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Old 07-19-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Verizon phones will not work on T-Mobile or AT&T networks, only on Sprint if I'm not mistaken since they use the same hardware. As for the price looking at t-mobile's website it seems like it would cost $119 (with tax already included) for 5 people on an unlimited text and talk +500MB of data plan. However, since they don't have anymore contracts you either have to pay for the phones full price or give a down-payment and then pay off the phones each month. The prices range from $4 to $21 a month for 24 months or less if you give more each month. So if you all got the most advanced flagship phones like Iphone 5, Galaxy S4, HTC ONE, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925 which are all $20 a month it would add $100 to your $119 bill (in total $219). If you all got a more mid-range smartphone like LG Optimus L9 which is $10 per month it would only add $50 (in total $169) or if you went for low end smartphones which can range from $4 to $9 a month like T-Mobile Prism II, Nokia Lumia 521, Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, Blackberry curve 9315 the price would range from $139 to $164 depending on which of those you get Or you could pay full price for all 5 phones and pay $119 for all 5 of you.

Edit: Forgot to mention that you can at 2GB data plan for $10 more per phone or $20 per line if you want truly unlimited data plan.

Keep in mind these are all estimations based on what I saw on their website, I don't know if they'd have special promotions for new customers that would make you pay less, so it'd be best to ask them.
I'm not interested in using Verizon phones on T-Mobile, or vice versa, so that's not an issue. If we go T-Mobile, I need to buy 2 phones, and if we go with Verizon, I have to get three phones. We dont want data plans unless there's no choice in the matter. I do have a Verizon hotspot that has another year left on the contract. We can use that with our iPad. The fact that we have another year has us leaning towards Verizon, but the high cost is scaring me away. This is what's making it so hard to choose.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I'm not interested in using Verizon phones on T-Mobile, or vice versa, so that's not an issue. If we go T-Mobile, I need to buy 2 phones, and if we go with Verizon, I have to get three phones. We dont want data plans unless there's no choice in the matter. I do have a Verizon hotspot that has another year left on the contract. We can use that with our iPad. The fact that we have another year has us leaning towards Verizon, but the high cost is scaring me away. This is what's making it so hard to choose.
Then I guess you'll have to call and ask yourself; I think only the basic/feature phones are the ones that don't require data? Another thing is that if you pass the data limit instead of being charged extra like you would in other companies, T-mobile will simply reduce your internet speed. For example, let's say you have the high speed 500 MB data plan, if you go over those 500 MB your speed will be reduced to 2G for the remaining month. In order to prevent going over the limit you could try using wifi while at home.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I priced out 5 phones on Verizon and the result ($330) came to be the same as what I'm paying now for both companies ($120+210). That's kind of weird, but clinches the decision to go with T-Mobile for all 5.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Just did a quick comparison via Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile's website. Since you aren't concerned about data, I went with the lowest possible data allocation on each.

5 lines, all smartphones, 500 MB data on VZW = ($40 x 5) + $40 = $240 / month
5 lines, all smartphones, 500 MB data on Tmo = $95, $110, or $175*
5 lines, all smartphones, 2.5 GB data on Virgin Mobile = $175 / month (for comparison)

Note that your pricing on T-Mobile may change if you buy equipment. The fact that I worked in the industry for ten years and am having trouble figuring out exactly what they want to charge is enough to warn me away, but if "cheap" is your only concern, go with T-Mobile.

* - Looks like on T-Mobile, your price will be either $100 (based on actually using the shopping cart and bringing all my own equipment), $110 (based on reading the first batch of fine print where it says "$80 - Two lines to start; add more lines if eligible for $10.00 per month, per line"), or $175 (based on reading the second batch of fine print where it says "$80 - Two lines to start. If eligible, add up to three more lines - Lines with unlimited minutes $25/each per month."), or maybe even $95 (based on reading the second batch of fine print but in a different way where it says "$80 - Two lines to start. If eligible, add up to three more lines - Lines with 500 minutes $5/each per month."). Or it could be $160, based on going to Wirefly. All of these prices assume you bring your own equipment. Since you mentioned that you're purchasing two phones, your price may actually go up.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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The fact that I worked in the industry for ten years and am having trouble figuring out exactly what they want to charge is enough to warn me away,
That's what makes the choice so difficult. Thanks for the other info too!

Our situation has changed a little. It looks like we will keep one phone on Verizon, along with the mobile hotspot device. The other 4 of us will go to T-Mobile. Which means buying one phone, and possibly another to replace one that's acting up. I don't expect that we will save a lot of money, but I think we will save a little, which is better than nothing.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:42 AM
 
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i wouldn't use tmobile if you gave it to me
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