OT - cheap mobile phone plans

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Submitted by FlyerInHi on June 18, 2019 - 1:46pm

For the frugal piggington.

I recently switched own cell phone service and all my family to Mint Mobile.
It uses the T-Mobile service and it’s the cheapest for $15/mo. A penny saved is a penny earned!

Submitted by spdrun on June 18, 2019 - 2:18pm.

T-mobile voice/text only is $15/mo as well if you do autopay. It's actually very nice not having data as a distraction.

Submitted by teaboy on June 18, 2019 - 7:41pm.

wow, that makes my fi.google.com coverage at $30/month seem kinda expensive!

tb

Submitted by FlyerInHi on June 18, 2019 - 9:20pm.

I think I would die without data. But seriously, you need data for business, WhatsApp, etc....

At first I thought that Mint Wireless was too good to be true. But it works very well. And the “menu” is very simple. Each number is its own account so there is nothing complicated with family plans, corporate discounts, etc.

It’s the real deal and the cheapest service out there. It’s faster than AT&T in my neighborhood but slower in my brother’s neighborhood. And it’s faster for my friend in Florida.

Submitted by spdrun on June 18, 2019 - 9:48pm.

I just talk/text, I don't use WhatsApp. If I'm not in a place with working Wifi, I probably don't want to be bothered anyway, and no, I can't fucking help you. I need a healthy amount of time where I'm off the c(l)ock. Data is just another way for assholes to intrude on your life.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on June 18, 2019 - 10:57pm.

In the not too distant future, everything will be over data. Talk and text are legacy technologies. You won’t be able to escape it.

It’s now more expensive to have a land line. I can be cheap so I don’t want to pay more for less.

I notice that a lot of young people in apartments only have mobile service. They don’t pay for home internet. So apartments that provide WiFi rent more easily.

Submitted by spdrun on June 19, 2019 - 11:52am.

Sure I will. I won't respond to anything other than personal messages outside of working hours, and will have the minimum of crApp installed on my phone. Or I'll just leave the phone at home some times.

VoIP "landlines" are actually dirt cheap. Things like Magicjack are $30 per YEAR or so.

Submitted by BoomerAang on June 21, 2019 - 12:16am.

Have you looked into Spectrum Mobile or Xfinity Mobile? If you have internet through them it is essentially $14 per gig (spectrum) or $12 (xfinity). Talk and text is free while you keep internet with them. Right now I have 4 lines for $56 including tax to share 4 GB across all lines.

It is also a Verizon MVNO so we get good reception when out and about.

Submitted by gzz on June 22, 2019 - 7:58am.

“In the not too distant future, everything will be over data. ”

Despite having a fast cell and wifi both, whatsapp audio and facetime audio usually sound a lot worse and drops more than regular calls.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 8, 2019 - 10:12am.

gzz wrote:
“In the not too distant future, everything will be over data. ”

Despite having a fast cell and wifi both, whatsapp audio and facetime audio usually sound a lot worse and drops more than regular calls.

Maybe a phone engineer can explain..... but aren’t voice calls broken in small bits just like data. The audio apps work fine for me. I think they are clearer than calling to a phone number.

Edit:
I did a little more reading and apparently on LTE, it's all data anyway using a technology called VoLTE.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on June 26, 2019 - 11:38am.

So my brothers are telling me that Mint Mobile is working very well for their kids. Since each phone number is a separate account, one no longer needs to the part of a family plan. Kids pay for their own phone service using their own credit cards so they learn thrift and financial management.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 8, 2019 - 1:03am.

I am on a money saving quest.
Hello Mobile which runs on the Sprint Network has a plan for $10 including 1GB data.
That’s the perfect plan for people who are not out of WiFi range a lot, either at work or home. I am switching my parents to this plan.
https://hellomobile.com/shop/plans

Submitted by spdrun on July 8, 2019 - 8:22am.

1GB data can actually go a long way. When I had data, I was generally on a 1 or 2 GB plan and seldom hit the throttling cap.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 8, 2019 - 10:36am.

spdrun wrote:
1GB data can actually go a long way. When I had data, I was generally on a 1 or 2 GB plan and seldom hit the throttling cap.

1GB is low, but 2GB is doable, 3GB is preferable.

Unreal Mobile has a $10/mo 1GB plan with rollover. I think that it would work pretty well for people who work in offices with WiFi. Not for me because I'm out and about all the time.

Update on.Mint Mobile: works fine. .can't tell the difference over ATT family plan.
On Android, you need to update APN settings for MMS. The service works perfect so no need to pay the brand name carriers.

Submitted by spdrun on July 8, 2019 - 12:20pm.

0GB is great for privacy and for focus, 1GB is OK, 2GB+ is overkill unless you need to be someone's servant 24/7/365.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 8, 2019 - 1:45pm.

I like to stream YouTube lectures when i drive. I don’t watch the videos but there is no audio only option.

Submitted by spdrun on July 8, 2019 - 2:07pm.

I don't drive and don't have data on the subway except in stations.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 8, 2019 - 2:41pm.

I have not been to NY lately. It’s finally coming into the 21st century! What about in the tunnels?

Submitted by spdrun on July 8, 2019 - 4:10pm.

No, neither cell phone nor wifi. Thankfully -- we don't need more people yipyapping in the trains.

Submitted by gzz on July 8, 2019 - 8:50pm.

Flyer, I hear the same voices from my company regularly over landline and cell both. What can I say, the cell-cell just sounds better than cell-landline.

I also have accidently done whatsapp calls rather than regular voice. They just sound bad by comparison and are much more likely to drop, which hasn't happened in years to me on a voice call.

Submitted by gzz on July 8, 2019 - 8:52pm.

Washington DC had cell service on the subway for Verizon customers in 2001. You could text too if you didn't mind using the numeric keypad. 444-6-22-4-1.

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