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.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 14, 2019 - 1:29pm.

I am reading more about the phone industry and I see more and more customers defecting to lower cost service. The big carriers are no longer subsidizing devices and there is nothing new.

American customers who are notoriously stupid compared to customers around the world are learning about buying sim cards online. As time goes, they will need less handholding from in-store staff.

The carriers better roll out 5G fast to protect their revenue streams. American consumers are paying so much more compared to other advanced economies

Submitted by spdrun on August 14, 2019 - 1:38pm.

I saw SIM vending machines at Kennedy Airport recently. Insert cash, get SIM and phone number.

Submitted by gzz on August 14, 2019 - 7:15pm.

Until 2 months ago i was the last idiot in the USA paying $65 a month for limited data.

I plan to switch to whoever has the best promo when iphone 11 is released.

For some of them, they will give $300 for a trade in, and the trade in can be a $40 phone you get on ebay.

I almost switched to the XR. They have some poor and too girly color choices. Yellow and pale blue, but no dark blue or green? Rather than a unisex orange, it is “coral” with a slight pink tint. Not pink enough for a girl who likes pink, too pink for a man.

Submitted by gzz on August 14, 2019 - 10:33pm.

Flyer, the cheap off brand companies in the US are mostly just fronts for the big 4.

ATT is one of the few US stocks I am long. Their market could certainly decline slowly due to discounting. And I hope they don’t borrow a ton of money for a 5G network buildout that people don’t actually care enough about to pay an extra $5 a month.

Even if they do soon enter a slow decline, their shares are cheap with very solid and consistent profits.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 15, 2019 - 10:43am.

The big phone companies did a great marketing to customers.
I helped my cleaning lady switch her family because they were paying over $400/mo. It came about because I could not reach her because she didn't pay her bill.

Anyway, in Asia and Europe, phone plans are much cheaper because customers are very savvy about switching sim cards. Americans are so stupid in that regard.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on September 11, 2019 - 11:40pm.

My friends and I are on a roll all switching to MVNO.

Visible is a good service if you want unlimited and Verizon.
https://www.visible.com/

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