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Trudie

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Cell plan - when Republic Wireless is not an option
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:43:27 AM »
I'm looking at cell phone options for both my spouse and me when I leave my job in 8 months.  Currently my cell phone is 100% employer paid.  My husband pays $45/month to be on a family plan.

Republic Wireless does not have coverage in our area (rural).  Are there other options I should check out before we both go the family plan route?

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Re: Cell plan - when Republic Wireless is not an option
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 10:57:00 AM »
Google Fi? That only works on Google phones though.
I'd also check out Ting, my DH and I used them and really liked them. They run on the Sprint network.

Most alternative providers run piggy-back on the large networks (At&t, sprint, verizon), they pay "rent" to the big guys for use of their towers. If you know which big providers have coverage in your area, you can try googling for alternative providers running on their network.

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Re: Cell plan - when Republic Wireless is not an option
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 11:03:28 AM »
Ruiral area... just go with Cricket and/or H20 ... there are more as well.

Depends on what you want ... Cricket is amazing value if you want data and have like 4 people in family plan... 100$ for 5 cell phones with data etc...

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Re: Cell plan - when Republic Wireless is not an option
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 11:22:45 AM »
I second Google's Project Fi.  As long as you have either Sprint, TMobile, or (apparently) US Cellular in your area you have coverage.  My experience has been great over the past 2 years.  I also like that they let you get additional "data only" SIM's that you can use in a tablet or unlocked TMobile phones.  I use one in an older Samsung as a "backup" phone.  Combine that with Google's Hangout dialer and you could effectively get two (or more -- they allow up to 9 data-only devices) on the same line.

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Re: Cell plan - when Republic Wireless is not an option
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 11:23:24 AM »
Check the links in the sigline. Plenty of information.

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Re: Cell plan - when Republic Wireless is not an option
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 11:36:34 AM »
Do like MVNO!

bring your own phone. We have been MVNO users for years now.

Red Pocket https://goredpocket.com/plans
Lyca Mobile  http://www.lycamobile.us/prepaid-phone-plans/l/100

Lyca has a true pay-as-you-go, you buy the SIM but not a plan, and can add money to it. It's something like 5c per min/txt/sms.

Our Lyca bill is something like $11/mo for the 2 of us!