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post #1 of 21
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My contract is up in 2 months with att. I pay $124 for 550 mins( don't really use half of them), unlimited text, and 3 gb data. My wifes phone is under the contract also.

I have a htc vivid and my wife has a pantech ease,a slider phone.

I would like to have less mins, unlimited data, and unlimited text.

Suggestions are always welcome

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Fishinfan - 3/11/14 at 7:54pm
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Depending where you're at, you could always look into no contract plans. I use an iPhone 4S with Boost Mobile ( $40/m unlimited everything, starts at $55/m and shrinks $5 every 6 months of paying on time a total of 3 times ) and have absolutely zero problems. I have also used a Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 as well as some lower end Android phones on it with no problems ( except my Warp, which had known issues with it ). Speeds aren't the best, but they aren't too bad.

I've also traveled all across the east coast United States inwards towards Indiana and have had little issue with reception, except through the mountains which is to be expected.

http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/plans/monthly-unlimited/55/

Boost Mobile is using the Sprint towers. So if Sprint is decent around your area then Boost will likely be similar. There's also other no contract carriers as well for equally as cheap, just need to look around.

According to their map, and your location on the forums, you can get their 4G LTE coverage.

http://www.boostmobile.com/coverage/

After being off contract for so long I'll never go back to contract phones. Sure you have to dish out a little more money to pay outright for the phone, but you still save money in the 2 years that your contract would last with the other carriers as they typically give you a discount on the phone, but charge you more and lock you in for 2 years or make you pay to get out early... Not worth the trouble if you ask me.
post #3 of 21
Net 10.

Its prepaid but has full ATT network and super cheap. Unlimited plans start at $40 and up each tier allowing more 4g data.

Just don't use a TMobile phone for Net10 youll be stuck with their towers.

You can also use your current phones.

I bought the LG G2 from ATT only to cancel it within a month to switch to Net 10. Just don't buy from Amazon or any store except ATT. Most of them have hidden service terms of required length. Amazon has a 6 month minimum term or else you pay Amazon $400 then ATT etf fee.

LG G2 has one of the largest batteries for a smartphone amazing screen and super fast quad core proc and latest gpu.

If you double tap on the screen when its off it turns it on so you don't have to hit a button. Buttons are on back.

It does have a lot of extra features that are totally useful. You can have apps on top of apps then make them transparent for multitasking and tons of more goodies.

Has hi-fi head phone jack.

AC wifi.

It just got the Android Kit Kat update.

Is very far from pure android. No micro sd slot.


Also the Sony Xperia has same hardware but is more "pure" android and puts up better benchmark numbers and is getting great reviews.
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I had a att go phone, the only thing I didn't like a about it was it would chime and tell you how many mins you had.


Also, I have been seeing a lot of commercials for the sprint "Framily" plan. Does anyone have that?
Edited by Fishinfan - 3/11/14 at 10:43pm
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I had a att go phone, the only thing I didn't like a about it was it would chime and tell you how many mins you had.


Also, I have been seeing a lot of commercials for the sprint "Framily" plan. Does anyone have that?

Me, my wife, brother and friend all left Sprint about 2 months ago. We had a family plan that was running us about $230 w/taxes etc for 4 lines. Unlimited everything except mins (i think it was like 700-900 shared). So about $65/mo/person. We went to check out the "framily" plan.

First off they do not subsidize the phones. You pay up front and an additional amount per month. For 5 lines they claimed itd be like $35/mo per line..WRONG. More like 60-70 after taxes and fee's for the phone. I asked about separate bills and they said they couldnt (which they strongly advertise). I even asked about the Nexus 5. On sprints site it was 0 down, in store like 50-100. They wouldnt even price match their own price! Id have to order online and pick it up or have it shipped.

We went across the street to tmobile. 5 lines total about $200 (roughly 40ish a person) which includes the cost of the phone and taxes. Its no contract too. All of their phones where 0 down as well. The price even included their protection plan and early upgrade service. If that wasnt enough they will pay your cancellation fees (or at least reimburse you). The cherry on top is they bought our sprint phones, they gave us ~100+ for my wifes S4. The phones we traded in covered any taxes and fees we had to pay initially (0 down on the phone but you still pay the tax or something).

Left the store with 2x new nexus 5's, a new S4, 5 lines activated for 0 down and roughly 40/mo including cost of phones and insurance. LTE is blazing fast, much better coverage then Sprint in my area (philly)...

Sprint was ok, and i was willing to settle for ok when they were the cheapest, they are not anymore and for me have considerably worse coverage then tmo. There are apps/sites that collect data on where towers are and how coverage is for all the major carriers. Opensignal is a good site, seemed pretty accurate for my house. If tmo has good coverage around you id say check it out.
Edited by Zer0CoolX - 3/11/14 at 11:20pm
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I have T-Mobile. I have about 1000 minutes I share with my girlfriends family and unlimited texting and 4.5 GB of 4g data. After that it drops to unlimited 3g. I pay 30 bucks a month.
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With Sprint's framily plan, you can get as low as $25 for 1gb data, unlimited talk text, $35 for 3gb data and $45 with unlimited, plus the phone installment billing unless you bring your own phone which i would recommend. I'm trying to fill up my framily plan, at 5 lines right now, need 2 more for unlimited. Let me know if you're going that route.
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My contract is up in 2 months with att. I pay $124 for 550 mins( don't really use half of them), unlimited text, and 3 gb data. My wifes phone is under the contract also.

I have a htc vivid and my wife has a pantech ease,a slider phone.

I would like to have less mins, unlimited data, and unlimited text.

T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan for 2 lines with unlimited talk, text and data is currently still $120 per month (not including the phones' costs). After March 23rd, that's going up to $140 per month. If you want unlimited data and have decent T-Mobile coverage, they're your best choice.
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The only providers to give you truly unlimited anymore are Sprint and T-Mobile, but of which are known for their spotty coverage compared to AT&T and Verizon. I would look at your billing statements and see how much data you actually use and could get away with.

That said, MVNOs like Net10/Straight Talk say they do unlimited, but will slow your speeds down to 2G after 2.5gb. Some people have also reported they get cut off completely or have their accounts disabled. There's a reason why prepaid carriers are cheap. Most MVNOs also do not do LTE.

If you live somewhere where you get good Sprint or T-Mobile coverage, their MVNOs have good track records but if not you may have to deal with limited amounts of data.
    
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May I ask if you have any discounts from work? IMO verizon charges just too much for their services with 1 gig of daya (obviously not enough). It would most likely be T-Mobile that you would want, they have the fastest 4G internet, and is price wise on pair with AT&T, so it would be between AT&T - Team Mobile.

2nd - HTC is coming out with their new flag ship - definitely look into that
Try to avoid the Samsungs unelss you plan to root, they just carry too much bloatware and if you don't mind that then buy a 2nd battery (as that is what i did)

but i definitely think that the new HTC phone coming out is the best choice with T-mobile services or AT&T
    
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