Q: Cell phone plans?

nimase85
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Does anyone know a good plan for 3 lines for a family who is very active on the phone we currently have sprint but are now trying to find a plan with someone else... Please help :)
nimase85 posted Apr 30, 2013
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praveensapkota
Tmobile has good plan, att has plans that requires you more with data plan and charge you more.

I think best place is to visit their site, and sometimes they have bundles offered.

I think someone posted here on dealplus about deals on these couple of days ago.
praveensapkota (rep: 52k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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kevin07
IF you want signal everywhere I think Verizon is the best choice! They can be more expensive but you really get what you pay for! :) When hurricane Sandy affected NY we were like 5 at the house we had Tmobile, AT&T and VZ and I was the only one that was able to stay with signal during the storm ...perhaps I was just lucky
kevin07 (rep: 18.2k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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krmills1
Republic Wireless. $19 a month unlimited everything, they use the sprint network, www.republicwireless.com
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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additc
I would go w/ one of those prepaid plans too, im waiting for my contract on sprint to finish then get on virgin
additc (rep: 1.77k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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Acidbaby
ATT or Tmobile will be your best bets unless you want to go prepaid or with smaller companies like Republic, Immix, MetroPCS which all depend on where you live.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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nimase85
Thanks everyone I will look into all of those company's
nimase85 (rep: 15.8k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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alwayshere
GSM is better for the country, not so great in the city.
alwayshere (noob) posted Apr 30, 2013
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lilywow
You will save money with T Mobile but service is limited in a lot of areas. Check their coverage map and speak to people who have it. Verizon and At&T will cost about the same, but I prefer Verizon's service and my husband works for Verizon Wireless =)
lilywow (rep: 8.33k) posted Apr 30, 2013
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fluffy
I've had Republic Wireless, as mentioned by krmills1, since December and I love it. It uses Wi-Fi wherever it can, and the extended Sprint network wherever Wi-Fi is not available. It roams on Sprint's many roaming partner's towers for free, so coverage is much better than some other carriers that also use Sprint, but only their core network which is much smaller (e.g. Boost Mobile).

The ability to make & receive calls & text over Wi-Fi is a big plus where cellular signals are very weak or non-existent. I spent most of the day yesterday in a hospital that had excellent public Wi-Fi everywhere, but very poor cellular signals deep in the building. I was able to make & receive calls over Wi-Fi just fine, while my wife's Boost phone was useless.

The downside of Republic is that they only have one phone to choose from at the moment - the Motorola Defy XT. They are supposed to have other offerings this summer. Also, you have to pay for the phone, activation, and taxes up front, which was around $285 for me. You can pay only $99 for the same phone up front, but your monthly rate will be $29+tax forever if you do. Finally, while you can send & receive texts from any phone, Republic does not, and might never support texting to "short codes" such as 727272 for Redbox or voting on American Idol, etc. It does not support MMS (picture texting) either, but you can always send pictures via E-mail or a social media app.
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted May 01, 2013
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kffight3r
I have over 3500 rollover minutes right now... you should just use mine
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted May 01, 2013
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nimase85
@kffight3r sounds like plan lol
nimase85 (rep: 15.8k) posted May 01, 2013
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krmills1
@fluffy It is nice to hear that others are using Republic! I am glad you went into a lot more detail about the service than I did! I love it as well and I love the Motorola Defy, it is water proof and scratch proof and has a great display. I didn't mind paying the up front costs for the phone either because I am saving so much money by only paying $19 a month for an unlimited everything plan.
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted May 01, 2013
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fluffy
@krmills1: Did you tweak your phone to move virtually all apps to the SD card? I did it months ago and have experienced no problems. It gives you tons more storage for apps. It should work on any phone with Android 2.2 or later. I also applied it to my wife's Boost phone which has even less internal storage that the Republic. I can't understand why many Android phones come with so little internal storage and prevent most apps from being moved to the SD card.

http://www.howtogeek.com/114667/how-to-install-android-apps-to-the-sd-card-by-default-move-almost-any-app-to-the-sd-card/
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted May 02, 2013
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LisaNtom08
I do not recommend verizon.wayyy too expensive. I spend $95/month just for myself for unlimited text/talk with only 2 mb of data and this is AFTER 22 % discount from work!! im lookiing into tmobile and metro tmorrow
LisaNtom08 (rep: 1.57k) posted May 03, 2013
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