NWR Tell me about you (American) cell phone plans

posted 2 years ago in Technology
Post # 2
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We have Verizon. For the two of us it’s about $130 per month with 2 GB data and unlimited talk and text, but that is with a 19% discount from my work. Honestly, I love the Verizon network, but it does get expensive if you need a lot of data since they don’t do unlimited (at least not to my knowledge). 

Post # 3
6453 posts
Bee Keeper

I have an phone plan with unlimited data with Verizon. The unlimited data plan is becoming more and more difficult to come by. The new phone deals all require signing a new contract, which will require moving to one of their current plans, which probably will not include unlimited data. This is why FI and I have not started a family plan together.

If you want to keep your current plan, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for a new phone. I’m not sure if changing the data plan is worth a possible improvement in your phone reception. 

Post # 4
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have Verizon for just me.  I got a deal a couple of months ago for 2 GB for $60 a month.  I know that you can get unlimited data with other companies but I won’t go to anyone but Verizon because they are the only ones that I have found the least amount of dead zones and issues.  I only use Wifi at home and I still don’t go over that the 2 GB in data.

Post # 5
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

Pepper15:  DH and I are with Consumer Cellular. We saw it in the Wall Street Journal. It’s a great provider that uses the AT&T network. We are paying about $55 a month for both of our phones and that includes 100 MB  data, texting etc. I have the iPhone but he has a cheaper Android because he’s not into smart phones.


I supplement the 100 MB of data with a little, portable Freedom Pop wi-fi thingy that I got for about $20 on the Freedom Pop website. It literally is free wi-fi. I love it. I carry it in my purse and turn it on whenever I want wi-fi, and it connects to the nearest tower. There’s no monthly bill for the Freedom Pop wi-fi gadget.

Post # 7
2017 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016


Pepper15:  I think it depends where you are for dependability. I have Verizon and it seems to work everywhere. I pay $81 a month which is after a work discount, I’d have to pay $90 something without it.  I have 400 minutes (which I never use but can’t get a lower plan, lame), unlimited text/picture texts, and 2 GB of data.  I have gone over the 2GB but I’m more conscious of now.

Post # 8
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have T-mobile. $90 a month for me and my husband combined. Unlimtied talk and text. 500mB / mo data. Reception is pretty good. It also allowed me to buy a Google Nexus 5 phone where I can swap the SIM cards in and out. No annual contract 

Post # 9
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have AT&T and pay roughly $85 a month. I was grandfathered in with the unlimited data plan. I also have unlimited talk and text. The reception has been the best So far. That $85 is also with a discount from work. 

Post # 10
4650 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


$86 for both of us

unlimited talk and text

1 GB (I think) of data, obviously we don’t use much

both of us have older iPhones

Post # 11
1062 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Pepper15:  I don’t know where you live but check out the network coverage maps for each carrier to determine if your area gets coverage. I have Verizon but they’re more expensive. I have a 1 GB plan for $60 but a 2 GB plan is $75. I barely pay out of pocket bc I have a 18% discount through my employer and I also receive $50 credit from work. 

Post # 12
769 posts
Busy bee

AT&T for both of us plus our mommas and one Ipad. We spend $210 for unlimited text, call, and 30 gigs of data. We get %15 discount from my job.

We used to have Verizon but boy that was expensive :/

Post # 13
49 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have Straight Talk. It’s a no contract pay as you go kind of thing. You pay full price for your phone, but you can swap carriers in a heartbeat if you see a carrier you like better anytime you want. They have several plans, I have it so that it automatically takes payment every month, so it’s hassle free. 

I get unlimited data, talk, and text with 3gb of 4g lte speeds before it’s reduced to 2g for the rest of the month if I use the 3gb up in that span of time. When you bring your own phone, you pick the SIM card that’s compatible for your phone (my phone is the unlocked Samsung Galaxy s5 AT&T version), and so then I used the AT&T card and my phone runs off of those towers. I pay $45 a month.

Post # 14
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

Pepper15:  I’ve seen those reviews too. I think part of the problem is that because Freedom Pop can be free, it draws a lower income demographic, translation uneducated/low reading comprehension skills.

If you read the pop-up windows before you click “submit” you can decline all the extra add-ons that have fees.

If you blindly click without reading, you’ll be charged the fees for the extras.

It’s really not that difficult…. I’ve been using the Freedom Pop wi-fi gadget for nearly a year now with no issues and no billing surprises. The service has been excellent and consistent. Good luck!

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