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Date: 7/21/13 12:04 PM

I am sure I must be paying too much for my plan... though every time I think about dumping the flat rate data part for some newer cheaper options through same carrier I realize they're not that much cheaper and if/when I go over in usage would obliterate any savings. Right now I have my phone and one of my kids' on my plan, 700 minutes I think, (I used 'em up...), unlimited texting, unlimited data. Others are getting cheap plans that have unlimited everything. TMobile advertises it for less but I've had multiple people say don't go with them based on service, i.e. areas not covered or not good reception/call dropping. But others have said same for ATT which I have now and I don't have issues. Some say Verizon but comparing plans I might save 10-20/mo but would have to get new phones so that doesn't really save. A friend has what he says is a really cheap unlimited everything from WalMart and got a Samsung galaxy phone with it (I don't like all touch screens though, I'm a blackberry dinosaur, want something tactile!). I was in the store the other day looking at some of the plans you get (in target) no contract and started wondering how/how much I can cheapen what I'm paying and still get good coverage. I'd like to keep internet I'm kind of addicted One of the reasons I went with blackberry is for instant email delivery vs. having to log in and keep checking, I do like that "push". But the kid has an iphone and I know it would be hard to pry that out of his hands esp. after what he paid for it so do any of these cheap plans work with those or would he need a new non att one?
I'm pretty tech unsavvy here about these things. Bottom line I just want a few things, unlimited talk, text, data, I want it cheap (), a phone for myself that still has "buttons" even if also a touch screen if at all possible, instant email delivery (more than one address), and for him to keep an iphone.
Help please?

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Date: 7/21/13 1:44 PM

I am going to watch this thread. I would like to start looking into some of the non contract plans. I do not enjoy using my cell. I can count the number of calls on one hand but I do text with the kids and hubby. We have Verizon and I really do not like the 2 year contracts and having to wait for upgrades. My daughters have the iphones and they have cracked within months of getting them. Just not worth the money. I have a flip keyboard cell that's about 3 years old--talk about dinosaurs lol and will most likely get a Blackberry since I do not like the touch screens. Bottom line, there are 4 off us on our plan, unlimited data and 700 minutes with calls and we pay $200 a month.

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Date: 7/21/13 4:42 PM

I use StraightTalk (from Walmart). $45 per month, unlimited everything for smart phones, or $30 a month is more than enough phone calls and texts for me, but you can't use a smart phone on that plan.

They use AT&T and Verizon towers, so the reception is the same.

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Date: 7/21/13 4:43 PM

I have a blackberry clone (Nokia E71) that I paid less then $50 for it and I got a micro SD card (that is not even in my phone, it's in my tablet). To me it wasn't a concern for all the apps, since I have a tablet for that, although I can get quite a few for the phone.

I got the one from Wal-Mart through their site and I have it set to auto pay, and other then at my in laws, which it lies in a "holler" and no one gets reception, it's fine. They use AT&T and Verizon towers in my area so coverage has never been an issue, except when I go to the VA and have a dead zone in the middle of the trip, but everyone has a dead zone there.

DH has a top line Android, and we had to get a card for it to have it work. iPhone, according to the site, may need to be unlocked, but there are many sites that will tell you how to do that to work with that plan.

2 of us were on a subscription plan, and he was the only one with data. Our bill was over $200 a month, and when we went prepaid it changed to right at $100.

I have used several over the years, and they all work as the bigger companies for more money. Some offered more then I got with Verizon/AT&T, and some offered less (ie: gps locators online).

I got on the bandwagon years ago when I spent 6 weeks in Europe, and everyone used those plans.

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Date: 7/21/13 5:29 PM

I am very interested in this too.

Does the first WM plan mentioning smart phones allow for use of an iphone? I don't really want one but also have someone on my plan who won't want to part with it. I have a dumb old smartphone and it's still smarter than I! I guess I"ll have to see what cost would be to get out of my contract or when it's "up".

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Date: 7/21/13 9:04 PM

go to straighttalk.com and look at the sim card. On the next page they discuss the iphone.

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Date: 7/21/13 10:32 PM

A friend of mine has one of those non-contract cell phone plans and loves it. She and her DH travel a lot and she claims there has never been a dropped call or reception problem.
I can't remember the name of the company, but the company advertised on the back of the most recent AARP newsletter.

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Date: 7/21/13 10:40 PM

Mine was discarded, would love it if you still happen to have it around and could check.

Thanks for the heads up ew:j iphone. I did see some listed to buy for the plan, not following the sim card link youi mentioned Kwaaked, so I'll double check. Those shown were hundreds of $. Least my son paid only $99 when there was an upgrade available with out AT&T plan. But theb it was probably the same in the long run.

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Date: 7/22/13 0:59 AM

We use H2O pay-as-you-go in the U.S. because it works with the iPhone we have and because of ongoing familiarity with its parent company O2 (which covers Europe). $10/month or $99/year, but no rollover option, so I am very interested to hear about the rollover of other plans.

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Date: 7/22/13 4:10 AM

Sim card check the tmobile and enter your zip and the information is there.

If this doesn't work, it's under shop, then sim card.

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