Author Topic: Cheap personal cell phone  (Read 2524 times)

tyd450

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Cheap personal cell phone
« on: May 14, 2014, 11:00:41 AM »
I am looking to eliminate unnecessary waste in my life and my personal cell phone is my new target.  I am on a family plan with my folks and my share of that is $60/mo for Verizon (unlimited talk/text with 4 GB of data shared b/w 4 of us).  I like Verizon for the coverage and speeds and all that.  I live in the western Chicago suburbs though so most carriers have decent coverage here.  My folks live downstate in IL though and we go visit often so it is nice to have Verizon when we visit.

Here is the kicker-  I have a work Iphone (verizon) and also one of those Mifi personal hotspot things with 5gb of monthly data.

The obvious answer here is to just ditch the personal phone all together and go with the work iphone.  I am not quite there yet.  I like having my own forever number.  And this is really stupid but I really prefer android phones to Iphones (punch me in the face). 

I can sell my personal droid maxx phone right now for about $325-350 and I am out of contract with verizon so that is no issue.

I have read I.P. Daley's guide and I am pretty up to date on most of the MVNOs.  I was deadset on just picking up a Moto G on Republic and going with the unlimited minutes/text with data via wifi only for $10.  But I keep reading that Republic is pretty shitty and the wifi calling isn't quite there yet and that all of the bloggers just push it for all of the referrals and whatnot.

I am waiting to hear what changes google makes with the hangouts app and if they fully integrate the phone call functionality in there because then I could probably get away with Tmobiles $30/mo 100 minute 5gb data plan as all of my calls would be over data.

but when I think about it, I can probably get away with not having data on my plan because I have access to wifi at home and in the office and when I am on the road or on the train I can connect to my verizon mifi hotspot.

This was a terrible post and it was basically a random stream of thoughts but if you guys have any opinions or insight please share.

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Re: Cheap personal cell phone
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 11:18:54 AM »
Platinumtel is the way to go.  You've got data covered, and 5 cent/min calls are all you'd have to pay for.  GSM too, so wide compatibility with common phones.  I've used them since December of 2012 and they've been pretty great.  Uses T-mobile network.

I would recommend against trying to shoehorn VoIP onto a mobile data network.

However, if you want your own phone number, one other option is to port it to Google Voice and have it forward to the work phone.  So you'd have two numbers (the GV number, and the direct work number) but one phone.

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Re: Cheap personal cell phone
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 12:37:27 PM »
Many of us are fans of Ting, which is an ideal MVNO for for people who don't use a lot of data. (Real mustachians use wifi everywhere they can.) I rarely use the carrier services so my phone bill is under $14 every month. (The minimum bill varies by state due to local taxes, fess, and whatnot.)

You'll need to have or buy a particular Sprint-compatible phone (but you don't have to get it from Ting, you can get them used) but then the service is dirt-cheap. I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which is under $100 on the used market these days but if you want the latest and greatest, the new Google Nexus phone is not a bad deal and can be used on Ting.

There are many Ting threads here if you're looking for more information. The Ting website is pretty informative and their customer service simply rocks. There's a Ting referral thread on here somewhere, if you use one of the links then you get an immediate $25 credit on your account before you've even bought anything. (I can PM you my referral link if you wish, but I don't want to flog it here because I think there are rules against that.)

Good luck!

tyd450

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Re: Cheap personal cell phone
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 09:19:59 PM »
Ting looks good.  I like the idea of the nexus 5 because it will work on ting/sprint or any GSM network if I wanted to switch in the future.

I think I would cut my bill from $60/mo to $32-39 based on my usage.

I'm sure there will be a drop in reception and call quality going from Verizon to sprint but hopefully it won't be too severe being in a large market like Chicago.

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Re: Cheap personal cell phone
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 09:29:36 PM »
I'm in west chicagoland as well, and I use Airvoice.  I'm on their $10/mo plan, and use about $13/mo of minutes and texts.  I've had no problems with them so far, *except* that they couldn't port my 815 area code number (and there a bunch of others they can't port, either--the reason they gave me is that the other carriers charge them too much to complete the port), so I had to get a new one.  Airvoice have a $30/mo plan for unlimited talk/text and 500MB of data as well.

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Re: Cheap personal cell phone
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 10:47:11 PM »
Get a Boost Mobile Moto G (think I saw them on sale for $69.99 at Kmart) and flash it yourself for use on Page Plus. You can get the $12 monthly plan which will give you 250 minutes/250 texts/10mb data per month, or keep the line active for a year for $80, which will give you 2000 minutes for the year. You'll get Verizon's 3G coverage.