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I was recently laid off due to company budget cuts and me and the lady friend have been browsing wireless carriers... and we're realizing just how expensive Verizon Wireless is compared to others.

We are exploring our options now and I just had some general questions I'm hoping someone here could help us with.

General background: I bought a HTC Incredible with a new VZW contract this past June (whenever release day was). I bought an Eris off of Ebay for my gf and we have a family plan together (assume cheapest minute option). We realize it would be $350 to cancel minus $10 for every month we've been paying on the contract... would that for EACH line?

We were looking at Sprint since they would be cheaper (the 129.99 option), and she gets 22% off through her work (on VZW even with the 22% off it's like 149.99). Would this be worth it you think? If the cancellation fee is for each line... i don't think it would be. Columbus, OH is a Sprint test market... and it works really well here, so I don't have any network concerns.

Then we were looking at the cheaper carriers (Virgin, Revol, Boost). Which one of these "uses" VZW towers? And would it be possible to cancel with VZW, and take our current VZW phones (the INC and the Eris) to the appropriately matched carrier? Does anyone have any feedback on this?

Thanks in advance, just trying to explore some money saving options since I've been laid off
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Have you looked at XDA-Developers? I mean you are going to have to unlock the phones maybe to get them to work with other carriers. IMO, Sprint does have the best plan right now. I think Boost Mobile uses the Sprint towers and Virgin uses the VZW or AT&T, I'm not so sure at all lol.

Transferring the phones over might require you to unlock the phones, I'm not really too sure if unlocking them allows you to use other services besides Sprint, as that's what is accustomed when it comes to unlocking (Sprint to Verizon and vice-versa).

I suggest you to do some reading, if unlocking (if there is a way to unlock those phones, which I'm sure there is) is possible, then look ahead at the other carriers. If not, then you are in a twist and are going to possibly have to give up the phones maybe.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Verizon and Sprint use CDMA technology. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM technology. CDMA and GSM are not compatible so if you have a Verizon phone you want to use, it can't be used on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

Here's a comprehensive list of US wireless providers. Look at the ones that are CDMA and see if they have better rates and serve your area. Anything other than the 4 major carriers are just resellers for those networks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...vice_providers

Edit: Also, you'll need to unlock your phone. Sometimes the customer service rep you talk with will be able to provide the unlock code for free. But if they don't, then you'll have to do some searching online to find a service that can provide you the unlock code which will cost a few bucks.
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Thanks guys.

It would appear Virgin doesn't accept any phones on it's network except virgin phones, so there goes that idea!

Oddly enough, it almost seems like a better idea if I wait until I get a job to make a move! The initial investment in breaking the contracts just isn't worth it. Maybe sometime later down the line I'll move to Sprint.
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^^^IMHO Sprint would be the best option for you when you're ready to get a cell ph....
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I just bought an unlocked KP 500, a T-Mobile SIM card, and used the plan where you get 1500 minutes, text, 30mb data for $30 a month. I get full service basically everywhere. Only downside is no 3G, 3G is expensive.

Does anyone know if I could swap my SIM card into a 3G phone though? (a T-Mobile one)
    
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Thanks guys.

It would appear Virgin doesn't accept any phones on it's network except virgin phones, so there goes that idea!

Oddly enough, it almost seems like a better idea if I wait until I get a job to make a move! The initial investment in breaking the contracts just isn't worth it. Maybe sometime later down the line I'll move to Sprint.
I would seriously consider paying the 150 for the optimus v and go with virgin mobile. It really is the best monthly deal you can find anywhere. ATM I am using that and the 25 dollar 300 minute unlimited data/text plan and am extremely happy with it. I really don't play games on my phone and it runs everything aside from games just as well or nearly as well as higher end phones I have used. You can over come the lack of flash with skyfire which converts flash videos into HTML5 and works with almost everything aside from live feeds. Best bang for your buck by a long shot.
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