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Old 05-25-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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So my monthly phone bill is $120...for one phone...ONE phone.

I've an iPhone 4S, 1 gig data, on a share everything plan.


I seriously want to throw my phone out the window and start using aluminum cans with really long string between them. Phones are ridiculously expensive!


I had run into someone a while back who said he only pays around $20 a month for this "phone". It was really fancy and new and awesome looking phone, but I guess the deal was that it only did texts and only when it was near a wi-fi source? I don't recall if it had the ability to use maps or had navigation or anything like that.



I need help...what is the absolute cheapest way to at least get text, and navigation on a phone?
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I think you want a prepaid plan, but you are not going to pay only $20/month.

How long do you have left with your current contract ? That cost makes no sense for what you listed. Can you break down the charges in more detail?
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No, that's about right for a minimum data plan for one phone at Verizon. The savings come with the additional phones. I pay about $180 for 2 i-phones with 2GB each and an android with unlimited data.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I have a 2-line Verizon share everything plan w/ 2 smart phones w/ 4 GB data. $120/month seems too high for just one line.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The share everything for one smartphone is $40 line access, plus $60 for 2GB
data. Add to that the various federal, state and local taxes and you are at $120. For the i-phone you might also want the $10/month warranty.

Plans - Share Everything - Verizon Wireless
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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I pay $250.00 a month for 2 iPhone 4s, 3 iPads and 1 Mi-Fi hot spot.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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Yes you're doing it wrong. You should be paying $20 or so less.

You could switch to prepaid for $70 and 2 GB of data on Verizon. Or $60 if you can go down to 500 MB.

I would stay away from the Sprint-based MVNOs just because the coverage can be rather spotty on Sprint's network and you likely won't be able to roam onto Verizon.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:53 PM
 
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You could switch to prepaid for $70 and 2 GB of data on Verizon. Or $60 if you can go down to 500 MB.
Verizon is actually increasing the data on the prepaid plans to 4gb and 2gb respectively.

Verizon Increases Data Included With Prepaid Monthly Plans | Prepaid Phone News
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree with Jason, it should be around $90.
Agree with the OP that cellphones are far too expensive from the big 3 Carriers.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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You could switch to prepaid for $70 and 2 GB of data on Verizon. Or $60 if you can go down to 500 MB.
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This sounds much better.
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