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jimmyshutter

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My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« on: June 03, 2018, 12:58:51 AM »
I thought I'd share this. My phone bill is $60 per year. I use Tracfone and purchase smartphones with a year service which include text/talk/data.

I use Google Hangouts for free calls and I use no data while I'm at home or at work. I can't believe people spend close to $100 month on cell phone service. :)

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 11:14:48 AM »

Nice.   I'm still on my original $5 (with $10 free bonus) for the Tello paygo account I signed up for in Feb 2017.  I don't yap on the phone much at all, rarely text, and am almost always connected to wifi for data.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 12:45:41 PM »
For the past 14 months I have been using sprint promotion of unlimited plan for Free up to 5 lines.

For 5 lines, we have unlimited minutes, texts, calls, data ... and also Free international roaming... we pay 4.xx dollars per month! They are still doing it ...

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2018, 01:55:42 PM »
Could you guys provide additional detail? Googling your information does not bring up massive data without a lot of actionable steps.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2018, 02:21:56 PM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2018, 03:16:48 PM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

Sprint is great... I just ported my number into Sprint and they enabled me with 5 lines... once the 1 year is up... just port out and port back in if the promo is still on, which so far it's been up for almost 2 years.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2018, 04:00:50 PM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

Sprint is great... I just ported my number into Sprint and they enabled me with 5 lines... once the 1 year is up... just port out and port back in if the promo is still on, which so far it's been up for almost 2 years.


Oh man, my dad is paying $180 a month ($2,160 a year) on his Sprint Plan. He is locked in until Oct. 2019 on the contract. Wish I could help him on this.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2018, 06:46:41 AM »
We were using a Virgin Mobile introductory promotion $1/line/mo for 6 months.  Now that's up and I'm looking for a new, inexpensive option.  Super helpful thread!

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2018, 07:14:00 PM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

I use Tracfone pay as you go but the trick is to use wifi whenever possible.

QVC and/or HSN sell phone package/mins deal bundled with a phone. You get 1500/1500/1.5GB  PER YEAR and a year of active service for $60.00 (now $80.00 for LG Fiesta 2 bundle). 

Free wifi is available in so many places.  Free wifi at home, at work, in grocery stores, fast-food joints, airports, coffee shops, even my gym etc. 

I have two phone numbers. One Google voice number and one Tracfone number. I use Google Hangouts for all of my wifi calls/text and wifi to surf web.  The 1500 mins phone number is ONLY for when I am not around wifi and I use data ONLY when wifi is not available.

I've been doing this for a number of years now and all I do is buy a phone/bundle each year when I see it on sale. You can easily make the 1500 last for the year if you use wifi first and data as a last resort.

One other thing, after you activate the bundled phone you can change over to a better phone or use you may already have. You are not tied to the bundled phone. I personally use their phones now because they run all the apps I need and they're free so why not. :)
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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2018, 01:22:01 PM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

Sprint is great... I just ported my number into Sprint and they enabled me with 5 lines... once the 1 year is up... just port out and port back in if the promo is still on, which so far it's been up for almost 2 years.


Oh man, my dad is paying $180 a month ($2,160 a year) on his Sprint Plan. He is locked in until Oct. 2019 on the contract. Wish I could help him on this.

$180 a month?!?

$180 x 14 months = $2520.

Quickly googling, it looks like breaking a contract results in up to $550.  Eat the $550, switch to T-Mobile for a month or so, then switch back to Sprint for the unlimited plan!

The 10 hours of painfully porting out and in will save him $2k.  $200 an hour isn't a bad rate... ;)


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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2018, 10:57:43 AM »
That rate probably subsidizes his phone.  Some plans give you a "free" phone if you sign a multi-year contract.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2018, 11:50:47 AM »
Line 1:
Lycamobile pay-as-you-go. They don't advertise it, but you can get the sim for $7, add $$ to it, and it's 5c per text/minute iirc. Downside is no data at all. Been using this for 5yrs or so, average $3-4/mo

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Red Pocket $10/mo 500/500/500

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2018, 01:17:30 PM »
There's a thread on here somewhere abut the Sprint deal. Ported over painlessly from Verizon, and our bill for 2 phones is about 7 bucks a month. Good tip about porting out and back in. Hopefully the deal is still going when our time expires.

I can't even begin to count the (potentially tens of) thousands of dollars MMM has saved me since I found it a few years ago!

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2018, 04:36:59 PM »
If you qualify for SNAP or Medicaid you can get a free cell phone.

https://www.assurancewireless.com/

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2018, 07:37:12 AM »
I have freedompop account for my Dad. It is only 1 center a month (200minutes, 200MB, 500 texts). Service is not great.

They recently assigned him new number saying they found some issue with old number during auditing. Quick google search and lot of other people had same thing happen to them multiple times.

@jimmyshutter did you have any issue with phone number?

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2018, 01:40:26 PM »

Free wifi is available in so many places. Free wifi at home, at work, in grocery stores, fast-food joints, airports, coffee shops, even my gym etc. 


How do you get free wifi at home? Does your neighbor not have a password? A low phone bill is intriguing, but for an ISP to give you free internet seems unbelievable.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2018, 10:34:28 PM »
Man, and I thought I was a badass for switching to Google Fi... instantly saved $30 a month for a total bill of about $35, including a new phone payment. (The last one was crapping out in bad ways.)

Rock on, all!

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2018, 12:49:23 AM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

Sprint is great... I just ported my number into Sprint and they enabled me with 5 lines... once the 1 year is up... just port out and port back in if the promo is still on, which so far it's been up for almost 2 years.

Oh, you're churning Cell phone plans. Interesting.

That sounds like too much work to me at this point- don't even churn cards anymore unless they fall in my lap.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2018, 05:56:24 PM »
Yeah I'd like to see some data... How many minutes/text/data do you use per month?  What are the rates?

I'm currently on Verizon unlimited data family plan (we stacked 10 lines on one plan).  I pay $35 a month.  While I bet this is the cheapest Verizon unlimited plan... I'm craving to jump over to Sprint for that 1 year free data.

Would be nice to see exactly how you are doing this $60 a year strategy...

not much work and the savings are huge... 1200$ savings... and we get unlimited everything!!! I was just in Europe and didnt even need to buy a local SIM card because my phone was working just fine.

Only thing I pay is 3.XX$ for some random taxes
Sprint is great... I just ported my number into Sprint and they enabled me with 5 lines... once the 1 year is up... just port out and port back in if the promo is still on, which so far it's been up for almost 2 years.

Oh, you're churning Cell phone plans. Interesting.

That sounds like too much work to me at this point- don't even churn cards anymore unless they fall in my lap.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2018, 10:40:21 PM »
Line 1:
Lycamobile pay-as-you-go. They don't advertise it, but you can get the sim for $7, add $$ to it, and it's 5c per text/minute iirc. Downside is no data at all. Been using this for 5yrs or so, average $3-4/mo

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Red Pocket $10/mo 500/500/500


How do you find the red pocket plan?  I'm considering switching to their 100/100/500 plan since I don't talk of text much but the data amount seems good.  I've seen their sims on Ebay for $60 for an entire year.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2018, 10:33:04 AM »
Line2:
Red Pocket $10/mo 500/500/500


How do you find the red pocket plan?  I'm considering switching to their 100/100/500 plan since I don't talk of text much but the data amount seems good.  I've seen their sims on Ebay for $60 for an entire year.

It's the standard $10 plan now.  I get Verizon coverage, but you can also get this plan with T-Mobile, AT&T or Sprint coverage.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2018, 10:37:29 AM »
And I was happy I got my T-Mobile bill down to $35/line.

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #22 on: Today at 06:40:50 PM »
In Canada, one can get $15 CAD/month/3GB data-only from Fido -- currently on a bonkers promotion where this is $0/month for the next year (both my lines on the promo).

I use jmp.chat to get unlimited calling and texting on top of this for an extra $3 USD/month/line

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Re: My $60.00 yearly phone bill
« Reply #23 on: Today at 08:08:16 PM »
In Canada, one can get $15 CAD/month/3GB data-only from Fido -- currently on a bonkers promotion where this is $0/month for the next year (both my lines on the promo).

I use jmp.chat to get unlimited calling and texting on top of this for an extra $3 USD/month/line
Wait, what? 0$? Do you need to be an existing customer with lines?

Can you link me to the promo please? I'm contemplating switching to voip.ms with the Fido data plan, and 0$ seems much better than 15$!