparate wings of Verizon who hardly know if the other, so you effectively are getting a new account and 2) with an Android phone, switching to prepaid means you can no longer use Visual Voicemail. But $35 for 6Gbytes of data and unlimited text and calls is the best I have ever gotten from them and is saving me >50% monthly over when they had me managing to their artificial limit of 1 Gbyte of data.

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Carolyn
27 May 2020

You have mentioned Boost as a "popular" MVNO; but this company took over from Virgin Mobile, which had excellent plans but is now gone. Boost has no flip phones [I had one for years from Virgin Mobile] and Boost prices are very high and their phones are very difficult, and expensive, to use. Their stores are not helpful to a new user or to a senior citizen. I miss Virgin Mobile and do recommend Consumer Cellular.

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artm
27 May 2020

TracFone has worked for us for many years. We pretty much use it only when we are out of the house. On their site, you can find a decent refurb phone for less than 50 bucks (a Samsung Galaxy J2 works just fine for us, especially on WiFi). The first year buy a 1 year of service card for around a hundred bucks. Typically that will come with 400 minutes of service & some data. The following years purchase a 30 minute card, during checkout they will offer a year's service for about 50 bucks. I don't think there's any less expensive service available. Stay safe.

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RandiO
27 May 2020

Spectrum Cable (Charter Communications) company advertises that they have the widest (?) coverage. We keep getting spammed by their advertisement but the $45/mo for all-you-could-eat does not sound to a bad deal. Even if AT&T was cheaper than the cheapest service; I would not do business as I have been bit-once and shy-twice. Not that Charter Cable can be considered a poster child.

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Robert A.
27 May 2020

I've been with Comcast/Xfinity wireless for about two years, now. Xfinity Wireless uses Verizon for its carrier, with all the benefits that Verizon offers to its own customers. I've been very satisfied with the Xfinity plan, and it is certainly more reasonable, cost wise, than if I went with Verizon directly. Plus Xfinity offers even better deals if one also has its cable tv and internet service bundled with the wireless service.

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Bob
27 May 2020

I got RedPocket on ebay for $30 a YEAR plus tax.

It's limited service but it is all I need.

It was also a pain to set up, but worth it. YMMV.

Got a refurbished Moto 6 for the wife from Walmart for around $100.

It arrived in excellent condition, looked new to me.

Posted by:

Emily Booth
27 May 2020

I've been using Tracfone for several years. Love it. Never had any problem until I went to Las Vegas 5 years ago which used a different wireless network than the one my phone used. This was before Tracfone had smart phones. Since then, I use a smart phone which can go everywhere except Canada. Before I went to Canada last September, I bought a Motorola Moto G6 from eBay and Google Fi.

My first cell phone was from Cingular. It was a Nokia. A 3 year insurance plan was available for not alot of money so I bought it. The glass cracked several days before the insurance expired. They repaired it.

There's no reason to pay $70 or $80 a month for a cell phone.

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Mac
28 May 2020

One downside of MVNOs. If you are getting service from a cell tower that is loaded down with users the primary carrier, like Verizon, will deprioritize your data service. A Verizon customer will still get a decent data connection while you may not get one at all.

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JJ
28 May 2020

We have T-Mobile. Our phones are paid off, and we switched to their "Senior" plan which costs $70 per month for 2 lines.
That's exactly $70, with no added fees.
Very happy with the service and support.

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Daniel Wiener
28 May 2020

I'm pretty happy with our Sprint family plan. With nine people on it for a total of $282.80 per month, it averages $31.42 per person. That includes unlimited Anytime minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data, unlimited long distance, unlimited Mobile Hotspot, etc.

Four of those line came from my sister and her three kids, who had previously had their own (lousy) Sprint family plan that cost them between $400 and $500 per month. That included leases on three phones of $96/month each. I love my sister, but she is terrible with financial matters. I learned that the $96/mo charges were LEASES which would continue forever, not even monthly installments on purchases which would some day be paid off. So we paid off the balances on all the phones, and merged them into my plan at a marginal base cost of $20 per line. Her monthly bill consequently dropped drastically.

Posted by:

eb
28 May 2020

I did my due diligence and came up with the best deal I could find with a MAJOR carrier (T-Mobile).
I bought the iPhone SE (2020).
For $15 a month I get unlimited talk and text plus 2gigs of data.
Each year they give you 500mb of data until you reach 4.5gigs.
At home I use my Wi-Fi and save my data for when I'm not at home.
Hint, go to the carriers store, much better service than calling.

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