Best Phone Plans/Companies

posted 2 years ago in Finances
Post # 2
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471 posts
Helper bee

My husband and I switched to Project Fi a year and a half ago. We adore it. We both have the Pixel XL. Data is $10 per gig, but they started something new, that you’ll never pay over $100 for data. Because the phones seek secure wi-fi, we usually use less than 4 gigs a month and pay, on average, about $80 for the two of us.

The phones work off Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. If you decide to try it out, let me know, and I’ll get you a discount code. 

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

We started with Cricket a few years ago and I love it so much! We are in an area with strong AT&T service, and Cricket uses the same towers, but without the price attached. I’m not tied into a contract, and can cancel any time. Start up fees were waived because we were first time clients. We get a few bucks off every month because we auto pay.

All in all, I pay EXACTLY 70 dollars a month for two lines with 2GB of 4G data on each line (unlimited data at a lower speed after that). Call and text unlimited, obviously. And the service has been wonderful.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

josie7 :  You can still be married and on your parents phone plans, one of you could even move over to the other’s family plan if you want to stick with Verizon. My parents are actually on our Verizon plan to save money. I like Verizon, but it is expensive, especially for unlimited data. When we were just two people, not including phone payments, I think it was about $90 per month for 4 GB data. 

I’ve only ever had Verizon, but Darling Husband had T-Mobile and hated it. He said the reception was crap and he dropped calls all the time, even in a major city. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I’ll be in the minority here, but I have AT&T prepaid (GoPhone). It’s just me right now, but I pay $40 per month with 6GB of data plus whatever rolls over from last month. It’s normally $45 but they knock off $5 if you autopay.

We’ll get my mom on shortly to get the multi-line, and it will be $35 a month for her. I like it – service is great, AT&T is pretty good with customer service, and there’s no contract. We looked into getting a family plan with a contract and nobody could beat what we have now.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

We have Ting and we LOVE IT! We choose not to use data since there’s literally wifi everywhere nowadays and you can still use gps w/o data too, and our bill is $45/month for both of us. They have a cost calculator on their site that will tell you if it’s worth it for you based on your usage,  and they are honest if their plan wouldn’t do you any good.

https://ting.com/rates

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We have AT&T and have been happy with it. Total bill comes out to $180 per month for 5 lines (DH, my mom, the ILs, and I all share a family plan). 100 gigs of data and rollover.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I have been an avid Metro PCS customer for years now. They use T Mobile towers and I have unlimited text, calls, and data for $45/month. No contract, you do have to buy your phone outright, but that is still better than signing a contract and dealing with late fees. If you don’t pay on the due date, you can’t use your phone but you have up to 30 days to pay it — again no late fees– and its back on, same number, no fuss. I would much rather pay for a phone upfront, than to be able to pay a little each month and be on a contract. Good luck on your search.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

josie7 :  do either of your employers offer discounts? We use Verizon because my husband’s work gets us 15% off which makes it fairly cheap. We also hold the family plan for us, his parents, and my BIL/SIL. Our portion of the plan ends up being $40/pp plus phone charges (I kept trying to just buy my phone last time and they kept pushing the stupid payment plan. So annoying). So total for our two lines and phones we pay $136. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

josie7 :  I think there’s definitely a stigma around prepaid phones, like the lack of a contract somehow means people will switch more often. You’d think it would be the opposite though; once they have you locked in they can provide crappy service because you can’t leave.

I’ve had no problems with AT&T prepaid. The only time I lose service is when I’m deep in the mountains hiking with SO, and he almost always loses service then too (he has Verizon on a contract), or if I’m in like a basement or something.

ETA: I also bought my phone outright for about $200. It’s a slightly older LG model. We just bought my mom an S5 for a little under $200 refurbed.

I can’t wrap my head around a $800/$900/$1000 phone! That’s more than my laptop was.

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