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Best BYOP Smartphone Plans?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Devo1237, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Devo1237

    Devo1237 Legend

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    It seems like we're getting to a point these days where there's a lot of great options for smartphone plans if you bring your own phone. Especially in the unlimited space. After spending a few years with my iPhone on both AT&T and Verizon (where the wife and I were paying ~$135/mo for 700mins talk and unlimited data), I've been pretty happy the last couple months on Straight Talk, where we get Unlimited Talk/Text/Data for $45/mo each. It's even less if you buy multiple months at a time. I like it because the coverage comes from a major carrier (AT&T) and includes LTE speeds. The only downside seems to be them doing some throttling when you try to watch video over LTE, but I haven't really needed to do that when I'm not on Wi-Fi.

    Anyway, the reason I'm posting is because I saw AT&T has a new offer where you can do 4 lines with Unlimited talk & Text, plus 10GB of shared data for $160/mo (or $40/line). Seems like a pretty good deal for those that don't use a ton of data, or if your family members only need a little bit and you can use the excess.

    So, what kind of plans are you guys using for your smartphones? Are you still on the big boys (AT&T/VZW) plans? Or have you gone the cheaper route with Virgin or Straight Talk and the like?
     
  2. sigma1914

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  3. Devo1237

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    Seems like a good deal, but it uses the Sprint towers, which I've heard are spotty. Do you get consistent 4G coverage?
     
  4. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I don't use the 4G or data, but a buddy does and Sprint is weird here... 4G literally stops and restarts on my road.
     
  5. damondlt

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    With AT&T we just went to the $145 share plan. unlimited talk/text 10 GB
    We have 3 smart phones if we add addtional phones they are now $15 extra per month.
    $40 only if you accept a free upgrade with a 24 month commitment.

    Im not sure what you do with your phone but we never went over 1.5 GB per month in the 7 months with Att.
    But we don't stream movies unless we have Wi-Fi available.

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  6. damondlt

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    Also Straight Talk gives each Line 2.5 GB per 30 days. Thats it. Thats why your getting slowed way down on your LTE streaming.

    Straight talk is Verizon's towers.
    Trackphone and Net10 are ATT.

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  7. Devo1237

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    Not exactly true. They do limit LTE use to 2.5GB, but that's not why my LTE slows down since I've never used even 2GB in a month. They also throttle for video streaming even if your under the limit.

    And ST only uses verizon towers if you buy a phone from them. You can also buy a Sim Card from them that works with T-Mobile or AT&T's towers. I chose the AT&T sim because that one supports LTE, whereas the Verizon phones at the time were limited to 3G. I think they all may be at LTE speeds now, though.
     
  8. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    This is why we tossed our Straight talk phones and signed up with ATT. Too often we found our phones failing to load or extremely slow in general. My straight talk phones didnt have removable sim cards either.
    A common Verizon's practice.

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  9. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I Switched from the evil empire of AT&T to T-Mobile and I have been happily ever since. my bill went from $240 to $160. I have 3 iphones plus one Air all on their service. the iphone gets unlimited everything and the Air gets 2.5GB every month


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  10. Devo1237

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    Yeah, I hated AT&T when we had that with the old iPhone 3g, but the phone service has been much better since we came back via Straight Talk. I've thought about T-Mobile but also worry about their coverage.


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  11. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    coverage with T-Mobile seems to be good where I live. the issue with them is the lack of the lower spectrum which helps a lot when you are indoors. But this is going to get better since they got the Extra bandwith from the red devil


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  12. Cyber36

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    Verizon = Satan?
     
  13. lparsons21

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    I have Verizon for my iPhone 5, but I'm not a big data user at all. Started with the 'america 65' plan or some such, limited talk, no text and 2Gb of data.

    But recently they've been changing their attitude about having smartphones and data plans. So yesterday I changed to the 'more' plan that fits me. Unlimited talk/text, 250Mb data for $55/month.

    Around here, if you want great coverage it is Verizon or Alltel. All the others are spotty though ATT has gotten better. Unfortunately if when my contract is up I decided to use straight talk, I'd be on ATT and it is a dead zone right at my house. :(
     
  14. harsh

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    In my area, Tracfone runs on Verizon who has the best coverage here. AT&T and Sprint don't reach my house consistently.
     
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    Ya. This time last year, T-Mo LTE was hard to find in Westchester County, NY. Now I'm surprised if I don't get an LTE connection.

    I don't need many voice minutes, so I'm on the T-Mo $30/month plan. 100 minutes talk, unlimited data. I'm using an owned iPhone 5.
     
  16. Devo1237

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    Straight Talk offers Verizon coverage for the same $45/mo unlimited everything deal. You just have to buy a phone directly from them, or see if your current CDMA phone is compatible by clicking on the link on this page...

    http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop/sims
     
  17. Devo1237

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    Yeah, that's a great deal if you don't talk much. I usually don't, but there seems to be one month every year where I use like a 700 minutes, that really blows my bank if I'm on a limited plan.
     
  18. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Well you do live in NY city. :coffee

    Try Northeastern PA and see T mobile and Sprint coverage.

    My in laws from Eastchester NY aren't so happy with their sprint service when they come to visit. :bang
    I don't know anyone with T mobile near us, I'm guessing because its coverage is small.
     
  19. peds48

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    surprised they still have metered voice as most cell companies are focusing on how to squeeze more money out of us but on data


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  20. Steve

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    With unlimited data, you can use the Vonage VOIP app to make free U.S. calls that show your cell phone # as the CID. This way, as long as you initiate the call, you can keep your minutes under control.
     

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