Cell Phone Plans

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RxZ, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. rob feature

    rob feature Domain Ranger

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    Virgin uses the Sprint network. Their plans are just significantly cheaper and offer no-contract billing. You don't have to pre-pay either...can set it up on month-to-month. It's the best deal going here. I cut my phone bill (compared to Verizon) in half and get web/email with it (my almost $70 Verizon plan didn't come with data or email). I couldn't be happier with the deal I'm getting.
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  2. James Adams

    James Adams non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    Do any options use the Verizon network besides the Verizon prepaid plans?
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  3. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    yep, that is why i am looking at them. none of the other cell companies appear to have service at my residence.
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  4. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    page plus.
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  5. glasswave

    glasswave Been here awhile

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    Yes, I recently signed up for an unlimited data/voice/text plan on the Verizon network for $100 a month. It is not directly through Verizon. I am very satisfied with the service.

    PM me if you want the details.
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  6. James Adams

    James Adams non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    Is it a secret? Why can't you just post it?
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  7. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I did the same thing over a year ago, reception is fine. Pay less, get more.
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  8. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    Been thinking about going contact free for a while. This thread got me moving forward a bit.

    Thanks for the heads up on Straight Talk, my sim arrived today.

    I understand they don't officially support tethering, not a super big deal but I do some book work in my shop and it does come in handy.

    I'll see if there is a work around before I plug in the sim.
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  9. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    I have an even better plan - the $100 for 1100 minutes that last one year. Of course, those are only talk minutes, no data (about a month ago they stopped allowing email on non-smartphones, but that access sucked anyway - very unreliable). If all you need is a phone for occasional voice comms, then a $12 Nokia feature phone and their prepaid minutes work. I use about 100 minutes a month.

    That aside, I also bought a smartphone - a Samsung Dart (Android) at Fry's for $100 and I have the $30 100 minute/5GB plan you mention. I bought it because I was buying a house and I needed to access my email during the day (employer doesn't let employees access GMail on company network). That worked while, especially at the end when I was closing.

    Now I don't really need the data plan anymore - I can wait until I get home to access email, nothing crucial comes over it now. I don't need web access either. So after this month I just won't buy any more minutes/data. What I will do though is set it up with VOIP because t-mobile has poor coverage here at my house. I will probably also take the SIM from my feature phone and put in the smartphone.

    One thing about t-mobile wifi calls; they count against your minutes - unless you get a different VOIP app. If you use the built-in WiFi calling it uses your minutes.
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  10. falconati

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    I always get great service inside Mother Frances. If you work at Jville, I have no idea.
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  11. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    I had the same thing - they were looking for "Scott" and once I told them that this was no longer Scott's number, put the number into the do not call registry, called Verizon and told them to stop robot calling the number (apparently Scott was past due on his cell phone bill to the tune of $642 - my provider is t-mobile and I haven't had Verizon for almost 6 years) the calls dropped off. I haven't had one for weeks - but from some of the calls Scott must have been a real winner of a person.

    I got the impression that Scott must have owed a lot of people money. Now I am sure of why my ex-wife changed her number every couple of months; to avoid calls from her creditors.

    I still occasionally get that annoying scam call from Seattle telling me I have won a cruise - starts off with a loud fog horn - very annoying, but at least I don't have long to wait to know who is calling. I sure wish somebody would shut those guys down.
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  12. rob feature

    rob feature Domain Ranger

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    On the last round of rapid-fire calls, I gave in and answered one. There was a sorta shy gal on the other end. I told her that Christina no longer owned the number and all the calls were becoming harassing. She actually sounded sympathetic! It seems to have done some good as well, as I've only had one this week and it appears to be from a different party (been with me since day one). They leave messages asking me to call them back. I think I'm gonna make up a tragic story about my new friend Christina...eaten by wolves or sommat. Poor, sweet Christina...always feeding the strays. She will be missed. :cry
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  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I think this happens with individual phone #s, it can't carrier related, other than the past due bill issue.
    I rarely get wrong calls.
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  14. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Thanks! I do work in Jacksonville, and pretty much only AT&T and Verizon have reliable service inside the hospital. Outside the others work ok, but too few towers, and they are too far away to penetrate the walls. The other options all seem pretty good if they meet your specific needs however. I will definitely keep my eyes open in the future if my needs or location ever change.

    Which EPIC module to you work on? Obviously, we are gearing up for Willow here in the pharmacy.
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  15. falconati

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    I work with your Professional Billing team. I actually work for Epic (the software vendor), but have spent about a year down there. I was part of the first go-live in October - not much changes for the Professional Billing in December (except that now rounding charges are coming through EpicCare Inpatient) - so I'm not down there this week. Good luck with the go-live! You certainly have an excellent IT group helping to configure and test the software well.
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  16. Wattner

    Wattner Long timer

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    I spoke with a MetroPC store and for $80.00 they will unlock my IPhone and for $50.00 I get unlimited talk, text and low data... Up to $70.00 for the same plus 5g of data and ability to tether to the laptop.

    Any feedback on their service? Boostmobile?

    I have fucking had it with AT&T's prices
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  17. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Thanks for all the hard work! From what I hear, the first go-live was pretty successful with not too many bugs. That comes from planning and hard work. I was not affected much by wave 1, other than someone somewhere (or all of us) forgot that pharmacy admin would need access to all the revenue and billing stuff. It was somewhat scary the first day we went live when our old reports said we had no charges billed for the weekend (almost 100,000 dollars of revenue last :eek1 ). They got it figured out quick though!
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  18. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    I actually have the $100/1k mins/1yr plan for my spare phone as well--the best part is that after the first year you only have to add $10 to keep all your minutes alive for another year. I'm in for somewhere around $120 for 4+ years after getting a 'promo' mid-year that gave me a few free minutes and another free year.

    WiFi calls from T-Mobile's built-in app count against minutes on prepaid, but on postpaid plans there's a free option you can enable in My Account that gives free WiFi calling.

    If you get a VoIP app like Groove IP, which goes through Google Voice, calls are free over WiFi and "free" over mobile data (they use about a meg a minute). That app worked great on my Nexus 4, but I broke it crashing. It works OK on my el cheapo Exhibit 2.
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  19. glasswave

    glasswave Been here awhile

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    Because of my relationship to the vendor and [the spirit of the] adv rules. Why can't you send a PM? It's no gimmick or scam if that's what you are worried about.
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  20. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    Ported my number from AT&T tonight to StraightTalk. Surprisingly painless, a couple of minutes without service then
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